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

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Plume, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
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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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User Review  - schatzi - LibraryThing

The format of the book was different than I expected it to be - in many of the blurbs, it was difficult to tell exactly which "legend" was being addressed - but this book gives a nice overview of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Trey - Goodreads

Fun read for a beach or plane. It's not a literary achievement, but it reveals quite a few interesting factoids and urban legends about comics. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Brian Cronin is the writer and producer of the Comics Should Be Good blog at Comic Book Resources. He has been writing the online column, ¬“Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed¬” since June 2005.

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