Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

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Spiegel & Grau, 2012 - Social Science - 454 pages
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What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
 
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. They are on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and in our dreams. But what are they trying to tell us? For Grant Morrison, one of the most acclaimed writers in the world of comics, these heroes are powerful archetypes who reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, archetypes, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of our great modern myth: the superhero.
 
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User Review  - psutto - LibraryThing

Morrison has written some “out there” comics and they’re not always enjoyable, although I did like [Arkham Asylum] and [the invisibles]. I thought though that his book on the history of comics would ... Read full review

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User Review  - EricFitz08 - LibraryThing

Morrison's book tends to stray off quite a bit, and while his treatment of superheroes and moments in comic history can be quite good, you find that much of your time in this 400 page discourse is ... Read full review

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Contents

THE SUN GOD AND THE DARK KNIGHT
37
THE EXPLOSION AND THE EXTINCTION
47
suE2MAN ON THE COUCH
61
CHEMICALS AND LIGHTNING
81
THE FAB Fou2 AND THE BIRTH
89
5LPEZPOP
103
THE DARK AGE
143
BRGHTEST DAY BLACKEST NIGHT
175
WHATS SO FUNNY ABOUT TRUTH
289
CHAPTER 20 RESPECTNG AUTHORITY
307
CHAPTER 21 HOLLYWOOD SNIFFS BLOOD
321
CHAPTER 22 NU MARVEL 911
345
CHAPTER 25 THE DAY EVL WON
361
CHAPTER 24 RON MEN AND INCREDBLES
375
CHAPTER 25 OVER THE EVENT HORIZON
383
CHAPTER 26 STAR LEGEND SUPERHERO
395

CHAPTER 75 FEARFUL SYMMETRY
189
ZENTH
207
CHAPTER 15 THE HATEFUL DEAD
229
CHAPTER 76 IMAGE VERSUS SUBSTANCE
241
CHAPTER 17 KING MOBMY LIFE
253
CHAPTER 78 MAN OF MUSCLE MYSTERY
267
OUTRO NUFF SAID
413
AF TERWORD TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION
419
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
427
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
435
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Grant Morrison is one of the most popular and acclaimed contemporary writers of any genre. His long list of credits as a comic-book writer include JLA, New X-Men, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, We3, The Filth, and Batman: Arkham Asylum, the bestselling original graphic novel of all time. He is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.

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