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Authorizing Superhero Comics

On the Evolution of a Popular Serial Genre

Daniel Stein

306 pp. 6 x 9
28 illustrations
EXPECTED Pub Date: August, 2021

Subjects: Comics Studies
Film & Media

Series: Studies in Comics and Cartoons

Preorder Hardcover $99.95   ISBN: 978-0-8142-1476-3
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Authorizing Superhero Comics is a truly fascinating piece of innovative scholarship that approaches a salient part of comics history and culture from the perspective of actor-network theory, offering important insights into the (para)textual construction of authorship in superhero comics and beyond.” —Jan-Noël Thon, author of Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture

“Daniel Stein has produced a meticulously argued, well-researched, and methodologically sound study, which I believe will resonate with anyone studying superheroes, comics, and popular culture more generally.” —José Alaniz, author of Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

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Daniel Stein is Professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies in the English Department at the University of Siegen.
(Photo credit: Sarah Rötzel, Foto Loos, Siegen)


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Introduction    Authorizing Superhero Comics

Chapter 1        Negotiating Paratext: Author Bios, Letter Pages, Fanzines

Chapter 2        Stylizing Storyworlds: The Metaverse as a Collective

Chapter 3        Transmodifying Conventions: Parodies

Chapter 4        Collecting Comics: Mummified Objects versus Mobile Archives

Coda    Authorizing Diversity



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