The Law of Superheroes

Author: James Daily,Ryan Davidson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101600411

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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An intriguing and entertaining look at how America’s legal system would work using the world of comic books. The dynamic duo behind the popular website LawAndTheMultiverse.com breaks down even the most advanced legal concepts for every self-proclaimed nerd. James Daily and Ryan Davidson—attorneys by day and comic enthusiasts all of the time—have clearly found their vocation, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail. The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including: Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent? Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO? Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected? Does it constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole? Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals, The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.
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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes

Harnessing Our Power to Change The World

Author: Deepak Chopra

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006205967X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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“DeepakChopra has developed his own unique form of complementary, mind-body medicine.”—U.S. News & World Report Theworld needs heroes, and, as spiritual authority Deepak Chopra demonstrates inthis gripping and deeply perceptive meditation on our potential to excel, everyone of us possesses the power to help save the planet—and the strength to claimour best possible lives. For readers who draw inspiration from comic books andmovies like Ironman, The Uncanny X-Men, and Superman, forthe Peter Parkers who wonder how to unlock their inner Spider-man, Choprailluminates the path to becoming a spiritual superhero, teaching us how towield the great power of the human heart to work real changes in ourselves andin the world around us.
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The Science of Superheroes

Author: Patricia Hutchison

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 1680776622

Category: Comic strip characters

Page: 48

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Superhero stories may be fictional, but many are based in scientific principles. The Science of Superheroesexamines the science that comic book and movie-script writers build upon when creating their most fantastic stories. Easy-to-read text and vivid images bring this subject to life. Features include a table of contents, fast facts, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
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The Mythology of the Superhero

Author: Andrew R. Bahlmann

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476625182

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Green Arrow and Beowulf—and discusses such diverse characters as Batman, Wolverine, Invincible and John Constantine.
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Superheroes and Philosophy

Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way

Author: Thomas V. Morris,Matt Morris,William Irwin

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812695739

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 281

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A collection of essays by various authors that explore how superheroes deal with a variety of philosophical issues.
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The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books

Author: Terrence R. Wandtke

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786490152

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation of the oral/traditional culture of the early 20th century superhero industry in the endless variations on Superman and shows how Frederic Wertham’s anti-comic crusade in the mid–1950s helped make comics the most countercultural new medium of the 20th century. By revealing how contemporary superhero comics, like Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern and Warren Ellis’s The Authority, connect traditional aesthetics and postmodern theories, this work explains why the superhero comic book flourishes in the “new traditional” shape of our acutely self-conscious digital age.
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The Psychology of Superheroes

An Unauthorized Exploration

Author: Robin S. Rosenberg

Publisher: BenBella Books

ISBN: 1933771313

Category: Psychology

Page: 259

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Unmasking superhuman abilities and double lives, this analysis showcases nearly two dozen psychologists as their essays explore the minds of pop culture's most intriguing and daring superheroes, including Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and the X-Men. Exposing the inner thoughts that these reclusive heroes would only dare share with trained professionals, heady experts give detailed psychoanalyses of what makes specific superheroes tick while answering such questions as Why do superheroes choose to be superheroes? Why is there so much prejudice against the X-Men mutants? What makes Spider-Man so altruistic? and Why are supervillains so aggressive? Additionally, the essays tackle why superheroes have such an enduring effect on American culture.
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The Myth of the American Superhero

Author: John Shelton Lawrence,Robert Jewett

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802849113

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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From the Superman of comic books to Hollywood's big-screen action stars, Americans have long enjoyed a love affair with the superhero. In this engaging volume John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett explore the historical and spiritual roots of the superhero myth and its deleterious effect on Americas democratic vision. Arguing that the superhero is the antidemocratic counterpart of the classical monomyth described by Joseph Campbell, the authors show that the American version of the monomyth derives from tales of redemption. In settings where institutions and elected leaders always fail, the American monomyth offers heroes who combine elements of the selfless servant with the lone, zealous crusader who destroys evil. Taking the law into their own hands, these unelected figures assume total power to rid the community of its enemies, thus comprising a distinctively American form of pop fascism. Drawing widely from books, films, TV programs, video games, and places of superhero worship on the World Wide Web, the authors trace the development of the American superhero during the twentieth century and expose the mythic patterns behind the most successful elements of pop culture. Lawrence and Jewett challenge readers to reconsider the relationship of this myth to traditional religious and social values, and they show how, ultimately, these antidemocratic narratives gain the spiritual loyalties of their audiences, in the process inviting them to join in crusades against evil. Finally, the authors pose this provocative question: Can we take a holiday from democracy in our lives of fantasy and entertainment while preserving our commitment to democratic institutions and waysof life?
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Reading Comics

Language, Culture, and the Concept of the Superhero in Comic Books

Author: Mila Bongco

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317776321

Category: History

Page: 238

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Fictional Christopher Nolan

Author: Todd McGowan

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292742789

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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From Memento and Insomnia to the Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception, lies play a central role in every Christopher Nolan film. Characters in the films constantly find themselves deceived by others and are often caught up in a vast web of deceit that transcends any individual lies. The formal structure of a typical Nolan film deceives spectators about the events that occur and the motivations of the characters. While Nolan's films do not abandon the idea of truth altogether, they show us how truth must emerge out of the lie if it is not to lead us entirely astray. The Fictional Christopher Nolan discovers in Nolan's films an exploration of the role that fiction plays in leading to truth. Through close readings of all the films through Inception, Todd McGowan demonstrates that the fiction or the lie comes before the truth, and this priority forces us to reassess our ways of thinking about the nature of truth. Indeed, McGowan argues that Nolan's films reveal the ethical and political importance of creating fictions and even of lying. While other filmmakers have tried to discover truth through the cinema, Nolan is the first filmmaker to devote himself entirely to the fictionality of the medium, and McGowan discloses how Nolan uses its tendency to deceive as the basis for a new kind of philosophical filmmaking. He shows how Nolan's insistence on the priority of the fiction aligns his films with Hegel's philosophy and understands Nolan as a thoroughly Hegelian filmmaker.
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