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The Politics of the Superhero: Introduction

  • Matthew J. Costello (a1) and Kent Worcester (a2)

This symposium explores the relationship of superheroes to questions of power, ideology, social relations, and political culture. It represents the first time that a political science journal has devoted sustained attention to the superhero genre as it is reflected in the pages of comic books and graphic novels, and on the big screen.

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Jason Dittmer . 2005. “Captain America's Empire: Reflections on Identity, Popular Culture, and Post-9/11 Geopolitics.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95 (3): 626–43.

Mike DuBose . 2012. “Holding Out for a Hero: Reaganism, Comic Book Vigilantes, and Captain America.” Journal of Popular Culture 40: 915–35.

Jamie A. Hughes 2006. “‘Who Watches the Watchmen?’ Ideology and ‘Real World’ Superheroes.” Journal of Popular Culture 39 (4): 546–57.

Jeffrey S. Lang , and Patrick Trimble . 1988. “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? An Examination of the American Monomyth and the Comic Book Superhero.” Journal of Popular Culture 22 (3): 157–73.

Jesse T. Moore 2003. “The Education of Green Lantern: Culture and Ideology.” Journal of American Culture 26 (2): 263–78.

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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
  • URL: /core/journals/ps-political-science-and-politics
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