The Polish Superheroes Have Arrived!: On the Popularity of Superhero Stories and Adaptations

Emma Oki


The superhero genre is thriving, as can be seen by the success of the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, among others. Although essentially a product of the American comic book industry of the twentieth century, superhero characters continue to have a universal appeal and, as Alex S. Romagnoli and ‎Gian S. Pagnucci write, “have become entrenched in the collective consciousness” (2). Oftentimes simple and predictable to contemporary readers and moviegoers, superhero stories attract new generations of fans both in the United States and internationally. They have also inspired non-American creators to produce their own costumed characters with superpowers. This article discusses the popularity of superhero narratives and their adaptations, including Maciej and Adam Kmiołeks’ Polski Superbohater Biały Orzeł (PSBO). The Kmiołek brothers borrow from and adapt the conventions of the American superhero genre, while simultaneously infusing their stories with Polish cultural elements, which makes PSBO one of the first contemporary affirmative Polish superhero comic book series
Author Emma Oki (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
Emma Oki,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesEuropean Journal of American Studies, ISSN 1991-9336, (0 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishcomics, adaptation, superheroes, Polish superheroes, Biały Orze
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)5
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