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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.


Thursday, July 17 2014

Out of the Shadows: The Brandon Easton Exclusive

Creative force Brandon Easton talks with Julian Chambliss about his newest documentary, the state of comics today, and the questions nobody ever asks.

Friday, April 25 2014

An Avenger for All Seasons: Captain America, Identity, and the US Experience

The key to Captain America: The Winter Soldier success is clear. It captured and integrated into the Marvel cineverse Captain America’s dedication to the common man's ideas of America.

Thursday, February 20 2014

Black Kirby NOW: An Interview with John Jennings

An Afrocentric future is born out of the inspiration and aspiration of a growing African diaspora. Of course, this promising future is a reflection of a troubled past and contested present.

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.


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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