By Jeffrey K. Johnson
236 pages; soft cover; black & white
In the eight decades since Superman's debut, comic book superheroes have become an indispensible part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs and have become ingrained in the nation's social and cultural fabric. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored and molded social trends and changes, influencing and reflecting political, social, and cultural events. This study provides a decade by decade chronicle of American history from 1938 to 2010 through the lens of superhero comics.