The Resource American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema : The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre, By Anthony R. Mills

American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema : The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre, By Anthony R. Mills

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American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema : The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre
Title
American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema
Title remainder
The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre
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By Anthony R. Mills
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Language
eng
Summary
"Stan Lee, who was the head writer of Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, co-created such popular heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and Daredevil. This book traces the ways in which American theologians and comic books of the era were not only both saying things about what it means to be human, but, starting with Lee they were largely saying the same things. Author Anthony R. Mills argues that the shift away from individualistic ideas of human personhood and toward relational conceptions occurring within both American theology and American superhero comics and films does not occur simply on the ontological level, but is also inherent to epistemology and ethics, reflecting the comprehensive nature of human life in terms of being, knowing, and acting. This book explores the idea of the "American monomyth" that pervades American hero stories and examines its philosophical and theological origins and specific manifestations in early American superhero comics. Surveying the anthropologies of six American theologians who argue against many of the monomyth's assumptions, principally the staunch individualism taken to be the model of humanity, and who offer relationality as a more realistic and ethical alternative, this book offers a detailed argument for the intimate historical relationship between the now disparate fields of comic book/superhero film creation, on the one hand, and Christian theology, on the other, in the United States. An understanding of the early connections between theology and American conceptions of heroism helps to further make sense of their contemporary parallels, wherein superhero stories and theology are not strictly separate phenomena but have shared origins and concerns. "--
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1978-
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Mills, Anthony R.
Dewey number
741.5/973
Index
index present
LC call number
PN6712
LC item number
.M55 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Routledge studies in religion and film
Series volume
2
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  • Lee, Stan
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Superheroes
  • Superhero films
  • RELIGION / General
  • ART / Techniques / Cartooning
  • ART / Film & Video
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American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema : The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre, By Anthony R. Mills
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-203) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Historical and Theological Background of the Anthropology of the American Monomyth -- The Anthropology of the American Monomyth in Golden Age Superhero Comics (1938-1961) -- The "Turn to Relationality" in American Theological Anthropology -- The "Turn to Reality" in Silver Age Superhero Comics and Beyond (1961-present) -- Subverting the Anthropology of the American Monomyth in Marvel Comics Superhero Films (1998-2012) -- Conclusion: Anthropological Proposals
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
205 pages
Isbn
9780415843584
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013022303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40022723962
System control number
(OCoLC)847246531
Label
American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema : The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre, By Anthony R. Mills
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-203) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Historical and Theological Background of the Anthropology of the American Monomyth -- The Anthropology of the American Monomyth in Golden Age Superhero Comics (1938-1961) -- The "Turn to Relationality" in American Theological Anthropology -- The "Turn to Reality" in Silver Age Superhero Comics and Beyond (1961-present) -- Subverting the Anthropology of the American Monomyth in Marvel Comics Superhero Films (1998-2012) -- Conclusion: Anthropological Proposals
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
205 pages
Isbn
9780415843584
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013022303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40022723962
System control number
(OCoLC)847246531

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