Superheroes capes cowls and the creation of comic book culture
SUPERHEROES! by Laurence Maslon , Michael Kantor | Kirkus ReviewsThis is a book about the history of super-heroes in the media. The super-hero is now a mainstay of popular culture on television and the silver screen but some of us older folk recall a time when they were only available on paper. Low paid men with typewriters did the scripts and other chaps with actual pencils drew the characters on paper. Often they did not tell their friends what they did in case they might be spat on. Now top directors vie for the latest super-film.
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Over the past few decades, superheroes, villains, and other characters taken from the pages of comic books have become as much a part of American mythology as Rip Van Winkle, Paul Bunyan, and Johnny Appleseed. Today comic books enjoy a sheen of respectability that was missing from the first six decades or so of their existence. The story of how they got to this stage says as much about America as it does the industry.
Superheroes!: capes, cowls, and the creation of comic book culture
Thank you! But as an introduction to comics culture for novices, it does the trick. The most iconic characters get their own breakout sections, rendered in dazzling color illustrations. This is probably based on the documentary source, which needs that imagery to thrive. Another aspect that makes the book feel generic is the clear focus on the big two: DC and Marvel, with only a slight deviation into the Image Comics rebellion. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
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