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A Brief History of Superheroes: From Superman to the Avengers, the Evolution of Comic Book Legends (Brief Histories) (English Edition) par [Robb, Brian]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

A fascinating written exploration of the superhero phenomenon, from its beginnings in the depths of Great Depression to the blockbuster movies of today.

For over 90 years, superheroes have been interrogated, deconstructed, and reinvented. In this wide-ranging study, Robb looks at the diverse characters, their creators, and the ways in which their creations have been reinvented for successive generations. Inevitably, the focus is on the United States, but the context is international, including an examination of characters developed in India and Japan in reaction to the traditional American hero.

Sections examine: the birth of the superhero, including Superman, in 1938; the DC family (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Justice Society/League of America), from the 1940s to the 1960s; the superheroes enlistment in the war effort in the 1940s and 50s; their neutering by the Comics Code; the challenge to DC from the Marvel family (The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and The X-Men), from the 1960s to the 1980s; the superhero as complex anti-hero; superheroes deconstructed in the 1980s (The Watchmen and Frank Miller’s Batman), and their politicization; independent comic book creators and new publishers in the 1980s and 90s; superheroes in retreat, and their rebirth at the movies in blockbusters from Batman to Spider-Man and The Avengers.

Biographie de l'auteur

BRIAN J. ROBB is the New York Times and Sunday Times best-selling biographer of Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt. Hes also written acclaimed pop culture books on silent cinema, the films of Philip K. Dick, Wes Craven and Laurel and Hardy, and TV series Doctor Who and Star Trek. He is co-editor of the popular web site Sci-Fi Bulletin and lives in Edinburgh.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : Robinson (15 mai 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1472110552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472110558
  • ASIN: B00GHK7A0U
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A beginner's guide to the genre. 27 janvier 2015
Par Wag The Fox - Publié sur
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For now, at least until Joss Whedon jetisons his genius from the Marvel Universe, superheroes are running hot at the box office. But with all the hoopla over the capes and cowls on the silver screen, the comic book industry has been building itself to this point in time for decades upon decades.

Now, with a title like "A Brief History" that is exactly what you get. No one aspect of the genre is covered in great detail, rather this serves as a compendium of jumping off points for the uninitiated. It's something a newcomer or just a movie-goer curious about where all those superheroes come from can glom onto and get a little bit of knowledge before diving deeper into more specific topics.

The book touches upon a myriad of eras, all the way back in history to what many consider the original superheroes: gods. Seeing the larger-than-life heroes of fables and folklore gives a bit of perspective as we near the twentieth century and the big bang of what we come to know as the quintessential superhero. With so much ground to cover, the book focuses on a chronological approach, touching on some of the more pivotal moments in the history of the medium. How superheroes adapted to the patriotic era of World War II, to the reactionary Comics Code and its effect, to the rise of the anti-hero.

The writing can feel a bit clinical at times, and the just-the-facts-maam style minus some contextual commentary from Robb leaves you wanting for more as a reader. But again, this is for the neophytes and casual fans of the genre. In that aspect, the book does a serviceable job with lots of talking points and tidbits, that if you find yourself wanting to read more in-depth on a particular topic raised, you'll know exactly where to go. If you're a die-hard comic book fan, chances are much of this is familiar ground and this book would work more for you to hand off to friends and family you might want to lure into your ranks.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 I know more now 25 avril 2017
Par Alex - Publié sur
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I did not grow up reading comic books, but I did enjoy some of their cartoons as a child. As an adult, I have really been engaged with the Marvel and DC comics cinematic adventures. This book provided me with the necessary back story to appreciate the character story with the movies. He writer took me through a journey about social and political challenges facing our country from the 30's until now. It was facisnating to see the courage of the writers as they used these comics to represent so many Americans without a voice. It is appropriate for kids 10 and up.
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