Comics, The X-Men, and Popular Culture Essay

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Ismael Nava
Cultural Studies
May 9, 2013
Comics, The X-Men, and Popular Culture The genre of comic books and the characters that are included in this fictional universe have taken an importance seat in American popular culture today. Comics can serve many purposes. Comics can be the favorite entertainment material that a person chooses to read. Comics can help someone pass the time as they take a break from a walk around their local mall, airport, or grocery store. The comic book can be the form of art a person enjoys the most in reading material because it serves not only as a visual stimulant, but also provides as a getaway from the realities of life. Comics can also serve the purpose as the main literary source that a person
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Readers into fictional comics can be described as minority culture, compared to people who read factual books for entertainment or information. Financially though, this specific storyline of teenage mutants dealing with puberty and prejudice was not enough. By the late 1960’s the series was put on hold due to low demand and sales. In the middle of the 1970’s Marvel setout to try and revamp this team in order to make the series successful. Marvel introduced new characters to the team who had more diverse and international backgrounds. The Giant Sized X-Men (as the team was named) introduced international characters that could attract a bigger fan base to the series. Characters such as Nightcrawler (Great Britain), Wolverine (Canada), Colossus (Russia), and Storm (Africa) including all the original members, helped advertise the team to an American culture that was already highly internationalized. In the literature of the story line during these years, issues dealing with the Cold War and other international problems were addressed. Of these new characters, the fan base grew fond of the "Ol' Canucklehead" (Wolverine). This character served as one of the leading roles into the 1980’s for the series to expand commercially and become highly successful in the years to come. In the early 1980’s, Marvel understood the impact
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