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Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon

Batman Unmasked Analyzing a Cultural Icon A work of scholarship and a labor of love This is the definitive history of the Batman in all media comics film television and the internet The book s combination of rigorous historical research and

  • Title: Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon
  • Author: Will Brooker
  • ISBN: 9780826413437
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • A work of scholarship and a labor of love This is the definitive history of the Batman in all media comics, film, television and the internet The book s combination of rigorous historical research and a witty, fluid writing style make it both vastly instructive and vastly entertaining Roberta Pearson, editor of The Many Lives of the Batman Will appeal to avid studeA work of scholarship and a labor of love This is the definitive history of the Batman in all media comics, film, television and the internet The book s combination of rigorous historical research and a witty, fluid writing style make it both vastly instructive and vastly entertaining Roberta Pearson, editor of The Many Lives of the Batman Will appeal to avid students of pop culture and comics, and a gay cult audienceBrooker s impressive overview of Batman s history reflects on the masked one s origins, early arch rivals and the introduction of Robin, and concentrates on four periods WWII, the mid 1950s, the 60s and the 90s In 1954, child psychologist Fredric Wertham attacked the comic book industry noting homoerotic undercurrents between Batman and Robin Brooker s lengthy and fascinating gay reading supports Wertham s claim, albeit with a positive, postmodern twist After recalling the campy image of Batman spawned by ABC s 1960s TV show, the author takes a look at Batman writers, fans, fanzines and the Net, concluding with a hilarious chapter on how his research was ridiculed by the British media Publishers Weekly Brooker s account is bolstered by his fan expertise This book usefully expands upon The Many Lives of Batman Recommended Library Journal A historical, detailed, deep analysis of Batman as a cultural icon in America This isn t a simple polemic or surface shallow analysis This is deep stuff analyzing art styles, histories, individual panels, cultural concepts, and historical documents plenty of startling revelations and analyses This is a stunningly well done, intelligent book It s proof that comics are not throwaway ephemera, but real, vital, analyzable parts of our culture It s also a must have for the hardcore Batman fan and comics fan who doesn t mind some ideas being challenged super heroes Brooker cuts through the mumbo jumbo to deliver incisive analysis and very sharp reporting, particularly on the comic book s homoerotic subtext and on the 60 s TV show s knowing self mockery, as well as on how the official 21st Century Batman nods to both Entertainment WeeklyOver the sixty years of his existence, Batman has encountered an impressive array of cultural icons and has gradually become one himself This fascinating book examines what Batman means and has meant to the various audiences, groups and communities who have tried to control and interpret him over the decades Brooker reveals the struggles over Batman s meaning by shining a light on the cultural issues of the day that impacted on the development of the character They include patriotic propaganda of the Second World War the accusation that Batman was corrupting the youth of America by appearing to promote a homosexual lifestyle to the fans of his comics Batman becoming a camp, pop culture icon through the ABC TV series of the sixties fans interpretation of Batman in response to the comics and the Warner Bros franchise of films.

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    1. From my blog Reviewing ComicsAlthough books focused on superhero comics are not unheard of, such an in depth study of a single character like Will Brooker's investigation of Batman is still a very welcome entry.In his own words, "This book is an investigation, a detection, a 'forensic examination' of the disparate texts which have borne the signifier 'Batman' over 60 years, in an attempt to reconstruct their context and hence recover the meanings carried by this cultural icon at key moments in h [...]

    2. The last thing I expected when I picked up this book was an academic treatise on Batman's impact on culture.Brooker starts and ends his book with discussions of readings and authorship - discussing ownership and fandom, interpretation and critique. Who owns Batman? Who determines who Batman is? As much a dialogue on Batman as it is a discourse on interpretation of art and literature, they bookend an interesting cultural chronology. In between, he takes a tour through Batman, beginning with his r [...]

    3. This was a remarkable analysis of Batman as a cultural icon. Will Brooker lays out some excellent ideas concerning the development of Batman from his origins nearly a century ago; he covers topics as diverse as gay readings of the Batman character, all the way to the signature aesthetic of the various artists and writers who've found themselves responsible for the Dark Knight. I would be interested in reading an updated text, now that Nolan's trilogy has been completed. I'm sure that Brooker wou [...]

    4. The central theme behind this was that The Bat was created as a broken little boy became obsessed with vengence and grew into a man. Along the way though he starts to add people to his crazy life and make them into his own version of a family.That was certainly true of the character a few years ago, and after some changes he's gradually come back to it. I happen to enjoy this interpretation of the character. (Especially when there's women in the mix and now that Dick and Tim have both become ado [...]

    5. This is an impressive piece of work, but at times heavy going and a bit dense for me, which also kind of spoils some of the fun of the subject matter. Although its an academic book, and well researched, sometimes we need to remember the entertainment value of popular culture too !The book is nonetheless a great example of just how under the skin you can go with cultural studies and that popular culture icons are as worthy of study as any other.Only for the hardcore!

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