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Our Hero: Superman on Earth.
By Tom De Haven. Icons of America. New Haven: Yale UP,
Hardcover: ISBN-10: 0300118171 //
Library of Congress: PN6728.S9 D3 2010
Dewey: 741.5/973 22
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Since his first appearance in Action Comics
Number One, published in late spring of 1938, Superman has represented
the essence of American heroism. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more
powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single
bound,” the Man of Steel has thrilled audiences across the globe, yet
as life-long “Superman Guy” Tom De Haven argues in this highly
entertaining book, his story is uniquely American.
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the midst of the Great Depression,
Superman is both a transcendent figure and, when posing as his
alter-ego, reporter Clark Kent, a humble working-class citizen. An
orphan and an immigrant, he shares a personal history with the many
Americans who came to this country in search of a better life, and his
amazing feats represent the wildest realization of the American dream.
As De Haven reveals through behind-the-scenes vignettes, personal
anecdotes, and lively interpretations of more than 70 years of comic
books, radio programs, TV shows, and Hollywood films, Superman’s legacy
seems, like the Man of Steel himself, to be utterly invincible.
De Haven, author of the novel It's Superman, is professor in the
department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently
lives in Midlothian, VA.
Acknowledgments ... ix
Our Hero ... 1
Works Cited ... 207
Index ... 211
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