The encyclopedia of superheroes on film and television

by Muir, John Kenneth, 1969-

Format: Print Book 2008
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 791.43652 Muir
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  791.43652 Muir
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete guide to over 50 years of superheroes on screen! This expanded and updated edition of the 2004 award-winning encyclopedia covers important developments in the popular genre; adds new shows such as Heroes and Zoom ; includes the latest films featuring icons like Superman, Spiderman and Batman; and covers even more types of superheroes. Each entry includes a detailed history, cast and credits, episode and film descriptions, critical commentaries, and data on arch-villains, gadgets, comic-book origins and super powers, while placing each production into its historical context. Appendices list common superhero conventions and cliches; incarnations; memorable ad lines; and the best, worst, and most influential productions from 1951 to 2008.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A succinct compilation of 4,000 references to people, places, history, and phenomena, Manser's dictionary elucidates references to the obscure. An attractive page layout introduces the student, teacher, and general reader to such arcana as the link between Danse macabre and the Black Death and between Perils of Pauline and silent movies. Selections come from scripture (Golden calf, Jeremiad); literature (Kafkaesque, Philippic); the arts (It girl, Mona Lisa smile); science (Critical mass, Indian summer); history (Grace Darling, Tiananmen Square); popular locutions (Bunkum, Point man); religion (Born-again, Purgatory); and other sources. Simplified pronunciation employs underscoring of stressed syllables rather than accents (e.g., humfree for Humphrey). Entries conclude with examples of use and identify author, title, and date. Cross-referencing broadens the user's perspective on a range of concepts.  This dictionary builds on Manser's Facts On File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions (2004). There is some overlap with the earlier work, as there is with the classic Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (17th ed., 2005) and Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2d ed., 2005). Large collections will want all of them, because each has terms not found in the others. For small collections, The Facts On File Dictionary of Allusions could stand alone.--Snodgrass, Mary Ellen Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Superhero films -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Superhero television programs -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Publisher Jefferson, N.C. :McFarland & Co.,2008
Edition 2nd ed.
Language English
Description viii, 696 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 681-684) and index.
ISBN 9780786437559 (illustrated case binding : alk. paper)
0786437553 (illustrated case binding : alk. paper)
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