Supersex : Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero Paperback / softback
Edited by Anna Peppard
Part of the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series series
Paperback / softback
2021 Comic Studies Society Prize for Edited CollectionFrom Superman and Batman to the X-Men and Young Avengers, Supersex interrogates the relationship between heroism and sexuality, shedding new light on our fantasies of both. From Superman, created in 1938, to the transmedia DC and Marvel universes of today, superheroes have always been sexy. And their sexiness has always been controversial, inspiring censorship and moral panic.
Yet though it has inspired jokes and innuendos, accusations of moral depravity, and sporadic academic discourse, the topic of superhero sexuality is like superhero sexuality itselfâ€”seemingly obvious yet conspicuously absent.
Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero is the first scholarly book specifically devoted to unpacking the superhero genreâ€™s complicated relationship with sexuality. Exploring sexual themes and imagery within mainstream comic books, television shows, and films as well as independent and explicitly pornographic productions catering to various orientations and kinks, Supersex offers a freshâ€”and lasciviousâ€”perspective on the superhero genreâ€™s historical and contemporary popularity.
Across fourteen essays touching on Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and many others, Anna F.
Peppard and her contributors present superhero sexuality as both dangerously exciting and excitingly dangerous, encapsulating the superhero genreâ€™s worst impulses and its most productively rebellious ones.
Supersex argues that sex is at the heart of our fascination with superheroes, evenâ€”and sometimes especiallyâ€”when the capes and tights stay on.