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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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  • Broché: 256 pages
  • Editeur : Plume (28 avril 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0452295327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295322
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,5 x 1,4 x 20,2 cm
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Sylvie VOIX VINE le 9 avril 2011
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Attention, cet ouvrage n'est pas un comic book contrairement à son apparence, c'est une étude très américaine sur une certaine catégorie de comic books (ceux qui sont dcrits sur la couverture). Personellement je n'ai pas accroché, je pense qu'il est réservé à un public trés spécialisé d'experts du sujet. Le texte est écrit en petit et il y a très peu d'illustrations.
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Fun Facts for Comic Readers 16 juin 2009
Par The Mad Hatter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Brian Cronin is best known as a writer for the blog Comics Should Be Good, most notably for the "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed" column. Was Superman a Spy is a mix of half old columns and half all new material written specifically for the book. I've read the column from time to time, but I still found most of the info new to me. It acts as a sort of barman's guide to comic book arguments and legends. Ever wonder who actually created Batman? Or that Venom was intended to be a women? Or why The Human Torch was replaced by a robot in the original Fantastic Four cartoon series? Well than this is the book for you.

You also learn about some of the biggest foibles in comic book history such as why some print runs were pulped and what happened to the mysterious Warlock issue left in the back of a cab. Split into 3 sections (DC, Marvel, and Other Comic publishers) it is a light read you can pick-up at any point. Overall it was a fun read and look into the history and mysteries behind comic books. Recommend for comic and pop culture enthusiasts.
10 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
You never knew what you thought you knew 1 mai 2009
Par Brian Reaves - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Brian's book deals with some of the greatest myths you've ever heard about comic books--and a ton of them you probably have never heard before. Brian's work on "Comics Should Be Good" online has given us a taste of some of these weird stories (Wolverine was supposed to be an actual animal...and his claws were actually just supposed to be a part of his gloves) and great behind-the-scenes information.

If you're a serious comic book fan, you'll find so many wonderful surprises and "I never knew that!" moments in here. If you're just a casual comic book reader, you'll still find things of interest here as well (though many of the more detailed surprises may not mean as much to you since you don't know the characters). Brian did a great job here and the book is nicely laid out. Be prepared to go through this one in one sitting.
5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
One of the Easiest and Most Fun Reads About Comics 23 novembre 2009
Par GraphicNovelReporter.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Brian Cronin's Comics Should Be Good blog delves into comics mythology--the real-life kind. He debunks false stories, examines true one, and basically just presents the story behind the stories. Was Superman a Spy? collects some of his best entries, all in one compulsively readable volume.

Did I say compulsively readable? You bet. The stories are short enough that you find yourself saying, "Just one more" time and time again, until you've finished the book faster than you imagined you would. Was Superman a Spy? covers decades of comics lore, including the creations of its most pivotal and defining heroes. Along the way, it covers the whys and hows of many industry decisions, shows how business motives often trumped creative ones, examines the "could-have-beens" and "almost weres" of the format, and looks at how human foibles and strengths played into the creation of comics.

The book is divided up into three sections: DC, Marvel, and then a roundup of all the other companies. Some might see this as a slight to the indies and the lesser-known publishers, but at least Cronin gives ample time to many different characters, creators, and companies. That his book mirrors the focus of the marketplace seems natural.

Some of the stories inside are well-tread for most longtime comics readers (the creator of Wonder Woman, and her truth-cajoling magic lasso, was also the inventor of the lie detector; the sad and complicated story behind EC Comics' troubles), but many are fascinating looks into the behind-the-scenes discussions and battles that went on in the industry (the creation of gay comics characters, for example).

Because Cronin is such a swift storyteller, one who gets to the point quickly and without cheekiness or coy rambling, Was Superman a Spy? is one of the easiest and most fun reads about comics. There's tons to learn here, an array of things about the craft that prove why and how it has always been so interesting.

-- John Hogan
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Enthusiastic comic book history and trivia: flawed compilation of blog columns 4 octobre 2009
Par K. W. Schreiter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Brian Cronin has expanded the comic book history discussions from his "Comic Book Legends Revealed" column on his "Comics Should Be Good" website into this paperback. The eleven chapters are divided into three parts: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Other Comics Creators. Cronin offers brief histories of the major American comic book companies and then groups his trivia nuggets by main characters: Chapter 1 is "Superman"; Chapter 5 is "Spider-Man", etc. Interspersed throughout the text are over 100 small black and white graphics of comic book covers, panels and sketches. While this book is at times interesting and enjoyable, the author's approach seems to work better on his blog than in a $14 book. Much of the information seems banal compared to the explosive promises of the back cover blurbs, especially the brief accounts of DC and Marvel which are probably already familiar to most hardcore fans, the book's supposed target demographic. As with many books that are compilations of shorter works, many of these segments flow awkwardly into one another, with some points repeated throughout the book (as aptly noted by other reviewers). The author's enthusiasm for the subject ultimately helps overcome these flaws and makes this a four-star review instead of a three-star one. This book seems best for a new comic book fan ready to learn some basic history of the genre as well as be enthused by some of the more obscure information herein.
5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
quick read 6 janvier 2011
Par JD - Publié sur Amazon.com
Like comics history? Then you'd probably like this book. If you're already familiar with basic comics history, you'll recognize some of what's here, but it's likely you'll see some stuff you didn't know, including newer versions of standard stories. It's a physically small book, and the illustrations are black and white. You could read it in a day or two,esp. if you skip over (what I think are) relatively uninteresting parts, such as stuff about the history of comics distribution (!).I wouldn't pay the full retail price of $15 or so, but if you can get it cheaply and your interested in the subject matter, go for it.
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