Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman

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Leading writers discuss, debate, and celebrate the legend of Superman in this anthology, contending that his legend is a truly American myth. Superman was an immigrant with little more than the clothes on his back and raised by simple farmers, absorbing their humble values. He always chose to do the right thing, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, and represents America at its best. The in-depth analyses of the comics, films and cartoons are at turns funny, philosophical, insightful, and personal,...
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Overview


Leading writers discuss, debate, and celebrate the legend of Superman in this anthology, contending that his legend is a truly American myth. Superman was an immigrant with little more than the clothes on his back and raised by simple farmers, absorbing their humble values. He always chose to do the right thing, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, and represents America at its best. The in-depth analyses of the comics, films and cartoons are at turns funny, philosophical, insightful, and personal, exploring every aspect of the Superman legend.
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Adult/High School-These 20 essays examine the Man of Steel from various perspectives, including his relationships with women and with Batman, the actors who have portrayed him, and what he stands for. The entries are articulate, thought-provoking, and often funny. Lawrence Watt-Evans points out that Superman's suit is made from his baby blanket-the ultimate security object. Adam-Troy Castro explains "Six Things That Plain Don't Make Any Sense about Superman." Other contributors take a more scholarly approach, examining Superman's connections to Nietzsche or to Gilgamesh. Some give attention to his alter ego, Clark Kent. Most of the material is recent, except for Larry Niven's classic "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex." This collection is well-rounded, well-chosen, and interesting. Any fan of Superman-or anyone with an interest in popular culture-will find it fascinating.-Susan Salpini, formerly at TASIS-The American School in England Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100778
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Smart Pop Series
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 1,294,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill, and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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