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Our Hero: Superman on Earth (Icons of America)

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Since his first appearance in Action Comics Number One, published in late spring of 1938, Superman has represented the essence of American heroism. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” the Man of Steel has thrilled audiences across the globe, yet as life-long “Superman Guy” Tom De Haven argues in this highly entertaining book, his story is uniquely American.

Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the midst of the Great Depression, Superman is both a transcendent figure and, when posing as his alter-ego, reporter Clark Kent, a humble working-class citizen. An orphan and an immigrant, he shares a personal history with the many Americans who came to this country in search of a better life, and his amazing feats represent the wildest realization of the American dream. As De Haven reveals through behind-the-scenes vignettes, personal anecdotes, and lively interpretations of more than 70 years of comic books, radio programs, TV shows, and Hollywood films, Supermans legacy seems, like the Man of Steel himself, to be utterly invincible.

About the Author

Tom De Haven, author of the novel It's Superman!, is professor in the department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Midlothian, VA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300118179
Author:
De Haven, Tom
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Tom De Haven
Subject:
Superman (fictitious character)
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Super Heroes
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b/w illus.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 0.6 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Superheroes
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Comics and Graphic Novels
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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