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Superman : the ultimate guide to the Man of Steel
Beatty, Scott, 1969-
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Publication Information:
London [England] ; New York : DK, [2002]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Surveys the nature and history of the hero Superman, discussing his birth, career, secrets, equipment, and enemies.
General Note:
"Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster"
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PN6728.S9 B43 2002 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels

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For 60 years the world famous Man of Steel has used his superpowers to fight for truth, justice, and fair play against the forces of evil and chaos. With unparalleled access to the archives of DC Comics-the creators of Superman-classic art is combined with some never-before-published work to create Superman: The Ultimate Guide. Discover Superman and little known facts about his universe as never before-key locations are revealed, crucial events and characters are profiled, and secrets are unlocked in this comprehensive volume.

Author Notes

Scott Beatty earned his Master of Arts degree in fiction writing at Iowa State University. A former English teacher, radio personality, and magazine editor
Roger Stewart studied technical illustration at Cornwall Technical College, England, and has been a full-time illustrator ever since. He has worked in advertising and the movie industry, illustrated numerous books for publishers in the US, UK, and Australia. He is also a part-time lecturer in illustration at Bournemouth College of Art, England

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Since his first appearance in Action Comics more than 60 years ago, no other superhero has captured readers' imaginations or is more recognized than the Man of Steel. In a thorough collaboration with DC Comics--home to Batman and Wonder Woman as well as Superman--the hero's universe is revealed as never before. Here for the first time are locations that have only been hinted at in the pages of the comics--planet Krypton, the House of El, and Superman's Fortress of Solitude--all in brilliant color and meticulous detail, derived from works of various artists. Allies and enemies are profiled (including, naturally, their first appearances), and noteworthy moments in Superman's career are collected in an exhaustive time line. The artwork is first-rate; classic illustrations from the original comics blend easily with the more recent works, some of them specially commissioned for this book. Perfect for both the die-hard and the casual fan, The Ultimate Guide lives up to its name. Carlos Orellana

Publisher's Weekly Review

Superman and Mickey star in oversize, elegantly designed volumes from DK. Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel by Scott Beatty, illus. by Roger Stewart, begins with the hero's birth on Krypton (with a spread that maps out the planet) and traces his rise from citizen of Smallville, Kans., to defender of the universe. Given Beatty's access to the DC Comics archives, the volume comes alive with reproductions, abundant information and lively anecdotes. Three backdrops and more than 60 stickers allow readers to embark on their own adventures with the Spiderman Sticker Book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Anything readers ever wanted to know about Superman is here, from his origins on Krypton to his teenage days in Smallville (overview map included) to his current gig as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Planet. Oversized, full-color spreads chronicle Superman's super powers, his weaknesses, his archenemies, and his friends. Most of the pictures were taken from the pages of the various comic books in which the superhero has appeared, but new illustrations were prepared for this book, detailing locations such as Metropolis and the Fortress of Solitude. Drawings from different eras can be seen side by side, which show how the characters have changed over the years. The format encourages endless browsing. Fans will especially enjoy the lengthy time line that chronicles major events from Superman's first appearance in 1938. A book that will be enjoyed wherever comic-book aficionados are found.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Jeph Loeb
Forewordp. 6
Birth of a Supermanp. 8
Planet Kryptonp. 10
House of Elp. 12
Black Zerop. 14
Armageddonp. 16
The Kentsp. 18
Smallvillep. 20
Superpowersp. 22
Super-Weaknessesp. 24
Super Stylep. 26
City of Tomorrowp. 28
Metropolisp. 30
The Daily Planetp. 32
Clark Kentp. 34
Lois Lanep. 36
Sudden Deathp. 38
The Returnp. 40
Lois & Clarkp. 42
Jimmy Olsenp. 44
S.T.A.R. Labsp. 46
Project Cadmusp. 48
Superboyp. 50
Steelp. 52
Guardiansp. 54
Supergirlp. 56
Secrets of the Man of Steelp. 58
The Fortressp. 60
Kandorp. 62
Super-Techp. 64
The Eradicatorp. 66
Supervillainyp. 68
Lex Luthorp. 70
LexCorpp. 72
Bizarrop. 74
Brainiacp. 76
Darkseidp. 78
Encantadorap. 80
Dominusp. 82
Cyborgp. 84
Doomsdayp. 86
Mr. Mxyzptlkp. 88
Parasitep. 90
Mongulp. 92
Imperiexp. 94
Metallop. 96
Intergangp. 98
Human Horrorsp. 100
Demons of Doomp. 102
Alien Alertp. 104
Superman's Careerp. 106
The JLAp. 108
Imaginary Storiesp. 110
Superman Timelinep. 112
Indexp. 126
Acknowledgmentsp. 128