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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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



With 350 entries on pop culture's most menacing masterminds, costumed criminals, sinister societies, and destructive dominators that have battled superheroes and fictional heroes of comics, TV, and film, this volume also includes 125 illustrations and a comprehensive resource section.

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!

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.

The Physics of Superheroes

  • Filename: the-physics-of-superheroes.
  • ISBN: 0715635492
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 364
  • Author: James Kakalios
  • Publisher: Duckworth Publishing



'The Physics of Superheroes' eables you to learn what the physics of forces & motion can reveal about Superman's strength, the true cause of the destruction of his home planet Krypton, & what villains Magneto & Electro can teach us about the nature of electricity. This book is of interest to both comic-book fans & physicists.

Project Superhero

  • Filename: project-superhero.
  • ISBN: 9781770905900
  • Release Date: 2014-09-01
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: E. Paul Zehr
  • Publisher: ECW Press



Superheroes, science, and one ordinary girl's quest for greatness. Join 13-year-old Jessie as she keeps a diary of her class's yearlong research project on superheroes, which culminates in the Superhero Slam: a head-to-head debate battle! It's shy, comics-obsessed Jessie's dream come true . . . and worst nightmare. She decides to champion Batgirl, a regular person (albeit with major talent and training under her utility belt), and soon Jessie wonders what it would take to be Batgirl. Will she prove to her best friends, Cade and Audrey, that she's more than a sidekick? Can she take down archenemy Dylan at the Slam? Combining science facts, lively illustrations, and comic-book trivia with actual correspondence from superhumans such as NYPD Sergeant Mike Bruen, Olympian Clara Hughes, and Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, Project Superhero is a celebration of the heroes among us and of one girl's super-secret identity: herself.

Grandma Is a Superhero

  • Filename: grandma-is-a-superhero.
  • ISBN: 1935414941
  • Release Date: 2013-10-01
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: M. H. Clark
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors



This book is all yours. You create the cover, you decide what the pages will look like, you choose what colors to use, and what to draw next. You make the story come to life with your hands and your imagination because you're the illustrator. And when you're finished, there won't be another book like it in the whole world. In this title, you'll show the whole world that Grandma is a superhero. She's bound to get a kick out of your illustrations of her, caped and costumed, saving the world one good deed at a time.

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