Winner, American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 2012Super 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 valueand finds new avenues for exploring racial identityin 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 such as Black Panther, Black Lightning, Storm, Luke Cage, Blade, the Falcon, Nubia, and others, some of whom also appear on the small and large screens, as well as how the imaginary black superhero has come to life in the image of President Barack Obama Super Black explores how black superheroes are a powerful source of racial meaning, narrative, and imagination in American society that express a myriad of racial assumptions, political perspectives, and fantastic re imaginings of black identity The book also demonstrates how these figures overtly represent or implicitly signify social discourse and accepted wisdom concerning notions of racial reciprocity, equality, forgiveness, and ultimately, racial justice....
|Title||:||Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes|
|Publisher||:||University of Texas Press October 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||212 pages|
|File Size||:||767 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes Reviews
Black superheroes are a topic which has always fascinated me because their inclusion in the comics canon of both DC as well as Marvel has been a long-running struggle. In the Legion of Superheroes, Ferro Lad was meant to be DC comics' first black superhero but the idea was shot down due to fears from the segregationist South. Black Lightning ended up being the first DC superhero and that was only due to avoiding a racist concept of a white man who became a black superhero (later parodied in Justice League).
Information to lead to an even greater information trove out there. This book scratches the tip of the iceberg of our contribution and menial representation in the comic media genre world. I am going to enjoy reading this and immensely love to share its wealth of knowledge to my young clients.
It wasn’t as large as I had hoped and I thought it would be a hard cover. It may have been my fault and I didnt read the description thoroughly but it’s still good and looks great. I just wanted to display it and it’s too small for the display shelf I purchased.
I purchased this book because I wanted to learn about African-Americans in science fiction. I was amazed by the history, the education and the artistry of Black science fiction. I learned about the negativity, as well as the positivity of Black sci-fi characters in comic books, television, movies and documentaries. It is important for African-Americans to become more involved with sci-fi because there are plenty more stories about Black History to be told through sci-fi and other genres of literature.
This was given as a gift to a super intellectual friend who is a fan of comics and also Blackness. I think this book is good because I had to sit through a 30 minute lecture about it which included a few low brow - Wow! , They included them? Cool!. : )
This book is the shish!!! I got this from the library and was mad it had to go back. I wasted NO time finding it on Amazon that same day! The author is very informative and shares useful and historical information about the roles of both past and present black super heroes in the American pop culture. I wish he would write one about black actors in movies.
Not worth the price. Much smaller than I thought it would be.
This is an excellent introduction (or review) of the history of Black superheroes. It takes into account some perspectives that have certainly not been considered or highlighted in more cursory evaluations. I don't agree with some of the points in the latter half of the book, but I found it a great read nonetheless.