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Our hero : Superman on Earth

Author: Tom De Haven
Publisher: New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010.
Series: Icons of America.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since his first appearance in Action Comics Number One, published in late spring of 1938, Superman has represented the essence of American heroism. 'Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,' the Man of Steel has thrilled audiences across the globe, yet as life-long 'Superman Guy' Tom De Haven argues in this highly entertaining book, his story  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom De Haven
ISBN: 9780300118179 0300118171 9780300171242 0300171242
OCLC Number: 320132317
Description: x, 224 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Icons of America.
Responsibility: Tom De Haven.

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Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the midst of the Great Depression, Superman is both a transcendent figure and, when posing as his alter-ego, reporter Clark Kent, a humble working-class  Read more...

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