Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and... show more
From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. In less than a century, they’ve gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But what are they trying to tell us?For Grant Morrison, arguably the greatest of contemporary chroniclers of the “superworld,” these heroes are powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves, our troubled history, and our starry aspirations. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero—why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are . . . and what we may yet become.
Publish date: July 19th 2011
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 425
Edition language: English
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
, Pop Culture
In Supergods, rockstar graphic novelist Grant Morrison maps the story of the comic book superhero from its earliest beginnings to the present. Blending a lesson on caped crusader history with a memoir of his own life and career, all of this comes together as an incisive look at what superheroes mean...
This book started off as a basic history of comics. After fairly standard histories of the Golden and Silver Age, Grant Morrison started to describe comics through his own personal beliefs. I personally enjoyed this but I would not recommend this to someone not familiar with Morrison's work.
Part autobiography and part history of the superhero this is all literary flair. Grant Morrison writes an interesting and captivating non-fiction work with heavy elements of metafiction included. As a result the end product is a book which is as informative as it is entertaining. While most people w...
This book is a wealth of information and insight on the industry that even includes suggested further reading and a thorough indexing. The book inspired many interesting discussion points for my book club, but while I appreciate Grant Morrison's passion for comics, Grant Morrison's passion for Grant...
Morrison's book tends to stray off quite a bit, and while his treatment of superheroes and moments in comic history can be quite good, you find that much of your time in this 400 page discourse is spent on tangential discussions of pop history, biography, and trips to the fifth dimension (in what he...