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The Supervillain Book: The Evil Side of Comics and Hollywood Library Binding – August 6, 2006


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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc. (August 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0780809777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0780809772
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School–Mr. Mxyzptlk vs. Superman. Voldemort vs. Harry Potter. Khan vs. Captain Kirk. This volume is a comprehensive reference guide to bad guys from Abomination to Zurg, tracking each villain through its various incarnations including film and television, comics, video games, and even action figures. The introduction explains the criteria for inclusion in this book; minor bad guys are not included. Characters from the comics get the most attention, from the Golden Age to contemporary nemeses. The entry on Modern Age Supervillains (1980-present) will help readers understand the evolution of villainy. The index will greatly assist readers looking for their favorite characters, who can appear in several categories. Venom, for example, has his own entry and also appears in Arachnid Adversaries. Color and black-and-white images of many characters make this an eye-catching read. This book will be an enjoyable and educational resource for fans of all ages, whether theyre teens just entering the world of comics or grown-up nerds who still havent moved out of their parents basements. A fascinating title that will provide hours of evil entertainment.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Librarians may not be familiar with Sesshomaru and Skeletor, but many of their younger patrons are and would welcome this volume exploring characters from the dark side. A companion to The Superheroes Book (2004), its more than 400 entries examine villains from Lex Luthor to Lord Voldemort. Also here are entries for topics such as Aquatic supervillains and Villains from the toy box. The many illustrations will appeal to fans. Mary Ellen Quinn
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 15, 2006
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Two excellent surveys are recommended picks for any library strong in cartoons or graphic novels. Gina Misiroglu ad Michael Eury's THE SUPERVILLAIN BOOK: THE EVIL SIDE OF COMICS AND HOLLYWOOD draws from sources not just in comic books but in film animated TV, toys, newspaper and more, providing an exploration of the plots and lives of definitive evil characters. An A-Z reference organization makes it easy to look up character origins, costumes, weapons, and facts - but this is more than a listing of evil. Discussions also include plenty of history, surveys of early influences, and more.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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By Sam Walker on February 5, 2010
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Despite reviews that were disappointed with the lack of graphics, the information was wonderfully fun. Single entries are mostly from comics, but I think that is where most readers come for. There are also dozens of combined entries, such as for anime or manga series, or groups like the villains of the Adam West Batman show (with a photo of the whimsical King Tut). For graphics, yes, look elsewhere such as your web browser, but for a scrumptious read of either nostalgia for your old villains of your youth, or introductions to many newer ones, this should be a relatively inexpensive edition to your comics collection. It inspired me to purchase the preceding book on heroes, although villains are always more delicious, aren't they?
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It is hard to read all this in one go, but everything I have read in it so far has been very enlightening. Especially interesting are the entries on Sin City villains and Cold War Villains. There are many individual entries in it, too, and it is great to trace the histories of all the individual villains, everyone from the High Evolutionary to Attuma to the Emperor Palpadine! A nice resource for those of us who want to know how our super-villains became so mean to our heroes!
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By Capital One on October 15, 2007
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This book on Super villians was better than the book on superheros. its long enough to find out about each villian and the heros that they fight and get right to the point on why that hero they are fighting. Great book for all to read.
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