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Otto Binder : the life and work of a comic book and science fiction visionary

Author: William Schelly
Publisher: Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary chronicles the career of Otto Binder, from pulp magazine author to writer of Supergirl, Captain Marvel, and Superman comics. As the originator of the first sentient robot in literature ("I, Robot," published in Amazing Stories in 1939 and predating Isaac Asimov's collection of the same name), Binder's effect on science fiction was profound.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Schelly, William, 1951-
Otto Binder.
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2016
(DLC) 2015035354
(OCoLC)921863887
Named Person: Otto O Binder; Otto O Binder
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Schelly
ISBN: 1623170389 9781623170387
OCLC Number: 951505532
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Bill Schelly ; foreword by Richard A. Lupoff.

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Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary chronicles the career of Otto Binder, from pulp magazine author to writer of Supergirl, Captain Marvel, and Superman comics. As the originator of the first sentient robot in literature ("I, Robot," published in Amazing Stories in 1939 and predating Isaac Asimov's collection of the same name), Binder's effect on science fiction was profound. Within the world of comic books, he created or co-created much of the Superman universe, including Smallville; Krypto, Superboy's dog; Supergirl; and the villain Braniac. Binder is also credited with writing many of the first "Bizarro" storylines for DC Comics, as well as for being the main writer for the Captain Marvel comics. In later years, Binder expanded from comic books into pure science writing, publishing dozens of books and articles on the subject of satellites and space travel as well as UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Comic book historian Bill Schelly tells the tale of Otto Binder through comic panels, personal letters, and interviews with Binder's own family and friends. Schelly weaves together Binder's professional successes and personal tragedies, including the death of Binder's only daughter and his wife's struggle with mental illness. A touching and human story, Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary is a biography that is both meticulously researched and beautifully told, keeping alive Binder's spirit of scientific curiosity and whimsy.

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