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The superhero book : the ultimate encyclopedia of comic-book icons and Hollywood heroes

Author: Gina Renée Misiroglu; David Roach
Publisher: Detroit : Visible Ink Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Superhuman strength. Virtual invulnerability. Motivated to defend the world from evildoers. A secret identity. And a penchant for looking good in long underwear. These are the traits that define the quintessential superhero whose impossible feats graced the pages of comic books during comics' Golden and Silver Ages. They are Batman, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, and dozens of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Encyclopédies
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gina Renée Misiroglu; David Roach
ISBN: 1578591546 9781578591541 0780807723 9780780807723
OCLC Number: 56198737
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 725 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: AC Comics Heroes --
Action Girl --
Adam Strange --
African American Heroes --
Alpha Flight --
Alternative Futures --
America's Best Comics Heroes --
Anime and Manga --
Ant Man --
Anti-drug Series --
Anti-heroes --
Aquaman --
Aquatic Heroes --
Archie Heroes --
Astro Boy --
Astro City --
The Atom --
Atomic Heroes --
The Authority --
The Avengers --
Azrael --
Bad Girl Art --
The Badger --
Bartman --
Batgirl --
Batman --
Batman in the Media --
Batman Villains --
Batman's Weapons and Gadgets --
Battle of the Planets --
Big Bang Heroes --
Bird Heroes --
Birds of Prey --
Black Canary --
The Black Cat I --
The Black Cat II --
Black Condor --
Black Panther --
Black Widow --
Blackhawk --
Blonde Phantom --
Blue Beetle --
Bronze Age of Superheroes --
Buffy the Vampire Slayer --
Bulletman --
Camp and Comedy Heroes --
Camp Heroes in the Media --
Captain Action --
Captain America --
Captain America in the Media --
Captain Atom --
Captain Britain --
Captain Canuck --
Captain Marvel --
Captain Marvel Jr. --
Captain Marvel Shazam --
Captain Marvel Shazam! in the Media --
Captain Midnight --
Card Captor Sakura --
Casshan: Robot Hunter --
The Cat --
Cat Heroes --
Cat-Man --
Catwoman --
Challengers of the Unknown --
Charlton Heroes --
Civilian Heroes --
Cobra --
Comics Code --
The Creeper --
Cutey Bunny --
Cutey Honey --
Cyberforce --
Daredevil I --
Daredevil II --
Daredevil in the Media --
Dark Horse Heroes --
Dazzler --
DC Comics --
Deadman --
The Defenders --
Dial H for Hero --
Doc Savage --
Doctor Strange --
Do It Yourself Heroes --
Doll Man --
Doom Patrol --
Dr. Fate --
Dragon Ball --
Eclipse Heroes --
ElectraWoman and DynaGirl Elektra --
Elementals --
Elongated Man --
E-Man --
Everyday Heroes --
Extreme Studios Heroes --
Fantastic Four --
Fantastic Four in the Media --
Femforce --
Feminism --
Fighting American --
Firestorm --
The Flash --
Funny Animal Heroes --
Gen 13 --
Ghost Rider --
Golden Age of Superheroes --
Good Girl Art --
The Greatest American Hero --
Green Arrow --
Green Hornet --
Green Lantern --
Guardians of the Galaxy --
Hanna Barbera Heroes --
Harvey Heroes --
The Hawk and the Dove --
Hawkeye --
Hawkman --
Hellboy --
Heroes for Hire --
The Hulk --
The Hulk in the Media --
The Human Torch --
The Huntress --
Hurricane Polymar --
Image Comics Heroes --
The Inferior Five --
The Inhumans --
Insect Heroes --
International Heroes --
The Invaders --
Iron Fist --
Iron Man --
Isis --
Justice League of America --
Justice League of America in the Media --
Justice Society of America --
Kryptonite --
Lane Lois --
Legion of Super-Heroes --
Lobo --
Love Interests --
Madara --
Madman --
Mai the Psychic Girl --
The Man from Atlantis --
Manhunter --
Manimal --
Martian Manhunter --
Marvel Boy --
Marvel Comics --
Mary Marvel --
The Mask --
Master of Kung Fu --
Metal Men --
Metamorpho --
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers --
Milestone Heroes --
Miracleman --
Miss Fury --
Modern Age of Superheroes --
Moon Knight --
Ms. Marvel --
Multiculturalism --
The New Gods --
Nick Fury --
The Night Man --
Nightwing --
Northstar --
Nova --
Olsen Jimmy --
One Hit Wonders --
The Outsiders --
The Phantom --
The Phantom in the Media --
Phantom Lady --
Phantom Stranger --
Plastic Man --
Power Man --
Power Pack --
The Powerpuff Girls --
Project A-ko --
Promethea The Punisher --
Rising Stars --
Robin --
Robotman --
Rock Superheroes --
The Rocketeer --
Ronin Warriors --
Sailor Moon --
Sandman --
The Savage Dragon --
The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver --
The Secret Identity --
The Sentry --
The Shadow --
ShadowHawk --
The She-Hulk --
Shi --
Sidekicks and Proteges --
Silver Age of Superheroes --
The Silver Surfer --
Space Ghost --
Space Heroes --
Spacehawk --
Spawn --
The Spectre --
Speed Racer --
Spider Man --
Spider Man in the Media --
Spider Man Villains --
Spider Woman --
The Spirit --
Starman --
Static Shock --
Steel --
Stripperella --
Sub Mariner --
Super Friends --
Super-archers --
Superboy --
Superboy in the Media --
Supercities --
Supergirl --
Superhero Cartoon Shows --
Superhero Confidants --
Superhero Creators --
Superhero Headquarters --
Superhero Movie Serials --
Superhero Nicknames --
Superhero Radio Series --
Superhero Role Playing Games --
Superhero Slogans --
Superhero Vulnerabilities --
Superheroes and Celebrities --
Superheroes and the Popular Culture --
Superheroes in Prose --
Superheroes with Disabilities --
Superheroines --
Superman --
Superman in the Media --
Superman Villains --
Superman's Weapons and Gadgets --
Supermedia --
Supernatural Heroes --
Superpatriots --
Superpets --
Superpowers --
Superteams --
Supervehicles --
Supervillains --
Superweapons Tank Girl --
Team-ups and Crossovers --
Teen Titans --
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles --
Tekkaman --
Thor --
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents --
The Tick --
Ultraman --
Ultraverse Heroes --
Valiant Heroes --
Vertigo Heroes --
The Vigilante --
The Wasp --
Watchmen --
Watson Mary Jane --
WildCATS --
WildStorm Heroes --
Wolverine --
Wonder Warthog --
Wonder Woman --
Wonder Woman in the Media --
World War II and the Superhero --
X-Men (X Men) --
X-Men: Excalibur --
X-Men: Generation X --
X-Men: New Mutants --
X-Men: X-Force/X-Statix --
X-Men in the Media --
X-Men Villains.
Responsibility: edited by Gina Misiroglu with David A. Roach.
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Abstract:

Superhuman strength. Virtual invulnerability. Motivated to defend the world from evildoers. A secret identity. And a penchant for looking good in long underwear. These are the traits that define the quintessential superhero whose impossible feats graced the pages of comic books during comics' Golden and Silver Ages. They are Batman, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, and dozens of others-with names like Ant-Man, Daredevil, Hawkman, the Human Torch, the Spectre, the Spirit, and Sub-Mariner-whose death-defying acts and altruistic motives have come to characterize heroism for generations of fans. By the end of the twentieth century the real world had become a darker place, necessitating a new kind of hero. Popular heroes of yesteryear were reinvented to meet the demands of a new age. The popular culture witnessed the rise of the anti-hero, the fresh breed of brazen, gritty adventurer that includes the likes of Elektra, the Punisher, and Wolverine. Heroes that aren't typically defined as super-Buffy, Hellboy, Sandman, and Spawn-became associated with the word because they possessed superhuman qualities. But they were often nearly paralyzed with angst, doubt, and disillusionment, identifying with their audience in a way reminiscent of existential sixties superheros like Spider-Man. With 150 full-color illustrations, including dozens of classic comic covers, The Superhero Book is the ultimate A-Z compendium of everyone's favorite superheroes and their mythology, sidekicks, villains, love interests, superpowers, and modus operandi. Almost 300 entries cover the best-loved and historically significant comic book, movie, television, and novel superheroes-mainstream and counterculture, famous and forgotten, best and worst-including classics like Green Lantern and Plastic Man, cult favorites like the Rocketeer and Madman, and timeless entities like the X-Men. Each significant era of the superhero is explored-the Golden Age (1938-1954), the Silver Age (1956-1969), the Bronze Age (1970-1979), and the Modern Age (1980-present)-providing the reader with a perspective of the hero over the twentieth century and beyond. With The Superhero Book, you'll be reminded why you love them (Who wouldn't want to get their hands on Wonder Woman's lasso for just one day?), why they were chosen to save the world ("We shall call you Captain America, son! Because like you-America shall gain the strength and will to safeguard our shores"), what they do for their day jobs (world traveler Oliver Queen ... Hollywood star and America's sweetheart Linda Turner ... billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne ... college student and free-lance photographer Peter Parker), and their very human faux pas (As the Flash, he could outrun the wind, but as alter ego Barry Allen he was hard-pressed to show up for a date on time!). In an uncertain age, what we need is a superhero. Use our book to find the right one. Annotation. With 150 full-color illustrations, including dozens of classic comic covers, "The Superhero Book" is the ultimate A-Z compendium of everyone's favorite superheroes and their mythology, sidekicks, villains, love interests, superpowers, and modi operandi.

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