on January 12, 2014
The book jacket features a picture of Iron Man and the word "Superheroes" in all caps, but there is so much more within the covers. While Dipaolo offers a rich helping of superheroes in comics, television and film, each of his chapters opens a virtual cornucopia of America's social and political history, with a primary focus on attitudes about war and politics, as promised in the title. Dipaolo weaves a delightful and informative web of connections between popular culture and politics with crystal clarity and lively writing informed by extensive research. If you're interested in where we are and how we got here, this is a must read.
on April 12, 2012
This is a fascinating application of politics into superhero comics. The chapter titles are interesting and hysterical. Examples include, "President Obama vs. the Zombie Apocalypse" and " The Punisher as Murderous Immigration Officer and Vietnam War Veteran." The content is definitely biased, but he provides strong evidence for his statements. It covers all figures from the X-men to Thor to the Green Lantern to James Bond.