The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel's Jade Giant in Changing Times

full name / name of organization: 
Joseph J. Darowski
contact email: 
darowskij@byui.edu

The editor of The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on Marvel’s Jade Giant in Changing Times is seeking abstracts for essays which could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between Incredible Hulk comic books (or comic books featuring Hulk-related characters) and the culture when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Hulk comic books and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to The Ages of Superman, The Ages of Wonder Woman, The Ages of the X-Men, The Ages of the Avengers, and The Ages of Iron Man.

Potential chapters include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Controlling the Bomb: A Scientist’s Unintended Consequences in The Incredible Hulk
-Nuclear Power, the U.S. Military, and Fear: The Weaponization of Bruce Banner
-Balance of Power: The Hulk’s Awkward Role in The Avengers
-The Hulk Versus the U.S. Military in the Vietnam War Era
-The Two Sides of Nuclear Power: Bruce Banner and Samuel Sterns
-Hulk Versus the Abomination: Cold War Politics in Superhero Adventures
-She-Hulk and the Working Woman
-The Incredible Hulk: Crossroads and the Search for Identity
-Raising Awareness of Child Abuse in Marvel Comics and a New Origin for the Hulk
-Future Imperfect: Unchecked Power After the Cold War
-Addressing AIDS in Marvel Comics: Jim Wilson, Rick Jones, and the Hulk
-The Sensational She-Hulk and Hyper-Awareness of Form in Contemporary Comics
-Hulk: The End and Dystopian Fears in the New Millennium
-Twenty-First Century Gladiator: Planet Hulk
-Red Hulk: Becoming What You Fear.

Essays should focus on stories from the Hulk’s comic book adventures, not media adaptations of the character. Furthermore, essays should look at a single period of comic book history, rather than drawing comparisons between different publication eras. For example, an essay that analyzed Hulk comics from the early 1960s and contextualized them with what was happening in American society would be more likely to be accepted than an essay that contrasted Hulk comic books from the 1970s with Hulk comic books from the 1990s. Any team title or mini-series that features Hulk, or Hulk-related characters such as She-Hulk, Red Hulk, or Skarr, can be considered as source material for potential chapters.

The completed essays should be approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages.

Abstracts (100-500 words) and CVs should be submitted by July 15, 2014.

Please submit via email to Joseph Darowski, darowskij@byui.edu

Joseph Darowski
Brigham Young University-Idaho
525 S. Center
Rigby Hall 122
Rexburg, ID 83460
Phone: (517) 281-3275

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american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
popular_culture
science_and_culture