Putting Anti-Fascism Back into Comics

Captain America punching Adolf Hitler on the cover of Captain America issue #1 from 1941.

There are many examples of Superheroes from the Golden Age of comics (Late 1930s to mid-1950s) that were created as direct opponents of fascism, and many villains represented, or literally considered fascists. Jack Kirby, the creator of Captain America and many other major characters in the Marvel Universe, is famous for his efforts to ward […]

Body Politics: Gender and Socialization in Fun Home

Pictured here is the image attached to Bechdel's Chapter Four: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

by MILEN MEHARI Gender, a socially constructed concept, is heavily dependent on social policing in the production of gender norms. While social policing is typically observed as an activity that the general public inflicts onto apparent deviants of this norm, everyone takes part in the policing of gender. Even those who stray from gender norms […]

Captain America: A Political Move

With the introduction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all the movies that file under that, people are generally aware of who Captain America is:  he dresses in the United States flag and is a modern-day Uncle Sam.  He truly is because he was created as a political move. The first Captain America comic was […]