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Expert comment available on Marvel Comics stamps

Matthew Costello, Ph.D., speaks to significance of comics in American culture

Chicago (July 24, 2007) – The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday will unveil a 20-stamp set honoring the creations of Marvel Comics, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America.

Professor of Political Science Matthew Costello, Ph.D., can speak to how superhero comic books reflect a vision of American identity, with a specific emphasis on several Marvel titles that represent the core of the political economy of the “Marvel Universe.” 

“The Marvel characters on these stamps have become cultural icons, helping us understand ourselves and our world through the metaphoric meanings we attribute to them,” Costello said. “The attention lavished by the mainstream media on the recent death of Captain America (his fourth death since his inception in 1941) testifies to the importance of such icons when our national sense of self is particularly challenged. The continued popularity of these characters in books, on film, and now as stamps suggests that the American love affair with the superhero is not yet over.”

Costello is currently writing a book on the significance of American comics titled “Secret Identity Crisis:  Superheroes, the Cold War, and American Political Culture 1962-2007.”

For an interview, please contact director of media relations Joe Moore at (773) 298-3937 or (cell) 773 203-6671. 

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