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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture (Anglais) Relié – 1 octobre 2013

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“From its roots in the pulp novels of the early 1900s to its contemporary ubiquity, Superheroes! provides intriguing fodder for those of us who wonder how this age of adolescence dawned, and why it’s stuck around so long. . . . colorfully and copiously illustrated . . . the companion volume to the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes:  A Never-Ending Battle. If the television series represents an express ride through 75 years of comics history, its more comprehensive coffee-table iteration is ideally suited to those of us nerds who’d prefer to take the local."--The New York Times Book Review

“A deeply knowledgeable, engaging, and respectful history . . . will enlighten the casual fan and challenge lifelong fans.”—Mark Squirek, New York Journal of Books

“Exceptionally comprehensive”—ComicsGrinder.com

"A breezy, imaged-filled narrative perfect for someone who wants a single volume history of comic superheroes. . . . I enjoyed it. If you have someone who still can’t believe you read superhero comics, this is a nice volume to explain the power and history of the genre."--dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com 

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Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of the superhero in American popular culture.
Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assembled between two covers:  down from the heavens—Superman and the Mighty Thor—or swinging over rooftops—the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain America and Wonder Woman, or clad in darkness, like the Shadow and Spawn; facing down super-villains on their own, like the Flash and the Punisher or gathered together in a team of champions, like the Avengers and the X-Men!
Based on the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes, this companion volume chronicles the never-ending battle of the comic book industry, its greatest creators, and its greatest creations.  Covering the effect of superheroes on American culture—in print, on film and television, and in digital media—and the effect of American culture on its superheroes, Superheroes: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture appeals to readers of all ages, from the casual observer of the phenomenon to the most exacting fan of the genre.
Drawing from more than 50 new interviews conducted expressly for Superheroes!—creators from Stan Lee to Grant Morrison, commentators from Michael Chabon to Jules Feiffer, actors from Adam West to Lynda Carter, and filmmakers such as Zach Snyder—this is an up-to-the-minute narrative history of the superhero, from the comic strip adventurers of the Great Depression, up to the blockbuster CGI movie superstars of the 21st Century.  Featuring more than 500 full-color comic book panels, covers, sketches, photographs of both essential and rare artwork, Superheroes is the definitive story of this powerful presence in pop culture.

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Amazing 19 octobre 2013
Par Donald J. Wurzelbacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am not a huge comic book fan. My favorite Superhero has always been and always will be Superman. But I'm mostly interested in his stories through media of cartoons, radio, TV and films. With the exceptions of the infamous Doomsday storylines from the 90s, I find comics interesting at times but not worth the inflated prices that would be spent purchasing them each week. However, this book intrigued me partially because it is a companion to the PBS special "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle" which I found very well done. I literally did not put this book down for the day I spent reading its 304 pages. I read it when it came in the mail by Amazon in the mid afternoon and it rarely left my hands other than short 'potty' breaks and a simple supper. The book is easily the best written history of comic book heroes I've ever read. Maslon and Kantor did an amazing and thorough job researching over 75 years of CB history. As I stated earlier, I never was a big comic book fan but I have kept up with what's going on in the comic book world partly because my daughter and son in law ARE big comic book fans. This book discussed much of what I did know about some characters (Mainly Superman and Batman) but also gave me some real lessons on the behind-the-scenes' origins of some of these Superheroes and what caused such appeal to audiences. It discussed some of the best DC and Marvel has to offer as well as the flops. They briefly touched on television and movie incarnations but mostly it was an incredible look into the world of the comic book Superheroes. The pages are full of color and as exciting as the characters themselves. So if I, a so-so comic book fan, can read this large 300 page book in less than 24 hours, anyone who is a true comic book fan should be even more excited about this wonderful history of the genre. Five stars. Hope you find it as exciting as I did.
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Great Book, Great Gift!!! 31 octobre 2013
Par Super Fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a awesome book for anyone who is a casual fan of comics or a superfan!!! What I love most is how the book starts from the time of comic strips and leads right through present day comics. I myself am a casual fan of comics. I also received a reviewers copy of the book before it was released for public consumption. I have absolutely no issue with the typos like other reviewers of this book have written about (because lets face it, I read a reviewers copy which will have mistakes).

As a whole I love this book. It is great for discussion and for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Superheroes and comics in general. It is a fantastic coffee table size book and a great gift book, full of color and adventure.

Kudos to the authors for creating a history filled book that is a page turner!!!
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Worth every penny! 16 octobre 2013
Par superfan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I bought it for my Dad's birthday (and also secretly for myself). The book is endlessly rich--between the two of us I think we've worn out the spine. Comprehensive without being reductive, the book is also a genuine object of beauty. Essential for fans of comics and history buffs--a history of superheroes is a history of the American 20th century.
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Great Book! 15 janvier 2014
Par Terence Jervis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Lot's of pictures, splash pages, interesting anecdotes and a very good read. The book is very chunky so enjoyable! Take your time to enjoy it!
Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot...! 6 mars 2014
Par Jon Abbott - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is a beautiful book (although I could have done without the exclamation mark). Produced to accompany the superb three-part PBS documentary, it divides itself up into sensible and informative bite-size chunks and covers the development of (exclusively) super-hero comics from WWII to 9/11. The text is fine, and while making occasional value judgements is mostly impartial and non-controversial, even when dealing with comics' laughably incompetent attempts to deal sensibly with death, romance, politics, female characters, or gay characters, the latter three either excruciatingly, patronisingly "right on" or embarrassingly ignorant or reactionary. As post-Silver Age comic book creators (and some of their readers) clearly don't get out much, they are at their brilliant best when dealing with the more imaginative and fantastic aspects of the super-hero world, which is where they excel. However, someone should clue them in that not all relationships have to end in death and fist-shaking, tear-stained agony ("Nnnoooooo!!!!"); sometimes, people just move on.

The first of the book's three segments deals with the charming innocence of the early years, a mix of happy, smiling faces, strutting bonhomie, and snarling wartime propaganda. Wertham and the book burnings are there, but so is the charm and naiveté, culminating in the George Reeves Superman series. The second covers the rise of Marvel and the arrival of pop art, the Batman TV series, and the beginning of introspective, self-questioning super-heroes, from the thoughtful soliloquies of the Spider-Man series and Lee and Colan's Captain America to the squirmy self-flagellating white liberal hand-wringing of Green Lantern/Green Arrow. A glaring omission from this section is Mort Weisinger's iconic Superman Family titles, and the extraordinary artwork of Wayne Boring and the great Curt Swan. These may not have been earth-shattering developments in the growth of super-heroes, but an entire universe of concepts, characters, and mythology producing seven ongoing titles and reprint annuals is not so easily dismissed. The kiddie audience that vacuumed up Superman, Superboy, Action, Adventure, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and World's Finest counts for something, surely?

But of course today, it doesn't. The lunatics have taken over the asylum, kids are out, and creeps are in. The third segment brings us sharply into the era of wreckers, re-booters and spoilers, and their madmen, killers, and psychopaths. Kill, kill, kill, and start again is the answer to everything, don't just re-imagine or update, but tear it all up first. In the absence of stories and ideas, just bump everybody off for shock value. From the imaginations of Weisinger, Fox, Lee, and Kirby coming up with story after story month after month to a roomful of idiots whose best idea to is to junk everything that went before for a one-off shock effect mini-series until the next egotistical two-week wonder turns up to p*ss all over their predecessors.

Although there are very small indications post-9/11 that we're moving back to making comics enjoyable again (I've left comics, it doesn't matter to me, it's just a shame for the youngsters), and back to actual super-heroics (partially indicated in the rash of nostalgic book and comics projects around), the final segment is tough going. It is to the book's credit that it tries to find the light at the end of the tunnel with as much inspirational material it can muster. And I can't help feeling that certain quotes have been selected on a give-'em-enough-rope principle!

However, the real joy of this book is, perhaps as it should be, visual. The selection of illustrations is inspired and shows a genuine understanding of what made the comics of all the decades covered significant, unique, and special, from iconic covers and panels to such sights as Batman swinging a bat (baseball variety), Captain America socking Hitler, Superman with the troops, Thor buying a milkshake, Peter Parker meeting Mary Jane, and the Flash meeting his Golden Age namesake. The book's designers have the knack for selecting the absolutely perfect image for every chapter, whether it's a classic cover from the past or a contemporary image of 9/11 or a gay wedding. A book isn't this spot-on by chance. For a near-perfect introduction to the world of the super-hero (there are gaps), this (and the DVD of the three-part documentary) is the place to start.
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