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War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and the surge in the popularity of comics since the events of September 11, 2001, ensures their continued relevance. This critical text examines the seventy-year history of comic book superheroes on film and in comic books and their reflections of the politics o ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 14th 2011 by McFarland & Company
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Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-related
Where this book is strong, it is strong. I was particularly impressed with Dipaolo's ability to craft readable and in-depth meta-narratives of the superhero characters he spends the most time on, covering the major writer/artist combinations on a title or character at different times, presenting an understanding of the influences of these writers/artists on how the character is understood and thus providing a sketch of potential positionalities from/through which the character can be understood. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting book. The author spends a lot of time describing how select iconic characters were created, including political influences. For instance the differences between Stan Lee, somewhat of a hippie, and Steve Ditko, a libertarian, which led to the popularity of Spider-Man's early issues. There are also some great details on Wonder Woman's forgotten history, and a wicked comparison of similarities between X-Men and Harry Potter.

But be forewarned though: The author has an overt political bia
Deana Armstrong
Squirrel as the talking dog says

The title suffers some preposition confusion. It should be subtitled "Comics and Film as Propaganda With Occasional Thoughts on Pseudo-Utilitarian Ethics." It then would have reflected the content more accurately. I bought the book hoping for a substantive discussion on how propaganda and ethics were portrayed in superhero genres and most chapters started there but we're quickly distracted by the author's diatribes on the politics behind the narrative. The book co
Maëva Catalano
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Un ouvrage de "vulgarisation" des comics et de la politique. Parfait pour faire le lien entre les deux. Des sujets tels que la torture la sexualité la guerre les affaires étrangères... Des chapitres complets sur chaque personne étudié. Je recommande.
Jessie B.
An interesting look at how politics filters through comic books
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
More like a collection of essays. I do enjoy IronMan on the cover, who else could possibly link the concepts of war, politics and superheroes closer than him?
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating application of politics into superhero comics. The chapter titles are interesting and hysterical. Examples include, “President Obama vs. the Zombie Apocalypse” and “ The Punisher as Murderous Immigration Officer and Vietnam War Veteran.” The content is definitely biased, but he provides strong evidence for his statements. It covers all figures from the X-men to Thor to the Green Lantern to James Bond.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, thinking
Ranty and preachy, also profoundly subjective, the book does offer very good information on comic book history and possible interpretationes, but is marred by a manichean view that posits liberal=left=good and conservative=right=evil (both terms have more depth than the American media of all sorts gives them), forgetting that is a complex world and comic books are just a symptom of it.
Fairly interesting, if surface read. I got a lot of the insights contained within from other sources; the chapters including the Punisher, Wonder Woman, and Superman seemed especially rote to me. Still interesting to see insight on the creation of Spider-Man that takes into account both Stan Lee's and Steve Ditko's tendencies, and credit to Jack Kirby is often and expounded upon.
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Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A well researched and enjoyable read.
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