"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 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 spy first 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.
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Director, producer and screenwriter Joss Whedon is a creative force in film, television, comic books and a host of other media. This book provides an authoritative survey of all of Whedon’s work, ranging from his earliest scriptwriting on Roseanne, through his many movie and TV undertakings—Toy Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dr. Horrible, The Cabin in the Woods, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—to his forays into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The book covers both the original texts of the Whedonverse and the many secondary works focusing on Whedon’s projects, including about 2000 books, essays, articles, documentaries and dissertations.
Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, this ultimate AtoZ compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil. With nearly 200 entries examining more than 1,000 heroes, icons and their place in popular culture, it is the first comprehensive profile of superheroes across all media, following their path from comic book stardom to radio, television, movies, and novels. The best-loved and most historically significant superheroes—mainstream and counterculture, famous and forgotten, best and worst—are presented with numerous full-color illustrations, including dozens of classic comic covers. Each significant era of the superhero is explored—from the Golden Age of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s through the Modern Age—providing a unique perspective of the role of the hero over the course of the 20th century and beyond. This latest edition has been revised to reflect updates on existing characters, coverage of new characters, and recent films and media trends in the last several years.
From spy to Avenger, the enigmatic Black Widow has lived many secret lives. But how do these disparate episodes add up to the life of the heroic Avenger, and what is the thread connects her past to her future? Get ready for the solo film Marvel's Black Widow with this glimpse into the storied history of Natasha Romanoff in this story set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! COLLECTING: MARVEL'S BLACK WIDOW PRELUDE 1-2, TBD
Today, superheroes are more popular than ever, with action-packed movies, TV shows, comic books, graphic novels, and other genres celebrating themThe craft has become more sophisticated, the stories more intricate, with the entire art-form now elevated and celebrated. For as long as characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, etc. have been a part of popular culture, the oldest "modern" superhero is only just over 80 years old, that being Superman. Now, in a new Special Edition from LIFE, Rise of the Superhero, which includes an introduction by the legendary Stan Lee, the editors of LIFE trace the superhero phenomenon from its earliest days, then explores the superheroes of today, through historical and current photographs and entertaining text. Essays place the evolution of various superheroes throughout the context of world events through each decade, antiheroes are explored, and the technology that has been used to create the movies and comic books - and influenced the stories - is explained, giving the reader a complete and concise history of the genre. An exclusive bonus showcases the great Adam West, the original TV Batman, with little-seen photos. Celebrate the history of great superheroes with this keepsake collectible.
Once a Russian super spy, Natasha Romanova--code named Black Widow--is now a member of the most elite teams in the Marvel Universe--The Mighty Avengers! But how did Natasha go from being a spy to being one of earth's mightiest heroes? Be here to find out as Black Widow Joins the Mighty Avenegrs!
Collecting Black Widow (1999) #1-3, Black Widow (2001) #1-3 And Black Widow: Pale Little Spider #1-3. Natasha Romanoff has always led a life of adventure. A former Soviet spy, she defected to the West and became a super hero and Avenger. Natasha has earned a reputation as a consummate professional, coldly efficient and deadly as her namesake. But now, her time as Black Widow may be running out! Yelena Belova is the first student in the history of the Red Room to exceed Natashas skills and now shes gunning for the mantle she feels was stolen from her. And shes determined to put Natasha in the grave! Prepare for a war of the Widows that will rage from the Middle Easts deserts to New Yorks Upper West Side. And explore the history of the pale little spider in a never-before-collected tale!
The Marvel Avenger known as Black Widow is ready to strike in her first Little Golden Book! Meet Marvel's super-spy hero Black Widow, the Avenger who knows how to pack a punch even when faced with the baddest of the bad guys. Boys and girls ages 2 to 5 will love this action-packed Little Golden Book as they learn about the Black Widow--from all her amazing skills to her faithful friends and fiercest foes.
Collects Secret Avengers (2010) #1-12. Steve Rogers has a big secret! The former Captain America has assembled a special-ops squad to counter the worlds deadliest threats. But who are the Secret Avengers? Spy intrigue meets super hero action as the Super-Soldier, Black Widow, War Machine, Ant-Man, Valkyrie, Moon Knight and more take on a case that crosses dimensions and lands on Martian soil and somehow involves Nick Fury! Then, the Celestial Order of the Hai-Dai launches a brazen attack on Shang-Chi. Its mission? To return him to his father, a man of consummate evil who has perpetuated his brand of wickedness and corruption for more than 3,000 years! Can Steves stealth team and an old friend from his World War II days save the Master of Kung Fu? Ed Brubakers blockbuster run is collected in full!
An upbeat evaluation of the superhero genre traces its roots in mythology, science fiction, and pulp magazines while chronicling its development to current venues in film, literature, and graphic novels. Original.