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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (3 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857681060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857681065
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 3.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'With 500 pages of densely packed text, this is one heck of a lot of Superman for your money. 9/10.' --Sci-Fi Online

'The entire book is lavishly illustrated with black and white images showcasing the diverse artwork from over the years...an indispensable guide.' --Total Sci-Fi Online

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Greenberger has had senior roles at both DC and Marvel comics and has written many fiction and non-fiction books. Pasko is a veteran comics and TV writer who has written Superman stories, and for TV series The Tick and Batman: Animated.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GordonD on 28 Oct. 2010
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As the title says, this is an essential purchase for any Superman fan. This book is not merely an update of the classic Michael Fleischer encyclopedia (which only covered up to the mid-sixties) - it has been written in the wake of the various 'Crisis' events which redefined Superman's life story on more than one occasion. Confused about the various versions of Krypton which have been seen over the years? You'll find them explained in here.

The book includes entries on just about every character who has appeared in at least two stories, from Superman's first appearance in 1938 right up to the end of the 'New Krypton' storyline in mid-2010. It shows how his relationship with Lois Lane has changed over the years (they're married now, in case you didn't know!) and how Lex Luthor went from being a red-headed criminal mastermind to President of the United States. It explains the various colours of Kryptonite, and the effects they have on different species. And much, much more.

This is a fitting tribute to the very first costumed superhero - created, let's not forget, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster - and contains everything you ever wanted to know about him. One word of advice - if you're looking for a particular entry, write it down! Otherwise as you leaf through the pages you'll spot something else which will distract you, and lead you off in a different direction, and you'll forget what you wanted to know in the first place!

Oh, and while you're at it, check out the Batman and Wonder Woman encyclopedias too...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on 17 Jan. 2011
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If there ever were an Encyclopaedia truly deserving of the word "Essential", it's this one.
Covering everything (and everyone that appeared at least twice) since the very first appearance of Superman, up to the 2010 storyline "War of the Supermen", this 500+ pages book is a must-have for any self-respecting Superman fan!
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By Jade on 11 Dec. 2014
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I ordered this for my OH for christmas,got it from amazon warehouse for £2.48 and I am so happy with it, worth every penny even if at full price, it is amazing and I can't wait to see his face when he opens it, definitely my best buy this year! very impressed :D
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By carlos on 15 Dec. 2013
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so many details great lay out easy to read i have other essential encyclopedias they are a must have for any superhero fan
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By Hanif on 20 Sept. 2014
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A very thorough book but too much information to read.
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