17-year-old Henry Wilson Worthington is an average teenager who could never guess what girls are thinking or convince his mother he is not ready for college... Not yet, anyway. But when Henry discovers he has the uncanny ability to read minds and induce thoughts, his plans for any conceivable future-- college or otherwise-- are swept aside: government agents from Area 51 recruit him into a Top Secret organization based in a quiet Westchester County, New York community. A simple suburban home is where Henry secretly meets mythical creatures, other "gifted" people and even an extra-terrestrial cat-dog creature who closely mentors him in the Arts of Magical and Mystical Science. But when a coven of evil witches seek vengeance and begin destroying the entire nation, Henry must overcome his fears and doubts to quickly master his mental might in the ultimate adventurous battle of science, magic and mayhem!
Painkiller and King have laid a deadly trap for Black Lightning. The police have the vigilante in their sights. Unless Black Lightning takes the heat, the Royal Family gang will be slaughtered in the crossfire.
Back Issue #114 is busting loose with Black Superheroes of the 1970s, featuring the Bronze Age history of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire! Plus: a retrospective of artist BILLY GRAHAM, Black Panther censorship in the UK, Black Goliath, a TONY ISABELLA interview, Black Lightning After Isabella, the Teen Titans’ Mal Duncan, DON McGREGOR and PAUL GULACY’s Sabre, and… Black Bomber (who?). Featuring CHRIS CLAREMONT, J. M. DeMATTEIS, STEVE ENGLEHART, ROY THOMAS, TREVOR VON EEDEN, and more, under a classic Luke Cage cover by the Irreverent Billy Graham. Edited by MICHAEL EURY.
Poetry. BLACK LIGHTNING is about the Great Irish Hunger and immigration to America. Jean Flanagan teaches literature and writing at Pine Manor College and Middlesex Community College. She also teaches in the Changing Lives Through Literature Program at Roxbury District Court. The author has also written Ibbetson Street (Garden Street Press, 1993).
Taking a multifaceted approach to attitudes toward race through popular culture and the American superhero, All New, All Different? explores a topic that until now has only received more discrete examination. Considering Marvel, DC, and lesser-known texts and heroes, this illuminating work charts eighty years of evolution in the portrayal of race in comics as well as in film and on television. Beginning with World War II, the authors trace the vexed depictions in early superhero stories, considering both Asian villains and nonwhite sidekicks. While the emergence of Black Panther, Black Lightning, Luke Cage, Storm, and other heroes in the 1960s and 1970s reflected a cultural revolution, the book reveals how nonwhite superheroes nonetheless remained grounded in outdated assumptions. Multiculturalism encouraged further diversity, with 1980s superteams, the minority-run company Milestone’s new characters in the 1990s, and the arrival of Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani-American heroine, and a new Latinx Spider-Man in the 2000s. Concluding with contemporary efforts to make both a profit and a positive impact on society, All New, All Different? enriches our understanding of the complex issues of racial representation in American popular culture.
Studies in Philosophy of Race, Science Fiction Cinema, and Superhero Stories
Author: Christopher M. Baker
Publisher: Springer Nature
Category: Electronic books
This book argues that "race" and "whiteness" are central to the construction of the modern world. Constructive Theology needs to take them seriously as primary theological problems. In doing so, Constructive Theology must fundamentally change its approach, and draw from the emerging field of Philosophy of Race. Christopher M. Baker develops a genealogy of race that understands "whiteness" as a kind secular soteriology, and develops a counternarrative theological method informed by resources from Philosophy of Race. He then deploys that method to read science fiction cinema and superhero stories as cultural, racial, and theological documents that can be critically engaged and redeployed as counternarratives to dominant racial narratives. Christopher M. Baker holds a PhD in Theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, USA and teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies at College of DuPage, USA.
Comic books and superhero stories mirror essential societal values and beliefs. We can be Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Ham, Black Panther or Rocket Raccoon through our everyday choices. We can't fly, fix hyper drives or hear human heartbeats a mile away, but we can think about what Matt Murdock would do in a conflict, how Superman would respond to natural disasters and how Captain America would handle humanitarian crises. This book analyzes the impact of dozens of comics by examining the noble personalities, traits and actions of the main characters. Chapters detail how superheroes, comic books and other pop culture phenomena offer more than pure entertainment, and how we can better model ourselves after our favorite heroes. Through our good deeds, quick thinking and positive choices, we can become more like superheroes than we ever imagined.
This compilation of essential information on 100 superheroes from comic book issues, various print and online references, and scholarly analyses provides readers all of the relevant material on superheroes in one place. • Examines in detail how superheroes and superheroines have appeared in comics and other media over the decades • Shows how superheroes and superheroines have reflected the hopes, fears, and values of American society at any given period • Provides scholarly material that gives readers additional important historical context in five essays • Ensures that diverse and obscure superheroes and superheroines are given equal coverage
The African American influence on popular culture is among the most sweeping and lasting this country has seen. Despite a history of institutionalized racism, black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs have had enormous impact on American popular culture. Pioneers such as Oscar Michaeux, Paul Robeson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill Bojangles Robinson, and Bessie Smith paved the way for Jackie Robinson, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and Bill Cosby, who in turn opened the door for Spike Lee, Dave Chappelle, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. Today, hip hop is the most powerful element of youth culture; white teenagers outnumber blacks as purchasers of rap music; black-themed movies are regularly successful at the box office, and black writers have been anthologized and canonized right alongside white ones. Though there are still many more miles to travel and much to overcome, this three-volume set considers the multifaceted influence of African Americans on popular culture, and sheds new light on the ways in which African American culture has come to be a fundamental and lasting part of America itself. To articulate the momentous impact African American popular culture has had upon the fabric of American society, these three volumes provide analyses from academics and experts across the country. They provide the most reliable, accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive treatment of key topics, works, and themes in African American popular culture for a new generation of readers. The scope of the project is vast, including: popular historical movements like the Harlem Renaissance; the legacy of African American comedy; African Americans and the Olympics; African Americans and rock 'n roll; more contemporary articulations such as hip hop culture and black urban cinema; and much more. One goal of the project is to recuperate histories that have been perhaps forgotten or obscured to mainstream audiences and to demonstrate how African Americans are not only integral to American culture, but how they have always been purveyors of popular culture.