American Pop Culture and Black SuperheroesBook - 2011
Super Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop products, but rather a fascinating racial phenomenon through which futuristic expressions and fantastic visions of black racial identity and symbolic political meaning are presented. Adilifu Nama sees the value--and finds new avenues for exploring racial identity--in black superheroes who are often dismissed as sidekicks, imitators of established white heroes, or are accused of having no role outside of blaxploitation film contexts. Nama examines seminal black comic book superheroes, some of whom also appear on the screen, as well as how the imaginary black superhero has come to life in the image of President Barack Obama.--Adapted from back cover.
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 180 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm