Superman The High-flying History Of Americas Most Enduring
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The Superman The High-flying History Of Americas Most Enduring Hero bio book is the perfect buy for all Superman fans. This book is written by author Larry Tye who in the book shows us how Superman has evolved over the years.
The book is a fascinating look at Superman's creative history. Find out what stories and characters inspired Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster from the Biblical story of Samson to the very popular character of the their time Doc Savage.
Was Superman's publisher involved with the mob the same time Superman was busting the mob up in the comics? Find out in this book that makes you feel like you are reliving Superman's history along with many other questions.
What happened to Superman's biggest rival Captain Marvel?
How much did Siegel and Shuster get paid originally for Superman?
Find out who was the inspiration for Lois Lane.
Did Siegel have more in common with Batman than Superman?
Did the first Superman have more in common with Lex Luthor, Superman's biggest enemy, than the hero we know today?
Many more facts and history than you ever thought about. This is the perfect history book for anyone who is interested in getting into comics or just loves to read comics in general.
It's gotten some high praise from the Adventures of Superman TV stars of the 1950's Jack Larson and Noel Neill.
“Larry Tye’s Superman is the book I wish I had written years ago. — Noel Neill, Lois Lane in the TV Adventures of Superman.
“I understand it all for the first time.” — Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen in the Adventures of Superman
Even Richard Donner himself had a good word to say about this book.
“I only wish I had the good fortune of reading Larry Tye’s book, Superman, before I made Superman, the Movie. — Richard Donner, director of Superman, the Movie
Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.
Legions of fans from Boston to Buenos Aires can recite the story of the child born Kal-El, scion of the doomed planet Krypton, who was rocketed to Earth as an infant, raised by humble Kansas farmers, and rechristened Clark Kent. Known to law-abiders and evildoers alike as Superman, he was destined to become the invincible champion of all that is good and just—and a star in every medium from comic books and comic strips to radio, TV, and film.
But behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the middle of America’s heartland. During the depths of the Great Depression, Jerry Siegel was a shy, awkward teenager in Cleveland. Raised on adventure tales and robbed of his father at a young age, Jerry dreamed of a hero for a boy and a world that desperately needed one. Together with neighborhood chum and kindred spirit Joe Shuster, young Siegel conjured a human-sized god who was everything his creators yearned to be: handsome, stalwart, and brave, able to protect the innocent, punish the wicked, save the day, and win the girl. It was on Superman’s muscle-bound back that the comic book and the very idea of the superhero took flight.
Tye chronicles the adventures of the men and women who kept Siegel and Shuster’s “Man of Tomorrow” aloft and vitally alive through seven decades and counting. Here are the savvy publishers and visionary writers and artists of comics’ Golden Age who ushered the red-and-blue-clad titan through changing eras and evolving incarnations; and the actors—including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve—who brought the Man of Steel to life on screen, only to succumb themselves to all-too-human tragedy in the mortal world. Here too is the poignant and compelling history of Siegel and Shuster’s lifelong struggle for the recognition and rewards rightly due to the architects of a genuine cultural phenomenon.
From two-fisted crimebuster to über-patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman—perhaps like no other mythical character before or since—has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of that otherworldly hero who continues to embody our best selves.