By Grant Morrison

From the most acclaimed and profound writers on this planet of comics comes an exciting and provocative exploration of humankind’s nice glossy fable: the superhero
 
The first superhero comedian ever released, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, brought the area to anything either exceptional and undying: Superman, a caped god for the trendy age. In a question of years, the skies of the imaginary international have been choked with unusual mutants, extraterrestrial beings, and vigilantes: Batman, ask yourself lady, the glorious 4, Iron guy, and the X-Men—the checklist of names as customary as our personal. In under a century, they’ve long gone from now not latest in any respect to being all over we glance: on our motion picture and tv displays, in our videogames and desires. yet what are they attempting to inform us?

For supply Morrison, arguably the best of latest chroniclers of the “superworld,” those heroes are robust archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning tale arcs replicate and are expecting the process human lifestyles: via them we inform the tale of ourselves, our background, and our starry aspirations. during this exhilarating paintings of a life-time, Morrison attracts on paintings, technology, mythology, and his personal staggering trips via this shadow universe to supply the 1st precise historical past of the superhero—why they subject, why they are going to continuously be with us, and what they let us know approximately who we're . . . and what we may possibly but become.

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