“Things are complicated” : Paul Cornell at Marvel and DC

Flanagan, MJ 2017, '“Things are complicated” : Paul Cornell at Marvel and DC' , Authorship, 6 (2) .

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Abstract

Paul Cornell’s work for the ‘Big Two’ U.S. comic publishers transfers a distinctly British (mostly English) sensibility into a field where cues normally revolve around American cultural iconography and values. The key to his authorship is Cornell’s homespun method. Unlike the efforts of Marvel’s UK wing in the 1970s and '80s - transplanting American characters into a postcard-like Britain - his approach explores a British dimension of the Marvel Universe that offers a challenge to the codes of that realm. Whether working with established heroes such as Captain Britain, twists on archetypes like Knight and Squire (English analogues of Batman and Robin), or superheroic ‘big guns’ like Wolverine, Cornell writes against tired, automatic canonicity. This paper mainly focuses on the directly British representations in the Cornell titles Captain Britain and MI-13 (2008-9) and Knight and Squire (2010).

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Authorship
Publisher: Ghent University
ISSN: 2034-4643
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Depositing User: MJ Flanagan
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 12:34
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 11:29
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/45040

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