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The Superman Files Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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"The materials are arranged in a chronological manner, so it's easy to follow along. It's a nice way to present the history. If you have been following Superman on and off, this book is going to fill in the blanks for you. As to the completeness, well, the scope of Superman's comic universe is just too immense to cover everything, but this book does a good job." -- Teoh Yi Chie
"The book outlines Superman's history, offering details about friends like Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White as well as facts about such enemies as Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Doomsday and Bizarro. Among the features: secrets of the daily life of Clark Kent; Daily Planet newspaper articles; eyewitness accounts of Superman's exploits; childhood mementos and journal entries; top-secret data known only to Superman; favorite destinations in Metropolis; schematics for the Fortress of Solitude; files from Stryker Island Prison; and hundreds of images of Superman's enemies & allies." -- Kevin Melrose
"Have a hardcore Superman fan in the house? Look no further as The Superman Files is a stunner, and serves as a historical record for the Man of Steel." -- April Neale
"Even if you have read Superman continuously from the mid 1980s to the present, I can imagine fans of the character paging through this large volume with immense enjoyment, reveling in the variety of art selected from across that period, generally presented as if photographs posted into a scrapbook, with attendant commentary and textual pieces telling the overall story as if from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints." -- Kent G. Hare
" ... cleverly details the life, career, and comic book mythology of Superman." (Publishers Weekly)
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|Length: 2:16 Mins|
The quality of the book is great. I love the textured steel design of the cover. It's hardcover and they have used good thick low gloss paper.
The book is essentially features the commentary of Brainiac 5 as he recounts the history of Superman back to planet Krypton up to the present year 2013. Brainiac covers the story arcs, time travels, characters and villains. There are even journal entries written by Superman that he somehow managed to source, as well as the many Daily Planet newspaper cuttings.
The materials are arranged in sort of a chronologically manner so it's easy to follow along. It's a nice way to present the history. If you have been following Superman on and off, this book is going to fill in the blanks for you.
As to the completeness, well, the scope of Superman's comic universe is just too immense to cover everything but this book does a good job. One reviewer mentioned missing 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. I'm sure there will be discrepancies because of the ongoing nature of comic books but I'm not a hardcore Superman fan to be able to notice them.
Images in the book are wonderfully selected to accompany the text. The visuals are generally well reproduced. There are several panels that were printed as if they came out from a inkjet printer that's running out of ink so you can see streak marks. But those streak marks are only on the comic art and not the white border surrounding it. Was it an effect to simulate that the photo (panel) is old, or is it really a printing problem? Either way, it does not work. But other than that, the artworks, the colours are fantastic.
Highly recommended to all Superman fans.
(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
|Length: 1:06 Mins|
The book is compiled in the style of a dossier, with the bulk of the information coming by way of "artifacts" -- articles from the Daily Planet & the Daily Star; case files from the Metropolis Police Dept; evaluation reports from Stryker's Island; and many others. There are also a bunch of images taken straight from the comics, many of which are accompanied by a brief description of the character/event depicted.
This is a fun way to compile information, but it's a bit of a letdown here because all the artifacts are simply printed on pages -- other books have done this better (such as the Harry Potter Film Wizardry (Revised and Expanded)) by having some of the artifacts be removable and/or interactive. *An example: "The Superman Files" features a map of Metropolis printed on a page; while The Dark Knight Manual: Tools, Weapons, Vehicles and Documents from the Batcave has a fold-out removable map of Gotham that is 4 times bigger and thus so much more detailed (not to mention you could take it out and display it).
Regardless, there is no doubt this is a quality book. The paper is thick and glossy. There is a very nice image to text ratio that will make it appealing for those who like to read as well as those who take more delight in the visual aspects.
Recommended for fans of the Superman comics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Superman Files book is a great book for any fan of Superman or DC Comic fan.Published 5 months ago by JJ 99
Excellent book to procure if you are a true fan of Superman. From the old school days to the new school days, it is one to have for the collection.Published 8 months ago by RodimusOne
This book was a gift for a friend who has advised me that he lies it very much.Published 13 months ago by Daniel Gilbert
I like the book, I just find this one a little childish. Some things struck me as only believable to a children and teenagers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Landers68