Released to popular acclaim in 1961, The Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics) tells the story of anti-Communist space adventurers who gain extraordinary powers when cosmic rays alter their physiology. Presenter Ramzi Fawaz explores the surprising evolution of the comic-book series, which used the mutated bodies of its heroes to depict the transformation of the bread- winning father, doting wife and bickering male siblings of the 1950s nuclear family into icons of 1960s radicalism: the left-wing intellectual, the liberal feminist, the political activist, and the potential queer.
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