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Jones, Gerard und Will Jacobs: The Comic Book Heroes. 2. Aufl. Rocklin: Prima Publishing, 1997. (400 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-7615-0393-5
BibTeX citation key: Jones1985
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historischer Überblick, Superheld, USA
Creators: Jacobs, Jones
Publisher: Prima Publishing (Rocklin)
Abstract
The Comic Book Heroes begins with that first issue of the Flash, an event that would alter American pop culture forever. It’s the story both of the superheroes and their all-too-human creators. From “the avuncular chipmunk,” Julius Schwartz, to Todd McFarlane and his bloody Spawn, the writers, artists, and editors have cast the heroes for generations of American kids in the mold of their own personalities and inner struggles.
From the Flash’s 1956 debut until his death in 1986, from the relevance movement of the ’70s to the ultra-violence of the ’90s, and from the kid-driven market of the past to the speculator-driven market of the present, The Comic Book Heroes shows how America has changed since the ’50s—and makes some provocative points about what America’s kids are reading today.
Completely revised and updated from the 1985 edition, The Comic Book Heroes is the most complete, engaging, and opinionated history of comics ever.

Table of Contents

A Tip of the Cowl (vii)
Introduction (xi)

I. THE SILVER AGE
Presenting the Silver Age (2)
The Superman Mythos (13)
Strange Adventures in Space (19)
Bizarre Characters and Fantastic Weapons (25)
The Return of the Heroes (33)
The Other Guys (40)
With the Sudden Fury of a Thunderbolt (48)
Of Amazons and Alloys (55)
The Hero Who Could Be You (59)
The Birth of Fandom (63)
The Marvel Age of Comics (68)
The World’s Strangest Heroes (75)
Man and Superman (79)
Building a Universe (89)
Pow! (96)
The Cosmic Saga (103)
Artists and Heroes (109)
The DC Experiment (120)
The Marvel Expansion (130)
The End of the Silver Age (138)

II. THE AWKWARD AGE
Relevance (146)
Barbarism (152)
Kirby Was There (156)
Marvel: Phase Two (163)
Horror from the Swamps (170)
The Batman (178)
Save the Talking Tiger (181)
Downhill Flows the Mainstream (191)
Don’t, He Said (202)
Their Own Devices (209)
Trapped in a World They Never Made (214)
Trouble Shooter (220)
Like a Phoenix from the Ashes (229)

III. THE GILDED AGE
The New Royalty (240)
Elektra Complex (245)
Independence (251)
Flash of Silver, Flash of Gold (260)
The Revolution Eats Its Children (271)
Comics Get Hip (281)
Death and Pain (290)
Our Favorite Year (296)
The Big Party (312)
Invasion (321)
Retreat (331)
Image Is Everything (343)
Death and Remembrance (352)
To Be Continued …? (367)
Index (375)


  
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