Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero

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Jonathan Cape Limited, 2011 - Popular culture - 444 pages
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From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero
The first superhero comic ever published, "Action Comics no. 1" in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men--the list of names as familiar as our own. In less than a century, they've gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But what are they trying to tell us?
For Grant Morrison, arguably the greatest of contemporary chroniclers of the "superworld," these heroes are powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves, our troubled history, and our starry aspirations. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero--why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are . . . and what we may yet become.

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Cool overview of the history of comics, beginning with Superman and Batman. Morrison views everything through the lens of psychedelic drugs, which gets tedious. He also attacks those who reject new ... Read full review

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User Review  - psutto - LibraryThing

Morrison has written some “out there” comics and they’re not always enjoyable, although I did like [Arkham Asylum] and [the invisibles]. I thought though that his book on the history of comics would ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Grant Morrison was born in Glasgow in 1960. As a comics writer, he is renowned for his bold reinventions of existing superheroes and his own authored titles. He has had successful runs onBatman, Animal Man,Doom Patrol,JLA,The Invisibles,New X-Men,Fantastic FourandAll Star SupermanHisBatman: Arkham Asylumis the best-selling original graphic novel ever published. A documentary on his life and work,Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, was released in November 2010.

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