Posted by: Doc Comics | September 13, 2011

Superheroes, Myth, Genre: Week 3

monomyth.jpg

Campbell’s “Monomyth” is a solid beginning point…

This week we’re considering Rushing & Frentz’s “Mythic Perspective” and Peter Coogan’s “Superhero Genre” approach, which make for an interesting contrast. While Rushing & Frentz have us reflecting upon how we can find and make meaning from these tutelary archetypes, Coogan argues for Mission, Powers, and Identity (and Supervillains) as unique and distinguishing literary elements of superhero narratives (with notable challenge by Henry Jenkins to his historical typology).

Image result for superhero genre

Our comic of the week is 1979’s X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA, a Marvel epic that raises fascinating issues about Superheroines and superpowers, the lines between superhero and supervillain, and X-Men editor Jim Shooter’s intervention into the ending of this now-classic tale! Be sure to follow the ‘comments’ section in the above link for discussion questions!

EXTRA BONUS: MoreFun Tim’s Soapbox!!

Advertisements

Responses

  1. If The Hellfire Club sounds familiar, they were the villains in the recent X-MEN: First Class film.

  2. Waitasec… Turns out Phoenix had to die while Galactus had to be saved?!? Holy head-scratcher!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: