Book Review: Superman – The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero

Filed in Gather Books Essential by on January 20, 2013 0 Comments

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.

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