Hagan, RJ (2019) Touch Me/Don’t Touch Me: Representations of Female Archetypes in Ann Nocenti’s Daredevil. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9 (1). ISSN 2040-0792

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In the late 1980s, Ann Nocenti became the principle writer on the Marvel comic book, Daredevil, the second woman to be lead creator on the book and the first to write a significant run on an ongoing basis. Nocenti integrated themes relating to social justice, violence and the treatment of children into the narrative. She also shone the spotlight on the supporting female cast members in a way that was original and refreshing. In this article, Nocenti’s challenging of feminine archetypes, such as the housewife, the temptress and the Barbie Doll, reflects ideas of mutable identities, promoted by second-wave feminism. Examining her writing of Karen Page, Typhoid Mary, Brandy Ash and Number Nine, this article argues that, despite the comic centring around a male superhero and with a predominantly male readership, Nocenti succeeds in introducing a more nuanced picture of women and pre-empting some of the changes in the promotion of female characters now apparent in the industry.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Open Library of the Humanities at http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.148 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ann Nocenti, archetypes, Daredevil, <i>Daredevil</i>, female characters, second-wave feminism
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2019 13:01
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 12:01
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6527

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