Book Review – Superman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is not just the history of a superhero, but of a media goliath. Superman’s history is followed from his early inception in the early 20th century to the recent brutal legal battles for the copyright of the Man of Steel of the 21st.
Superman: A Biography does not pull any punches. It does not favor the creators of Superman, nor does it favor the publishers. What it does is pull the curtain back on what was going on behind the scenes of the rise of what would become a media empire in his own right.
Chapters chart not only the comic book history, but Superman’s growth into other media, from radio, to serials, to television, and film. Nothing is sugar-coated, but is presented as is. And the author backs up much of his arguments with an extensive set of notes and bibliography.
One of the drawbacks to the book is that the author chooses to forgo the common end note format, choosing to reference part of his text for notation. While it presents a smoother read, it makes tracking references a bit difficult.