How can I connect WATCHMEN to Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men, how much pointless self-promotion can I engage in and still look myself in the eye? Well, let see shall we:)
In the last two decades, comic books and comic book heroes have experience increased scholarly interest. This attention has approached comic books and characters as myth, sought context of the superhero archetype, and used comic books as cultural markers for postwar America. All of theses efforts share an acknowledgement that comic books and superheroes offer a distinct means to understand U. S. culture. If the mania over WATCHMEN explains anything, it that comic are our culture's mythology. American comics and comic culture provide a window into the way we understand our place in the postwar global experience. The WATCHMEN stands as testament to heighten Cold War tension in the 1980s. The recent success of comic inspired films reflect both the maturity of generation X and the power of visual media to effect the contemporary society. I expect WATCHMEN to be a big success, despite a questionable review here and there. The film, despite Alan Moore's long standing resentment, will inspire millions to explore the comic and from there more readers for Moore's other works. Even more important, other graphic novels will gain readers, thus sparking another wave of comic inspired films.
This will in turn lead to more sales of Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men as colleges and college professors across the country bow to the pressure to try something to reach students by integrating those things they know (movies, TV, films) into classes about things they think they don't want to know about(History Sociology, & Cultural Studies).
I love America:)