Becoming Superman

Author: J. Michael Straczynski

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062857851

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 6058

A Hugo Award Nominee! Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman! “J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time.” -- Max Brooks (World War Z) For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics. Yet there’s one story he’s never told before: his own. In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Marvel’s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret. Joe's early life nearly defies belief. Raised by damaged adults—a con-man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized—Joe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his father’s desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past. To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. The deeper he read, the more he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower: the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it. But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his family’s past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murder. Straczynski’s personal history has always been shrouded in mystery. Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life: a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger-than-life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life. It is also a compelling behind-the-scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world.

Being Superman


Publisher: Christian Cassarly


Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 230

View: 7167

You are Superman! This is the First Superhero emulation that has ever been created. It is a Superbook that teaches you the secrets on how to be the legendary superhero of your life. My intention was to bring to life a superhero from the Superman Realm into our real life existence. I was able to do this through relating similarities between Superman's abilities and ours. In this book we compare superman up against the greatest legends of our world. We also compare superman with our best selves. You at your highest potential is stronger then any superhero. This is not a Book about Superman. This is a book about you. Superman is not perfect, but you are. Superman is not real but you are. This is a great non-fiction book that packs the most powerful punch when compared to any other literature on self empowerment. This is not a book about how deep Superman can fly in the universe. It is a book about how deep you can dive into yourself. Have you ever wanted to harness your inner flame and direct it toward your best potential? Have you ever wanted to be indestructible? Have you ever wanted to be invincible in the face of your enemies? This book contains the ingredients needed to help you become legendary and super in everything you do. You will compare yourself to superman until eventually you reach to his level with your own unique talents and abilities. Even Superman cannot do what you can do! You will learn hidden techniques and master secrets taught by the Supermen of this world. You will not fly out of the window when your done reading the book but you will understand the power of your Superman self.

The Rise of Superman

Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1477800832

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 234

View: 8086

Using years of research and interviews with adventure sports athletes, the New York Times best-selling author of Abundance and A Small, Fury Prayer attempts to unlock the secrets to ultimate human performance and the state of consciousness called “flow." 25,000 first printing.

Adapting Superman

Author: John Darowski

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476677255

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

View: 934

Almost immediately after his first appearance in comic books in June 1938, Superman began to be adapted to other media. The subsequent decades have brought even more adaptations of the Man of Steel, his friends, family, and enemies in film, television, comic strip, radio, novels, video games, and even a musical. The rapid adaptation of the Man of Steel occurred before the character and storyworld were fully developed on the comic book page, allowing the adaptations an unprecedented level of freedom and adaptability. The essays in this collection provide specific insight into the practice of adapting Superman from comic books to other media and cultural contexts through a variety of methods, including social, economic, and political contexts. Authors touch on subjects such as the different international receptions to the characters, the evolution of both Clark Kent's character and Superman's powers, the importance of the radio, how the adaptations interact with issues such as racism and Cold War paranoia, and the role of fan fiction in the franchise. By applying a wide range of critical approaches to adaption and Superman, this collection offers new insights into our popular entertainment and our cultural history.


Author: Kendray Lau

Publisher: Kendray Lau

ISBN: 9811188793

Category: Self-Help

Page: 69

View: 9816

Often, people wish they can become a Superhuman who can solve any issues in life. People in the corporate world would desire for the ability to maximise their potential and progress in their career, while people pursuing their goals would desire for the ability to face any challenges and achieve their goals in life. Evolving into Superman/Superwoman in Life will: * Help you focus better and realise your goal despite having distractions * Help inspire action (despite having setbacks) towards success * Help you discover your motivation in having a breakthrough in life * Guide you on how to face your inner fear, and take the leap of faith in life * Show you the various "Powers" that you can unleash to propel you towards achieving your goals If you are looking for the positive change in your life, now is the time for you to take action!


Author: N.A

Publisher: PediaPress



Page: N.A

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Becoming Batman

Author: E. Paul Zehr

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801896215

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 9296

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.

Is Superman Circumcised?

Author: Roy Schwartz

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476662908

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 374

View: 7338

Superman is the original superhero, an American icon, and arguably the most famous character in the world--and he's Jewish! Introduced in June 1938, the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel, the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and Joe Shuster, an immigrant. They based their hero's origin story on Moses, his strength on Samson, his mission on the golem, and his nebbish secret identity on themselves. They made him a refugee fleeing catastrophe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before the US joined the war. In the following decades, Superman's mostly Jewish writers, artists, and editors continued to borrow Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton's past on Genesis and Exodus, its society on Jewish culture, the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann's, and a future holiday celebrating Superman on Passover. A fascinating journey through comic book lore, American history, and Jewish tradition, this book examines the entirety of Superman's career from 1938 to date, and is sure to give readers a newfound appreciation for the Mensch of Steel!

Batman, Superman, and Philosophy

Author: Nicolas Michaud

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 081269922X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 7164

Batman or Superman? Which of these heroic figures is morally superior? Which is more dramatically effective? Which is more democratic? Which shows us the better way to fight crime? Who is a morally better person? Whose actions lead to the better outcomes? Superman vs. Batman and Philosophy tries to decide “for” and “against” these two superheroes by comparing their contrasting approaches to a wide range of issues. Twenty-six philosophers evaluate Superman vs. Batman in order to decide which of them “wins” by various different criteria. Some of the writers say that Superman wins, others say Batman, and others give the result as a tie. Since both Batman, the megalomaniacal industrialist, and Superman, the darling of the media, sometimes operate outside the law, which of them makes the better vigilante—and how do they compare with Robin Hood, the anonymous donor, the Ninja, and the KKK? Which of them comes out better in terms of evolutionary biology? Which of the heroes works more effectively to resist oppression? Does Superman or Batman function better as a force for embodied intelligence? Who does more to really uphold the law? Which one is better for the environment? Which of these two supernormal guys makes a better model and inspiring myth to define our culture and our society? Is Batman or Superman the more admirable person? Who conforms more closely to Nietzsche’s Übermensch? Which one makes the more rational choices? Who makes the better god? Who is more self-sacrificing in pursuit of other people’s welfare? Who goes beyond the call of duty? Which one does better at defining himself by resolving his internal conflicts? Whose explicit code of morality is superior? Which superhero gives us more satisfying dramatic conflict? (And why does a battle between the two make such a compelling drama?) Which of our two candidates comes closer to Christ? Which has the sounder psychological health? Whose overall consequences are better for the world? Which one more perfectly exemplifies C.S. Lewis’s concept of chivalry? What’s the deeper reason Batman is so successful in videogames whereas Superman isn’t? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having the two extraordinary heroes work together? Is either superhero logically or metaphysically possible? How can each of them be diagnosed as psychotic? How do they compare in masking their real identity? Whose motives are more worthy? Which one is more self-aware? Superman vs. Batman and Philosophy comes out at the same time as the movie Batman v Superman. The book cannot discuss what goes on in the movie, yet it also can’t avoid doing so, since by sheer probability, many of the controversial issues between the two superheroes will be the same in both. The book will therefore naturally fit in with the numerous raging controversies that the movie unleashes.


Author: Ian Gordon

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813587549

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 200

View: 9019

After debuting in 1938, Superman soon became an American icon. But why has he maintained his iconic status for nearly 80 years? And how can he still be an American icon when the country itself has undergone so much change? Superman: Persistence of an American Icon examines the many iterations of the character in comic books, comic strips, radio series, movie serials, feature films, television shows, animation, toys, and collectibles over the past eight decades. Demonstrating how Superman’s iconic popularity cannot be attributed to any single creator or text, comics expert Ian Gordon embarks on a deeper consideration of cultural mythmaking as a collective and dynamic process. He also outlines the often contentious relationships between the various parties who have contributed to the Superman mythos, including corporate executives, comics writers, artists, nostalgic commentators, and collectors. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of Superman’s appearances in comics and other media, Gordon also digs into comics archives to reveal the prominent role that fans have played in remembering, interpreting, and reimagining Superman’s iconography. Gordon considers how comics, film, and TV producers have taken advantage of fan engagement and nostalgia when selling Superman products. Investigating a character who is equally an icon of American culture, fan culture, and consumer culture, Superman thus offers a provocative analysis of mythmaking in the modern era.