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  - jtodd1973 - LibraryThing

Morrison's book starts off strong as a history of comic books written from the perspective of an insider, someone who grew up reading them and eventually wrote them. By the the history gets bogged ... Read full review

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User Review  - m_k_m - LibraryThing

More interesting when Morrison is analysing the works of others than when he is discussing the origins of his own work. There's some trippy-dippy talk of magic and cosmic journey that, despite the ... Read full review

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Contents

LIGHTNINGS CHILD
27
THE SUPERWARRIOR AND
37
THE EXPLOSION AND THE EXTINCTION
47
SUPERMAN ON THE COUCH
61
CHEMICALS AND LIGHTNING
81
THE FAB FOUR AND THE BIRTH
89
SUPERPOP
103
INFINITE EARTHS
111
THE RENAISSANCE
265
MAN OF MUSCLE MVSTERy
267
WHATS So FUNNy ABOUT TRUTH Justice AND THE AMERICAN WAy?
289
RESPECTING AUTHORTy
307
HOLLyWOOD SNFFS BLOOD
321
NU MARVEL 911
345
THE DAy EVIL WON
361
RON MEN AND INCREDIBLES
375

SHAMANS OF MADSON AVENUE
121
THE DARK AGE
143
BRIGHTEST PAy BLACKEST NIGHT
145
FEARED AND MISUNDERSTOOD
175
FEARFUL SyMMETRy
189
zENTH
207
THE HATEFUL DEAD
229
WAGE VERSUS SUBSTANCE
241
KING MOBMy LIFE AS A SUPERHERO
253
OVER THE EVENT HORIZON
383
STAR LEGEND SUPERHERO SUPERGOD2
395
NUFF SAID
413
AFTERWORD TO THE PAPERBACK EDITION
419
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
427
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING
431
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
435
INDEX
437
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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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