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

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

by Brian Cronin


$14.74 $15.00 Save 2% Current price is $14.74, Original price is $15. You Save 2%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Want it by Tuesday, November 27 Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452295322
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 673,898
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brian Cronin is the writer and producer of the Comics Should Be Good blog at Comic Book Resources (www.cbr.cc). He has been writing the online column "Comic Book Legends Revealed" since June 2005. He has a JD from Fordham Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
billyconard More than 1 year ago
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.
nirrad on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I really enjoyed this book and think it could have been longer, some of the stories mentioned I had heard before but quite a few I hadn't Great book
schatzi on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The format of the book was different than I expected it to be - in many of the blurbs, it was difficult to tell exactly which "legend" was being addressed - but this book gives a nice overview of comic book history, especially of the "major two" (DC and Marvel). Die-hard comic book fans probably already know most, if not all, of the main points contained in this book, but for relative newcomers to comics, or those who are mostly Marvel or mostly DC, it's a good resource.It's amazing to read how major comic events, costumes, characters, or plots were often "accidents." Batman's original costume design would have been laughable, for instance. The world of comics is apparently a gigantic soap opera, filled with petty feuds, in-fighting, and subtle stabs and slights to people regarded as competition. Well, I can't say it's not interesting to read about! And, along the way, there's trivia sprinkled throughout - why was the Hulk's color changed from gray to green? Did Peter's Uncle Ben really say the famous quote about great power and great responsibility that is so often attributed to him? Is the word "super-hero" trademarked? You'll find all of those answers here, along with a bunch of others.The book could have benefited from a better editor - there were several glaring typos, and run-on sentences were common. Still, the book is readable, and the author has an easy conversational style for most of it. I could have done without his editorializing throughout the book, however; let the reader make up his/her mind. And the more current information is a bit dated (the book was published in 2009, but the cutting off point seems to be mid-2008).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book EVER !!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ThaMothership More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago