- Audio CD
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307990109
- ISBN-13: 978-0307990105
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,210,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero
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Like...umm...over a zillion. He keeps buying them. Sometimes the same ones. There are at this very moment 15 that have spilled over onto my shelf from his bookcase. I have to concede, this IS a great Superman read. Why? Because it is an easy, light FUN read. and it is part of every child's imagination.
This isn't a heavy tome dedicated to the Mythology of the Superman image--got that one--it hasn't really been read completely. It isn't a comic type homage filled with fluff photos and zero content. It actually is a really nicely balanced view of what Superman has been to our culture, and how the idea of one Superhero has become part of so many lives on a personal level.
Is it an academic read? Ehhh..I could cite it--but I read it on the couch. And I laughed, because I found other folks like us who have embraced the Superman ideal and their stories were shared. So for a sweeping overview of an icon pretty good read, for a personal glimpse into the lives of others (and my wedding!), it was cool.
For one of the few times, I'm really glad this one was added to the shelf.
If you are not interested in Superman or grew up without Superman, Batman, Spiderman, or any other superheroes in your consciousness, don't bother reading this book; but if you sneaked comic books passed adults, tied a towel around your neck to run around playing, and you want some insight into a large chunk of American and kid DNA, read it and enjoy.
Well written, well researched.
One never gets over a first love, and mine was Superman, although I empathized more with Superboy who after all also lived in a small town with his (step-) parents and had a crush on lovely redhead Lana Lang. Don't even get me started on the Legion of Superheroes. I still recall the large size Legion v. Mordru special where Superboy gets to kiss the beautiful (although blue-tinged) Phantom Girl and then both of them and some of their colleagues bury Mordru under a huge diamond. Don't tell me that wouldn't be great.
Anyway, I love books about Superman. It becomes harder for these books to say things we (faithful, true-blue) Superman fanboys don't know or expect, so there's no way there won't be overlap with other books, such as Jake Rossen's "Superman v. Hollywood", or Gerard Jones's "Men of Tomorrow" or David Hadju's "The Ten Cent Plague". There's no way the author won't make mistakes or ommissions that we will notice gleefully, like assuming that all super-creatures (including Titano and Streaky) originate from Krypton, or that there's no crystal Kryptonite. But we still enjoy these books, particularly when, as in this case, there is so much love and respect for Superman and the people who created him and brought him to us.
Superman stands aside from the sordidness of business dealings and the grabbiness of executives and of his creators and their relatives, from the tacky merchandising and the failed movies and weak storylines, from the current prostration of the comic book business. From the talk about synergies and multiple platforms. He stands inside many of us, untouched and pristine, as we were in our childhood.