Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

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Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men – the list of names as familiar as your 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 video games 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, 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. Illustration Credits, Index. B&W illus. 444p.

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"The superheroes have been with us for over 75 years now. They've accompanied us from WW2 to the counter-culture to today. They've already been to our future, and have brought back with them, new dreams and wonderment that we are using to build our tomorrow with. Supergods brings that strange and often surreal history of superheroes in the most intelligent and entertaining read I've ever encountered on the subject. And who better to write this book then Grant Morrison, an author who's credits include all the greats; Batman, Superman, the X-men and many more. There have been a lot of books on this subject that get bogged down in their own nerdiness, but being a legendary comics writer himself, Grant avoids the traps of fandom. The book, instead, focuses on what turned a group of unusual people wearing their underwear on the outside into modern-day legends. (Oh, he also does give a good explanation as to where the whole underwear-on-the-outside look comes from.) Bordering on history, sociology and sometimes auto-biography, Supergods is an amazing introduction and stunning tribute to the most enduring genre to come out of the 20th century. For new fans and old, I can't think of a better book for those of us who still look up to the sky and know that it might not always be just a bird or a plane. It can be something super." --Colin M., Art Department Staff

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  • Excellent look into the world of comics

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    Grant Morrison, writer of such standout works as All Star Superman (Vols. 1 and 2) and continued work in the DC Universe on Batman, turns his eye to the history of the superhero--a topic never really fully explored before. Morrison brings his insider knowledge to play and dazzles the reader, not only with the history of super hero comics, but the psychology behind it as well. Morrison also shows us how superheroes fit in to almost every aspect of our lives, reflecting our very selves in these figures that we create. Morrison creates a text, that for the most part, is easy to read and to follow along a linear timeline. He shows us just how much comics and superheroes have impacted our lives. It seems like lately comics have fallen into the realm of "nerd" and not meant for everyone, but Morrison shows us that just isn't true. That they were created for the everyman to give us hope during dark times, laughter (well ok maybe that's not what they meant it for but we can still laugh at them), and inspiration to overcome obstacles. Morrison highlights not only the big names--Batman and Superman--but also introduces us to other superheroes that we have forgotten, but still have meaning. Supergods is not just for the comic book fan/nerd/person. It's a text for everyone to understand how superheroes, whether we know it or not, have impacted our lives and the world around us. This is a must have book for anyone.

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