American History and the American Superhero

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Like jazz and baseball, like so much that is distinctly American, the comic book superhero is born in the country’s margins. This is the story of that birth and its unimaginable legacy. Jeffrey Johnson is a WWII historian at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the author of Super-History: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society. 

Photo Credit: Public Domain [L-R: Batman, Stan Lee, Spiderman, Jerry Siegel, Superman in Action Comics #1, Joe Shuster, Captain America]

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