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The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes

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Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, this ultimate AtoZ compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil. With nearly 200 entries examining more than 1,000 heroes, icons and their place in popular culture, it is the first comprehensive profile of superheroes across all media, following their path from comic book stardom to radio, television, movies, and novels. The best-loved and most historically significant ...
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Overview


Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, this ultimate AtoZ compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil. With nearly 200 entries examining more than 1,000 heroes, icons and their place in popular culture, it is the first comprehensive profile of superheroes across all media, following their path from comic book stardom to radio, television, movies, and novels. The best-loved and most historically significant superheroes—mainstream and counterculture, famous and forgotten, best and worst—are presented with numerous full-color illustrations, including dozens of classic comic covers. Each significant era of the superhero is explored—from the Golden Age of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s through the Modern Age—providing a unique perspective of the role of the hero over the course of the 20th century and beyond. This latest edition has been revised to reflect updates on existing characters, coverage of new characters, and recent films and media trends in the last several years.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Here's an 'ultimate' encyclopedia that lives up to its billing."— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"This comprehensive encyclopedia of comic books and super heroes provides a detailed look at both famous and obscure characters and publications from the past eighty years of comics."— Book News

"From Adam Strange to Zorro, the second edition of The Superhero Book delivers on its promise to be the Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes. Just plain fun ..., this inexpensive volume delivers the goods with a biff!, bam!, and pow! Recommended."— Booklist

"...excellent compendium of comic book superheroes...."— Choice

"Being a 'super-hero' book rather than a 'comic book' book, it includes plenty of non-comics entries....Happily, it has both a contents page and an index."— Comic Buyer's Guide

"There’s plenty of information here which may well inspire hours of diversion."— Popmatters.com

"This colossal encyclopedia of all things superhero could not have come at a better time. With a slew of comic-book movies each year, kids are more interested than ever in anything to do with these heroes....It is a must-buy for comic readers interested in knowing the early roots and conceptions of comic-book heroes."— School Library Journal

"This book is alive with detail, generous with comic book cover reproductions, comprehensive, colorful, accurate, and, most of all, entertaining. It wants to cover as much ground as possible, and cover it right. The impressive thing is, it succeeds.... This encyclopedia is inspiring, and as a reference tool it is going to get a lot of use."— Silver Bullet Comics

It definitely fills a much-needed niche in the growing lore of the genre and will be a welcome addition to the collection of any fan of spectacular superhero sagas. Excelsior!"— Stan Lee, inventor of the modern superhero

Library Journal
Along with her own articles, Misiroglu (The Supervillain Book) here presents pieces by Michael Eury, Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin, Adam McGovern, Frank Plowright, David Roach, and Peter Sanderson, all of whom have well-established credentials as writers and editors in the comics business or the fan press. The book covers a surprising variety of superheroes, both popular and obscure, and is well illustrated with full-color reproductions of covers and panels. This is impressive given the reasonable page count and the extent of the entries, which recount each character's entire history to the present. Unfortunately, those virtues leave little room for the humor and liveliness suggested by the book's appearance and common in similar works; the title does not provide any analysis of, or opinions about, the subject matter. Fifteen years ago, comics fans would have found this resource useful whenever they needed to straighten out a character's convoluted backstory or learn about past superheroes from cancelled titles. Now a fan can use Wikipedia or a similar Internet site to get this kind of information but might read a book like this for fun. Other superhero fans might look to it for more insight into their favorite characters. This volume is suited to neither of these purposes. However, middle and high school students needing an authoritative source for an assignment, and who are often barred from the Internet at school, will find this helpful. VERDICT While not useful for the average fan wanting to know about a character, this is recommended for students in high school and below.—Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This colossal encyclopedia of all things superhero could not have come at a better time. With a slew of comic-book movies each year, kids are more interested than ever in anything to do with these heroes. The collection includes hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries detailing how the character was first envisioned, highlights of important superheroes, and, when relevant, how they've been portrayed by Hollywood. The volume devotes as much attention to popular superheroes as it does to lesser-known figures such as Ant-Man, Nick Fury, and The Wasp. Only a limited number of commercial Hollywood icons are included, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Powerpuff Girls; none of the shows of the past are mentioned. While a strict definition of what the editors believe makes up a superhero is lacking, this is nonetheless a fairly thorough collection. While one might wish for a lot more illustrations, it is a must-buy for comic readers interested in knowing the early roots and conceptions of comic-book heroes.-Scott La Counte, Anaheim Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578593750
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 596,658
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author


Gina Misiroglu is a fourteen-year veteran of the West Coast publishing industry, specializing in the development and editing of popular culture, reference, and women's studies. Misiroglu has edited and developed hundreds of books in her publishing career for a number of presses, including Price Stern Sloan/HP Books, New World Library, Lowell House, Visible Ink Press, Macmillan Reference USA, and Adams Media Corporation. Misiroglu is the author of Girls Like Us: 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhoods in Story, Poetry, and Song (New World Library, 1999), winner of the New York Public Library's "Best Book for Teens" Award, and Imagine: The Spirit of Twentieth-Century American Heroes (New World Library, 1999). She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Exhaustive Coverage Of The Genre

    The Superhero Book by Gina Misiroglu is an encyclopedia of all the known superheroes. At over four hundred pages, it is an exhaustive survey of this genre as well as being a colorful and accessible entry into the superhero world.

    Each superhero is given an entry that talks about the media (TV, comics, graphic novel, etc) as well as a full-color image. The background of the hero is given, as well as their entire team if they work with someone else. Supernatural powers are explored along with any moral code or any weaknesses. A timeline of appearances is given, and if the hero was killed off, an explanation of their demise. Superheros from Superman to The Powerpuff Girls are explored.

    Gina Misirouglu, also known as The Taskmistress, has authored or edited more than three dozen books in the genres of popular culture, biography, American history, folklore and women's studies.

    Graphic novels are becoming more and more popular with the advent of the entire anime genre. Superheroes are a constant in every time period; only the media used to tell their stories changes. Humans need to believe that there is a balance in the world between good and evil, and that there are those who stand ready to right that balance when it is askew. This book is recommended for readers who follow these heroes and anyone interested in learning more about them.

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