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The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times by [Darowski, Joseph J.]
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The content is not only engaging, but insightful...definitely something you should read Superman Homepage-News; well-written...intriguing Comics Bulletin."

"The content is not only engaging, but insightful...definitely something you should read"--Superman Homepage-News; "well-written...intriguing"--Comics Bulletin.

About the Author

Joseph Darowski, a professor of English at Brigham Young University-Idaho, has published work on comic book superheroes such as the X-Men, Green Lantern, and Superman and is the author or editor of several books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1174 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (17 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078N8S2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,992,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a spot on your bookshelf 8 Jun. 2016
By Miss_Kitty89 - Published on Amazon.com
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As a historian with research interests in comic books and Superman specifically, I was happy to find a book that took an analytic approach to the Man of Steel's history. In my experience, most comic histories focus on the character's creation and development in the real world (such as his foray into film and television) and the various changes that took place at DC.

This book, by contrast, works to illustrate the ways in which the first superhero has remained relevant for over seven decades by examining alterations to Superman's characterization and the type of stories the comics tell. The monograph's ability to achieve this goal is slightly mixed.

Some chapters do an excellent job incorporating scholarly literature and contextualizing Superman and his adventures within American history. Others, however, fail to demonstrate how their discussion of the Man of Steel correlates to the period under examination. Often times these chapters focus too much on telling us the stories found within the comic issues of their study, forgetting to connect to the real world events and people. Such problems are mostly evident in the earlier chapters that deal with Superman's earlier history. I suspect this is because few of the contributors are trained as historians.

An additional, but less significant, problem with the book is the lack of images. As a small publishing company MacFarland most likely has few resources available to gain the licensing rights to the comics referenced and used by its contributors. For instance, the book could not even use an actual image of Superman for its cover, instead having to allude to Clark's famous shirt-ripping transformation into Superman sans the "S" shield.

Despite this, the book takes a strong step forward in using comics as a source of historical investigation and acts a nice summary of Superman's literary history for those less familiar.
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