A Brief Guide to Superheroes: From Superman to the Avengers, by Brian Robb, 9781472110701

By Brian Robb, 9781472110701

From the start superheroes represented the hopes and fears of the time. during this exact background, Brian Robb takes the reader during the various historical past of superheroes, from the 1st creations—Superman, Batman, ask yourself Woman—to the DC and wonder feud and the darker models of the Eighties, finishing with their rebirth on the movies.

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Struggling for work the pair had set up in business with just $15 in capital, before attracting contracts from several comic book publishers and pulp houses such as Fiction House and Everett M. Arnold. An artists’ shop worked like an assembly line, with artists in rows at art tables in often dingy, low-rent buildings in the cheaper areas of New York City, one doing pencils (rough artwork), another inking (finished artwork), someone colouring (the colourist), and someone else adding the speech-bubble lettering (the letterer).

Siegel’s father Mitchell (his original name was Michel, but he’d adopted the American name Michael – as on his death certificate – and was known as Mitchell to his family) was a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania who ran a secondhand clothes store in Cleveland. On the night of 2 June 1932 there was a robbery at the store and Siegel’s father died. Although the police report suggested gunshots were fired, sixty-year-old Mitchell Siegel actually died of a heart attack. Some in the Siegel family believed Mitchell’s death was murder, despite the coroner’s report indicating there were ‘no wounds’.

55 While the character of Lois Lane had ambition, independence, and courage, she would be much criticized as a fantasy figure created by an adolescent male. The question often arises: how could Lois not tell that Clark Kent and Superman were one and the same? How could she spend her time wistfully dreaming of a relationship with one (Superman), while dismissing the other (Clark)? It was a topic various interpretations of the Superman mythos would tackle over many years. The simplicity of the concept allowed for endless reinvention and elaboration, yet at his core Superman always remained the ultimate immigrant, and Lois would be his human connection.

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