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  title={The Birth and Death of the Superhero Film},
  author={Sander L. Koole and Daniel A. Fockenberg and Mattie Tops and Iris K. Schneider},
In the late 1970s, when one of the authors of this chapter was at an impressionable age, his parents took him for the first time to a movie theatre. The experience was, in a single word, overwhelming. The epic music, accompanied by dazzling visuals and a delightful story, transported the young boy to a brand-new and brightly colored universe where just about anything seemed possible. When lights switched on and the credits appeared, our boy felt alive and bursting with energy. Indeed, as the… 

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