- ISBN-10: 1588369188
- ISBN-13: 978-1588369185
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero
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Tye offers perspective. Because Tye is not a Superman fan. Oh, he has fond memories of the character like every other American who grew up on Super Friends and Christopher Reeve. But before starting "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" Tye had never even heard of the TV show Smallville. No, Tye picked Superman because Tye is a biographer of American heroes, like Satchel Paige and Robert Kennedy. And when looking for a new subject, he realized that America's most enduring hero, whose influence has never waned, was a fictional character.
Starting from an almost blank slate, Tye carefully collected and correlated seventy-five years of writing, then condensed it down into a single narrative. IF you don't know much about Superman, there might be some surprises here. Tye talks about Superman's Jewish origins and influences, using sources I recognize from the outstanding Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend collection of essays.Read more ›
The media history is no less interesting though -- from the early radio and animated shorts through the George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Lois and Clark, and Smallville eras, all of it gets covered (although Lois and Clark seems to get shorted a bit compared to Smallville). And the legal issues -- many of them going back to the original rivalry between Liebowitz and Siegel -- get some pretty in-depth coverage as well. Also of interest was how factors like World War II and the CCA affected both Superman's character and the stories, and the many permutations the names and people in the mythos have taken (it was a long, long time before Clark's parents were settled as Jonathan and Martha, for example), not to mention the significant influences of Siegel and Shuster's Jewish upbringings (the author goes so far as to say that Superman has been basically Jewish since the beginning, if you know what to look for).Read more ›
This examination is about all aspects of how and why Superman came to be and the myriad affects that have been sewn not only into just our society, but also touching cultures around the world.
Larry Tye's research tells the complete story of Superman and how these many stories have changed lives. I cannot recall if the best part is even in this text; but it is discussed in Freakonomics by Levitt and Dunbar. The early Superman tv show and comics are directly related to the weakening of the KKK. Yes, because of a children's comic/tv show. It's hilariously awesome!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superman appeared in 1938, several years into the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office. Read morePublished 2 months ago by true britty
What a journey! As a huge Superman fan, I learned a lot, and loved every moment of it! Must buy, indeed.Published 2 months ago by Gary Bloom
I will confess that I've always been much more of a Batman fan than I have been a Superman fan. Most of the reason is that from a literary point of view, there's nothing that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Piaw Na
I really enjoyed this book. If you love Superman like I do, you will find this to be a fun read.Published 9 months ago by John D. Penza
This is an excellent look at not only The Man of Steel, but the comic book industry through the years as both a business and a part of the fabric of American culture.Published 9 months ago by Robert K. Broder
I found the book an interesting read. I found out many new facts about the history of Superman.Published 9 months ago by Philip Schlickenmaier