Heroes and Villains
Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.
Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.
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Cf . Journey into Mystery 87 and 89 for example , Marvel Comics , 1962 , 1963 .
15 . Cf . The Amazing Spiderman 4 and 5 , Marvel Comics , 1963 , for an early
example of this but similarly the more contemporary retelling of the Spiderman
Most of it is only available from specialist comic shops such as Forbidden Planet .
Here is just a very small sample of the material I ' ve drawn on for this book .
Batman 47 , DC Comics , 1948 Journey into Mystery 87 and 89 , Marvel Comics ...
... Comics , 1986 Moore , Alan and Gibbons , Dave , Watchmen , DC Comics ,
1986 Moore , Alan , Bolland , Brian , Higgins , John , Batman : The Killing Joke
DC Comics , 1988 Davis , A . and Neary , P . Wolverine : Bloodlust , Marvel
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