Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 28, 2009 - Social Science - 256 pages
26 Reviews
Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including:

* Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True)
* Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False)
* Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True)
* What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True)
* A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True)

With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."


  

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Review: Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

User Review  - Bob Garrett - Goodreads

This book is like a box of chocolates. That's partly because you never know what you'll get, and partly because its factoids come as small, tasty and easily digestible morsels. These “morsels ... Read full review

Review: Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

User Review  - Timothy - Goodreads

Surface appears like a coffee table book, inside reads like a history behind creation of comic books Read full review

Contents

SUPERMAN
DC COMICS MISCELLANEA
CAPTAIN AMERICA
VARIOUS COMIC BOOK COMPANIES
Copyright

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