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Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed Paperback – April 28, 2009
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You also learn about some of the biggest foibles in comic book history such as why some print runs were pulped and what happened to the mysterious Warlock issue left in the back of a cab. Split into 3 sections (DC, Marvel, and Other Comic publishers) it is a light read you can pick-up at any point. Overall it was a fun read and look into the history and mysteries behind comic books. Recommend for comic and pop culture enthusiasts.
If you're a serious comic book fan, you'll find so many wonderful surprises and "I never knew that!" moments in here. If you're just a casual comic book reader, you'll still find things of interest here as well (though many of the more detailed surprises may not mean as much to you since you don't know the characters). Brian did a great job here and the book is nicely laid out. Be prepared to go through this one in one sitting.
Although I really enjoyed the book, I think it could have been presented better, and I'm not sure why the author (or his editor(s)) didn't consider it. The title of the book grabs you: Was Superman A Spy? Well, was he? The book is divided into the following sections: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Other Comic Book Companies. Within each of these sections, there are chapters for each super-hero or team (i.e., Superman, Batman, X-Men, Hulk). The chapter then tells you all of the "little secrets" about that hero in separated paragraphs. What happened to the questions to be answered? Cronin should have presented the questions (i.e., Was Superman a spy?, Why did Captain America's shield change after one issue? Who really created Batman?) and then answered them for the reader, not just present an essay on each superhero and then spill any and all related facts about that superhero. I think it would have made for a much more interesting and grabbing read if you knew what fact was coming up next. As it stands, I'm not sure what theory or story he's proving or disproving until at least halfway through the paragraphs. Don't get me wrong; it's still interesting, but it could have been presented to the reader SO much better.Read more ›
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it's ok, not what i was really expecting as far as comic book information
it's still an OK read
The book is a good starting point for further research in the comic book history field both online and through traditional book methods. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Francisco Hilario Jr.
Awesome book filled with tons of fun comic book facts. If you're comic book fan you'll love it.Published 19 months ago by manny
It was interesting and easy to read but some of the inside stories weren't all that interesting.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
At first I was reading this book straight through, but that is not necessary because it is a collection of anecdotes based on the history of comic books. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Matt Anderson
This gives a great history of the comic book industry, it is annotated, well written and interesting to read. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by BadassEX-Sailor