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Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence
The Evolution of a National Icon

J. Richard Stevens

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3091-3    |    2018

Cloth $44.95s    |    978-0-8156-3395-2    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5320-2

Reveals how the comic book hero has evolved to maintain relevance to America’s fluctuating ideas of masculinity and patriotism.

"Stevens uses Captain America’s shifting identity to relate the story of [Marvel’s] tumultuous journey over the course of six decades, and he presents his examination in a clear and concise fashion that will appeal to communication and pop culture scholars, historians, and even comic book fans longing for an in-depth analysis of Marvel Comics."—Popular Culture Studies Journal

"Stevens sketches an intriguing history that follows Captain America from his violent, nationalistic beginnings as a crusader against first Nazis and then Communists through his evolution into a liberal crusader in the 1970s, a hyper-commercialized leader in the 1980s, and a superficial icon in the 1990s."—Choice

  Captain America,

J. Richard Stevens   J. Richard Stevens is assistant professor in media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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6 x 9, 416 pages, notes, works cited, index

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