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The ultimate compendium to everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil! Profiles of more than 1,000 mythic superheroes, icons, and their place in popular culture.

Superhuman strength. Virtual invulnerability. Motivated to defend the world from criminals and madmen. Possessing a secret identity. And they even have fashion sense—they look great in long underwear and catsuits. These are the traits that define the quintessential superhero. Their appeal and media presence has never been greater, but what makes them tick? their strengths? weaknesses? secret identities and arch-enemies? The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes is the comprehensive guide to all those characters whose impossible feats have graced the pages of comic books for the past one hundred years.

From the Golden and Silver Ages to the Bronze and Modern Ages, the best-loved and most historically significant superheroes—mainstream and counterculture, famous and forgotten, best and worst—are all here:

  • The Avengers
  • Batman and Robin
  • Captain America
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Captain Marvel
  • Spider-Man
  • The Incredibles
  • The Green Lantern
  • Iron Man
  • Catwoman
  • Wolverine
  • Aquaman
  • Hellboy
  • Elektra
  • Spawn
  • The Punisher
  • Teen Titans
  • The Justice League
  • The Fantastic Four
  • and hundreds of others.

    Unique in bringing together characters from Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, as well as smaller independent houses, The Superhero Book covers the best-loved and historically significant superheroes across all mediums and guises, from comic book, movie, television, and graphic novels. With many photos and illustrations this fun, fact-filled tome is richly illustrated. A bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness. It is the ultimate A-to-Z compendium of everyone's favorite superheroes, anti-heroes and their sidekicks, villains, love interests, superpowers, and modus operandi.

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    Date de parution 01 avril 2012
    Nombre de lectures 2
    EAN13 9781578593958
    Langue English
    Poids de l'ouvrage 3 Mo

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    About the Author

    Gina Misiroglu also known by her code name, the Taskmistress has authored or edited more than three dozen books in the popular culture, biography, American history, folklore, and women’s studies genres. She is the editor of the three-volume reference work American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2009 winner of the 2010 RUSA Award for Outstanding Reference Source) and the Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture (2012), which explores women’s contributions to film, television, comics, music, fashion, and graphic art. Misiroglu was the co-editor of the first edition of The Superhero Book and its companion title The Supervillain Book, both of which received numerous accolades from the comics and film communities, including a Top Picks selection from SCOOP. She is a frequent speaker at the San Diego Comic Con, where she moderates panels for the Comics Arts Conference, a gathering of scholars who publish in the American studies and popular culture genres.
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    The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes
    Copyright © 2012 by Visible Ink Press®
    All illustrations are copyright by their respective copyright holders (according to the original copyright or publication date as printed in the comics) and are reproduced strictly for historical purposes. Any omission or incorrect information should be submitted to the publisher, so that it can be corrected in any future edition of this book.
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    Managing Editor: Kevin S. Hile
    Art Director: Mary Claire Krzewinski
    Typesetting: Marco Di Vita
    Proofreader: Chrystal Rozsa
    Indexing: Larry Baker
    Front cover images: The Kobal Collection.
    Back cover images: Comic-book cover credits, from left to right: Captain America #106 © 1968 Marvel Comics; Wonder Woman #22 © 1988 DC Comics; Hellboy #1 ™ & © 1994 Michael Mignola, published by Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
    ISBN 978-1-57859-375-0
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    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
    The superhero book : the ultimate encyclopedia of comic-book icons and Hollywood heroes / edited by Gina Misiroglu. 2nd ed.
    p. cm.
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    ISBN 978-1-57859-375-0
    1. Comic books, strips, etc. Encyclopedias. 2. Heroes in mass media Encyclopedias. I. Misiroglu, Gina Renée.
    PN6707.S87 2012
    741.5’03 dc23
    The Superhero Century
    Golden Age (1938–1954)
    Silver Age (1956–1969)
    Bronze Age(1970–1980)
    Late Bronze Age (1980–1984)
    Modern Age (1985-Present)

    Adam Strange
    Alpha Flight
    Alternative Superheroes
    America’s Best Comics " Heroes
    Ant-Man and the Wasp
    Archie Heroes
    Astro City
    The Atom
    The Authority
    The Avengers

    The Badger
    Birds of Prey
    Black Canary
    The Black Cat
    Black Knight
    Black Panther
    Black Terror
    Black Widow
    Blue Beetle
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Camp and Comedy Heroes
    Captain Action
    Captain America
    Captain Atom
    Captain Marvel
    Captain Marvel Jr
    Captain Marvel/Shazam!
    Challengers of the Unknown
    Charlton Heroes
    The Creeper

    Daredevil I
    Daredevil II
    Dark Horse Heroes
    The Defenders
    "Dial ‘H’ for Hero"
    Doc Savage
    Doctor Fate
    Doctor Strange
    Doom Patrol

    Eclipse Heroes
    Elongated Man

    Fantastic Four
    Fighting American
    The Flash
    Freedom Fighters
    Funny Animal Heroes

    Gen 13
    Ghost Rider
    Green Arrow
    Green Hornet
    Green Lantern
    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Hanna-Barbera Heroes
    The Hawk and the Dove
    Heroes for Hire
    The Hulk
    The Human Torch
    The Huntress

    Image Comics Heroes
    The Incredibles
    The Inferior Five
    The Inhumans
    The Invaders
    Iron Fist
    Iron Man

    Justice League of America
    Justice Society of America

    Kirby: Genesis

    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Legion of Super-Heroes

    Martian Manhunter
    Marvel Boy
    Mary Marvel
    The Mask
    Metal Men
    Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
    Milestone Heroes
    Miss Fury
    Moon Knight
    Ms. Marvel

    The New Gods
    New Warriors

    The Outsiders

    The Phantom
    Phantom Stranger
    Plastic Man
    Power Man
    Power Pack
    The Powerpuff Girls
    The Punisher

    Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch

    Real-Life Superheroes
    Rising Stars
    Robot Heroes
    The Rocketeer

    The Savage Dragon
    The Sentry
    The Snadow
    The She-Hulk
    The Silver Surfer
    Space Heroes
    The Spectre
    The Spirit
    Squadron Supreme
    Super Friends
    Superhero Cartoon Shows
    Superhero Role-Playing and Video Games
    Supernatural Heroes

    Teen Titans
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents

    Ultraverse Heroes

    V for Vendetta.
    Valiant Heroes
    Vertigo Heroes
    The Vigilante

    WildStorm Heroes
    Wonder Woman

    X-Men: Excalibur
    X-Men: Generation X
    X-Men: New Mutants
    X-Men: X-Factor
    X-Men: X-Force/X-Statix

    Young Justice

    Zatanna and Zatara
    Photo Credits
    T he list of people who made this book possible is too long to reproduce here. Building on the backbone of the first edition, a thank-you of superheroic proportions is due to Peter Coogan, Michael Gross, Ivory Madison, Trina Robbins, and Robin S. Rosenberg. Contributing writers Michael Eury, Andy Mangels, Mike Martin, Adam McGovern, Frank Plowright, David A. Roach, and Peter Sanderson tirelessly penned entries into the wee hours of the night and provided critical advice at various points in the writing and editing process. Ed Katayama, proprietor of the comic-book shop A Hidden Fortress in Simi Valley, California, helped put the book’s finishing touches on the image requirements, while comic-book companies such as AC Comics, Dark Horse, and Image were models of professionalism. An extra-special thanks goes to my team at Visible Ink Press, without whom this encyclopedic volume simply would not have been, including publisher Roger Jänecke managing editor Kevin Hile, art director Mary Claire Krzewinski, typesetter Marco Di Vita, proofreader Crystal Rozsa, and indexer Larry Baker.
    Gina Misiroglu (GM) specializes in the development and editing of popular culture, biography, American history, and women’s studies titles. She is the editor of the three-volume reference work American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2009) winner of the 2010 RUSA Award for Outstanding Reference Source and the Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture (2012), which explores women’s contributions to film, television, comics, music, fashion, and graphic art. Misiroglu was the co-editor of the first editi

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