Super-History: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society, by Jeffrey K. Johnson

By Jeffrey K. Johnson

Within the lower than 8 many years on the grounds that Superman's debut in 1938, comedian publication superheroes became an essential a part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They symbolize America's hopes, desires, fears, and wishes. As a kind of well known literature, superhero narratives have heavily reflected traits and occasions within the kingdom. This learn perspectives American background from 1938 to 2010 during the lens of superhero comics, revealing the spandex-clad guardians to be not just fictional characters yet barometers of where and time during which they dwell.

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14 Other posters were produced to stress the necessity of joining the armed forces. Several World War II images showed armed forces members at work and stated that the nation needed the support. One poster shows real life sports icon Private Joe Louis wearing a uniform and helmet with a bayonet pointed at the viewer. The caption states, “We’re going to do our part ... ”16 Even Walt Disney joined the effort by creating cartoons in which Donald Duck was drafted and went to war. The propaganda encouraged young men to join the armed services and to view military service as a natural and important part of American life.

By the end of 1940, Superman appeared to be less aggressive and more law abiding. DC Comics soon gave Batman a young sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder, in an attempt to lighten up the Dark Knight and make him more appealing to his young audience. Batman became less a brutal vigilante and more a peaceful citizen who wanted to aid the police and other government officials. Superheroes were changing as America was. Some of these changes in superheroes were in answer to public fears that comic books were too violent for young readers.

Japan needed to obtain resources via international trade and import and was thus very dependent on the world market and other nations. S. and the Great Depression destroyed almost all demand for the Japanese product. This meant that the Japanese had to find other methods of acquiring the resources they needed. Political and military leaders decided that procuring Asian colonies could supply Japan with these much needed resources. The only way to gain colonies was through conquest though, so the Japanese military needed to fight to acquire new territory.

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