Comic Book Justice is where I share my thoughts on the idea of justice as it is presented in the world of comic books (a.k.a. graphic novels, sequential art, manga, etc.) and how it works, or doesn’t work, in the world of comic book readers. It addresses topics including:
- the focus on social justice issues of the earliest comic book superheroes and how that focus has shifted, back and forth, over the past 70 years (such as Superman’s initial pre-WWII role as a champion of the oppressed and underprivileged)
- whether and how the comics art form should be used to address real world concerns for which there are no comic book solutions (such as the War on Terror)
- how comics have influenced and been influenced by our country’s social and political history (such as during the 1954 Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency)
- issues of justice within the comics industry (such as censorship and the treatment of comics creators by their publishers)
Of course, I may also occasionally post observations about comics that aren’t related to issues of justice and vice-versa, as well as thoughts unrelated to either—although I have a talent for relating most topics back to one or both of these subjects.
My goal is to convince people that justice isn’t just something that should exist in comic books and that comics is a uniquely American art form as well-suited as any other to address serious social concerns (and tell great stories).
Thanks for visiting.
Richard De Angelis