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Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Superheroes also crop up in film and television, so the book moves on to discuss blaxploitation films and various representations of Muhammad Ali and President Obama. Depictions of several black superheroes are described, including Eartha Kitt's Catwoman, Avery Brooks's Hawk, and M.A.N.T.I.S. There are long critical analyses of films like Spawn and Blade, and brief mentions of parodies The Meteor Man and Blankman, as well as Unbreakable, Spiderman 3, Hancock and Transformers.
Well-researched, balanced, and convincingly argued, this book features copious notes, references, and lots of illustrations featuring the comic book panels under discussion - mainly black and white but several in color (especially of covers) as well. The book is arranged by theme rather than by publisher or date, which makes it engaging to read but a little harder for research, thankfully there is a thorough index.Read more ›
The author, Adilfu Nama, did extensive research chronicling black superheroes of all types (which include our President Barack Obama, who has a few comic titles and appearances under his belt).
A superhero that author forgot was the short-lived Orpheus who was introduced into the "Batman Family" in his own five-issue series, then later killed off in the "War Games" series. Of course, being that there are various black superheroes that have shown up throughout the years...this oversight can definitely be forgiven.
This book can be a good companion piece to "Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans" by Jeffrey A. Brown.
While he may miss a character here and there, this is pleasantly inclusive and, frankly, introduced me to a few characters I was previously unaware of, and his comments and conclusions are generally well laid out. There are a few awkward turns of phrase here and there, but overall this is well-written and the academic jargon is at a minimum. The book is quite accessible to the average interested reader. Recommended.
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Awesome text. For someone interested in (black) superheroes and what they do for society in text and in the world, this book was AMAZING! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marcus Haynes
I'm a white guy and I needed a cool gift for a good friend that happens to be black AND draw comics/ animation. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Noel Saabye
I chose this rating since this product arrived on time, as the seller described and at a very reasonable price. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Unicorn515
One of the best written perspectives on the history of black superheroes. It's one of those gems that will probably made into a documentary.Published on January 13, 2014 by T. Johnson
Spot on and in depth. Treats with the subject of the black superhero in a blunt head-on but memorable way.Published on January 8, 2014 by Richard Mark Rawlins