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.

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.

My Brother Is a Superhero

  • Filename: my-brother-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9780698191549
  • Release Date: 2015-07-21
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: David Solomons
  • Publisher: Penguin

Behind every great superhero is a very angry younger brother. Luke Parker was just your average comic book fan until his boring, teacher’s pet, helps-old-ladies-across-the-street brother Zack got turned into a superhero. Luke can’t believe the unfairness of it all—he’s the one with the encyclopedic knowledge of everything from Ant-Man to Wolverine! At least he can help Zack—aka Star Guy—with all the important parts of becoming a superhero, like using his newfound powers and deciding whether or not to wear a cape. But when Star Guy gets into super-size trouble, it’s up to Luke—and his intrepid neighbor, Lara—to rescue his big brother and, with a little luck, help him save the world.

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.

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.

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.

Superhero Origins

  • Filename: superhero-origins.
  • ISBN: 1482015803
  • Release Date: 2013-01-28
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

Dr. Rosenberg explores the importance of origin stories and what they tell us about the characters and real people. She reveals the origins stories of seven superheroes, how those stories have evolved over time, and what they can tell us about ourselves.

Send for a Superhero

  • Filename: send-for-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 1406327093
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Michael Rosen
  • Publisher:

It's time for bed and Dad is reading Emily and little Elmer a story. 'Danger Filth and Vacuum, The Terrible Two, are trying to destroy the world ' Who will save the day? Steel Man isn't tough enough; Flying-Through-the-Air-Very-Fast-Man isn't fast enough and Incredible-Big-Strong-Green-Man isn't strong enough. Who can help? Clever young Brad 40 has a brilliant idea: he calls on a most unlikely superhero: Incredibly Boring Man, who sends the villains - and everyone else - to sleep Dad thinks Emily and Elmer have fallen asleep too. But he's wrong.

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.

All My Friends Are Superheroes

  • Filename: all-my-friends-are-superheroes.
  • ISBN: 9781770563377
  • Release Date: 2013-05-07
  • Number of pages: 140
  • Author: Andrew Kaufman
  • Publisher: Coach House Books

A tenth anniversary edition of the worldwide cult favorite, now with new material and illustrations.

The League of Regrettable Superheroes

  • Filename: the-league-of-regrettable-superheroes.
  • ISBN: 9781594747830
  • Release Date: 2015-06-02
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Jon Morris
  • Publisher: Quirk Books

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

Wonder Woman at Super Hero High

  • Filename: wonder-woman-at-super-hero-high.
  • ISBN: 9781101940594
  • Release Date: 2016-03-01
  • Number of pages: 237
  • Author: Lisa Yee
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Wonder Woman's desire to become a superhero takes her to Super Hero High, where she juggles new friendships, intensive training, and a roommate obsessed with social media.

What s Under Your Cape

  • Filename: what-s-under-your-cape.
  • ISBN: 1938326334
  • Release Date: 2014-05-30
  • Number of pages: 120
  • Author: Barbara Gruener
  • Publisher: Ferne Press

What if students in your clasroom could excel in academics and character education? What kind of impact would they make on the world? Through stories and activities, learn how Barbara Gruener uses the word SUPERHEROES to define positive character traits. This powerful handbook will change the way you look at character education.

The Purim Superhero

  • Filename: the-purim-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9781467709965
  • Release Date: 2013-02-01
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Elisabeth Kushner
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben

Nate loves aliens and he really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision.

The Super Book for Super Heroes

  • Filename: the-super-book-for-super-heroes.
  • ISBN: 1780673051
  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

The Super Book for Super Heroes is a compendium of ideas, drawing, coloring, and activities that allows you to create your own crusaders for justice who do battle with super villains, unravelling their crazed schemes for taking over the world. You will learn to draw villains such as the Mad Scientist, Bog Creature, and Evil Robot, while also creating superheroes, their sidekicks, secret hideouts, outfits, and super gadgets. And there are superpowers to discover – such as invisibility, super strength, speed, flight, heat vision, teleportation, and X-ray vision. This book is a must for anyone wanting to create their own superhero universe!

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