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Age Of TV Heroes: The Live-Action Adventures Of Your Favorite Comic Book Characters Hardcover – April 22, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing; 1st Printing edition (April 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605490105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605490106
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David M. Goode on April 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It seems I've been waiting forever for this book to be released.I went into my regular comic shop to pick up this week's comics and saw one copy of this book left.Needless to say I bought it.It was worth the wait.The book is an overview of the live action adventures of comic book heroes on television.All the usual suspects are here.Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin,Jackson Bostwick as the "world's mightiest mortal",Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman.And let me take time out here to say Lynda Carter as the amazing Amazon still remains the best piece of comic book casting ever.The book is full of illustrations and the only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because I feel it could have used some in depth interviews.Also there's a chapter on The Greatest American Hero here,but no mention of Captain Nice or Mr.Terrific,two shows which were born out of 60s Batmania.My favorite chapters were the ones on TV hosts Arthur Pierce and Marty Sullivan and the Salute to the Super Heroes Water Calvacade at Sea World.The Salute to the Super Heroes was something that was hyped in DC COMICS during the 70s,but I never got to see personally.From the photos in the book it looks like it was spectacular.I imagine we can now expect something similair with the Marvel heroes at Disney World.Another minor complaint about the book is that Alex Ross' cover illustration of George(no relation to Steve)Reeves only looks like George if you squint and look at it sideways.Once again only a minor complaint.If you're a comic book fan you should own a copy of this book.I recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. R. on May 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive book is a visual treat for readers, featuring a striking cover painting by the the incomparable Alex Ross that is worthy of a full-sized poster treatment. The interior contents are just as impressive with glossy stock paper and tons of mostly color photographs. The book begins with brief introductions by the two authors each sharing their love of these classic TV shows and the impact it has had on their lives. Next up is a 17 page superhero "Timeline" arranged chronologically by decade starting with the 1950s and ending with the 2000s. Just about every superhero themed live-action TV show, special, and movie is given a paragraph's worth of exposition here, with the more popular shows given its own chapter and presented mostly chronologically throughout the book. Reading through the material, the most obvious highlights are the scores of new interviews the author's were able to solicit not only from the stars, but also the producers, directors, and writers. This gives a more balanced account of these shows since the reader is treated to a myriad of viewpoints.

Like any publication dealing with so many beloved properties, questions of omissions and uneven coverage are bound to arise. Curiously, there is no mention of the Jerry O'Connell late 1980s superhero themed TV series, 'My Secret Identity', which aired for 3 seasons. Some shows are also examined in much greater detail than others with no explanations for the inequity. For instance, '
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 18, 2010
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Age of TV Heroes considers the history of live-action TV adventures of comic book heroes, offering a color hardcover packed with stories of actors, screen shots, and trivia. Color photographs embellish the new, exclusive interviews and commentary from Adam West, Lynda Carter and more, bringing to life the superhero phenomenon. Any comics or graphic novel library must have this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JT on January 28, 2013
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Beautifully done and put together. Any super hero fan of television and comic book characters will be enjoying this from page to page. I can't say enough about this book. It offers so much to the fans of all these great TV super heroes.
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Good book. I actually learned a few things from this book. I was expecting it to be a recap of stories and facts I already knew. Having The Greatest American Hero, Captain America and the Flash included was an added plus. These haven't been documented as some of the others.
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