Supermen! The success of Superman, introduced in 1938's Action Comics #1, sparked something of a caped-crusader gold rush, with scads of publishers attempting to cash in.… Supermen! The success of Superman, introduced in 1938's Action Comics #1, sparked something of a caped-crusader gold rush, with scads of publishers attempting to cash in.… 2009-02-15 Comic Books/Graphic Novels Fiction Fantagraphics Books
Book Review

Supermen! (2009)

Supermen! edited by Greg Sadowski
Supermen! edited by Greg Sadowski
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 15, 2009; Genres: Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Fiction; Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

The success of 
Superman, introduced in 1938's Action Comics #1, sparked something of a caped-crusader gold rush, with scads of publishers attempting to cash in. World War II effectively homogenized the genre, as attention turned from
 giant vultures, Indian sorcerers, and (ultra-un-PC) yellow mandarins to the Nazi threat. But Supermen!, this anthology lovingly assembled by Greg Sadowski, makes the case that these earliest endeavors by the future creators of masterworks like The Spirit, Captain America, and Plastic Man were more than crude throat-clearings — they were unfiltered manifestations 
of psyche, lousy with erotic charge and questionable politics. A–

Originally posted Mar 25, 2009 Published in issue #1041 Apr 03, 2009 Order article reprints
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