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Our Hero: Superman on Earth

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Our Hero: Superman on Earth by Tom De Haven

Our Hero: Superman on Earth

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Tom De Haven
publisher:
Yale University Press
genre:
History, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Tom De Haven, author of many wonderful novels, including It’s Superman!, here offers an extended meditation on the role the flying Krypton orphan has played in comic books, ?cartoons, movies, and TV. Our Hero: Superman on Earth is part history — a summary of the ways Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were ripped off will break your heart — and part philosophy. De Haven contends that since his ?creation in 1938, Superman has seen many reinventions, but he always represents a uniquely American desire: to have ”the freedom to act in ways that are satisfying to him. It makes him feel good, dammit.” This book will make you feel the same. A

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