Posted by: Doc Comics | July 10, 2010

Week One: History, Mythic Origins, Rhetoric

WEEK ONE will be a whirlwind introduction to the Mythic Rhetoric of the American Superhero and Brummett’s Rhetoric of Popular Culture (the prior post’s comments has a primer).  We will also be considering Mythology and the origins of Superman and Batman (and Wonder Woman) in the context of the history of comics (and its variations) as we read through Batman: Year One (tho Superman: Birthright is also a good example).  As we overview Superhero Mythology, the class will also be introduced to various critical perspectives for studying them! Does America exhibit superhero worship?

For discussion: Green Lantern/ Green Arrow “Hard-Traveling Heroes”!



  1. In idol-worshipping news, the Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket Comic Con. A snippet:

    “The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

    The Onion beat WBC to this phenomenon, remarking on the rise of “Fictionology” against Scientology back in May,1327/

    And, lastly, our conversation about Chabon’s “Secret Skin” reminded me of one of my favorite naked superheros: Action League Now’s – The Flesh!

    I recommend watching a few ALN over the weekend, they’re good for the soul.

    • Wow… So “God hates Nerds” according to Rev. Phelps? Kooky. ALN is great, and reminds me of the “I’m a Marvel and I’m a DC” spoof of the Apple commercials.

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