Comic Books And Their Influence On Society

1626 WordsMay 3, 20167 Pages
Anyone can be a hero, regardless of the colour of their skin, who they love, or what religion they affiliate with. Superheroes are no different, although comics and their adaptations have a history of contradicting this reality. Comic books and their related renditions have often overlooked minority characters, like influential media has a tendency to, without regard to their audience (Aucoin, 2014). Superheroes have become an integral part of popular (pop) culture: the cultural preference of the mainstream populace, which holds considerable command on cultural and moral values of a society (Crossman, 2014). Because superheroes have such a powerful social presence in pop culture, it is important for them to be as diverse as their audience. Comic books have long withstanding been an integral part of pop culture, beginning in the early 20th century and continuing to influence entertainment outlets even in modern times. Comic books gained notoriety through their utilization of larger than life superheroes: beings of noble cause and great power who use their skills for good. Comic books became the medium of modern mythology, their heroes rising up to challenge the afflictions of history (Romaniello, n.d.). Heroes emerged in response to national crises. From Superman and the Great Depression, to Captain America and World War II, and the X-Men as an allusion for homosexuality, superheroes became beacons of hope and morale, to help people better understand and relate to civil
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