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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

by Laurence Maslon

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Starting with the caveat that I only really read the first half, the book is an excellent history of superheroes in comic books. I picked this up to give myself some background before reading Michael Chabon's book, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and once the history reached the 60's I figured I'd gotten what I needed. Down the road, though, I may read the second half, as the book is well done, detailing how comics adapted to changes into society, appealed to various markets, etc., and is lavishly illustrated with comic book covers, illustrations, and photos of artists at work. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385348584, Hardcover)

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of the superhero in American popular culture.
 
Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assembled between two covers:  down from the heavens—Superman and the Mighty Thor—or swinging over rooftops—the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain America and Wonder Woman, or clad in darkness, like the Shadow and Spawn; facing down super-villains on their own, like the Flash and the Punisher or gathered together in a team of champions, like the Avengers and the X-Men!
 
Based on the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes, this companion volume chronicles the never-ending battle of the comic book industry, its greatest creators, and its greatest creations.  Covering the effect of superheroes on American culture—in print, on film and television, and in digital media—and the effect of American culture on its superheroes, Superheroes: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture appeals to readers of all ages, from the casual observer of the phenomenon to the most exacting fan of the genre.
 
Drawing from more than 50 new interviews conducted expressly for Superheroes!—creators from Stan Lee to Grant Morrison, commentators from Michael Chabon to Jules Feiffer, actors from Adam West to Lynda Carter, and filmmakers such as Zach Snyder—this is an up-to-the-minute narrative history of the superhero, from the comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression, up to the blockbuster CGI movie superstars of the 21st Century.  Featuring more than 500 full-color comic book panels, covers, sketches, photographs of both essential and rare artwork, Superheroes is the definitive story of this powerful presence in pop culture.

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Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assemled between two covers.

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