The American Superhero: Encyclopedia of Caped Crusaders in History covers the history of superheroes and superheroines in America from approximately 1938–2010 in an intentionally inclusive manner. The book features a chronology of important dates in superhero history, five thematic essays covering the overall history of superheroes, and 100 A–Z entries on various superheroes. Complementing the entries are sidebars of important figures or events and a glossary of terms in superhero research.
Designed for anyone beginning to research superheroes and superheroines, The American Superhero contains a wide variety of facts, figures, and features about caped crusaders and shows their importance in American history. Further, it collects and verifies information that otherwise would require hours of looking through multiple books and websites to find.
- Examines in detail how superheroes and superheroines have appeared in comics and other media over the decades
- Shows how superheroes and superheroines have reflected the hopes, fears, and values of American society at any given period
- Provides scholarly material that gives readers additional important historical context in five essays
- Ensures that diverse and obscure superheroes and superheroines are given equal coverage