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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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"A Scottish playwright and comic book writer, Morrison (Arkham Asylum) traces the rise of superheroes from the 1940s golden age to the comics industry of today. This excellent survey of pop deity origins begins with 'the ur-god and his dark twin,' Superman and Batman. As Morrison sees it, 'archetyped, pop-mythic tales of superpowered heroes and villains' soared into our collective imaginations in an explosive fashion. Superman, 'the personification of a thrusting industrial tomorrow,' had a primal impact. Soon there was a pantheon of gods and figures from legend and myth: Hawkman ('an avatar of hawk-headed Horus'), the Flash ('the Greek god Hermes') and Captain Marvel, whose magic word, 'Shazam,' was an acronym: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury. When writers brought the superhero gods down to Earth and gritty real life (as in Watchmen), Morrison went back to basics: 'I decided I would plant my flag in the world of dreams, automatic writing, visions and magic.' The second half of this engrossing book covers his own comics career while also probing his personal psyche. Morrison is a skilled word magician, seeking creativity in a cosmological dimension. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Grant Morrison is one of the great comics writers of all time. I wish I didn't have to compete with someone as good as him." Stan Lee

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"Grant's whole body of work inspired me." Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance

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"I suddenly realized that everything that I'm trying to say in my nonfiction work, and in some of my fiction work, had been so beautifully and so imaginatively expressed in the work of Grant Morrison." Deepak Chopra

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, New X-Men, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, WE3, and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and the Multiversity for DC Comics. He's also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.

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John Kistner, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by John Kistner)
Grant Morrison's written some of the most astonishing, moving comics of the past 20 years: Seven Soldiers, Seaguy, We3, The Filth. Supergods is his romp through the history of superhero comic books, and while his politics are a little naive, his well-written and -researched comments about how these heroes reflect on the vast societal changes in the 20th century are thought-provoking. Of special interest to me was the latter half of the book where he discusses his own creations. This one's a keeper.
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ISBN:
9781400069125
Author:
Morrison, Grant
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
B/W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.34 x 1.3 in 1.66 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A Scottish playwright and comic book writer, Morrison (Arkham Asylum) traces the rise of superheroes from the 1940s golden age to the comics industry of today. This excellent survey of pop deity origins begins with 'the ur-god and his dark twin,' Superman and Batman. As Morrison sees it, 'archetyped, pop-mythic tales of superpowered heroes and villains' soared into our collective imaginations in an explosive fashion. Superman, 'the personification of a thrusting industrial tomorrow,' had a primal impact. Soon there was a pantheon of gods and figures from legend and myth: Hawkman ('an avatar of hawk-headed Horus'), the Flash ('the Greek god Hermes') and Captain Marvel, whose magic word, 'Shazam,' was an acronym: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury. When writers brought the superhero gods down to Earth and gritty real life (as in Watchmen), Morrison went back to basics: 'I decided I would plant my flag in the world of dreams, automatic writing, visions and magic.' The second half of this engrossing book covers his own comics career while also probing his personal psyche. Morrison is a skilled word magician, seeking creativity in a cosmological dimension. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Grant Morrison is one of the great comics writers of all time. I wish I didn't have to compete with someone as good as him."
"Review" by , "Grant's whole body of work inspired me."
"Review" by , "I suddenly realized that everything that I'm trying to say in my nonfiction work, and in some of my fiction work, had been so beautifully and so imaginatively expressed in the work of Grant Morrison."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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