Cartoon & Superheros Stars

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.


  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 0679450041 Date: 2000
    star PW star Booklist
    This brilliant novel by the "young star of American letters", in the words of Jonathan Yardley, is a literary triumph in which two misfit young men make it big creating comic-book superheroes.
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Fiction
    Updated 8/18/00
  • It's Superman!
    Author: De Haven, Tom
    Publisher: Chronicle $ 24.95 ISBN: 0811844358 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus
    The world's most popular and enduring super hero makes a smashing literary debut. This novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his super-powers and his newspaper career, following him from Kansas t New York City. With worldly Lois Lane and political boss Lex Luthor, the Man of Steel battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and supervillains inspired by fascist Germany. A fun and fast-paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapades, and supersized coming-of-age angst. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 9.26.05
  • Nonfiction

  • Men of Tomorrow
    Author: Jones, Gerard
    Publisher: Basic $ 26 ISBN: 0465036562 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus
    This full-scale history of superhero comic books reveals how ambitious crooks and adolescent dreamers created a new art form and forever changed the entertainment business in America.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel and Comic Stars
    Updated 8.25.04
  • The Physics of Superheros
    Author: Kakalios, James
    Publisher: Gotham $ 26 ISBN: 1592401465 Date: 2005
    star PW star LJ
    Packed with more superheroes and superpowers than an Avengers-Justice League crossover, this title takes a lively look at the physics behind the superpowers of comic-book heroes.
    Suggested Reading: Comics and Superheros
    Updated 10.11.05
  • Reinventing Comics
    by McCloud, Scott
    Publisher: Harper $ 22.95 ISBN: 0060953500 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus
    The renowned author of Understanding Comics takes a fascinating look at how the computer age has revolutionized comics, charting 12 different revolutions in how comics are created, read, and perceived.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel & Comics Stars
  • Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America
    by Wright, Bradford
    Publisher: John Hopkins $ 34.95 ISBN: 080186514x Date: 2001
    star Library Journal
    This provocative history of the comic book within the context of the 20th century is presented, with the author looking at every genre from the 1930s to the 1980s, and focusing on the role comic book.
    Suggested Reading: Graphic Novel & Comics Stars

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