CFP: The Ages of the Avengers (collection; Jan. 15)
The editor of The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times is seeking abstracts for essays which could potentially be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between Avengers comic books and the period of American history when those comics were published. Analysis may demonstrate how the stories found in Avengers comic books (and the creators who produced the comics) embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture.
Essays should focus on stories from the Avengers’ 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 Avengers 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 Avengers comic books from the 1970s with Avengers comic books from the 1990s. Any of the spin-off Avengers titles or mini-series that focus on teams (West Coast Avengers, Young Avengers, Mighty Avengers) can be considered, but solo titles that feature members of the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor)should not be used as the primary focus of an essay. The completed essays should be 12-15 double-spaced pages.
Some possible topics for essays include, but are not limited to, the following:
Please submit via email to Joseph Darowski, firstname.lastname@example.org