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The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media

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The phenomenal success of Batman: The Movie seemed to signal the apotheosis of the Batman in the American popular imagination. But what social conditions can account for the enduring popularity of such a dark and conflicted character? The Many Lives of the Batman is the first serious academic exploration of this intriguing cultural phenomenon. Marketing savvy alone did not ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 20th 1991 by Routledge (first published January 1st 1991)
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Ivan
Sep 03, 2011 Ivan rated it it was ok
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Well... the good news is that the only good essay in the book happens to be the first.

There is also a good interview in there with Frank Miller, but that's about it. Aside from being 20 years old, the book is a compilation of essays, which I have a struggling past with.

Some include charts on the decline of comic book sales and ethnographic studies on the kinds of people who buy them.

Not the book for me. I'd recommend reading Bill Boichel's essay "Batman: Commodity as Myth" and saving yourself a
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