This book explores how the heroes and villains of popular comic books—and the creators of these icons of our culture—reflect the American experience out of which they sprang, and how they have achieved relevance by adapting to, and perhaps influencing, the evolving American character.
• Includes contributions from 70 expert contributors and leading scholars in the field, with some of the entries written with the aid of popular comic book creators themselves
• Provides sidebars within each entry that extend readers' understanding of the subject
• Offers "Essential Works" and "Further Reading" recommendations
• Includes a comprehensive bibliography