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Blumberg, Arnold T. "‘The Night Gwen Stacy Died’. The End of Innocence and the Birth of the Bronze Age." In: Reconstruction 3.4<http://reconstruction.e ... issues/034/blumberg.htm> (20. Jan. 2011) 
Resource type: Web Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Blumberg2003
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Spider-Man", Marvel, Superheld, USA
Creators: Blumberg
Collection: Reconstruction
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Within comics scholarship, as well as the comics fan community, there is an ongoing debate regarding the “Ages” within the genre, each of which denotes not simply an era of thematic content and change (increases in realism, violence, sexuality, etc.), but also economic forces. In the following, Blumberg examines one of the markers of these ages, the death of Spider-Man's college girlfriend Gwen Stacy. While other scholars argue for an understanding of “the Bronze Age” beginning and ending at disparate points, Blumberg argues for understanding the death of Gwen Stacy as an incontrovertible marker of thematic change for superhero narratives, and for our expectations of heroes. Following the high idealism of the Gold and Silver Ages, the Bronze Age ushered in a period of “realistic” drama and was a creative high point for Marvel Comics, the originators of heroes with feet of clay.
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