Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero

Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero

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By (author) Grant Morrison

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  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 238mm x 42mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 022408996X
  • ISBN 13: 9780224089968
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 102,467

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Supergods is your opportunity to join one of the great figures of modern comics on a mind-bending journey into the world of the superheroes. In 1938, the first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics #1, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and profoundly familiar: 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, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, and the X-Men - the list of names is 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 why? For Grant Morrison, possibly the greatest of contemporary superhero storytellers, these heroes are not simply characters but powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: through them, we tell the story of ourselves. In this exhilarating book, Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are.

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Grant Morrison was born in Glasgow in 1960. As a comics writer, he is renowned for his bold reinventions of existing superheroes and his own authored titles. He has had successful runs on Batman, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, JLA, The Invisibles, New X-Men, Fantastic Four and All Star Superman. His Batman: Arkham Asylum is the best-selling original graphic novel ever published. A documentary on his life and work, Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, was released in November 2010.

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"It offers the same switchback exhilaration as Morrison's comic books" Sunday Herald "The author shows a deft turn of phrase while appraising his fellow creators...Supergods proves an entertaining introduction to newcomers" Metro

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Supergods is your opportunity to join one of the great figures of modern comics on a mind-bending journey into the world of the superheroes. Beginning with Schuster and Seigel’s adolescent creation of Superman in 1938, Grant Morrison charts the history of the superheroes to their modern, multiplex incarnations. From Batman to the Flash to Dr Manhattan, Supergods looks at every key character, but also takes in unique national strips, and the strange spin-offs and forgotten curios that litter the outer reaches of this weird universe. In doing so, Morrison explores the relationship between our world and that of the superheroes, showing how each reinvention of a character by a new creative team has held up a mirror to real-world preoccupations, latent or otherwise. Written in a conversational style, and full of Morrison’s trademark wit, humour and dynamic storytelling – as well as unique insights into his own working practices – Supergods unlocks one of the most exciting and least explored strands of popular culture.