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The Making of "Superman: The Movie"
by Photographs (Illustrator), Petrou (Author)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (1978)
ISBN: 0446825654

Man of Steel: The Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve
By Adrian Havill
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published by Signet
Publication date: July 1,1996
Dimensions (in inches): 6.84 x 4.15 x .78
ISBN: 0451191536
Synopsis:
Havill, author of Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein offers readers the inside story of Christopher Reeve's heroic struggle with paralysis. Reeve has been in the public spotlight since his equestrian accident, giving encouragement to his millions of fans and peers in the entertainment industry. This is the first book available on this tragic, yet uplifting story.

Hollywood Kryptonite: The Bulldog, the Lady, and the Death of Superman
By Sam Kashner & NancySchoenberger
Volume 1; 1 Ed
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published by St Martins Pr (Trade)
Publication date: October 1,1996
Dimensions (in inches): 9.52 x 6.41 x .85
ISBN: 0312146167
Synopsis:
In the tradition of the huge bestseller A Cast of Killers, this book uses the mysterious death of actor George Reeves in 1958 to tell the story of a spectacular Hollywood scandal. This is a story of how Hollywood protects its own. it is a story of sex, murder and secrets. It is a story about the 1950s. It is about the death of Superman. Eight pages of photos.
Review:
A fascinating look at Hollywood's underbelly in the 1950s. A real page-turner. Even if you remain skeptical of the authors' conclusion, HOLLYWOOD KRYPTONITE is a fascinating look at everything you never knew about the entertainment industry during the 1950s. Schoenberger and Kashner present Reeves as a hard-drinking, deeply troubled man, a far cry from the embodiment of "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" that he portrayed on THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. Read this book and you'll never think of your childhood heroes the same way again.

Still Me by Christopher Reeve
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published by Random House
Publication date: April 28, 1998
ISBN: 0679452354
Summary:
Unable to move an inch, a hero to millions around the world, actor/director/activist Chris Reeve looks at his life with a mind as creative as ever, a vivid sense of humor and a spirit enhanced by the ordeal that became his life when he was injured in a riding competition in 1995. Moving, gripping, often funny, this work is a unique testament to the human spirit.

Still Me by Christopher Reeve
Mass Market Paperback
(June 1999)
Ballantine Books
Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 6.85 x 4.29
ISBN: 034543241X

Curt Swan: A Life in Comics
by Eddy Zeno
Paperback: 176 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 10.98 x 8.56
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Pubns
(November 2002)
ISBN: 1887591400

Truth, Justice, & the American Way: The Life and Times of Noel Neill, the Original Lois Lane
By Larry Thomas Ward
Paperback: 158 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 11.96 x 9.04
Publisher: Nicholas Lawrence Books
(September 2003)
ISBN: 0972946608

Hero Gets Girl!: The Life & Art Of Kurt Schaffenberger
by Mark Voger (Author), Kurt Schaffenberger (Author)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
(November 12, 2003)
ISBN: 1893905292

Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society
by Danny Fingeroth, Stan Lee
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Continuum Pub Group
(February 2004)
ISBN: 0826415407

Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society
by Danny Fingeroth, Stan Lee
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Continuum
(April 2004)
ISBN: 0826415393

The Science of Superman
by Mark Wolverton, Roger Stern (Editor)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.94 x 9.56 x 6.40
Publisher: I Books
ISBN: 0743452739
(November 2002)

The Science of Superman
by Mark Wolverton (Author)
Edition: Paperback
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: I Books
(March 2004)
ISBN: 074348651X

Men Of Tomorrow
by Gerard Jones
By the author of The Comic Book Heroes, Killing Monsters, and scores of successful comic books and screenplays, Men of Tomorrow is the first book to tell the surprising story of the young Jewish misfits, hustlers and nerds who invented the superhero and the comic book industry. Among the characters in this vibrant panorama are Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster, the goofy myopic creators of Superman, who sold the rights to the Man of Tomorrow for $130.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Basic Books
(October 30, 2004)
ISBN: 0465036562

The Science of Superheroes (Hardcover)
by Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg
"The success of Superman in Action Comics #1 propelled comic books from minor amusements to a mainstay of American entertainment..."
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Wiley
(September 6, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN: 0471024600

The Physics of Superheroes (Hardcover)
by James Kakalios Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Gotham
(September 29, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 1592401465

The Science of Supervillains (Hardcover)
by Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg
"True story: Back in the day before PCs, e-mail, and the Internet, when advanced writing technology was an IBM Selectric and pretty much the entire..."
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
(October 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN: 0471482056

Superman Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Day
by Scott Beatty
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
(June 30, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 1594741131

The Gospel According to the World's Greatest Superhero
by Steve Skelton
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
(May 15, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0736918124

Disguised As Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, And the Creation of the Superhero
by Danny Fingeroth
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
(November 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0826417671

The Superman Guide to Life: Living the Super Hero Lifestyle (Magnetic Wisdom)
by Brandon T. Snider, Lou Harry
Anyone can be a super hero - it's not necessary to come from a faraway planet or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but simply to find that special touch of Superman within ourselves. Even more important than his superpowers, the Man of Steel stands for those very human virtues we most admire: honesty, integrity, loyalty, selflessness, friendship. This unique, humorous, and enlightening Magnetic Wisdom kit explains why the character still draws crowds after so many years, and how we can adopt his best qualities - no phone booth required for the change! The discussion encompasses everything from Clark's childhood in Smallville, Kansas to his double life in Metropolis, and fans of all ages will embrace this collection, which includes 16 magnets that showcase classic DC Comics Superman covers.
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
(April 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933662581

Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane...in "Lois Lane's Guide to Life": Bring Out the Super Hero in Your Man! (Magnetic Wisdom)
by Amy Helmes
Look! it's a bird. It's a plane. It's...oh, it's just your boyfriend, flying at superspeed to make amends after flaking on you AGAIN. Sure, he has his excuses (battling criminal masterminds, perhaps?), but if he keeps forgetting to call about being late or breaking a date, your relationship is in dire need of a savior. This time Lois Lane is bounding to the rescue. She's the ultimate modern woman, capable even of bending the Man of Steel to her will. In this fabulous guide, complete with 16 magnets featuring collectible DC Comics covers, lovely Lois explains how to tell the super "heroes" from the "zeroes," reveals how to avoid potential courtship kryptonite, and shows how to bring out the Superman in every man.
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
(April 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193366259X

Mego 8" Super-Heroes: World's Greatest Toys!
by Benjamin Holcomb (Author)
Lavishly illustrated with thousands of charts, checklists and color photographs, it's an obsessive examination of legendary toy company Mego (pronounced "ME-go"), and the extraordinary line of super-hero action figures that dominated the toy industry throughout the 1970s. Featuring a chronological history of Mego, interviews with former employees and Mego vendors, fascinating discoveries never revealed elsewhere, and thorough coverage of each figure and packaging variant, this full-color hardcover is the definitive guide to Mego. Brad Meltzer, New York Times-bestselling author and writer of DC's Justice League of America raves, "I've waited thirty years for this magical, beautiful book." And Chip Kidd, internationally-recognized graphic designer and author of Batman Collected, deemed it "a stunning visual experience."
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
(October 25, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1893905829

Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon
by Jake Rossen (Author), Mark Millar (Foreword)
Tinseltown's fascination with the comic icon is detailed in this book, encompassing all the behind-the-scenes machinations that helped shape Superman into a screen legend - and all the derailed projects that have vilified everyone involved. These newly uncovered stories about the odyssey of bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen include the challenge of making Superman appear to fly, and the many casting processes, which at various points had Superman being played by the likes of Bruce Jenner, Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, Nicolas Cage, Justin Timberlake, Keanu Reeves, and even Muhammad Ali. Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, this exposé spills the beans on all the various TV shows, from the classic The Adventures of Superman to the current hit Smallville; the various animated efforts on both the large and small screens; and the movies - from 1979's smash hit Superman: The Movie to 2006's wildly expensive Superman Returns. Also included are the stories about the Superman movies that never made it to the screen, helmed by maverick directors Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, and featuring expenditures on scripts and sets that are even more eye-popping than the films' special effects.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
(February 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1556527314

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (Hardcover)
by Marc Tyler Nobleman (Author), Ross Macdonald (Illustrator)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
(August 26, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375838023

Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster
by Craig Yoe (Author), Joe Shuster (Illustrator), Stan Lee (Introduction)
Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster showcases rare and recently discovered erotic artwork by the most seminal artist in comics, Joe Shuster. Created in the early 1950s when Shuster was down on his luck after suing his publisher, DC Comics, over the copyright for Superman, he illustrated these images for an obscure series of magazines called "Nights of Horror," published under the counter until they were banned by the U.S. Senate. Juvenile deliquency, Dr. Fredric Wertham, and the Brooklyn Thrill Killers gang all figure into this sensational story.
The discovery of this artwork reveals the "secret identity" of this revered comics creator, and is sure to generate controversy and change the perception of the way we look at Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Jimmy Olsen forever. The book includes reproductions of these images, and an essay that provides a detailed account of the scandal and the murder trial that resulted from the publication of this racy material.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
(April 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810996340

Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed
by Brian Cronin (Author)
Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture. Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry. Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Plume
(April 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452295327

Our Hero: Superman on Earth (Icons of America)
Tom De Haven (Author)
Since his first appearance in Action Comics Number One, published in late spring of 1938, Superman has represented the essence of American heroism. "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound," the Man of Steel has thrilled audiences across the globe, yet as life-long "Superman Guy" Tom De Haven argues in this highly entertaining book, his story is uniquely American. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the midst of the Great Depression, Superman is both a transcendent figure and, when posing as his alter-ego, reporter Clark Kent, a humble working-class citizen. An orphan and an immigrant, he shares a personal history with the many Americans who came to this country in search of a better life, and his amazing feats represent the wildest realization of the American dream. As De Haven reveals through behind-the-scenes vignettes, personal anecdotes, and lively interpretations of more than 70 years of comic books, radio programs, TV shows, and Hollywood films, Superman's legacy seems, like the Man of Steel himself, to be utterly invincible.
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press
(March 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300118171

Superman on Earth: Reflections of a Fan
Gary D. Robinson (Author)
Superman on Earth: Reflections of a Fan is the story of a little boy who more than anything else in the world wanted to be Superman. Here's how Gary Robinson fulfilled that ambition and what he learned from the experience. From his childhood infatuation through his grown-up forays into fandom, Gary describes life as a man in love with the Man of Steel. You'll meet his family and friends, marvel at his adventures in and out of costume, and see how this "Superman on Earth" lives among ordinary mortals with more earthbound concerns. It's a story of conflict and comedy, pathos and power; ultimately, of self-discovery. It's a glimpse into the heart and mind of a fan. It's also the story of one man's search for personal significance through a cultural icon - a search that begins with Superman but ends... somewhere else.
Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: PublishAmerica
(April 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607498650

Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate [Hardcover]
Richard Bowers (Author)
This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan's development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the powers of fear and hate and of the folklorist who--along with many other activists-- took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself--a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times--from the Great Depression to the present.
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
(January 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1426309155

Superman: The Unauthorized Biography [Hardcover]
Glen Weldon (Author)
A celebration of Superman's life and history - in time for his 75th birthday. How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today. Chronicles the ever-evolving Man of Steel and his world - not just the men and women behind the comics, movies and shows, but his continually shifting origin story, burgeoning powers, and the colorful cast of trusted friends and deadly villains that surround him. Places every iteration of the Man of Steel into the character's greater, decades-long story: From Bud Collyer to Henry Cavill, World War II propagandist to peanut butter pitchman, Super Pup to Super Friends, comic strip to Broadway musical, Lori Lemaris to Lois & Clark - it's all here. Affectionate, in-depth analyses of the hero's most beloved adventures, in and out of the comics - his most iconic Golden Age tales, goofiest Silver Age exploits, and the contemporary film, television, and comics stories that keep him alive today. Written by NPR book critic, blogger, and resident comic book expert, Glen Weldon.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition
(April 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1118341848

Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman's Sweetheart
by Nadine Farghaly (Editor)
In June 1938, Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, which also featured his romantic interest - and Clark Kent's journalistic rival - Lois Lane. In the decades since, the intrepid reporter has become an iconic figure almost as recognizable as the Man of Steel himself. Lois has appeared in multiple adaptations, from her own comic book to various films and television shows, and millions of women have seen - and continue to see - her as a role model. Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman's Sweetheart is the first anthology to explore the many incarnations of this empowering American icon. Chapters analyze the character of Lois Lane in various media through the perspectives of feminism, gender studies, cultural studies, and more. In some discussions she is compared to mythological heroines, while others explain her importance in popular culture. This wide-ranging collection looks at previously neglected aspects of Lois and offers new insights into the evolution of her character. Seventy-five years after Lois Lane's first appearance, this book creates a fascinating picture of the obstacles and decisions faced by her character, whose challenges and accomplishments often reflected those of women over the course of the past century. Examining Lois Lane will be of interest to students and scholars as well as those who grew up reading and watching the many manifestations of Superman's girlfriend.
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
(September 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810892367

It's a Bird... (New Edition) [Paperback]
by Steven T. Seagle (Author)
In this new edition of the stunning semi-autobiographical graphic novel, acclaimed writer Steven T. Seagle tells one of the most realistic Superman tales ever - without featuring Superman. Steve's given the assignment every writer dreams of: to write Superman. Only he can't relate to a Man of Steel - not when his own fears of death haunt him. Explore the cultural significance of a comic book icon as Steve comes to terms with Superman's importance and power as a fictional ideal. This classic Vertigo tale is now re-released for a whole new generation of fans!
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo; New edition
(July 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401272886

Is Superman Circumcised?: The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero [Paperback] NEW!
by Roy Schwartz (Author)
Superman is the original superhero, an American icon, and arguably the most famous character in the worldand he's Jewish! Introduced in June 1938, the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel, the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and Joe Shuster, an immigrant. They based their hero's origin story on Moses, his strength on Samson, his mission on the golem, and his nebbish secret identity on themselves. They made him a refugee fleeing catastrophe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before the US joined the war. In the following decades, Superman's mostly Jewish writers, artists, and editors continued to borrow Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton's past on Genesis and Exodus, its society on Jewish culture, the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann's, and a future holiday celebrating Superman on Passover. A fascinating journey through comic book lore, American history, and Jewish tradition, this book examines the entirety of Superman's career from 1938 to date, and is sure to give readers a newfound appreciation for the Mensch of Steel!
Publisher: McFarland
(May 5, 2021)
Language: English
Paperback: 374 pages
ISBN-10: 1476662908



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