Superheroes in Crisis: Adjusting to Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s

by Jeffrey K. Johnson
Price: $29.95

As the founding fathers of the superhero comic books, Superman and Batman have defined a genre of American mythology from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The author describes how the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight dealt with their midlife crises brought on by the cultural and social changes of the 1960s and 1970s. Johnson describes how the superheroes’ problems and adaptations mirror much of American societal changes during that time.


RIT Press is pleased to announce Superheroes in Crisis as the second book published in its Comics Studies Monograph Series. The series editor is Dr. Gary Hoppenstand, Professor of English at Michigan State University.


About the author: 

Jeffrey K. Johnson, Ph.D., is a World War II Historian at the Joint POW/Accounting Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He is the author of several books and articles on the influence of comics in popular culture.

Book details

Publisher: RIT Press (02/2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1-933360-80-5
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 142
Illustrations: 6 (some color)
Size: 7x10"
Shipping Weight: 0.8