Just a Myth: The Contemporary Mythology of Early Superman Comics
Myths are a staple of human culture. They are inspired by us, created by us, and serve to inspire us and subsequent generations after us. Myths have been our religion, our hopes, our fears, and our realities. These stories' can be embellished or otherwise. They can explain our deepest mysteries and offer solace for grieving. Myths are a quintessential aspect of the human story. Myths can elevate the ordinary and make divine heroes out of real individuals. My thesis shows that myths are not only limited to the ancient world but are part of a living field of stories. My thesis intends to display how comic books can serve as contemporary mythology to American culture. The thesis compares the optimism of American culture during the 1920s with the optimistic nature of comics during this very same period. The first four issues that Superman appears in are analyzed to demonstrate how the comics changed with the era. The thesis then attempts to make the point that these comics are the mythology of America during The Great Depression. These claims are supported by a historical overview of the varying types of mythology and compare Superman’s comics with elements of classical mythology. The thesis attempts to show that our mythological heroes might have changed, but the core elements remain.
|Work Title||Just a Myth: The Contemporary Mythology of Early Superman Comics|
|License||No Copyright - U.S.|
|Publication Date||August 15, 2022|
|Deposited||August 15, 2022|
This resource is currently not in any collection.