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Norma Pecora

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Chapter 5: Superman/Superboys/Supermen: The Comic Book Hero as Socializing Agent

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Superman/Superboys/Supermen: The Comic Book Hero as Socializing Agent
Superman/superboys/supermen: The comic book hero as socializing agent
NormaPecora

Superheroes are the stuff of little boys' fantasies and young girls' dreams and they are the heart and soul of comic books. Because of the popu-larity of comic books, these characters have been important symbols of “maleness” in American culture since Superman was introduced in 1939. Over the years superheroes, like Superman, have been ushered in with a wide range of powers and varying degrees of success, but, except for a notable few, they have been predominantly male and have conse-quently presented a particular ideal of masculinity to their readers. They have functioned in a world that is male and white, where the women are either young and buxom or ...

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