Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison is a part superhero histories and part Author’s memoir. First released June 30th 2011 by Jonathan Cape in Hardcover version only, we can now get this book both in ebook or hardcover version start from July 19th 2011, thanks to Spiegel & Grau publishing.
From one of the most acclaimed and oracular writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero
The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics #1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and profoundly familiar: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names is as familiar as our own. In less than a century they’ve gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But why?
For Grant Morrison, possibly the greatest of contemporary superhero storytellers, these heroes are not simply characters but powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them, we tell the story of ourselves. In this exhilarating book, Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero—why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are.
Supergods Review and Recommendation
While informing us of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, and the X-Men histories Morrison gives readers details of his own life from growing up in Glasgow, going to an all boys school which let to awkwardness around the opposite sex, joining a band, his early comic book work in the UK, early success in DC with Animal Man, Arkham Asylum and Doom Patrol, his first few girlfriends, shaving his head, his alien abduction experience, his dabblings in chaos magic, his wife Kristan, his fathers death and his continuing success in comics.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Superheroes and how they can tie into our everyday lives!