By Jason Tondro
Few students nursed at the literary canon might dispute that wisdom of Western literature advantages readers and writers of the superhero style. This research of superhero comics as Romance literature exhibits that the opposite is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has anything to coach critics of conventional literature. developing the comedian style as a cousin to Arthurian fable, Spenser, and Shakespeare, it makes use of comics to notify readings of The Faerie Queene, The Tempest, Malory's Morte and extra, whereas making use of authors like Ben Johnson to assist clarify comics by way of Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, and supply Morrison and characters like Iron guy, the Hulk, the X-Men, and the Justice League. students of comics, medieval and Renaissance literature alike will locate it attractive.
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