superheroesTomorrow Comic Con takes over Gotham which makes us in the mood for comic talk and we’ve got a new book that will no doubt delight your comic-loving patrons! It’s called SUPERHEROES! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor. It’s publication ties in with a PBS-documentary series called “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle” which airs beginning October 15. The series will be hosted and narrated to Liev Schreiber (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine) . This book and show will explore the 70-year history of the superheroes that have captured the imagination for generations.

Take a look inside to see the amazing artwork.

From the first Depression-era comic books to the beloved characters of Marvel and DC, including Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. Using more than 70 interviews with creators, commentators, actors, and filmmakers, the authors will dive into the culture and the context that gave rise to the beloved heroes that continue to grow in popularity and the ways that these characters have been shaped and changed by American culture at every incarnation.

This will be a cultural and historical perspective of superheroes, including key players from both Marvel and DC. It will feature character biographies as well as the stories of the artists and writers that brought them to life. Above all, it will explore how the evolution of the archetypes, characters, and storylines was shaped by the changing cultural climate. With four-color illustrations and dynamic sidebars throughout, this will be the definitive volume of superhero history.

Visit PBS Superheroes site to get exclusive extras, behind the scenes info and listen to the Superheroes playlist!

SNEAK PEEKS:

Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman in PBS Superheroes Documentary

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Jim Lee on his Introduction to Comic Books

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Read some great buzz press about the series on NY Daily News and Indiewire!

Books on Film: SUPERHEROES Take Over PBS!

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