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Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society

ISBN13: 9780826415400
ISBN: 0826415407
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $27.95
Publisher: Continuum
Published Date:
Edition 1
Pages: 192
Average Goodreads rating: 3.53/5 (203 ratings)

Why are so many of the superhero myths tied up with loss, often violent, of parents or parental figures? What is the significance of the dual identity? What makes some superhuman figures "good" and others "evil"? Why are so many of the prime superheroes white and male? How has the superhero evolved over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries? And how might the myths be changing? Why is it that the key superhero archetypes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the X-Men - touch primal needs and experiences in everyone? Why has the superhero moved beyond the pages of comics into other media? All these topics, and more, are covered in this lively and original exploration of the reasons why the superhero - in comic books, films, and TV - is such a potent myth for our times and culture.