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Wandtke, Terrence R
The meaning of superhero comic books / Terrence R. Wandtke
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN6710 .W36 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
Superheroes in literature
Physical Description vii, 262 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "This volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. By revealing how contemporary superhero comics connect traditional aesthetics and postmodern theories, this work explains why the superhero comic book flourishes in the "new traditional" shape of the digital age"--Provided by publisher
Contents Introduction: How comic books speak to me and what I've heard about superheroes -- Moving beyond the standard arguments : the superhero revised (again) -- The emergence of orality : when industry becomes epic -- Orality and a new medium : the history of the man of tomorrow -- Amplification through simplification : the traditional basis for superhero iconography -- The persistence of traditionality : when industry workers become artisans -- The failed attempt to impose high culture : literacy in crisis -- More than service to the publishers : artists aware of technology (and the audience) -- Eternal, self-conscious recurrence (or more revision) : the aesthetes of new traditionality -- Conclusion: Everything old is new again (and again and...) : an open invitation to an open ending
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