Wonder Woman Against the Nazis! Gendering Comic Book Villainy in DC Comics, Representations of Nazism in Postwar Popular Culture

Ruth McClelland-Nugent, Ruth E Nugent

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Abstract

Several DC Comics featured Nazis as villains in the 1960s and 1970s. In this period, the authors explained to a new generation of readers of why Nazism was villainous. Comics with largely male protagonists (Sergeant Rock, Unknown Solider, Haunted Tank, and Justice League) and tend to emphasize racism, the Holocaust, and brutality. By contrast, Wonder Woman comics add another element in addition to those previously listed: misogyny. Wonder Woman's authors used information and ideas from the original 1940s comics to inform their work, preserving a pop culture history of Nazi misogyny at a time when academic history had not explored this theme.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMonsters in the Mirror
Subtitle of host publicationRepresentations of Nazism in Postwar Popular Culture
EditorsAbbenhuis Maartje, Buttsworth Sara
PublisherPraeger
Pages131-154
ISBN (Print)0313382166
StatePublished - Aug 31 2010

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