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The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics
Some of you might enjoy this interview with Ramzi Fawaz:https://kpfa.org/episode/against-the-grain-april-25-2016/
Fawaz argues, amongst other things, that the X-men only became successful when it became an analogue for internationalism. The first version of the X men was made up entirely of white Americans. The reboot made the team international -- a Russian colossus, German teleporter, a Kenyan who could control the weather . . .
Also makes some interesting analogues between queer / trans families and the fantastic four.
Stan Lee -- stop inserting politics into comics! It's making them wildly successful and I don't like that.http://nyupress.org/books/9781479823086/