The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger

The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger

The 4,000-year History of the Superhero

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Using a broad array of historical and literary sources, this book presents an unprecedented detailed history of the superhero and its development across the course of human history.

• Presents a concise but thorough history of the superhero comic industry, from the 1930s to today

• Clearly describes the two main forms of the historical superhero, the Costumed Avenger and the Superman

• Suggests a new way in which to evaluate superheroes and explains why this new methodology is important

• Identifies and examines the ways in which superheroes have been present in popular literature since the beginning of human history

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This history of the protosuperhero is accessible general readers, fans, and students, while also detailed enough for scholars. The author asserts that the book does not seek to explain the themes and meaning of the superhero or chart the superhero genre; rather, the book traces the history of the protosuperhero and how the varieties of that character influenced the development of the superhero or the hero with superhuman powers. Coverage encompasses texts from the Epic of Gilgamesh through Elizabethan urban legends, the robed figures of the KKK, and modern comic books, graphic novels, films, and TV. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2017]
ISBN: 9781440854835
Branch Call Number: 809.9335 NEVINS
Characteristics: xvii, 400 pages ; 25 cm


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