Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed [NOOK Book]

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Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the ...
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Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

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Overview

Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including:

* Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True)
* Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False)
* Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True)
* What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True)
* A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True)

With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101046562
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 403,212
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Cronin is the writer and producer of the Comics Should Be Good blog at Comic Book Resources. He has been writing the online column, "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed" since June 2005.
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Great anecdotes and comic history. Quick read!

    I really enjoyed this book. Evan being a big comic book fan, I still learned quite a bit by by reading this. The anecdotes and stories are well organized and written.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Worst...Book...Ever.

    The most interesting part of this entire book was when the author wrote about an episode of Mythbusters that he watched.

    No, really. He watched an episode of Mythbusters and wrote about it. (See pages 201 - 203)

    And he wants you to pay for it.

    If that weren't bad enough, other books have covered most of the same material, and done a much better job of it. Honestly, this book reads like a junior high book report on those other books.

    If you want specific examples (with page citations) of the poor editing and grammatical inanities, I've posted a more thorough review under this pen name on another website.

    Please, save your money and don't encourage this kind of laziness.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

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    Worst book EVER !!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Excellent, entertaining, over too soon.

    A collection and reworkingof Cronin's terrific weekly colu,n at CBR, this is worth buying if only to keep more coming in the future...but for far more reasons than that, too.

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