So, apparently a professor at Carlton University (in Canada) has put together a graphic novel version of The Communist Manifesto titled (obviously) The Communist Manifesto: Illustrated. Associate Professor George Rigakos says that:
The Manifesto is a foundational and fundamental text that students should be aware of. I thought it would be intriguing to bring this part of history alive using a graphic novel or comic book approach that would engage more students.
According to a journalist’s report on the graphic novel (which has graphics from Argentinian artist Victor Serra):
Rigakos has inserted prologues to all four parts of his Manifesto, including a reckoning between the father of communism and an old revolutionary in Highgate cemetery in London, where Marx is famously buried. The hero/villain opposition familiar to readers of graphic novels [sic] becomes the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and a resplendent visually realized class pyramid completes Rigakos’ cartoon vision of Marx and Engels’ words.
The plan is for it to be a 4-volume work with the first one titled Historical Materialism.
So that got me thinking: do the superheroes that populate our current imagination fall into a bourgeois/proletariat typology? Can we say bourgeois = Batman, Iron Man, Daredevil, etc., and proletariat = Spiderman, Superman, Captain America, etc.?