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Supergods

What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and A Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
Morrison, Grant (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men--the list of names as familiar as our own. In less than a century, they've gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But what are they trying to tell us? For Grant Morrison, arguably the greatest of contemporary chroniclers of the "superworld," these heroes are powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves, our troubled history, and our starry aspirations. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero--why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are . . . and what we may yet become.
Authors: Morrison, Grant
Title: Supergods
what masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xvii, 444 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Notes: Some copies may/may not contain 1st ed statements.
Contents: The sun god and The dark knight
Lightning's childl
The superwarrior and the Amazon princess
The explosion and the extinction
Superman on the couch
Chemicals and lightening
The fab four and the birth of the marvelous
Superpop
Infinite earths
Shamans of Madison Avenue
Brightest day, blackest night
Feared and misunderstood
Fearful symmetry
Zenith
The hateful dead
Image versus substance
King Mob : my life as a superhero
Man of muscle mystery
What's so funny about truth, justice, and the American way?
Respecting authority
Hollywood sniffs blood
Nu marvel 9/11
The day evil won
Iron men and incredibles
Over the event horizon
Star, legend, superhero, supergod?
Outro: 'nuff said.
Local Note: 1 6 15 53 64 65 69 73 76 81 112 118 133 148 173 198 216 244
Alternate Title: Super gods
ISBN: 9781400069125
1400069122
Statement of Responsibility: Grant Morrison
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Cartoons and comics United States. Superheroes United States.
Topical Term: Cartoons and comics
Superheroes
LCCN: 2010053712
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Oct 20, 2013
  • starvark rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The universe as experienced by Grant Morrison. Apparently he has appointed himself the arbiter of what is interesting and cool in comics. Watch him criticize everyone but himself! See him take credit for other people's work! (see comment on Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline'.) I finally got tired of what was turning out to be the autobiography of a self-impressed man. I like about half of his work, but this is not among it.

Apr 17, 2013
  • JCLJoshN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a long-time fan of Grant Morrison's comics, and superheroes in general, I found this combination of broad history and personal memoir very engaging, enlightening and entertaining. Morrison's view of superheroes is very much like my own (which is probably why I enjoy his writing so much). I loved his snarky take on superheroes that he didn't really like, but I also appreciate that he can admire well-done work even if he didn't personally enjoy it, and he's as critical of his own work as he is other people's. This is a bright, sarcastic, trippy journey through the 20th century and on into the future of pop culture and mythology.

Jun 14, 2012
  • malinaballerina rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the guy who wrote Final Crisis, so the man knows his comics. It's a good read, definitely recommended for both casual readers and die-hard fans. I wouldn't say this is good for people who know nothing about comics, because Morrison has a tendency to go for the obscure.

Aug 13, 2011
  • GregAraujo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Part history of comic books; part autobiography.

A little trippy, but overall very entertaining.

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