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Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed (Anglais) Broché – 28 avril 2009

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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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Par Sylvie MEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS 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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 National Enquirer for Comic Book Readers 5 juin 2013
Par Eric K. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
WAS SUPERMAN A SPY? is chock-full of information and dirty little secrets about comic book companies' pasts. The big two (DC and Marvel) are tackled, as well as other current and no-longer-existent independent comic book companies. The author, Brian Cronin, seemingly did a lot of research to uncover mysteries and validate (or disprove) urban legends. There was also quite a bit of information about subjects and situations that I never even thought about, but I'm glad I know now why they are like they are.

Although I really enjoyed the book, I think it could have been presented better, and I'm not sure why the author (or his editor(s)) didn't consider it. The title of the book grabs you: Was Superman A Spy? Well, was he? The book is divided into the following sections: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Other Comic Book Companies. Within each of these sections, there are chapters for each super-hero or team (i.e., Superman, Batman, X-Men, Hulk). The chapter then tells you all of the "little secrets" about that hero in separated paragraphs. What happened to the questions to be answered? Cronin should have presented the questions (i.e., Was Superman a spy?, Why did Captain America's shield change after one issue? Who really created Batman?) and then answered them for the reader, not just present an essay on each superhero and then spill any and all related facts about that superhero. I think it would have made for a much more interesting and grabbing read if you knew what fact was coming up next. As it stands, I'm not sure what theory or story he's proving or disproving until at least halfway through the paragraphs. Don't get me wrong; it's still interesting, but it could have been presented to the reader SO much better.

Lastly, Cronin should have stuck to discussing only events/situations in the past, or the text needs to be periodically updated. The current or upcoming events he references are no longer current and in the past (i.e., there's talk of a new Spider-Man movie (which was already filmed and released in 2012)). It makes the book feel very dated.

All in all, though, I recommend this book for the longtime comic book reader who would love all these juicy details that bring to light circumstances and situations you never even knew you wanted to know about.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 it's ok, 3 août 2015
Par Lord Raiden - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
it's ok, not what i was really expecting as far as comic book information

it's still an OK read
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 26 septembre 2014
Par Grimmer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Awesome, interesting and easy to read. Love it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Comics should be good. 8 octobre 2009
Par Johnny Heering - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book examines "more than 130" legends about comic book culture. Most of these stories deal with some of the stranger occurances in the comic book industry. The book heavily leans toward DC and Marvel, with much less written about other comic book companies, but that's understandable. I knew a lot of the stories in here beforehand, but there were also a lot that I hadn't heard before. A very enjoyable look at the quirkier side of the comic book industry.
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