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Author Wood, Christopher, 1972- author.

Title Heroes masked and mythic : echoes of ancient archetypes in comic book characters / Christopher Wood.

Publication Info. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2021]
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction-NEW  741.5973 WOO    AVAILABLE
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Description ix, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Captain America : an Achilles for the modern age -- Wonder Woman : echoes of the Amazon warrior -- A mind for war : Odysseus and the iron avenger -- Unstoppable rage : the Incredible Hulk and the Greek Berserker -- The heart of the African warrior : Memnon and Black Panther -- He who commands the sea : Proteus, Scamander and denizens of the deep -- Double trouble : divine twins in the epic tradition -- Defending the epic city : Gotham and Troy -- Swift and true : tales of the epic archer -- Gods among us : hero as man and Superman -- Wind walkers and winged warriors : Hawkman, Falcon and the sons of Boreas -- Dangerous beauty : Helen of Troy and the femme fatale -- The hand of fate : the infinity gauntlet and the Moirai.
Summary "Epic battles, hideous monsters and a host of petty gods-the world of Classical mythology continues to fascinate and inspire. Heroes like Herakles, Achilles and Perseus have influenced Western art and literature for centuries, and today are reinvented in the modern superhero. What does Iron Man have to do with the Homeric hero Odysseus? How does the African warrior Memnon compare with Marvel's Black Panther? Do DC's Wonder Woman and Xena the Warrior Princess reflect the tradition of Amazon women such as Penthesileia? How does the modern superhero's journey echo that of the epic warrior? With fresh insight into ancient Greek texts and historical art, this book examines modern superhero archetypes and iconography in film as the crystallization of the hero's journey in the modern imagination"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-250) and index.
Subject Superheroes -- United States -- Greek influences.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Archetype (Psychology)
Genre Graphic novels.
ISBN 9781476683157 (softcover)
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