Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture
Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assembled between two covers: down from the heavens--S ...more
Perhaps my favorite line comes from Frank Miller's comment on comics as metaphors:
"Everything [in fantasies] is a metaphor for something that's real. This is how pop culture works. We process things and then turn them into a product that is at once more palatable but deeply resonant."
That's pretty much how my brain works. I understand and explain e ...more
Superheroes! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture by Laurence Maslon is well researched, well presented and nearly comprehensive, at least as much as it can with a community of followers (myself included) who grew up with and who can still appreciate the masked men and women of the multiverse. Based on the documentary of the same name by Michael Kantor (lots of fun that as well, check your PBS listings for when it will be re-aired) “Superheroes!” is a solid history of the mainst...more
Broken into three part ...more
This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a journey of superheroes from their earliest days in pulp format, right through 2012/2103. Along the way we are introduced to the giants of the industry, who laid the ground work for generations to come and experience the ...more
It is a little choppy at times going from one topic to another with little to no transition ...more
This overview is great, looking at the large overview of comic books from their inception in the 1930s through the early 2010s.
There is still some overlooking of the female characters while many in-depth looks at the male characters (hey! there are some women in there!) but, overall, this is a really good book that balances well between giving the facts and providing entertainment.