Superman by Glen Weldon
The Unauthorized Biography

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...something altogether different and fascinating: a straightforward biography of a fictional character who is many men and the same man over three-quarters of a century.
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A celebration of Superman's life and history—in time for his 75th birthday

How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today.Chronicles the ever-evolving Man of Steel and his world—not just the men and women behind the comics, movies and shows, but his continually shifting origin story, burgeoning powers, and the colorful cast of trusted friends and deadly villains that surround himPlaces every iteration of the Man of Steel into the character's greater, decades-long story: From Bud Collyer to Henry Cavill, World War II propagandist to peanut butter pitchman, Super Pup to Super Friends, comic strip to Broadway musical, Lori Lemaris to Lois & Clark—it's all hereAffectionate, in-depth analyses of the hero's most beloved adventures, in and out of the comics—his most iconic Golden Age tales, goofiest Silver Age exploits, and the contemporary film, television, and comics stories that keep him alive todayWritten by NPR book critic, blogger, and resident comic book expert, Glen Weldon

 

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Glen Weldon is NPR’s comic book guy, reviewing all things superhero related for their Monkey See blog, main website, Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, and national shows. He’s also a Washington City Paper theater critic. He has received journalism fellowships from Pew and the NEA, and earned his MFA at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
 
Published February 14, 2013 by Wiley. 353 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on May 10 2013

Mr. Weldon’s lively commentary and irreverent remarks make the book fun to read and remind us that after-all, the absurd is what makes superheroes wonderful.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Graham on Apr 18 2013

The bottom line: You don't have to be a comics reader to enjoy this book — or even a regular watcher of Smallville. On the other hand, even the most hard-core geek will find a few nuggets of new information.

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Reviewed by Mark Squirek on Apr 01 2013

He brings the reader into the artistic styles of Joe Shuster, Wayne Boring, Alex Ross, and many others while providing an honest assessment of each artist’s skill.

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Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Apr 01 2013

...something altogether different and fascinating: a straightforward biography of a fictional character who is many men and the same man over three-quarters of a century.

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