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Costello, Brannon: "Southern Super-Patriots and United States Nationalism. Race, Region, and Nation in Captain America." In: Comics and the U.S. South. Hrsg. v. Brannon Costello und Qiana J. Whitted. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012, S. 62–88.
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BibTeX citation key: Costello2012c
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Keywords: "Captain America", Ethnizität, Nationalismus, Superheld, USA
Creators: Costello, Whitted
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and the U.S. South
During World War II, superhero comics achieved a degree of cultural legitimacy by becoming an unofficial instrument of U.S. propaganda that promotes America as a democratic, virtuous, and unified country. For example, Marvel Comics’ Captain America, along with the American superhero genre as a whole, was inextricably linked to a fantasy of heroic nationalism. When Steve Rogers resigned as Captain America, he was replaced by John Walker, a flashy patriotic adventurer and sometime antagonist of Captain America. Known as the Super-Patriot, Walker is a well-intentioned but reactionary and violent southerner. This chapter examines how Captain America contributed to the construction of U.S. nationalism in relation to the role of the South in both complicating and fostering attempts to imagine the nation as a unified and coherent whole. In considering the “Captain America No More” storyline by writer Mark Gruenwald and several artists, it analyzes anxieties of race, region, and nation as well as the growing centrality of the South in America’s political and cultural life.
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