Imaginary Landscapes Mean Something

The current superhero cinematic renaissance is not the first one. The Golden Age had its share of adaptation of comic book superheroes. We tend to be dismissive of these early efforts, but they share many of the traits of the current superhero craze.  The Adventure of Captain Marvel is a movie serial that captures that Golden Age superhero cinematic moment. Why do I care? I'm working on a new document and essay publication called Imagined Urban Landscapes. IUL will bring together scholarly sources discussing imaginary landscape with primary sources. Some of those sources will be planning documents, but as I explore how anxiety about urbanization influence popular culture in comic books, I want to utilize some of those imaginary cities to explore urban issues in the context of this new book. Will Captain Marvel make the cut?

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