Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius

The story of Lanny Poffo, as told in the recent biography by Squared Circle Press, is a story of family. Poffo's first wrestling opponent, in this biography, was his father.  But the story starts earlier, with his father's record for situps, recorded in a single-panel newspaper cartoon.  Poffo also wrestled with his brother, Randy Savage. The … Continue reading Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius

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Comic Biography of Bruno Sammartino

Squared Circle comics continues its wrestling biography series with a look at Bruno Sammartino.  The story begins in Italy, and the bulk of the first issue of the series is set in Italy and then Pittsburgh. Taken together with the biography of Nicolai Volkoff, the first thing that this series of comic biographies teaches me … Continue reading Comic Biography of Bruno Sammartino

Elections and Wrestlers, Notes IV: Is there a Jesse voter? Is there a Trump voter?

From "Where Has the Jesse Voter Gone?" by Andrew Grossbach, Rusty Kath, Alicia Spencer, & Danielle Stuard So we now ask if there in fact is a “Jesse Voter?” We argue no. Ventura appealed to a number of different demographic groups. Granted, though there was support from the youth, particularly males, Ventura could not have … Continue reading Elections and Wrestlers, Notes IV: Is there a Jesse voter? Is there a Trump voter?

Andre the Giant [Critical Reflections on a Graphic Novel, part one]

Research in comics studies has gone a great distance toward defining comics as a medium, not a genre.  Within the American context, comics as a medium was, for decades, conflated with comics as a genre, typically the superhero genre.  In some ways, the scholar of wrestling studies might see such conflation as similar to the … Continue reading Andre the Giant [Critical Reflections on a Graphic Novel, part one]

WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth WizKids has announced that they have licensed WWE intellectual property for their tabletop games. WizKids, the leader in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today announced a new multi-year licensing partnership with WWE, with plans to bring the organization’s iconic Superstars to the … Continue reading WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UM Duluth The history of women in wrestling was given a brief overview in Chris Kelly's August 10th essay in The Washington Post "Lifestyle Section," "The Women Wrestlers of WWE Have Created a Movement. Is it Built to Last?" But the history is partial, only reaching back as far … Continue reading Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History