A Comparative Analysis of Female Characters in Empire and Watchmen

By Jumoke Giwa.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Comic books have been a part of popular culture since the early decades of the 20th century. They detail adventurous stories of iconic characters whose super heroic feats are embedded in the memories of generations of readers. Comics bridged generational divides, as they progressively became a part of most people’s lives through pivotal historic moments like the Great Depression, World War II and the Vietnam War. Some of comic books’ patrons will often carry their passion for the comics into adulthood and introduce their own children to these books and their iconic superheroes. Though the superheroes’ growth in the narratives is often not in proportion to the ageing process of everyday people, the stories still function as a form of collective element around which both young and old fans can rally and reminisce. This genre of literature has been subjected to various issues and challenges, including the debates about what constitutes proper subject matter. These debates would lead to the establishment of the comic codes of 1948 and 1954. Other popular culture artifacts (like films) have faced similar challenges in order to establish themselves and retain their followership. The superheroes, and perhaps super-villains, of comic books are arguably unique in their characterizations. Over the years, comic book superheroes have been a source of inspiration for both young and old fans. Comic readers can aspire to the ideals espoused by both male and female superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Keywords: Feminism, Superhero, Super-villain, Empire, Watchmen, Gender

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 616.492KB).

Jumoke Giwa

Graduate Student, Interdisciplinary studies in Popular Culture, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

I am a graduate student at Brock University. My research interests are in the areas of the representation of women in media artifacts, like movies and online communities.


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