All are cordially invited to the launch of 'Medievalist Comics and the American Century' by Dr Chris Bishop from the ANU Centre for Classical Studies. The event will be held in the ANU Classics Museum from 5:30-7:00pm, with the official launch at 6:00pm.
- Hal Foster's Prince Valiant emerged from an America at odds with monarchy, but still in love with King Arthur
- Green Arrow remains the continuation of a long fascination with Robin Hood that has become as central to the American identity as it was to the British
- The Mighty Thor reflects the legacy of Germanic migration into the United States
- The rugged individualism of Conan the Barbarian owes more to the western cowboy than it does to knights in shining armour.
- In the narrative of Red Sonja, we can trace a parallel history of feminism.
Dr Chris Bishop teaches in the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University. He has published widely on the history of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, as well as comic book studies. In 2012 Bishop was awarded a Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress for his research.
The book is published by University Press of Mississippi.