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ERIC Number: EJ846501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Individualism and Marginality: From Comic Book to Film--Marvel Comics Superheroes
Tuzi, Marino
College Quarterly, v8 n2 Spr 2005
In this article, the author offers his perspective that underlies the plot lines and character developments in various super-hero serials produced by Marvel Comic Books. Stan Lee, the creator of this giant comic books company, the original writers and artists, and their successors at Marvel Comics have given readers a vision of human reality that is filtered though a particular popular culture genre, in which word and image coexist and even merge. This world view is saturated in a postmodern sensibility about individualism and the dilemmas confronted by individualism in modern capitalist, technological, consumer society. In this world, the Marvel super-hero becomes emblematic of a new kind of individualism that stands in that indefinable space between the margin and mainstream society. The hero is essentially presented as a misfit, as a social and scientific aberration, who is accidentally given super-human powers that are in conflict with and even undermined by the convulsions of his/her human personality. Yet, this borderline existence is not just the condition of the often socially isolated and emotionally dysfunctional super-hero. Rather, marginality, as embodied by the psycho-neurotic super-human being, is reflective of a new kind of urban reality, in which individuals experience one another in terms of some kind of estrangement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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