Superheroes! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of the Comic Book Culture


Superheroes! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of the Comic Book Culture
by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor (Authors)
304 pages

Booktalk: Based on the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes, this companion volume chronicles the never-ending battle of the comic book industry, its greatest creators, and its greatest creations. More than 500 full-color comic book panels, covers, sketches, and photographs!

Snippet: Like most pulp scribes, Lester Dent has a house name imposed on his work–Kenneth Robeson–just in case he couldn’t make his onerous deadlines. However, like Walter Gibson, he was devoted to his creation and kept at it for years without replacement. (His trick for banging out the stories was different than Gibson’s: Dent simply stopped mid-sentence when he took a break and picked right back up.)

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Anastasia Suen is the author of 245 books for children and adults, a Booklist Quick Tips for Schools & Libraries columnist, a literacy blogger, a children's literature consultant for several publishers, a freelance editor, a former K,1,5, & 6 teacher who visits schools to teach the six traits of writing, and a former Staff Development for Educators, UNT and SMU instructor who teaches writing workshops online.