Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives

  • Chris Foss
  • Jonathan W. Gray
  • Zach Whalen

Part of the Literary Disability Studies book series (LIDIST)

About this book


Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives invites readers to consider both canonical and alternative graphic representations of disability. Some chapters focus on comic superheroes, from lesser-known protagonists like Cyborg and Helen Killer to classics such as Batgirl and Batman; many more explore the amazing range of graphic narratives revolving around disability, covering famous names such as Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware, as well as less familiar artists like Keiko Tobe and Georgia Webber. The volume also offers a broad spectrum of represented disabilities: amputation, autism, blindness, deafness, depression, Huntington's, multiple sclerosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, speech impairment, and spinal injury. A number of the essays collected here show how comics continue to implicate themselves in the objectification and marginalization of persons with disabilities, perpetuating stale stereotypes and stigmas. At the same time, others stress how this medium simultaneously offers unique potential for transforming our understanding of disability in truly profound ways.


Disability disability studies literary disability comics comics studies comic books graphic narrative graphic novel graphic medicine graphic literature Comic Medium novel social science violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Chris Foss
    • 1
  • Jonathan W. Gray
    • 2
  • Zach Whalen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Mary WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137501110
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-69898-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-50111-0
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