From two-armed criminal to sublime patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman—perhaps unlike any mythical figure before or since—has evolved in a way that offered a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of the otherworldly hero who continues to present himself at his best. our.
But behind the high-flying legend is a fascinating little by little life-like true story, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the heart of America. During the Great Depression, Jerry Siegel was a shy, clumsy teenager in Cleveland. Raised in adventure stories and robbed of his father as a child, Jerry dreams of a hero for a boy and a world in dire need of a hero. Together with his neighborhood friend and kind soul Joe Shuster, the young Siegel conjured a human-sized deity who was all his creators aspired to be beautiful. A boy, resilient and brave, can protect the innocent, punish the wicked, save the world and win the girl. It was on Superman’s muscular back that the comic book and the very idea of superheroes took off.
Tye chronicles the adventures of the men and women who have kept Siegel and Shuster’s “Man of Tomorrow” aloft and survived seven decades and beyond. Here are the savvy publishers, visionary writers and artists of the Golden Age of comics, who ushered the red and blue-clad giant through the changing ages. changing and evolving incarnations; and the actors — including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve — who brought the Man of Steel to life on screen, only to succumb to the all-too-common human tragedy of the mortal world. It is also the insightful and fascinating history of Siegel and Shuster’s lifelong struggle for the recognition and reward they deserve as the architects of a true cultural phenomenon.
This book is a great take on Superman since he first appeared on the new stage in June 1939 through his multimedia character that existed towards the end of the first decade of the millennium. new. This book is written with compassion, respect, and honesty for this fictional icon. Whether you consider him a model, mirror image, or puppet of American and/or Western culture, you can find new perspectives on Superman in this book.
Easy to read, the history of the Superman character and this series covers a lot of the familiar, but Tye includes fascinating details about a lifetime of bitter quest for adequate compensation by the creators. Seigel and Shuster, the Salkinds’ financial juggling for the first Superman movie. and more.
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