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Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    The Grandaddy of All Superheroes

    Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye is the story of the history behind the world's most beloved and enduring hero. Initially created as a villain in 1933, later revised as a hero by Jerry Siegel and drawn to resemble movies star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. by Joe Shuster (Clark Kent was molded after Harold Lloyd) .

    I got this book from the local library, when I took my kids there a few weeks ago my son spotted it on the "New Books" shelf, grabbed and proudly presented it to me.
    You know I had to check it out.

    Superman - the granddaddy of all superheroes, the one who started it all, the icon who is held to higher standard in fiction and has set the standards for many of us in the non-fiction world. It's no wonder why the franchise is almost 80 years strong and growing stronger.

    The research in Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye is excellent and the book itself is fascinating. Mr. Tye goes through the early developmental stages of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster , through the character's success and their mismanagement of their careers, the shysters, the businessmen and the fanboys who grew up to reclaim their hero and his "parents". The story continues through the years, telling of important story arcs as well as individuals who shaped the mythology, writers, artists, actors and publishers.

    Along the way the author slowly reaches to the conclusion that Superman is not just an American hero, but a hero the children around the world and an icon to look up to. Especially poignant to me was the time after the death of Superman where, in the comics, heroes rose and ordinary people wore the famous emblem trying to live up to ideal of Superman himself.

    The book is a well researched document about a beloved character and the people who made him so. The narrative is full of wonderful anecdotes about the comics (including why many characters have double L in their names), the famous copyright trials, the movies, TV shows (including Smallville) and choke full of interviews with a cast of characters who deeply care about this mythological titan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Super Read

    ll you loved Superman growing up you'll love this

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

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    Tye pens an engaging comprehensive history of the Man of Steel -

    Tye pens an engaging comprehensive history of the Man of Steel - Superman. Tye shows us the spark of inspiration shared by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster and how the two were drawn together to give Superman substance. Tye also gives the reader a peak into Superman's media history and the actors who portrayed him.
     
    Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster were two youngsters who toiled for years working out the details of Superman. Jerry lost his dad at a young age and was inspired to create the Man of Steel from his loss over his father. Jerry found Joe whose artwork gave Superman life. It took a Herculean effort to get their character in print, but once there, Superman resonated with readers young and old, becoming an instant hit and moneymaker.  Superman's publishers, Liebowitz and Dronefield swindled Siegel and Schuster out of their rights, ensuring Superman's creators to a life of struggles.
     
    While Jerry and Joe struggled to pay bills and receive their just recognition as Superman's creators, their Man of Steel became a media success story, first with comics, then radio, TV, and finally the movie screen. Tye points out that Superman has resonated with generations of readers since his creation because he appeals to our best values, truth, justice, and right over wrong. Superman stops the bad guys and inspires his readers/viewers to do their best to over come obstacles. For me, that's certaintly the appeal of the character.  
     
    Tye's writing style is crisp and easy to read. The storyline follows a natural progression that keeps the reader flipping the pages, wanting to know what happens next.
     
    This Superman novel is a pop culture history and is filled with human heroes and villains. I'm not a big Superman fan, but the story of his endurance and appeal strikes to the heart of every reader. The novel is suited for 10-year-old and up. You don't have to be a Superman fan to enjoy this very human story behind the Man of Steel and his creators. I highly recommend this book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Watch the new superman movie and its cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    I have

    I haven't read it on the nook but in real life,

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