Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School


First Advisor

Lou Williams


For these reasons, the study of Batman's history is a unique opportunity to view the evolution of the popular American hero as evidenced in a single hero in a single medium over a span of generations. As noted above, a study of this nature goes beyond mere comparison and actually allows for tracing the pattern of shifts in the heroic concept in light of societal changes. Furthermore, this work seeks to delineate the legend of Batman-- from the sources which served as inspiration for his creation through the representation of the character found in contemporary comic books, and other media--and to consider and propose possible causes for shifts in the portrayal of the character which have served to create and recreate the Batman myth.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Batman (Fictitious character)
Heroes in mass media
Heroes in literature
Comic books, strips, etc -- History




South Dakota State University



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In Copyright