Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

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By (author) Travis Langley

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  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Format: Hardback | 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1620455552
  • ISBN 13: 9781620455555
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 481,394

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A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of "The Dark Knight Rises" Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in "Detective Comics" #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say "about" us? "Batman and Psychology" explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham CityExplains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world's most popular comic book charactersWritten by a psychology professor and "Superherologist" (scholar of superheroes)

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*"As a result, the book is much less dry and much more entertaining than many of the others which populate the ever-growing field of texts about pop culture and the sciences. Rather than just telling us what we should know or think about Batman, the book supplements our own interest in the hero, and provokes us to think more about what's going on in his head." ("Starpulse.com," 28 July 2012)"Each book up there is worthwhile reading, and I heartily recommend every one. Pointing out that they're either not about psychology or not specifically about Batman does not detract from any of the great things they have to say." ("Geek Nation," 12 June 2012)"Simply speaking, this is my pick for the best book of 2012. A fantastic look into the inner workings of one of comic book's most compelling, dynamic characters; a masterfully written analysis/love note to the Dark Knight."" ("MoviesWithButter.com," 21 July 2012)"Langley's excellent book is interesting in that -- unlike most writers who've written about Wertham and the Comics Code, he allows that Dr. Wertham was, in most respects, quite a valuable member of society. Wertham did a lot of good -- he was a civil rights advocate whose work was cited in the landmark Supreme Court case "Brown v. Board of Education".""" ("Blood, Dirt & Angels," 21 July 2012)