A Panel from the Marvel Comics series ‘The 'Nam.’
Because they're mass-produced and written in a serialized format, comics can be seen as historical documents that reflect the political moment.
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The dystopian urban future imagined in the Judge Dredd comics warns against letting technology rule our transport systems.
Still going strong in its 30th year, The Simpsons follows a strict animation style guide based on Matt Groening's own rules, and has much to teach young animators
City People Notebook.
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It's the 100th anniversary of the birth of graphic novel pioneer Will Eisner.
Saving students through the medium of comics.
Kamala Khan is a Muslim, Pakistani-American teenager who fights crime in Jersey City.
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The Marvel superhero directly confronts a 'war on terror culture' that regards Muslim-Americans as threats.
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews in Riverdale.
The Riverdale gang have gone from squeaky clean 40s hijinks, to bizarre Punisher cross-overs in the 90s, to a Twin Peaks-lookalike murder mystery today.
‘Maus’ and ‘Watchmen’ are two of the most well-known graphic novels.
The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.
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The superhero film currently appears to be the closest thing to that ever-elusive cinematic holy grail: the guaranteed box office hit.
The first issue of Black Panther, a Marvel series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was released last month.
In the entertainment industry, the success or failure of a minority lead can be a referendum on whether or not to use diverse leads for future projects.
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The Amazons of Greek mythology usually were seduced or subdued by male heroes. Wonder Woman finally overcomes this legacy.
The ubiquitous superhero finally seems to be growing up and moving on.
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It was the year of the grown-up superhero. Dark, witty and complex, superheroes on the big and small screen have – mostly – matured past mindless violence.
Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze.
House of Retro
An inspiration for Batman and Superman has faded into obscurity. Can he experience a revival?
Superman’s over the hill.
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The flop of the Fantastic Four seems to suggest that viewers are more eager to embrace characters who reflect our inherently flawed humanity.
Break the jaw of that anti-feminist.
Marvel Comics response to the idea that the "damn feminists are ruining everything" leaves something to be desired.
Cartoons can inspire rage – but they can also tell the stories of the marginalised. A panel from The Arrival by Shaun Tan, Lothian Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Australia, 2006.
In the month since the the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, the significance of visual representation has been a topic of much discussion. Political cartoons have the potential to reinforce problematic stereotypes…
The Guardians of the Galaxy – whose protagonists are a morally-gray motley crew – could be seen as a satire of the classic hero tradition.
A beautiful assassin. A superstrong thug. A star-lost child of the ‘80s. A sentient tree. A gun-toting raccoon. Meet the morally gray protagonists of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the film that raked…
Lynda Carter as Diana Prince in the New Original Wonder Woman. Her bullet-deflecting bracelets are made from an impervious metal: feminum.
In the epilogue to Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, we learn about Wonder Woman’s importance to the American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Lepore briefly notes Wonder…
When superheroes die on the page, fans have learned not to mourn their deaths.
Among comic book fans, there’s the joke that the only characters in superhero comics who stay dead are Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Batman’s parents, and Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. For everybody else…
In the fall of 2010, as The Walking Dead was about to debut on TV, I launched my Media Genres: Zombies course at the University of Baltimore and examined what that horror subgenre reflects about our culture…