The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.23 hours)
Product Number: Z100026183
Released: Jun 12, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307990143
Narrator/s: Scott Brick
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America's most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Satchel, has written 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. 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 Uber-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. Praise for Superman "Engaging, fun, inspiring-like the Man of Steel."-The Huffington Post "Powerful...?onderfully readable."-The Plain Dealer "A story as American as Superman himself...?he best origin story pulsing through Superman is not the one about the Krypton-to-Kansas alien baby, but rather the one about the superhero's mortal and sometimes star-crossed creators."-The Washington Post "Fun, enlightening pop-cultural histor

Author(s): Larry Tye
Original Publish Date: Jun 12, 2012

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Author(s): Larry Tye
Product Number EB00165351
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588369185

Professional reviews

"The history of Superman is the history of American popular culture since the 1930s, not just in commercial entertainment, but in social, ethnic, and racial values as well. Scott Brick is not, thankfully, a vintage voice, and this is not some campy romp through the history of a commercial brand. As a brand, however, Superman has a long, complicated, and, it turns out, interesting history as a mirror of the times and an exemplar of the rigors of appealing to--and keeping up with--popular taste. Brick's even-tempered delivery matches the focused informality of Larry Tye's text, capturing in the language and tone of the narrative its various social nuances and implications while resisting underscoring. This excellent production will engage a general audience as well as fans of comics and pop history. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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