Superman stronger than a locomotive
Superman: The High-Flying History of the Man of Steel by Larry TyeSeventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of Americas most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.
Legions of fans from Boston to Buenos Aires can recite the story of the child born Kal-El, scion of the doomed planet Krypton, who was rocketed to Earth as an infant, raised by humble Kansas farmers, and rechristened Clark Kent. Known to law-abiders and evildoers alike as Superman, he was destined to become the invincible champion of all that is good and just--and a star in every medium from comic books and comic strips to radio, TV, and film.
But behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the middle of Americas heartland. During the depths of the Great Depression, Jerry Siegel was a shy, awkward teenager in Cleveland. Raised on adventure tales and robbed of his father at a young age, Jerry dreamed of a hero for a boy and a world that desperately needed one. Together with neighborhood chum and kindred spirit Joe Shuster, young Siegel conjured a human-sized god who was everything his creators yearned to be: handsome, stalwart, and brave, able to protect the innocent, punish the wicked, save the day, and win the girl. It was on Supermans muscle-bound back that the comic book and the very idea of the superhero took flight.
Tye chronicles the adventures of the men and women who kept Siegel and Shusters Man of Tomorrow aloft and vitally alive through seven decades and counting. Here are the savvy publishers and visionary writers and artists of comics Golden Age who ushered the red-and-blue-clad titan through changing eras and evolving incarnations; and the actors--including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve--who brought the Man of Steel to life on screen, only to succumb themselves to all-too-human tragedy in the mortal world. Here too is the poignant and compelling history of Siegel and Shusters lifelong struggle for the recognition and rewards rightly due to the architects of a genuine cultural phenomenon.
From two-fisted crimebuster to Uber-patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman--perhaps like no other mythical character before or since--has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of that otherworldly hero who continues to embody our best selves.
Praise for Superman
Engaging, fun, inspiring--like the Man of Steel.--The Huffington Post
Powerful . . . wonderfully readable.--The Plain Dealer
A story as American as Superman himself . . . The best origin story pulsing through Superman is not the one about the Krypton-to-Kansas alien baby, but rather the one about the superheros mortal and sometimes star-crossed creators.--The Washington Post
Fun, enlightening pop-cultural history.--Kirkus Reviews
A rich history full of lively heroes and villains much like a comic book. Essential for Superman fans.--Library Journal (starred review)
[A] comprehensive, definitive history.--Publishers Weekly
The Adventures of Superman
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As I think back over my childhood, one of the most powerful characters I looked up to was Superman. SUPER-Leaders learn their abilities —Superman did not know he was a superhero until after learning several key things as a child. Just as superman, you discover your abilities and weakness over time. What is your weakness Kryptonite? Many leaders are overly confident in their strengths and do not know where to focus their growth.
Equipping Tomorrow's Leaders
What song will you find on Lyrics Playground today? It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Faster than a streak of lightning, More powerful than the pounding surf, Mightier than a roaring hurricane, This amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, the man of steel, Superman. Possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent.