The Science of Supervillains

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 22, 2004 - Science - 224 pages
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The authors of The Science of Superheroes now reveal the real genius of the most evil geniuses
Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival Magneto, are so scary and so much fun? It's not just their diabolical talent for confounding our heroes, it's their unrivalled techno-proficiency at creating global mayhem that keeps comic book fans captivated. But is any of the science actually true? In The Science of Supervillains, authors Lois Gresh and Bob Weinberg present a highly entertaining and informative look at the mind-boggling wizardry behind the comic book world's legendary baddies. Whether it's artificial intelligence, weapons systems, anti-matter, robotics, or magnetic flux theory, this fun, fact-filled book is a fascinating excursion into the real-world science animating the genius in the comic book world's pantheon of evil geniuses.
Lois Gresh (Scottsville, NY) and Bob Weinberg (Oak Forest, IL) are the authors of the popular Science of Superheroes (cloth: 0-471-0246-0; paper: 0-471-46882-7)

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The authors of The Science of Superheroes turn their attention to the heroes' spectacular foes in order to uncover just how worried we need to be that some day a Magneto, Dr. Octopus or Lex Luthor may ... Read full review

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What can I say? It is good for all the reasons the first book was good (The science of Superheros). It was just more of what I liked! The science was great, the comic history was great, and the introduction from Claremont was great as well! Read full review


1 The Original Dr Evil Lex Luthor
2 The Villain in the Iron Mask Dr Doom
3 Computer Supervillain or Village Idiot? Brainiac
4 Feathers and Fury The Vulture
5 The Kiss of Death Poison Ivy
6 Groping for Power Doctor Octopus
7 Leapin Lizards The Lizard
11 Immortality for Some Vandal Savage and Apocalypse
12 Have Surfboard Will Travel The Silver Surfer
13 The Case of the Missing Antimatter Sinestro
14 Crisis on Infinite Earths
15 Frustration in Five Dimensions Mr Mxyzptlk and BatMite
Appendix Comic Writers Tell All
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8 Clothes Make the Man Venom
9 Grodd Almighty The Evil SuperGorilla
10 A Magnetic Personality Magneto

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About the author (2004)

LOIS H. GRESH has written dozens of suspense and science fiction stories, and has been nominated for national fiction awards six times. She is coauthor, along with Robert Weinberg, of The Science of Superheroes (Wiley) and The Computers of Star Trek.

ROBERT WEINBERG’s fiction has been nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Balrog Awards. He is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award as well as the recipient of a Bram Stoker Award. Weinberg also writes the comic book series Cable for Marvel Comics. He previously served for twenty-four years as chairman of the Chicago Comicon, the second-largest comic convention in the United States.

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