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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Laurence Maslon , Michael Kantor

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1. Oktober 2013
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of the superhero in American popular culture.
Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assembled between two covers:  down from the heavens—Superman and the Mighty Thor—or swinging over rooftops—the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain America and Wonder Woman, or clad in darkness, like the Shadow and Spawn; facing down super-villains on their own, like the Flash and the Punisher or gathered together in a team of champions, like the Avengers and the X-Men!
Based on the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes, this companion volume chronicles the never-ending battle of the comic book industry, its greatest creators, and its greatest creations.  Covering the effect of superheroes on American culture—in print, on film and television, and in digital media—and the effect of American culture on its superheroes, Superheroes: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture appeals to readers of all ages, from the casual observer of the phenomenon to the most exacting fan of the genre.
Drawing from more than 50 new interviews conducted expressly for Superheroes!—creators from Stan Lee to Grant Morrison, commentators from Michael Chabon to Jules Feiffer, actors from Adam West to Lynda Carter, and filmmakers such as Zach Snyder—this is an up-to-the-minute narrative history of the superhero, from the comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression, up to the blockbuster CGI movie superstars of the 21st Century.  Featuring more than 500 full-color comic book panels, covers, sketches, photographs of both essential and rare artwork, Superheroes is the definitive story of this powerful presence in pop culture.




“From its roots in the pulp novels of the early 1900s to its contemporary ubiquity, Superheroes! provides intriguing fodder for those of us who wonder how this age of adolescence dawned, and why it’s stuck around so long. . . . colorfully and copiously illustrated . . . the companion volume to the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes:  A Never-Ending Battle. If the television series represents an express ride through 75 years of comics history, its more comprehensive coffee-table iteration is ideally suited to those of us nerds who’d prefer to take the local."--The New York Times Book Review

“A deeply knowledgeable, engaging, and respectful history . . . will enlighten the casual fan and challenge lifelong fans.”—Mark Squirek, New York Journal of Books

“Exceptionally comprehensive”—

"A breezy, imaged-filled narrative perfect for someone who wants a single volume history of comic superheroes. . . . I enjoyed it. If you have someone who still can’t believe you read superhero comics, this is a nice volume to explain the power and history of the genre." 

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Laurence Maslon is an associate arts professor and associate chair at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. He has written the companion volumes to Michael Kantor’s documentary series, Make ‘Em Laugh and Broadway: The American Musical, in addition to writing several other books about the theater and editing three volumes for the Library of America.  He is the host of “Broadway to Main Street,” a weekly radio show and lives in New York and Long Island with his wife and son.

Over the past twenty-five years of work in public television, Michael Kantor has established himself as one of the nation's leading independent documentary filmmakers.  As a writer, director, and producer, his works include Quincy Jones: In the PocketBroadway: The American Musical, and Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.  He lives in a fortress of solitude 28 minutes north of New York City, inhabited by his family of superheroes.

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I am not a huge comic book fan. My favorite Superhero has always been and always will be Superman. But I'm mostly interested in his stories through media of cartoons, radio, TV and films. With the exceptions of the infamous Doomsday storylines from the 90s, I find comics interesting at times but not worth the inflated prices that would be spent purchasing them each week. However, this book intrigued me partially because it is a companion to the PBS special "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle" which I found very well done. I literally did not put this book down for the day I spent reading its 304 pages. I read it when it came in the mail by Amazon in the mid afternoon and it rarely left my hands other than short 'potty' breaks and a simple supper. The book is easily the best written history of comic book heroes I've ever read. Maslon and Kantor did an amazing and thorough job researching over 75 years of CB history. As I stated earlier, I never was a big comic book fan but I have kept up with what's going on in the comic book world partly because my daughter and son in law ARE big comic book fans. This book discussed much of what I did know about some characters (Mainly Superman and Batman) but also gave me some real lessons on the behind-the-scenes' origins of some of these Superheroes and what caused such appeal to audiences. It discussed some of the best DC and Marvel has to offer as well as the flops. They briefly touched on television and movie incarnations but mostly it was an incredible look into the world of the comic book Superheroes. The pages are full of color and as exciting as the characters themselves. So if I, a so-so comic book fan, can read this large 300 page book in less than 24 hours, anyone who is a true comic book fan should be even more excited about this wonderful history of the genre. Five stars. Hope you find it as exciting as I did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book, Great Gift!!! 31. Oktober 2013
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This is a awesome book for anyone who is a casual fan of comics or a superfan!!! What I love most is how the book starts from the time of comic strips and leads right through present day comics. I myself am a casual fan of comics. I also received a reviewers copy of the book before it was released for public consumption. I have absolutely no issue with the typos like other reviewers of this book have written about (because lets face it, I read a reviewers copy which will have mistakes).

As a whole I love this book. It is great for discussion and for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Superheroes and comics in general. It is a fantastic coffee table size book and a great gift book, full of color and adventure.

Kudos to the authors for creating a history filled book that is a page turner!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth every penny! 16. Oktober 2013
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I bought it for my Dad's birthday (and also secretly for myself). The book is endlessly rich--between the two of us I think we've worn out the spine. Comprehensive without being reductive, the book is also a genuine object of beauty. Essential for fans of comics and history buffs--a history of superheroes is a history of the American 20th century.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book! 15. Januar 2014
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Lot's of pictures, splash pages, interesting anecdotes and a very good read. The book is very chunky so enjoyable! Take your time to enjoy it!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Love it. 25. März 2014
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Bought this for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he loved it. We loved looking through all the amazing pages of vintage comics.
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