'This Land is Mine!’ Understanding the Function of Supervillains

Jason Bainbridge

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Almost as soon as he announced that he was running for president of the United States, many popular commentators drew comparisons between Donald Trump and Superman supervillain Lex Luther(1). The parallels between the two men seemed clear: both were billionaire industrialists and the 1980s who have helped shape the skylines of their respective cities, New York and Metropolis, and both have named every subsidiary of their company after themselves. The cover of Lex Luthor's 1989 Unauthorized Biography deliberately homages the cove of Trump's 1987 book Trump: the Art of Deal (2), and, most significantly, both men became U.S. president, with Luthor assuming office in 2000 in the DC Universe and Trump following suit in the real world 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Superhero Symbol: Culture, History, Politics
EditorsLiam Burke, Ian Gordon, Angela Ndalianis
Place of PublicationNew Brunswick
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780813597188
ISBN (Print)9780813597164
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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