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 best-selling 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.
"A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the premiere episodes of The Adventures of Superman! Debuting on March 12, 1940, the exciting radio serial was an instant hit. Starring Clayton "Bud" Collyer in the dual roles of Superman and Clark Kent, this initial nine-episode sequence tells the story of the destruction of Krypton and the Man of Steel's arrival on Earth.
"Radio Superman Adventures"
Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.
In Superman Is Jewish? Harry Brod reveals the links between Jews and superheroes in a penetrating investigation of iconic comic book figures. He describes how the role of each hero reflects the evolution of the Jewish place in American culture - an alien in a foreign land, like Superman; a figure plagued by guilt for not having saved his family, like Spider-Man; outsiders persecuted for being different (X-Men); a nice, smart guy afraid people won't like him when he's angry (the Hulk).
Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatization. 'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme, and using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete Superman radio adventure from December 17, 1949!
Superman is in his Fortress of Solitude when Lex Luthor puts all of Metropolis in danger. Can Superman fly back to the city in time to stop Lex and save the day?
"DO NOT BUY THIS"
This long-awaited release features Stuart Milligan as Superman, Shelley Thompson as Lois Lane, William Hootkins as Lex Luthor and Bob Sessions as The Batman and was written to celebrate Superman’s 50th birthday. Accused of crimes against humanity, the Last Son of Krypton stands powerless before a court dominated by Lex Luthor - criminal genius turned prosecutor. Has Superman really corrupted our children? Can he justify his continued interference in world affairs?
"Not as good"
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes.
This thrilling full-cast original radio drama is based on the long-running comic strip. Whilst Daily Planet lovebirds Clark Kent and Lois Lane finally get engaged, the villainous Lex Luthor dies in a plane crash. Metropolis is thriving with prosperity and happiness under Superman's care - or so it seems.... Produced by Dirk Maggs, who directed the recent new episodes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this production is hugely acclaimed by fans.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's six exciting episodes of The Adventures of Superman! In this exciting serial, which aired from March 4 to 15, 1940, Superman cracks the case of the North Star Mine swindle. Clayton "Bud" Collyer plays the dual roles of Superman and Clark Kent, as he did for more than 2,000 episodes.
"Continue the Adventure"
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's six exciting episodes of The Adventures of Superman! In this thrill-packed serial, which aired from March 18 to 29, 1940, arch-villains the Wolf and Keno escape from prison; the Yellow Mask resurfaces; Lois Lane is in peril; and an entire town must be saved. Will Superman get there in time?
"The Hero Continues"
Journalist Rick Bowers has contributed to Time, The Washington Post, and USA Today, and his fascinating Spies of Mississippi—about the spy network that tried to take down the Civil Rights Movement—earned a starred review from Booklist. Here, Bowers examines how, in the late 1940s, The Adventures of Superman radio show struck a powerful blow to the Ku Klux Klan when Superman aired episodes pitting the hero against the Klan in an effort to teach young listeners to stand up to bigotry.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's six exciting episodes of The Adventures of Superman! In this action-packed serial, which aired from April 3 to 12, 1940, Superman is faced with the mystery of a missing explorer - and an even more mysterious sacred emerald of the Incas. Does the jewel hold the power to save the human race?
"Superman, the Adventure Wont Stop"
Finally, the epic tale that has never been told: the tragic story of the destruction of Superman's home planet. Everyone knows how Kal-El (Superman) was sent to Earth before his planet exploded. Now Kevin J. Anderson unfolds the riveting backstory of this iconic superhero. The Last Days of Krypton is a sweeping tale of the politics and betrayals that blinded both heroes and villains to the disaster that would destroy Krypton.
"Great book, Lousy Narrator"
This week, Studio 360 leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Disguised as a mild-mannered reporter, Kurt Andersen explores the history of Superman accompanied by Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Bryan Singer, Michael Chabon, and Margot Kidder. Is this strange visitor from the planet Krypton derivative of Jewish mythology? Is "The American Way" epitomized by someone who wields ultimate power for a moral good? What's up with the blue tights?
If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.
"To much irrelvent information"
Also sprach Zarathustra was conceived and written by Friedrich Nietzsche during the years 1881-1885; the first three Parts were published in 1883 and 1884. The book formed part of his "campaign against morality", in which Nietzsche explored the ethical consequences of the "death of God".
"Not the best translation"
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete Superman radio adventure from March 7, 1949!
Kurt Andersen explores the history of Superman and why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever, with novelist Howard Jacobson, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jocelyn Gonzales, director Bryan Singer, Derek John, Margot Kidder, Brandon Routh and artist William Pope L., and novelist Michael Chabon.