The Patchwork Heros: The Invention and the Destraction of Tradition in Historical Comic Books

Olcer Ozunel E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.95, pp.171-183, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.171-183
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


There has not been an in depth research on the heroes of the cartoons and the relationship between the cartoon heroes and traditional heroes. Through the study of heroes, which were created by the popular culture, the power of heroes in the social memory can be determined. This article asses the comic heroes of Karaoglan and Tarkan in terms of the re invention of traditions and destruction of traditions. The starting point was the "invented traditions" and "fake-lore" and these heroes are defined as patchwork heroes. These heroes are defined as the national heroes but when examined carefully it can be seen that they actually destroyed the traditions. These heroes have affected many people's life and they have identified themselves with them. It is most appropriate to assess these in terms of invented traditions and fake lore.