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

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

From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Grant Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are... and what we may yet become.
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Publisher's Summary

From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero.

The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics #1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men - the list of names is as familiar as our own. In less than a century, they've gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But what are they trying to tell us?

For Grant Morrison, arguably the greatest of contemporary chroniclers of the superworld, these heroes are powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves, our troubled history, and our starry aspirations. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are... and what we may yet become.

"Grant Morrison is one of the great comics writers of all time. I wish I didn't have to compete with someone as good as him."
—Stan Lee

©2011 Grant Morrison (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Morrison is ideally suited to the task of chronicling the glorious rise, fall, rise, fall and rise again of comic-book superheroes.... [T]his is as thorough an account of the superhero phenomenon as readers are likely to find, filled with unexpected insights and savvy pop-psych analysis - not to mention the author’s accounts of his own drug-fueled trips to higher planes of existence, which add a colorful element.... [T]hose who dare enter will find the prose equivalent of a Morrison superhero tale: part perplexing, part weird, fully engrossing." (Kirkus)

"When Mr. Morrison puts care into his close readings, his prose can soar: a philosophical passage in which he breaks ranks with writers he considers to be 'missionaries who attempted to impose their own values and preconceptions on cultures they considered inferior,' and identifies himself with anthropologists who 'surrendered themselves to foreign cultures' and 'weren’t afraid to go native or look foolish,' is among the book’s most engrossing sections." (The New York Times)

“With a languid and pontificating tone, John Lee narrates Morrison’s long reflection on the history of comic books…From the birth of Superman to the contemporary comic book landscape, Morrison identifies some of the key moments within the world of comics and identifies how the publishers, mainstream culture, and historical events changed the way people think about comics today. Lee’s British accent and cool attitude work in unison to create an image of Morrison that resonates with his public personality.” (AudioFile)

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    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 11-12-12
    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009

    Ex-military high school math teacher.

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    "Comics seen from a life of troubles"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this would be more of a philosophical, sociological and anthropological look into the world of comics. It was only partly so. The tangents into the author's own life and his years of finding himself in the fever of drugs and his own sexual identity did nothing but detract from the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm headed for the escapism of fiction. I have read nine of the Jim Butcher Dresden Files, and enjoyed every one of them. Number ten sounds like it too will be a winner.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it has some great historical and sociological aspects as the author walks his readers through the decades of comics and describes the changes they have gone through as influenced by an ever changing society.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-31-12

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "A Great History of the Drugs That Inspired Comics"
    If you could sum up Supergods in three words, what would they be?

    Drug-Induced Pandemonium.


    Any additional comments?

    At last I have proof of just how screwed up Grant Morrison really is! This is a fascinating look at the history of superheroes (and the drugs that inspired them) from his own twisted perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 08-13-12
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    "Thoughtful, precise insight into comic book heroes"

    Morrison gives us an amazing insight and fresh points of view into comics.
    Incredible research and understanding of the birth, gold age and several stages on the comic book heroes universe. He includes also his autobiography that helps to keep track at the beginning but becomes some tedious at the end.

    If you like comics, heroes and even the comic industry itself, this is your book. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 04-17-12
    Robert Whitby, ON, Canada 04-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Get your comic book geek on!!!!!!!"

    Grant Morrison is a brilliant comic book writer. He's work is always at a cutting edge, engaging and fun.
    This historic look at the medium form his perspecitive was entertaining, interesting and informative.
    If you love (or loved) comics, you'll get a kick out of this book. Well worth the time to feed your inner geek.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 12-30-11
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "The Ravings of an Unhinged Mind"
    What would have made Supergods better?

    There is nothing that could have improved on this book unless it would be to get a new writer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Grant Morrison again?

    I will never subject myself to Grant Morrison prose again.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    The reader did his best he could with this job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There are some interesting moments in the first few chapters after that nothing. It also helped to explain why Morrison's comic books are so confusing and scattered. The man gets his ideas from mushroom induced trips. That actually explains so much.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a self gratifying trip written by a drug inspired narcissist.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin mcallen, TX, United States 01-29-14
    Kevin mcallen, TX, United States 01-29-14

    I prefer sci-fi, fantasy, and comics, but I'll take anything with a good engaging story.

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    "Grant Morrison ass Grant Morrison book."
    What did you love best about Supergods?

    It was never boring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grant Morrison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he talked about his trip to Kathmandu


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talked about his trip to Kathmandu


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book if you enjoy comics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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