What is a Superhero

  • Filename: what-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9780199795277
  • Release Date: 2013-09-19
  • Number of pages: 175
  • Author: Robin S. Rosenberg
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

What is a superhero? Everyone knows, right? And yet everyone seems to have a different answer. In this innovative collection of essays, renowned psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints. With essays from scholars and commentaries by the writers and creators themselves, What is a Superhero? is the first volume to provide a true synthesis and reflection of the state of superheroes in our society today.

What is a Superhero

  • Filename: what-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9780199339525
  • Release Date: 2013-07-01
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Robin S. Rosenberg PhD
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

It's easy to name a superhero--Superman, Batman, Thor, Spiderman, the Green Lantern, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rorschach, Wolverine--but it's not so easy to define what a superhero is. Buffy has superpowers, but she doesn't have a costume. Batman has a costume, but doesn't have superpowers. What is the role of power and superpower? And what are supervillains and why do we need them? In What is a Superhero?, psychologist Robin Rosenberg and comics scholar Peter Coogan explore this question from a variety of viewpoints, bringing together contributions from nineteen comic book experts--including both scholars in such fields as cultural studies, art, and psychology as well as leading comic book writers and editors. What emerges is a kaleidoscopic portrait of this most popular of pop-culture figures. Writer Jeph Loeb, for instance, sees the desire to make the world a better place as the driving force of the superhero. Jennifer K. Stuller argues that the female superhero inspires women to stand up, be strong, support others, and most important, to believe in themselves. More darkly, A. David Lewis sees the indestructible superhero as the ultimate embodiment of the American "denial of death," while writer Danny Fingeroth sees superheroes as embodying the best aspects of humankind, acting with a nobility of purpose that inspires us. Interestingly, Fingeroth also expands the definition of superhero so that it would include characters like John McClane of the Die Hard movies: "Once they dodge ridiculous quantities of machine gun bullets they're superheroes, cape or no cape." From summer blockbusters to best-selling graphic novels, the superhero is an integral part of our culture. What is a Superhero? not only illuminates this pop-culture figure, but also sheds much light on the fantasies and beliefs of the American people.

What Is a Superhero

  • Filename: what-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 153989374X
  • Release Date: 2016-11-08
  • Number of pages: 26
  • Author: T. Crump
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

What is a Superhero? (Books for Kids) Ages 3-8 This children's storybook has it all! Follow along as two young brothers discover the true meaning of a superhero. Explore with your child the concept of a hero and the role of a mother in a sweet and humorous way. Colorfully illustrated it's a wonderful bedtime story to be read aloud with friends and family. This is a great kids book dedicated to all of the moms in the world. If your child love superheroes... this is an excellent book for early learning. It's also perfect for family time or as a quick bedtime story! DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY TODAY and discover what makes a true SUPERHERO!

My Brother Is a Superhero

  • Filename: my-brother-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9780451474773
  • Release Date: 2015-07-21
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: David Solomons
  • Publisher: Penguin

Eleven-year-old Luke, a hardcore fan of comics and superheroes, is jealous when his undeserving older brother Zack is zapped by an alien and turned into a superhero, until a plot to destroy the Earth incapacitates Zack, and Luke, accompanied by Lara, the nosy girl next door, must come to the rescue.

Becoming Batman

  • Filename: becoming-batman.
  • ISBN: 9780801896217
  • Release Date: 2009-11-17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: E. Paul Zehr
  • Publisher: JHU Press

A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable—though extreme—level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • Filename: the-scarlet-pimpernel.
  • ISBN: 9780755126521
  • Release Date: 2013-01-15
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Baroness Orczy
  • Publisher: House of Stratus

A group of titled Englishmen, under the leadership of a mysterious man, valiantly aid condemned aristocrats in their escape during the French Revolution. Their leader is the Scarlet Pimpernel – a man whose audacity and clever disguises foil the villainous agent Chauvelin. Who is he and can he keep one step ahead of the revolutionaries?


  • Filename: superhero.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105114428712
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 290
  • Author: Peter Coogan
  • Publisher: Monkeybrain

An upbeat evaluation of the superhero genre traces its roots in mythology, science fiction, and pulp magazines while chronicling its development to current venues in film, literature, and graphic novels. Original.

Send for a Superhero

  • Filename: send-for-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 0763664383
  • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Michael Rosen
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

A father reads his children a bedtime story about two villains whose plot to steal money and cover everything in slime is unsuccessfully countered by every superhero until Extremely Boring Man comes along with the power to put everyone to sleep.

The Physics of Superheroes

  • Filename: the-physics-of-superheroes.
  • ISBN: 1592402429
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 364
  • Author: James Kakalios
  • Publisher: Penguin

An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.

My Teacher Is a Superhero

  • Filename: my-teacher-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 1523666315
  • Release Date: 2016-01-25
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Author: David Russo
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

This book is dedicated to all teachers. My Teacher Is A Superhero is about a Super Teacher who teaches and motivates students to reach their highest potential. Students can get off course and not realize the consequences of their actions until it's too late. The Super Teacher makes sure students stay on track and are empowered to succeed. In this book there are even more questions than the ones that are on the front cover. There are many insights into a number of topics along with an entertaining educational story. Learning can be fun. This book provides you with a unique way to reflect, think about your life and all the dynamics, and the future. You can answer some of the questions The Super Teacher asks very easily and others you will have to ponder upon. After The Super Teacher asks you a question there will be additional information about the subject. Questions can be common or uncommon. The common questions are the ones that you have been asked many times. You can answer them easily because you're already prepared. If you're asked your name you will be able to say it right away. You have memorized your name and no longer have to think about it. The same goes for your address or birthday. When you're asked a common question such as how are you doing? Then you have to give more thought because your answer could vary each time. Uncommon questions are the ones you're only asked once in awhile or it's the first time you're being asked. More time has to be spent on an uncommon question because you might still be trying to figure out an answer. Have you ever heard someone say, that's a good question? When someone is making a statement like that, they're really saying, "I'm going to think about the question." This book is to encourage you to think and build your self confidence in answering questions. This can help prepare you for questions that you're asked daily. You can share what is going on in your life without having to reveal something personable by having it made public. Certain things in your life can be kept private but still be expressed. You can have an interactive experience where you're able to participate and answer questions from The Super Teacher. You can choose the way you want to answer them. Be creative and have fun. The Super Teacher wants you to do well in life.

Who Needs a Superhero

  • Filename: who-needs-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 0801065100
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 222
  • Author: H. Michael Brewer
  • Publisher:

Helping readers to better understand God and to find savior qualities in comic book superheroes, Brewer examines 14 stories of popular characters, addressing such topics as the Christianity of Superman. Includes art, trivia, and anecdotes.

Public School Superhero

  • Filename: public-school-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9780316405966
  • Release Date: 2015-03-16
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: James Patterson
  • Publisher: jimmy patterson

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life? Featuring more than 150 pieces of line art and comic-style sequences, James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

How to Become a Superhero The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate You

  • Filename: how-to-become-a-superhero-the-ultimate-guide-to-the-ultimate-you.
  • ISBN: 9780692001097
  • Release Date: 2011-01
  • Number of pages: 247
  • Author: Sage Michael
  • Publisher: TheSuperHeroBook.com

Review "Revolutionary." -- MSNBC "An ideal pick"-- Midwest Book Review "This is the Harry Potterization of the Self-Help genre." "Undoubtedly the right book for the right time."-- Stan Lee From the Back Cover Whether you choose to fight crime or social injustice, advance in your career, further your education or just be a better you, there is a clear path to success in these pages... and it starts... with you becoming an actual SuperHero. SuperHeroes are everywhere in today's marketplace; Self-Help books more so. This is the first book to combine them both! Stan Lee called it "undoubtedly the right book for the right time." You can be more than you ever imagined and it can be fun. It can be informative... and you absolutely can begin today. Inside you will find 268 pages packed with truly rewarding content. The exercises are challenging, yes. They are meant to be... but they are also fun. You will learn more about who you really are than you ever thought possible. Every detail you need is inside: Training Plans Super Powers You Can Develop Missions to Plan and Accomplish Tools for Your Own Utility Belt Even Gadgets for Your Car! The book is divided into three sections: SuperHero Theory SuperHero Boot Camp Super Powers If you find yourself searching for that next level; if you know you can achieve more but you don't yet know how; if you are ready to leap off that proverbial cliff you are facing but just know that you can fly if you were only given a chance... than this book is definitely for you. I give you, my reader, but one promise: If you follow this book through until the end and you complete every exercise you find inside... you absolutely will become.... a SuperHero

The Superhero Book

  • Filename: the-superhero-book.
  • ISBN: 9781578593958
  • Release Date: 2012-04-01
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Gina Misiroglu
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press

Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, this ultimate AtoZ compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil. With nearly 200 entries examining more than 1,000 heroes, icons and their place in popular culture, it is the first comprehensive profile of superheroes across all media, following their path from comic book stardom to radio, television, movies, and novels. The best-loved and most historically significant superheroes—mainstream and counterculture, famous and forgotten, best and worst—are presented with numerous full-color illustrations, including dozens of classic comic covers. Each significant era of the superhero is explored—from the Golden Age of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s through the Modern Age—providing a unique perspective of the role of the hero over the course of the 20th century and beyond. This latest edition has been revised to reflect updates on existing characters, coverage of new characters, and recent films and media trends in the last several years.

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero

  • Filename: ten-rules-of-being-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9780805097597
  • Release Date: 2014-10-14
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Deb Pilutti
  • Publisher: Macmillan

An instruction manual for aspiring superheroes that follows the adventures of action-figure Captain Magma and his sidekick/owner Lava Boy as they outsmart a villainous dinosaur, evade a bee, and save a worm from certain destruction.

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