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New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics

Ramzi Fawaz


The New Mutants examines how the American superhero became a cultural embodiment of the political aspirations of racial and gendered minorities in the post-WWII period. The book uncovers how the transformation of the superhero from an icon of white masculinity and patriotism before WWII into a genetic and species outcast in the 1960s made this figure of popular culture available for a variety of cosmopolitan visions of queer, feminist, and minority belonging across the latter half of the 20th century. This creative innovation placed value on the superhero’s literal and figurative openness to a ... More

Keywords: comic books, cosmopolitanism, DC Comics, fantasy, liberalism, Marvel Comics, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479814336
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479814336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ramzi Fawaz, author
University of Wisconsin, Madison