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LoCicero, Don: Superheroes and Gods. A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2008. (255 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-3184-7
BibTeX citation key: LoCicero2008a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Jung. Carl Gustav, Mythos, Religion, Superheld
Creators: LoCicero
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
The work provides a unique study of superheroes and gods in literature, popular culture, and ancient myth. The author selects a number of mythological figures (e.g., Babylonia’s Gilgamesh and Enkidu), ancient gods (e.g., Greece’s Eros and Tartarus), and modern superheroes (e.g., the United States’ Superman and Captain Marvel) and identifies the often striking similarities between each unique category of characters. The author contends that the vast majority of mythological superheroes follow the same archetypal character patterns, regardless of each hero’s unique time period or culture. Each of the first nine chapters examines the heroes and gods of a particular region or country, while the final chapter examines modern descendants of the hero prototype like Batman and Spiderman and several infamous anti-heroes (for example, Dracula and The Hulk).

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3

1. Babylonia 7
2. Persia 18
3. India 37
4. Egypt 50
5. Greece 69
6. Rome 112
7. Scandinavia and Germany 126
8. The United States 155
9. Finland 179
10. The Super Antihero 201

Epilogue 228
Chapter Notes 231
Bibliography 241
Index 243
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