‘Ben Saunders sets the bar high for himself when he says at the outset that a book about pop superheroes must be a book about spirituality and therefore about love. That might seem to place an unsupportable weight on the shoulders of Superman, Wonderwoman, Spiderman, and Iron man, but in this learned yet entirely accessible essay, Saunders makes both his thesis and his heroes stand up.’ (Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law, Florida International University, USA )
‘Ben Saunders has done for comics analysis what Alan Moore did for comics literature. <span style="font-style: italic;">Do the Gods Wear Capes?</span> is a provocative, intelligent, and thought-provoking work, and Saunders’ insights rise from the page with the same power and grace as those iconic characters he examines. Certainly the best critical work on the meaning and impact of those marquee super-heroes that define the genre and that we encounter in myriad ways every day as has ever been written.’ (Greg Rucka, novelist and author of Batwoman: Elegy, White-Out, and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia )
Ben Saunders is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is author of Desiring Donne: Poetry, Sexuality, Interpretation (Harvard University Press, 2006) and co-editor, with Roger Beebe and Denise Fulbrook, of Rock Over the Edge: Essays in Popular Music Culture (Duke University Press, 2002).
I admit to not getting far into this book. I think it expands on his dissertation so, yes, it's a bore; at the same time, it panders to it's undergraduate readership. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SKooLBoY jiM
I have been a collector since 1991. Since purchasing this book, I have been able to 'talk the talk' with people who love comics. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Hayes Hurwitz
This book achieves a solid balance between being accessible enough for the everyday superhero fan and intellectually rigorous enough to be a scholarly book that can be read by... Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Marc E. DiPaolo
This is an excellent scholarly work on the whole superhero creation. If you're looking for a comic book style of writing , this is not it -- if you're looking for some really good... Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Jean Cottel