The Science of Superheroes

The Science of Superheroes

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The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction?

""An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come.""
--Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics

Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Flash, Spider Man . . . they protect us from evildoers, defend truth and justice, and, occasionally, save our planet from certain doom. Yet, how much do we understand about their powers?

In this engaging yet serious work, Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg attempt to answer that question once and for all. From X-ray vision to psychokinesis, invisibility to lightspeed locomotion, they take a hard, scientific look at the powers possessed by all of our most revered superheroes, and a few of the lesser ones, in an attempt to sort fact from fantasy. In the process, they unearth some shocking truths that will unsettle, alarm, and even terrify all but the most fiendish of supervillains.

Lois Gresh (Rochester, NY) has written eight novels and nonfiction books as well as dozens of short stories and has been nominated for national fiction awards six times.
Robert Weinberg (Oak Forest, IL) is a multiple award-winning author of novels, nonfiction books, short stories and comics.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley, c2002.
ISBN: 9780471024606
0471024600
9780471468820
0471468827
Branch Call Number: YA NF COMICS Gresh L
Characteristics: xxiii, 200 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Weinberg, Robert E.

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DavidB
Mar 05, 2009

This book proves systematically how just about every superheroes powers don't make sense under the microscope of real science. Informative but disheartening to comic fans (or to me anyway). It gives a very broad history of the comicbook industry and how superheroes and their powers evolved.

There's a whole book devoted DCCmic's SUPERMAN and tries to theorise how his powers COULD work scientifically (by Mark Wolverton). This book mearly stops at discrediting the explanations that were created years ago just as a means to the end of telling a story. Sigh...

This book wasn't as much fun as the PHYSICS of Superheros by James Kakalios.

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Mar 05, 2009

We've left the science fiction world of What If? and jumped headfirst into the land where facts aren't important when you're telling a story.

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