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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Amazing Fantasy 15 , 1962 ( The first appearance of Spiderman ) If there were a
single sentence that summed up the raison d ' etre of the comic book super hero ,
and the essential nature of their distinction from the world - then the above ...
Miller, Frank, Janson, Klaus, Varley, Lynn, Batman: The Dark Knight, DC Comics,
1986 Moore, Alan and Gibbons, Dave, Watchmen, DC Comics, 1986 Moore, Alan
, Bolland, Brian, Higgins, John, Batman: The Killing Joke DC Comics, 1988 ...
Wittgenstein , L . , Tractatus , Routledge , 2001 Wright , N . , The Classic Era of
American Comics , Prion , 2000 Film and ... Warner Brothers , 2005 Fantastic
Four , Twentieth Century Fox , 2005 Comics There is a wealth of comic and
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