Superman The Book by Larry Tye

This book brings to mind one of the aspects of comics that has consistently held my attention as I got older: the trajectory of the lives of those involved.

In the course of being human, trying to provide for oneself, and trying to anticipate one’s personal future, is major preoccupation of our time and attention. Reading the stories of the people involved in comics making the transition from being young talented idealists to their individual fates — whether it is obscurity, fantastic wealth or, as seems too common, struggling to pay bills as seniors — there are lessons here.

Comics have taught me an enormous amount. Not all of it has been morality plays by the likes of Superman.

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