About this book
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.
Comic Book Movies Superhero Film Indie Film DC Comics Marvel Cinematic Universe Film Genre
- Book Title A Brief History of Comic Book Movies
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47184-6
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-47183-9
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83672-0
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-47184-6
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XI, 98
- Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
American Cinema and TV
Asian Cinema and TV
Media and Communication
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“Comic book / superhero movies have become extremely popular in recent years. This book explores their history. … Comic book fans and pop culture fans will love this book … . It is short, very easy to read and well worth the reader's time. This easily gets five stars.” (Paul Lappen, Reviewer's Bookwatch, midwestbookreview.com, Vol. 17 (4), April, 2017)