The High-flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

Book - 2012
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The author, a prize-winning journalist here delivers a full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made Superman the icon he is today.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400068661
Branch Call Number: 741.5973/TYE
Characteristics: xiv, 409 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.


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Jan 10, 2013

In his unique history of the iconic character, Larry Tye delivers an insightful biographical account from the perspective of the creators, publishers, and stars behind Superman. Beginning with Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel in Cleveland through the character's re-birth as part of DC's recent 52 remake, Tye analyzes and reveals many fascinating behind-the-scene aspects such as why Superman didn't fight oversees during World War II, the complex origins of kryptonite, and the stories behind the various radio, cartoon, television, and movie incarnations. The comprehensive volume includes numerous interviews and accounts, copious endnotes, and an all-too-short collection of images. The even-handed, thoughtful, and thorough accounting of the muddy and controversial relationship between Siegel and DC delivers one of the best explanations of the whole sordid affair. Though Tye's literary paint-by-numbers styling lacks any zing, he successfully maintains interest throughout the compulsive and highly recommended Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero.

Maxmelion Oct 22, 2012

This was a really good book. fun to read and full of fun details.

Sep 01, 2012

An extensively researched and highly entertaining book, Superman is the treatise that this cultural icon deserves on the occasion of reaching 75 years of relevance. The behind the scenes narratives from those intimately involved in shepherding the character through his many incarnations were especially enjoyable. Simply stellar!!

Aug 27, 2012

Not a comic! Not a graphic novel! It's a true story!

This book covers the history and behind-the-scenes story of the Man of Steel, from his birth as an idea of a couple of teens in Cleveland, Ohio in the early '30s to his place as one of the most recognized figures (fictional or real) in the world.

Incredibly well researched, the author conducted a number of interviews with people who were involved in creating the myth, from actors of various TV shows and movies to creators who wrote and drew the character in recent years. (Unfortunately, since they died in the 1990s, he doesn't include first-hand info from the creators; tho he does do a lot of due diligence in getting their side of the story.)


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