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Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society Paperback – 6 May 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826415407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826415400
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superman on the Couch is informative and well researched, examining characters from cultural, psychological and historical perspectives. Fingeroth, who ran the Spider-Man line and consulted on the 1990 s Spider-Man fox cartoons, knows his subject matter. Tim Clodfelter, Winston-Salem Journal 7/4/04

Mention- Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2007--Portland Press Herald

Superman on the Couch has a number of interesting, novel things to say about the assimilation and naturalization of superhero fiction. Superman on the couch is a near-exhaustive look at the superhero phenomenon, through the eyes of a man who has spent all his working life around them. I would recommend the book to anyone with even a passing interest in comics or fiction in general. Thoroughly engrossing read. It provides even the most jaded superhero fan with a wealth of clever, novel ideas to chew over. Matthew Craig,, 6/7/04

Mention- Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2007--,

"In "Superman on theCouch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society", Danny Fingeroth offers something unique: a work of popular comic book criticismthat explores why comic book superheroes have continued to matter so much to somany of us over the past several decades, and why characters such as Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman have not only entered into popular consciousness, but, moreover, remained so firmly rooted there. All in all, Danny Fingeroth haswritten an that serves to adequately defend superhero comicsagainst the charges of being either simple adolescent, male power fantasies, or, for that matter, perverted escapades intended to corrupt the minds of youngreaders everywhere, that have been leveled against them over the years.Fingeroth recognizes, and at a number of points well demonstrates, thatsuperhero comics are, indeed, important cultural artifacts that deserve ourcritical attention....this book is recommended." - "Image Text", Vol. 2 no. 2, "Winter 2005"--, "Image "

Subject of article "Whatever happened to the superheroes of old" includes interview with Fingeroth. -"BBC News Magazine, June 2006" " "

Mention- Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2007 --,

Mention- Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2007 --Sanford Lakoff

"With a uniquely psychological approach, Fingeroth attempts to understand America's continuing fascination with spandex-clad crime-fighters. His conclusions are intriguing. " -Washington Square News, 4/26/04--Sanford Lakoff

"Aficionados of hero comics, pulps, and detective paperbacks of the 1940s and 1950s will appreciate this book in which Fingeroth poses questions and then helps the reader answer them. Recommended." CHOICE--Sanford Lakoff "CHOICE "

About the Author

As former Group Editor of Marvel Comics's Spider-Man line, Danny Fingeroth became intimately familiar with the key elements of superhero mythology. He is exceptionally well versed in just what it takes to breathe life into these characters. Fingeroth is currently the creator and editor of Write Now magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife, sons, and 30,000 comic books.

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