• Kismet Seventy Years Later: Recognizing the First Genuine Muslim Superhero

    Author(s):
    A. Lewis (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Comics Scholarship/Comics Studies
    Subject(s):
    Comics, Islam
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    comics, comics studies, World War II, superheroes, muslims
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64T2D
    Abstract:
    Kismet may not be the first Muslim superhero, but he may be the first worthy of that title. Some buffoonish characters preceded him, and other orientalist caricatures appeared on earlier comics pages, but without either superpowers or other key elements of the genre. This month (March 2014), on the seventieth anniversary of his first appearance, it’s a fitting time to reintroduce and recognize Kismet, “Man of Fate;” the first genuine Muslim superhero.
    Notes:
    This article originally appeared on the now-defunct ISLAMiCommentary site run by the Duke University Islamic Studies Center. It was published on 20 March 2014.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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