Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books, 1945-1962

Authors: Huxley, David

  • One of the first books to offer extended academic analysis on Western comics, despite the vast number of Western comics
  • Raises issues of the nature of heroism and the role of violence in the construction of masculinity in lone hero figures
  • Details how myths were created virtually contemporaneously to the actual events on which they were based
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About this book

This book examines the role of comics in the perpetuation of the myth of the American West. In particular, it looks at the ways in which lone central characters, and their acts of violence, are posited as heroic. In doing so, the book raises questions both about the role of women in a supposedly male space, in addition to the portrayal of Native Americans within the context of this violence. Various adaptations of historical figures, such as Buffalo Bill and Billy the Kid, as well as film and television stars such as The Lone Ranger and Dale Evans are examined in detail. Although concentrating on American comics, examples both from Britain and France are also analyzed.

About the authors

David Huxley is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is the editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He is the author of Nasty Tales: Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll in the British Underground and co-editor of Superheroes and Identities.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Huxley, David

    Pages 1-7

  • Inventing and Selling “Buffalo Bill” in Comic Books, 1949–1957

    Huxley, David

    Pages 9-32

  • Billy the Kid: The Outlaw as Lone Hero, 1952–1958

    Huxley, David

    Pages 33-49

  • Roping n’ Riding: Selling Western Stars, 1946–1962

    Huxley, David

    Pages 51-82

  • Conclusion

    Huxley, David

    Pages 83-86

Buy this book

eBook 44,02 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93085-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 58,84 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93084-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books, 1945-1962
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93085-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93085-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93084-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 90
Number of Illustrations
15 illustrations in colour
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