'Superman,' by Larry Tye: review SupermanThe High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring HeroBy Larry Tye(Random House; 409 pages; $27)Superman has the name recognition and approval rating that politicians would kill for, plus the income. He's been eclipsed in wisecracking irony by Spider-Man and the X-Men, out-camped by Batman and given a reality check by Everyman Homer Simpson. In a world where young people are locked between the smirking sensibilities of Matt Groening and Quentin Tarantino, Superman is as indestructible as the cockroach. The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero, Larry Tye is in thrall to a character who, for all the good that he's done, has as much humanity as the Oscar statuette. The former Boston Globe reporter's homage reads like a marathon newspaper article fueled by sustained ardor for a boyhood love. Superman, true to form, weathers every shift to a new medium as if it's a costume change - from comics, to ingenious animation by Max and Dave Fleischer, to radio (voiced by Bud Collyer from the TV classic "To Tell the Truth"), to television's wooden George Reeves, back to comics, to camp on Broadway, to cinema, to television again and to film sequel after film sequel. Mort Weisinger, an obese autocrat who terrorized the writers and artists of Superman comics from 1957 to 1970, had a "know your readers" rule that Superman's market was boys from 8 to 12 years old, who would grow out of their ardor for superheroes fast enough to justify recycling stories every few years. Yet his blue suit seemed drab, as comics from the 1950s on explored more real and more frightening worlds than anything the Man of Steel faced, into Mad magazine spoofs, R.

  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero REVIEW
    Biographer and journalist Larry Tye explores the origins of the Metropolis Marvel in Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, published by Random House. Clocking in at over 400 pages, this exhaustive biopic chronicles the origin ...
    04/21/2017 - 7:20 am | View Link
  • Interview: Larry Tye, Author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero”
    Larry Tye – a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993-94 – has been a professional writer and journalist for close to three decades. He was been a reporter... Nicholas Yanes: You have probably met hundreds, if not thousands of people, who want to ...
    04/12/2017 - 1:00 pm | View Link
  • How Superman became America’s real superhero
    Larry Tye explores the life of Superman and those who helped create him in Tye’s book “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero.” "It was a hard enough sell that it took them five years to finally find a publisher," said ...
    05/27/2013 - 7:21 pm | View Link
  • Author to speak on Jewish origins of Superman
    HAVERHILL — Growing up, Larry Tye sat in awe watching George Reeves on TV as Superman fly through the air, helping those in need and beating up bullies. Tye’s fascination grew stronger after writing “The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the ...
    02/1/2013 - 4:06 pm | View Link
  • 'High-Flying History' offers insight into Superman's lasting influence, appeal
    In a new biography, author Larry Tye pushes beyond the story’s well-known love triangle of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, beyond Lex Luthor, kryptonite and Metropolis, to more fully explore the lesser-known but perhaps more important real-life strug ...
    09/29/2012 - 10:00 pm | View Link
  • More
  • 411MANIA
    Fun and Frustration With Marvel’s ‘Diversity Issue’ This week’s column didn’t really start with any real theme; I kind of wanted to talk about ...
    04/23/2017 - 2:58 am | View Website
  • Superman
    Superman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster ...
    04/23/2017 - 2:29 am | View Website
  • Ant-Man (2015)
    Ant-Man (2015) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.
    04/22/2017 - 1:22 pm | View Website
  • Superman Super Site.com | Superman News & Information
    News and information on the world of Superman featuring daily stories, updates, and features concerning the Man of Steel.
    04/22/2017 - 6:05 am | View Website
  • David Henrie
    David Henrie, Actor: How I Met Your Mother. David Clayton Henrie is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is noted for playing Ted Mosby's ...
    04/22/2017 - 1:05 am | View Website
  • More
Welcome to Wopular!

Welcome to Wopular

Wopular is an online newspaper rack, giving you a summary view of the top headlines from the top news sites.

Senh Duong (Founder)
Wopular, MWB, RottenTomatoes

Subscribe to Wopular's RSS Fan Wopular on Facebook Follow Wopular on Twitter Follow Wopular on Google Plus

MoviesWithButter : Our Sister Site

More Books News