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Thursday, March 8, 2012
My Take On: The Science of Superheroes
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Book History


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The Science of Superheroes
By Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg
THE MOST COLLECTIBLE ITEMS at my own online comic book shop!

TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3617 -  Although the title of the book is 'The Science of Superheroes'... This book is actually 'readable'! 

Yes, it is a 'popular science book', but it also has an interesting hook, in that the superheroes are actually used to introduce discussions of different scientific questions.

What kind of questions?  Well, Batman brings up the topics of gadgets; Spider-Man brings up spiders;  and Green Lantern has black holes and color theory, for example.

Each chapter brings ups a superhero and then a discussion.

For example:  More Powerful than a Speeding Locomotive: Superman - The Superman Legend Beings, What Makes Superman super?, Alien Visitors, The Drake Equation, Rare Earth?, and A Question of Gravity, all within Chapter 1!

Chapter 2 is:  Rays --Cosmic and Gamma: The Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk - Humble Beginnings, A Fantastic Foursome, Frankenstein's Monster--Marvel Style, The Perils of Technobabble, the GFP Hulk.

These two chapters are worth the price alone, but there are eight more chapters! With Ant Man and the Atom, The Flash, The X-men, and even Donald Duck!

Plus there are also two appendices: The first appendix mentions the material that wasn’t covered in the book, plus why it was left out. The second appendix is a collection of brief interviews with comic book creators, including Len Wein, Mark Wheatley, Brett Booth, Buddy Scalera, Mort Castle and Max Allan Collins.  Good reading in both appendices!

One of the things that I realized in writing this blog... Is that the book authors concluded that Marvel’s characters were more likely to be based on inaccurate science than DC’s were.  That's because DC’s writers were supposedly more familiar with popular science theories and science fiction.  I'm not 100% certain of that, but it was interesting to see that in print here.

In summary, this book has just the right 'tone' for someone interested in superheroes, or in this case, 'The Science of Superheroes'.  It is relatively easy to read, with straightforward, but not overly stuffy or serious. It was nice to see that the authors aren’t making fun of superheroes.

I would give this a VERY FINE PLUS (VF+) 8.5 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (September 29, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471468827
ISBN-13: 978-0471468820

Here is where you can purchase this book,  The Science of Superheroes!


~Michael D Hamersky On Comics


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