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Julian Chambliss

Julian Chambliss is associate professor of history at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. His teaching and research areas focus on urban development and culture in United States.


Friday, May 10 2013

Re: Purpose: Is Summer 2013 a High Noon for the Superhero Movie?

Just as westerns in the 1950s addressed the role US geopolitical concerns during the Cold War, the superhero and pulp-hero movie seems to have slid comfortably into that same popcultural space.

Thursday, January 31 2013

Rethinking the Narrative: An Exclusive Conversation with Dr. Walter Greason

The debate over sexism and Eurocentrism in superhero comics simmers constantly, an easy charge for cultural critics and fans alike. Yet, the fact that superhero comicbook struggles with questions of race and gender bias should not be a surprise.

Wednesday, July 11 2012

Answers, and Questions: Clarifying Creator Rights with Chris Roberson

In April 2012, New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson re-tabled a debate around creative rights many believed long-settled...

Wednesday, May 23 2012

We Will Avenge Them Or… Be Avenged?: The Individual in the US Experience

The Avengers highlights a persistent anxiety about equality in the U.S. experience.

Tuesday, March 6 2012

Fearful Symmetry: John Carter and the Struggle of the Individual

Is John Carter a simple action movie or an indication of continuous struggle over values in the United States?


Monday, June 13 2011

Marvel, Bono, and Broadway: The Odyssey of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

The media hype has been extreme, yet the story of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is less about Bono, Julie Taymor, and a confusing production and more about comicbooks and their place in U.S. society.

Monday, February 28 2011

Dwayne McDuffie: The Space Between

In the debut issue of Hardware (April, 1993) recently passed writer Dwayne McDuffie set the tone not only for Milestone Media, but for his entire career.

Wednesday, February 16 2011

Blank Panther?: Jack Kirby, Blackness and the American Dream

Focusing a Black History Month spotlight on the nature of the American Dream, do illustrator and comics legend Jack Kirby's wrestlings black identity in his Black Panther character prove groundbreaking? Or simply the reenactment of his own identity politics?

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