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The Unauthorized X-Men: SF And Comic Writers on Mutants, Prejudice, And Adamantium (Smart Pop series) [Kindle Edition]

Len Wein , Keith R.A. DeCandido , Karen Haber
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Book Description

Comic writers trace the X-Men series' evolution, challenge its metaphors, and draw from its truths about human nature and human society in this exploratory look at the still-timely and often-revamped classic. With chapters such as Magneto the Jew, The New Mutants and the Corruption of the Teenager, and The Sexuality of X-Men, the contributors highlight the strange ties between the characters and current society. From mutant subcultures in the real world to the reality of racism and heterosexism not so different from that of the world of the X-Men, this book takes on the intersection between fiction and truth in a manner perfect for long-time comic readers, cartoon fans, and Johnny-come-lately moviegoers.

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About the Author

Len Wein is the co-creator of Wolverine and the New X-Men. He is a former editor in chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics, as well as a senior editor at DC Comics. His previous work includes The All-New, All-Different X-Men Masterworks; The Untold Legend of Batman; and Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA.

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  • File Size: 2089 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (June 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028Y48ZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book! May 13, 2012
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This is, quite simply, an AMAZING book! It's full of behind-the scenes facts from some of the original creative people behind the X-Men, some of which I'd already known from other sources, but MUCH I'd never read anywhere before. It also has quite a few extremely interesting essays on some of the philosophy behind the X-Men, a few on the history of some of the writers and their tenures on the various X-Men titles, and some excellent writing about different X-Men characters, with a lot of it focusing on everyone's favorite Canadian X-Man, Wolverine himself, or James (Logan) Howlett III. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to every fan of the X-Men, and to fans of comic books in general. I personally consider this book a must-read for any dedicated X-Men fan.

I actually feel VERY SILLY writing such a glowing review of a book (I am actually quite cynical and would normally gag at writing such s sugar-coated review) but I was actually VERY pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. In short: if you are a fan of the X-Men comic books, get this book; you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty awsome! February 10, 2007
This was an interesting book. Instead of all the flowery things ppl can say about the X-Men, there were real people who (for the most part) had some hand in the creation of the X-Men talking about what they thought about the X-Men as a whole. In one of the chapters a man tells of how when he was a young boy he got the first issue of the commic and loved it, but didn't see any more until he was older. He told about how he had loved the first issue...but wasn't a big fan of what they ended up becoming. I enjoyed this book because it had so many different opinions and veiw points of the same thing. All in all a good read!!
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