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Marvels Black Widow from Spy to Superhero

Sherry Ginn



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McFarland and Company
09 March 2017
Graphic novel & Manga artwork; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Fiction-related items; Essays; Superheroes; Marvel Universe
First appearing in Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, was introduced to movie audiences in Iron Man 2 (2010). Her character has grown in popularity with subsequent Marvel films, and fans have been vocal about wanting to see Black Widow in a titular role. Romanoff has potent appeal: a strong female character who is not defined by her looks or her romantic relationships, with the skill set of a veteran spyfirst for the KGB, then for S.H.I.E.L.D. This collection of new essays is the first to examine Black Widow and her development, from Cold War era comics to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Edited by:   Sherry Ginn
Imprint:   McFarland and Company
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   249g
ISBN:   9780786498192
ISBN 10:   0786498196
Pages:   277
Publication Date:   09 March 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sherry Ginn teaches psychology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina, USA. She is author or editor of books on women, on sex and on time travel in science fiction television, and the award-winning series Farscape and Fringe.

Reviews for Marvels Black Widow from Spy to Superhero

Ginn's collection of nine excellent essays explores the comic book and cinema portrayal of Black Widow of the Avengers franchise by showcasing a superheroine who uses her language as a weapon, inverts gender roles, and combines both masculine and feminine character traits in order to exemplify a woman who is brave, brazen, and 'badass.' --Richard J. Gray II, Associate Professor of French, Ashland University; Until Marvel finally makes a Black Widow movie, Sherry Ginn gives fans the next best thing: compelling, historically grounded essays that examine the character over 50 years of comics, film, merchandise, and fandom. --Tara Prescott, editor of Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century; Ginn has made Black Widow central to the entire Marvel project and has done so in an insightful and readable fashion. Black Widow has long been among the more important superheroes, and Ginn brings together essays that assess the character's significance that all popular culture scholars will relish. Marvel has been guilty of underplaying the character of Black Widow...one can only hope they read this book as Ginn brings together essays that convince the reader of her importance. --Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 1970s American Myth and History.

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