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 supervillains 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!
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 fifty 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 twenty-first century. Superheroes! is the definitive story of
this powerful presence in pop culture. Download and start listening now!