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The Essential Superman Encyclopedia

Author : Robert Greenberger
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A comprehensive A-Z sourcebook of everything you ever wanted to know about the Man of Steel, including entries on Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Supergirl and Doomsday.

The Essential Superman Encyclopedia

Author : Robert Greenberger
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His incredible powers are legendary, his famous red-and-blue costume is unmistakable, and the S-shield emblazoned across his chest is iconic. Born Kal-El on the doomed planet Krypton, rocketed to Earth, and raised by the kindly Kents, he was destined to battle evil as Superman, the Man of Steel. Here's your guide to absolutely everything about the high-flying hero who's been thrilling comics fans for more than seventy years: an amazing A-to-Z compendium that spans the spectrum of all things Superman.

The Essential Batman Encyclopedia

Author : Robert Greenberger
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A reference covering the complete history of the Dark Knight furnishes entries that provide details on Batman's history and origins, profiles of characters, descriptions of featured places, and an overview of the hero's adventures.

Superman

Author : Larry Tye
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The first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today, from the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel and Bobby Kennedy “A story as American as Superman himself.”—The Washington Post Legions of fans from Boston to Buenos Aires can recite the story of the child born Kal-El, scion of the doomed planet Krypton, who was rocketed to Earth as an infant, raised by humble Kansas farmers, and rechristened Clark Kent. Known to law-abiders and evildoers alike as Superman, he was destined to become the invincible champion of all that is good and just—and a star in every medium from comic books and comic strips to radio, TV, and film. But behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the middle of America’s heartland. During the depths of the Great Depression, Jerry Siegel was a shy, awkward teenager in Cleveland. Raised on adventure tales and robbed of his father at a young age, Jerry dreamed of a hero for a boy and a world that desperately needed one. Together with neighborhood chum and kindred spirit Joe Shuster, young Siegel conjured a human-sized god who was everything his creators yearned to be: handsome, stalwart, and brave, able to protect the innocent, punish the wicked, save the day, and win the girl. It was on Superman’s muscle-bound back that the comic book and the very idea of the superhero took flight. Tye chronicles the adventures of the men and women who kept Siegel and Shuster’s “Man of Tomorrow” aloft and vitally alive through seven decades and counting. Here are the savvy publishers and visionary writers and artists of comics’ Golden Age who ushered the red-and-blue-clad titan through changing eras and evolving incarnations; and the actors—including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve—who brought the Man of Steel to life on screen, only to succumb themselves to all-too-human tragedy in the mortal world. Here too is the poignant and compelling history of Siegel and Shuster’s lifelong struggle for the recognition and rewards rightly due to the architects of a genuine cultural phenomenon. From two-fisted crimebuster to über-patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman—perhaps like no other mythical character before or since—has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of that otherworldly hero who continues to embody our best selves.

Superman and Philosophy

Author : Mark D. White
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Go beyond the cape and into the mind of the Man of Steel, intime for release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel movie andSuperman's 75th anniversary He has thrilled millions for 75 years, with a legacy thattranscends national, cultural, and generational borders, but isthere more to the Man of Steel than just your average mythicsuperhero in a cape? The 20 chapters in this book present afascinating exploration of some of the deeper philosophicalquestions raised by Superman, the Last Son of Krypton and thenewest hero in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culturearsenal.

What is a Superhero

Author : Robin S. Rosenberg PhD
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It's easy to name a superhero--Superman, Batman, Thor, Spiderman, the Green Lantern, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rorschach, Wolverine--but it's not so easy to define what a superhero is. Buffy has superpowers, but she doesn't have a costume. Batman has a costume, but doesn't have superpowers. What is the role of power and superpower? And what are supervillains and why do we need them? In What is a Superhero?, psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints, bringing together contributions from nineteen comic book experts--including both scholars in such fields as cultural studies, art, and psychology as well as leading comic book writers and editors. What emerges is a kaleidoscopic portrait of this most popular of pop-culture figures. Writer Jeph Loeb, for instance, sees the desire to make the world a better place as the driving force of the superhero. Jennifer K. Stuller argues that the female superhero inspires women to stand up, be strong, support others, and most important, to believe in themselves. More darkly, A. David Lewis sees the indestructible superhero as the ultimate embodiment of the American "denial of death," while writer Danny Fingeroth sees superheroes as embodying the best aspects of humankind, acting with a nobility of purpose that inspires us. Interestingly, Fingeroth also expands the definition of superhero so that it would include characters like John McClane of the Die Hard movies: "Once they dodge ridiculous quantities of machine gun bullets they're superheroes, cape or no cape." From summer blockbusters to best-selling graphic novels, the superhero is an integral part of our culture. What is a Superhero? not only illuminates this pop-culture figure, but also sheds much light on the fantasies and beliefs of the American people.

What is a Superhero

Author : Robin S. Rosenberg
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What is a superhero? Everyone knows, right? And yet everyone seems to have a different answer. In this innovative collection of essays, renowned psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints. With essays from scholars and commentaries by the writers and creators themselves, What is a Superhero? is the first volume to provide a true synthesis and reflection of the state of superheroes in our society today.

Heroes and Scoundrels

Author : Matthew C. Ehrlich
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Whether it's the rule-defying lifer, the sharp-witted female newshound, or the irascible editor in chief, journalists in popular culture have shaped our views of the press and its role in a free society since mass culture arose over a century ago. Drawing on portrayals of journalists in television, film, radio, novels, comics, plays, and other media, Matthew C. Ehrlich and Joe Saltzman survey how popular media has depicted the profession across time. Their creative use of media artifacts provides thought-provoking forays into such fundamental issues as how pop culture mythologizes and demythologizes key events in journalism history and how it confronts issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation on the job. From Network to The Wire, from Lois Lane to Mikael Blomkvist, Heroes and Scoundrels reveals how portrayals of journalism's relationship to history, professionalism, power, image, and war influence our thinking and the very practice of democracy.

Redemption After Earth Ghost Stories Short Story

Author : Robert Greenberger
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On a distant planet called Nova Prime, the United Ranger Corps defends the galaxy’s remaining humans from an alien race known as the Skrel and their genetically engineered predators, the Ursa. But one young man discovers that, in the fight against annihilation, the Rangers need more help than they realise. Ghost Stories: Redemption is the fourth of six ebook short stories that lead up to the events of After Earth, the epic science fiction adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith. Anderson Kincaid was only seven when one of the monstrous killing machines known as the Ursa tore off his arm. It would have killed him, too, had a Ranger not sacrificed her own life to save his. Ever since, Anderson has wanted to be a Ranger. After years of relentless training with an artificial limb, his hopes are crushed the day Cyper Raige himself comes knocking – to explain the Corps’ strict rule against accepting applicants with prosthetics. His dream denied, Anderson joins the Civilian Defense Corps, only to find himself once again face to face with an Ursa. No saviour in sight, he must rely on himself – and a power he never knew he had – to survive.

A Perfect Beast After Earth

Author : Michael Jan Friedman
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The official prequel novel of the epic film After Earth, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith After their exodus from Earth, the last humans settled a remote planet, Nova Prime. When an alien force known as the Skrel descended from the skies, the United Ranger Corps, an elite defense unit, valiantly resisted. Centuries passed without an attack, and many colonists believed that, with other security measures in place, the resources devoted to maintaining their military strength would be better spent elsewhere. Little did they know that trouble was coming to Nova Prime—and it had a taste for blood. The latest in a long line of decorated warriors, Conner Raige is one of the Rangers’ most promising young cadets, although his brash confidence and tendency to act on instinct have earned him as many skeptics as admirers. Conner’s ancestors were on the front lines of humanity’s victory against the Skrel. But when a deadly ground war breaks out, Conner’s up against an entirely different beast—because, this time, the Skrel have brought a secret weapon: ferocious killing machines designed to eliminate humanity from Nova Prime . . . and the universe. BONUS: Includes the first three novellas of Ghost Stories, the thrilling eBook original prequel series!

Peace After Earth Ghost Stories Short Story

Author : Robert Greenberger
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On a distant planet called Nova Prime, the United Ranger Corps defends the galaxy’s remaining humans from an alien race known as the Skrel and their genetically engineered predators, the Ursa. But one young man discovers that, in the fight against annihilation, the Rangers need more help than they realise. Ghost Stories: Peace is the second of six ebook short stories that lead up to the events of After Earth, the epic science fiction adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith. Kevin Diaz’s parents raised him as a pacifist – hence their outrage upon learning their son is joining the Ranger ranks. But Kevin believes that peace is worth fighting for.And fight he must, to withstand a surprise onslaught of Ursa. As Prime Commander Cypher Raige launches a counteroffensive, Kevin arrives in time to watch both comrades and civilians cut down in a nightmare of blood and terror. Suddenly, he understands that being a Ranger, even the best Ranger, isn’t enough against an enemy that can disappear at will, strike with lightning speed, and tear a man in half with one swipe. Kevin took an oath to preserve humanity, but to do so, he’ll have to blaze a path few others have.

DC Comics Encyclopedia

Author : Alexander C. Irvine
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New and expanded, this lavishly illustrated, jam-packed encyclopedia covers more than 1,200 of the classic DC characters, including Batman, the Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and many more, created by comics giant DC. The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a true essential for any comic book fan and a vital addition to every DC fan's shelf. Explore fascinating, extensive coverage of your favourite DC heroes, and catch up with the most infamous bad guys from blockbuster films including Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Exciting special features celebrate some of the DC heroes and villains' vehicles and weaponry, their titanic clashes and romantic encounters. From birth to Rebirth, The DC Comics Encyclopedia is fully up-to-date with the latest earth-shaking DC developments. With a brand new cover designed by Carlo Pagulayan, one of the world's pre-eminent comic book artists, and thrilling comic artwork, the fun and excitement of more than 75 years of comics history explodes off every page! Experience the DC Comics Universe like never before with The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Previous edition ISBN 9781405328913 TM & © DC Comics.

DC Comics Encyclopedia

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The DC Comics Encyclopedia

Author : Daniel Wallace
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For comic-book fans everywhere - an updated edition of the A-Z reference of the DC universe. New and expanded this one-volume encyclopedia of more than 1,200 of the classic characters created by comics giant DC is essential for any fan. With new entries on the latest DC characters and expanded ones on Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the JLA, Aquaman, Catwoman and Wonder Woman, all the world-renowned super heroes and super villains are here, as well as the weird and wonderful one-offs. Special features celebrate some of the DC heroes and villains' more memorable exotic vehicles and weaponry, their titanic clashes, or romantic encounters plus recent story developments including the Infinite Crisis. With a brand new cover designed by Alex Ross, one of the world's pre-eminent comic book artists and thrilling original, comic-book art, the fun and excitement of more than 60 years of comic-book history explodes off every page!

Historical Encyclopedia of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Author : Ari Ben-Menahem
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This 5,800-page encyclopedia surveys 100 generations of great thinkers, offering more than 2,000 detailed biographies of scientists, engineers, explorers and inventors who left their mark on the history of science and technology. This six-volume masterwork also includes 380 articles summarizing the time-line of ideas in the leading fields of science, technology, mathematics and philosophy.

Marvel Encyclopedia New Edition

Author : Stan Lee
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"[A] book that mankind has been hungering for, a book that is-now and forever-a shining beacon of wonder, a titanic tribute to talent unleashed" - Stan Lee. Keep up with the ever-expanding Marvel Universe with the new edition of DK's best-selling Marvel Encyclopedia. Discover the essential facts about Marvel Comics' timeless characters: mighty heroes such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Iron Man, and malevolent villains like Thanos, Galactus, Loki, and Kingpin. Featuring an introduction by Marvel Comics supremo Stan Lee, this definitive Who's Who of Marvel Comics reveals vital info and secret histories of more than 1200 classic and brand new Marvel characters, and provides the lowdown on recent key events including Civil War 2, Secret Empire, and Infinity Countdown. From iconic teams such as the Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and fan favourites Black Panther, Deadpool, and Captain Marvel, to rising stars Amadeus Cho, Squirrel Girl, and the Exiles, every significant Marvel character is showcased with the latest comic artwork. Meticulously researched, expertly written, and stunningly illustrated, the Marvel Encyclopedia boasts newly commissioned cover art by one of Marvel's hottest up-and-coming talents. This unique, in-depth, and accessible encyclopedia is an indispensable guide to Marvel Comics that devoted fans and newcomers alike will return to time and again. © 2020 MARVEL

Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies A J

Author : Gaetana Marrone
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Containing almost 600 entries, this impressive 2-volume reference presents detailed and authoritative treatment of the field of Italian literature, with attention both to the work and influence of individual writers of all genres and to movements, styles, and critical approaches.

Star Wars The New Essential Guide to Droids

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DIFFERENT KIND OF HEAVY METAL SUPERSTAR Whether they’re doctors or diplomats, soldiers or secretaries, translators or nightclub waiters, the myriad mechanical marvels known as droids are an indispensable part of what keeps the Star Wars galaxy humming. The varieties and classes of droids are nearly as infinite as their designated specialties. In this updated and expanded nuts-to-bolts survey, each and every droid receives its due–from the simplest drones to the most sophisticated automatons, from heroic protocol model, C-3PO, and his multitasking sidekick, R2-D2, to the insidious Separatist leader General Grievous. Inside you’ll discover: • All the newest droids: from The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith to the Knights of the Old Republic video games and the Clone Wars animated TV series, plus the bestselling multinovel series Star Wars: The New Jedi Order–all catalogued here for the first time • Detailed histories and capabilities of nearly one hundred droids along with full-color computer-generated illustrations and schematics of their construction highlights • Special sections, including “A Layperson’s Guide to Droids,” “Major Manufacturers,” and “A Short History of Droids” • An easy reference at your fingertips–each entry is arranged by Droid Type, including medics and scientists, repair units, battle units, and cyborgs–plus special expanded entries for R-series astromechs, the 3PO protocol series, and battle droids For the definitive debriefing on droids, there’s only one official, authoritative, and absolutely essential technical guide!

The Encyclopedia of Superheroes

Author : Jeff Rovin
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Provides information on the lives, costumes, weapons, and first appearances of superhero characters from comics, television, movies, and novels

Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World

Author : John Shepherd
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Edited by distinguished scholars in the field of popular music studies, this encyclopedia set is THE authoritative reference guide to popular music from all corners of the globe, the ultimate reference work to do justice to this vibrant subject.