Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (Literary Disability Studies)
Ed. by C. Foss, Jonathan W. Gray, and Z. Whalen, Palgrave MacMillan 2016

Death, Disability and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond
José Alaniz, University Press of Mississippi 2015

The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction
Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon, Bloomsbury Publishing 2015

The X-Men: A Cultual Analysis
Ed. Claudia Buccifero, Rowman and Littlefield 2016

X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books.
Joseph J. Darowski, Rowman and Littlefield 2014

 The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics
Ramzi Fawaz, NY University Press 2012

Capitalist Superheroes : Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age
Dan Hassler-Forest, Zero Books 2012

Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes
Adilifu Nama, University of Texas Press, 2011

The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film
Ed. by Richard J.Gray II, McFarland 2011

War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film.
Marc DiPaulo, McFarland 2011

X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-verse. Ed. by William Irwin, Rebecca Housel & J. Jeremy Wisnewski. Wiley and Sons 2009

Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre
Peter Coogan, Monkeybrain Books 2006

Critical and Cultural Commentary 

‘You Left Out the Part About…’
Ta-Nehisi Coates, New York Times. June 8 2011.

Do Superheroes Model Damaging Gender Roles to Kids
Stephanie Pappas, Live Science online magazine, June 2014

Superhero Masculinities: a conversation with artist, writer and comic book enthusiast Stephen M. Jones
Masculinities 101 blog, November 2011

The Domesticated Superhero
Saul Austerlitz,, August 2005

Academic Articles

Stuck in tights: mainstream superhero comics’ habitual limitations on social constructions of male superheroes
Julie & Robert Voelker-Morris,  Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2014

Suiting up and Stripping Down: the changing face of (American) hegemonic masculinity
Emily Friedrich, Spaces Between: An Undergraduate Feminist Journal, Vol.1, No.1, 2013

‘‘Gay’’ Sidekicks: Queer Anxiety and the Narrative Straightening of the Superhero
Neil Shyminsky, Men and Masculinities,  vol. 14 no. 3, August 2011, 288-308

Superheroes, Superpowers, and Sexuality
Rebecca A. Demarest, Student Pulse online journal, Vol.2, No. 10, 2010

Men of Wonder: gender and American superhero comics
Casey Brienza, Discussion blog, Cambridge University , November 2011

Domesticity, Homosociality, and Male Power in Superhero Comics of the 1950s
Mark Best, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 6, 2005.

Queering Super-Manhood: Superhero Masculinity, Camp and Public Relations as a Textual Framework
Robert Lendrum, International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 7, No. 1., Spring/Summer 2005. p. 287-303.

“Of Superheroes and Synecdoche: Holocaust Exceptionalism, Race and the Rhetoric of Jewishness in America.”
Jennifer Glaser, in Jewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice. Ed by Michael Bernard-Donals, Janice W. Fernheimer. Brandeis University Press 2014

Institutional Access Required

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Gender Stereotype!: Longitudinal Associations Between Superhero Viewing and Gender Stereotyped Play
Sarah M Coyne et al, Sex Roles, May 2014, Volume 70, Issue 9-10, pp 416-430

Complex  Masculinities: the superhero in modern American movies 
Yann Roblou, Culture, Society & Masculinities; Spring 2012, Vol. 4 No.1,

Comic Book Masculinity and the New Black Superhero
Jeffrey A. Brown, African American Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring, 1999), pp. 25-42

Can You Save Me?: Black Male Superheroes in Film
Tia C. M. Tyree and Liezille J. Jacobs, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, Vol. 3, No. 1, (Autumn 2014) pp. 1-24