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Friday, April 3 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man

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Spider-Man has been one of the most widely known superheroes in popular culture for over 50 years. What is it about this character-based on an arachnid that most people hate or are afraid of-that has made Spider-Man resonate with the populace? Robert G. Weiner (Texas Tech University), Robert Moses Peaslee (Texas Tech University), Christina Angel (Metropolitan State University of Denver), and Hannah Means-Shannon (Bleeding Cool.com) address this issue and discuss the process of putting together the collection Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man (McFarland Books) and their individual contributions-"the hermeneutics of Spider-Man," Peter Parker's role in Elizabethan England from Neil Gaiman's 1602, why Mary Jane is really the only girl for Spider-Man, and how Freudian analysis can help us understand the inner workings of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.

Friday April 3, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 210

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