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

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Penguin, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
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  - bensdad00 - LibraryThing

A neat look at some of the early missteps in the gold and silver age of comics. Passing familiarity of the characters is helpful but not necessary. Read full review

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User Review  - nirrad - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book and think it could have been longer, some of the stories mentioned I had heard before but quite a few I hadn't Great book Read full review


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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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