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Supergods

What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, And A Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

By Grant Morrison

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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2011

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1400069122


Format: Book
Author: Morrison, Grant
Summary: Presents a cultural exploration of the superhero in America that offers insight into the historical and creative aspects of the phenomenon.
Title: Supergods : what masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human / Grant Morrison.
Publisher Date: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011.
Subject: Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States Superheroes -- United States.
Isbn: 1400069122 9781400069125
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Format: Book
Author: Morrison, Grant
Summary: Presents a cultural exploration of the superhero in America that offers insight into the historical and creative aspects of the phenomenon.
Title: Supergods : what masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human / Grant Morrison.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011.
Description: xvii, 444 p. : ill ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States
Subjects: Superheroes -- United States.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-423) and index.
LCCN: 2010053712
ISBN: 1400069122
ISBN: 9781400069125
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Call Number: 741.5352 Mor