Supergods by Grant Morrison

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Though hardly devoid of critical insight or memoiristic revelations, the core of Supergods is Morrison’s argument that costumed adventurers represent our hopes for a better, stranger world. But how can he cast these “living ideas” as humanism incarnate while shying away from the inequities of the industry that produces them?
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What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
 
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. They are on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and in our dreams. But what are they trying to tell us? For Grant Morrison, one of the most acclaimed writers in the world of comics, these heroes are powerful archetypes who reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, archetypes, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of our great modern myth: the superhero.
 
Now with a new Afterword.

 

About Grant Morrison

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GRANT MORRISON has been working with DC Comics for twenty years, after kicking off his American comics career with acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written such best-selling series as JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men, as well as such creator-owned titles as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. In recent years Morrison has been hard at work expanding the DC Universe in titles ranging from the Eisner Award-winning SEVEN SOLDIERS and ALL-STAR SUPERMAN to the reality-shattering, multiverse-spanning epic that is FINAL CRISIS - as well as reinventing the world of the Dark Knight Detective in BATMAN AND ROBIN and BATMAN, INC. In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He lives and works between Los Angeles and his homes in Scotland. FRANK QUITELY was born in Glasgow in 1968. Since 1988 he's drawn The Greens (self-published), Blackheart, Missionary Man, Shimura, Inaba, ten shorts for Paradox Press, six shorts for Vertigo, FLEX MENTALLO, 20/20 VISIONS, BATMAN: THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION, THE KINGDOM: OFFSPRING, JLA: EARTH 2, THE INVISIBLES, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, THE AUTHORITY, Captain America, New X-Men, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, WE3, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and BATMAN AND ROBIN. He has also created covers for Negative Burn, Judge Dredd Megazine, Classic 2000 AD, JONAH HEX, BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME, BITE CLUB, AMERICAN VIRGIN and ALL-STAR BATMAN. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. He used to design his own hats and clothing. Currently his favorite hobby is cooking.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Spiegel & Grau. 480 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Chris Randle on Aug 05 2011

Though hardly devoid of critical insight or memoiristic revelations, the core of Supergods is Morrison’s argument that costumed adventurers represent our hopes for a better, stranger world. But how can he cast these “living ideas” as humanism incarnate while shying away from the inequities of the industry that produces them?

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