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    DescriptionSupergods 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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    Title
    Supergods
    Subtitle
    Our World in the Age of the Superhero
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Grant Morrison
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 784 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224089968
    ISBN 10: 022408996X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.5
    BIC E4L: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: AKLC, JFCA, HB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT017000
    BIC subject category V2: FZG
    BISAC V2.8: CGN004080
    DC22: 741.5352
    BISAC V2.8: CGN007000
    Thema V1.0: JBCC1, DSK, XQK, XR, XQA
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    21 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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.