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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

The Phantom Comics and the New Left

A Socialist Superhero

Authors: Aman, Robert

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  • One of the first in-depth texts focused on the foundational superhero, the Phantom
    ​Contributes to the ever-growing body of literature on the rise of the New Left, the student revolts, the solidarity movements and other events associated with the leftist radicalization during the 1960s-1970s
    Details how The Phantom offers a direct commentary on Sweden’s perception of its own role in the world as a leading proponent of international solidarity

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This book is about the Phantom in Sweden, or, more correctly, about Sweden in the Phantom. Robert Aman uncovers how a peripheral American superhero – created in 1936 by Lee Falk – that has been accused of both racism and sexism has become a national concern in a country that several researchers have labelled the most antiracist and gender equal in the world. When a group of Swedish creators began their official production of licensed scripts based on The Phantomcomic in 1972, the character was redefined through the prism of New Left ideology. The plots of these comics, besides aiming to entertain, also sought to affirm for readers the righteousness and validity of an ideological doctrine that, at the time, was dominant among the Swedish public and influential in the country’s foreign policy. Ultimately, Aman demonstrates how the Swedish Phantom embodies values and a political point of view that reflect how Sweden sees itself and its role in the world.

 

About the authors

Robert Aman is Senior Lecturer in Education at Linköping University, Sweden. He primarily conducts research on ideology, national identity and the politics of representation in comics. He has published a number of articles in journals such as Third Text, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and Cultural Studies. He is the author of Decolonising Intercultural Education: Colonial Differences, the Geopolitics of Knowledge, and Inter-Epistemic Dialogue (2017) and Impossible Interculturality?: Education and the Colonial Difference in a Multicultural World (2014).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Phantom Comics and the New Left
Book Subtitle
A Socialist Superhero
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39800-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39800-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39799-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 137
Number of Illustrations
47 b/w illustrations
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