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The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 by Roy Thomas (2017)

The Marvel Age of Comics 1961–1978 by Roy Thomas (2017)

Marvel Comics of New York, originally founded as Timely Publications in 1939, is one of the most important comic book publishers worldwide. Comic book fans all over the world are grateful for superheros as Captain America or the Sub-Mariner. And particularly for superheros of “a somewhat other kind,” as the mostly troubled, eccentric and characters […]

Bending Steel. Modernity and the American Superhero by Aldo J. Regalado (2015)

Bending Steel. Modernity and the American Superhero by Aldo J. Regalado (2015)

By examining interviews, trade magazines and even testimonies, letters, memoirs and other personal data author Regalado seeks direct impact of the superheroes on the real lives of actual people. Or rather, he aims to find out just how “the big forces of American modernity shaped the lives of Americans on an individual level and how […]

Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as … by Timothy Dale and Joseph Foy (eds.) (2013)

Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as … by Timothy Dale and Joseph Foy (eds.) (2013)

For many centuries stories, tales, parables and myths not only have been sources of inspiration or simple methods of entertainment; those creations were models to live and judge by and inspirations of how to react in certain situations (as well as guidelines of how not to). Tales and stories told over and over again finally […]

75 Years of Marvel Comics. From the Golden Age… by Roy Thomas and Josh Baker (2014)

75 Years of Marvel Comics. From the Golden Age… by Roy Thomas and Josh Baker (2014)

After two big books on DC Comics, Taschen presents a heavy, heavy book on the other major name in comic publishing: Marvel Comics. Both publishers together dominate the US comic book market, approximately up to 80 percent of all superhero comics sold come from these two big players. The book on 720(!) pages commemorates not […]

Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice … by Nickie D. Phillips and Staci Strobl (2013)

Comic Book Crime: Truth, Justice … by Nickie D. Phillips and Staci Strobl (2013)

Since superhero comic books often display in their stories characters, settings, possible problems and wishful thinking of their readers, even if the location is on another planet, it is only natural that also a sense of justice and the following punishment as felt by the readers is transported through the action heroes. There is a […]