Issue 5 (Spring/Summer 2013)

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Issue 5: Comic Book Intensities (Spring/Summer 2013)


Producing Transnational Cult Media- Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell in Circulation

Brian Ruh

Girls’ Fantasies, Freedom, and Brotherly Love- Incest Narratives in Shōjo Anime

Elizabeth Birmingham

Depicting ordinary and nonstandard intimacies in public- Sex, romance and humour in women’s porn comics

Jackie Ruddock

Architecture, Violence and Sensation- A Visitor’s Guide to Mega City One

Dan Smith

The Joke’s On Him- Shamanism, Literary Magic, and the Textualization of Grant Morrison, Heath Ledger, and The Joker

Tim Bavlnka

From Stories to Worlds- The Continuity of Marvel Superheroes from Comics to Film

David Sweeney

Captain America, Watergate, and the Falcon- Rediscovering the American Dream?

Michael Ahmed


Intensive: Cult Media Review


A Fatal Attraction- the fine line between eroticism and horror in Baba Yaga (Corrado Farina, 1973)

Adrian Smith

Expressions of Fandom- Findings from a Psychological Survey of Cosplay and Costume Wear

Robin S. Rosenberg and Andrea M. Letamendi

Karen Oughton interviews Fabrizio Federico, director of Black Biscuit (2011)

Karen Oughton

3 Responses to “Issue 5 (Spring/Summer 2013)”
  1. Really enjoyed the article by David Sweeney. I must disagree, however, with the notion that ‘the concept of shared fictional world with an ongoing fictive history’ i.e continuity was pioneered by Marvel in the 1960s. As early as 1940 did DC establish a shared universe with the publication of JSA, followed by World’s Finest where Batman and Superman, among others, team-up. In addition, DC pioneered the ‘multiverse’ structure in 1961 with ‘Flash of Two Worlds’ which is the model Marvel have since adopted and translated into the Cinematic Universe. I agree that Marvel made it more explicit, but it is rather more complicated than pointing towards them as pioneers – at least in this regard.
    Thanks for the article, David! I am sure you disagree with me, but that’s the point of debate, isn’t it?

    • David Sweeney says:

      Hi William

      Glad you enjoyed the article. I did address the JSA and team-ups but my point is that there was nor really continuity between individual issues in the Golden Age. I take your point about DC pioneering the multiverse approach but don’t really see the relevance here or how Marvel ‘translated’ it to the Cinematic Universe. Always happy to discuss further, though, so feel free to email me here:



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