I’ve been reading more lately thanks to a new iPad and increased digital library holdings in my state. While searching for comics for my son, I stumbled across Larry Tye’s latest book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero. I was quickly sucked in by the complicated and unusual history of Superman.
Any fan of comics or Superman should read this book. The book is heavily referenced – about 30% of the book is footnotes and bibliography – and desperately needs to be because the tale is so incredible, it’s at times almost unbelievable. Our hero didn’t just come from a humble Jewish neighborhood in Cleveland; Superman endured a dizzying amount of lawsuits, suicides, Interpol arrests, McCarthy investigations, censors, and producers who had an outward veneer of wholesomeness but were also kings of selling smut. It’s truly an out-of-this-world story that Superman lovers must read. Anyone interested in modern or cultural history will also thoroughly enjoy this read.