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A Brief History of Comic Book Movies

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
  • Richard Graham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Wheeler Winston Dixon, Richard Graham
    Pages 1-14
  3. Wheeler Winston Dixon, Richard Graham
    Pages 15-28
  4. Wheeler Winston Dixon, Richard Graham
    Pages 29-45
  5. Wheeler Winston Dixon, Richard Graham
    Pages 47-61
  6. Wheeler Winston Dixon, Richard Graham
    Pages 63-77
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 79-98

About this book

Introduction

A Brief History of Comic Book Movies traces the meteoric rise of the hybrid art form of the comic book film. These films trace their origins back to the early 1940s, when the first Batman and Superman serials were made. The serials, and later television shows in the 1950s and 60s, were for the most part designed for children. But today, with the continuing rise of Comic-Con, they seem to be more a part of the mainstream than ever, appealing to adults as well as younger fans. This book examines comic book movies from the past and present, exploring how these films shaped American culture from the post-World War II era to the present day, and how they adapted to the changing tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

Wheeler Winston Dixon is the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Coordinator of the Film Studies Program, and Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Richard Graham is an associate professor and Media Services Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, and a nationally recognized authority on comic books, graphic novels, and comic book movies.


Keywords

Comic Book Movies Superhero Film Indie Film DC Comics Marvel Cinematic Universe Film Genre

Authors and affiliations

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
    • 1
  • Richard Graham
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Nebraska–LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska–Lincoln LincolnUSA

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