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Superman The Unauthorized Biography,9781118341841

Superman The Unauthorized Biography

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 4/1/2013
Publisher(s): Wiley
Availability: This title is currently not available.


A celebration of Superman's life and history-in time for his 75th birthday How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today. Chronicles the ever-evolving Man of Steel and his world-not just the men and women behind the comics, movies and shows, but his continually shifting origin story, burgeoning powers, and the colorful cast of trusted friends and deadly villains that surround him Places every iteration of the Man of Steel into the character's greater, decades-long story: From Bud Collyer to Henry Cavill, World War II propagandist to peanut butter pitchman, Super Pup to Super Friends, comic strip to Broadway musical, Lori Lemaris to Lois & Clark-it's all here Affectionate, in-depth analyses of the hero's most beloved adventures, in and out of the comics-his most iconic Golden Age tales, goofiest Silver Age exploits, and the contemporary film, television, and comics stories that keep him alive today Written by NPR book critic, blogger, and resident comic book expert, Glen Weldon

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1. “And So Begins . . . ” 5

2. Truth, Justice . . . (1938–1941) 26

3. . . . And the American Way (1942–1945) 53

4. “Strange . . . I . . . I Feel All the Strength Draining Out of Me . . . ” (1946–1949) 70

5. Powers and Abilities Far beyond Those of Mortal Men (1950–1959) 89

6. Not a Dream! Not a Hoax! Not an Imaginary Story! (1960–1969) 115

7. Kryptonite Nevermore! Briefl y! (1970–1977) 145

8. The Year of Superman (1978) 171

9. Superman Agonistes (1979–1986) 193

10. The Never-Ending Battle . . . Ends. For a While. (1986–1993) 223

11. Faster Than a Speeding Mullet (1994–2001) 255

12. Secret Origin, Re-Redux (2001–2005) 278

13. All-Star (2006–2012) 294

Epilogue: Man of Tomorrow (2013 and Beyond) 327

Acknowledgments 331

Bibliography 333

Index 341

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