Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

Grant Morrison


From some of the most acclaimed and profound writers on the planet of comics comes an exciting and provocative exploration of humankind’s nice smooth fantasy: the superhero
 
The first superhero comedian ever released, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, brought the realm to whatever either exceptional and undying: Superman, a caped god for the trendy age. In a question of years, the skies of the imaginary global have been jam-packed with unusual mutants, extraterrestrial beings, and vigilantes: Batman, ask yourself girl, the glorious 4, Iron guy, and the X-Men—the checklist of names as regularly occurring as our personal. In below a century, they’ve long gone from no longer present in any respect to being all over the place we glance: on our motion picture and tv displays, in our videogames and desires. yet what are they attempting to inform us?

For furnish Morrison, arguably the best of up to date chroniclers of the “superworld,” those heroes are strong archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning tale arcs mirror and are expecting the process human lifestyles: via them we inform the tale of ourselves, our afflicted background, and our starry aspirations. during this exhilarating paintings of a life-time, Morrison attracts on artwork, technological know-how, mythology, and his personal marvelous trips via this shadow universe to supply the 1st precise background of the superhero—why they topic, why they'll constantly be with us, and what they let us know approximately who we're . . . and what we might but become.

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