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.
what masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011.
xvii, 444 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
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The sun god and The dark knight
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
Shamans of Madison Avenue
Brightest day, blackest night
Feared and misunderstood
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?
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.
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