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

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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  - David Macpherson - Goodreads

Well researched, engaging writing on some of the nettlesome anecdotes that have sprung up around comic book history. I read the blog this originated from and though I like this, I wish he kept the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

It's got some stuff I've not seen before (especially in later chapters not devoted to the big two) but it also seems to shy away from real controversies within the comics industry. Things like Jack ... Read full review

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SUPERMAN
DC COMICS MISCELLANEA
CAPTAIN AMERICA
VARIOUS COMIC BOOK COMPANIES
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