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Was Superman a Spy?
And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

by Brian Cronin

Writer of the "Comic book urban legends revealed" online column since 2005 "demystifies all of the interesting stories, unblievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up ... in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry." 

This is the perfect book for anyone wanting to know some behind-the-scenes info on the comic book industry. A little bit history, a little bit journalistic uncovering of truths, lots of discussion of urban legends...either way, it’s a fun time! 

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Stan Lee's How to Write Comics
From the Legendary Co-Creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Iron Man

by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Comics icon Stan Lee, creator of the Mighty Marvel Universe, has set about to teach everything he knows about writing and creating comic book characters. In these pages, aspiring comics writers will learn everything they need to know about how to write their own comic book stories, complete with easy to understand instruction, tips of the trade, and invaluable advice even for more advance writers. From the secrets to creating concepts, plots, to writing the script, the man with no peer -- Stan Lee--is your guide to the world of writing and creating comics.

undefinedThe Insider's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels
by Andy Schmidt

From the creative minds behind your favorite modern-day comics ...In this unprecedented, behind-the-scenes guide, former Marvel editor and current IDW senior editor Andy Schmidt and his superstar industry friends give you the inside track on creating engaging, professional-looking comic books.Written for upcoming creative stars and comic book enthusiasts, The Insider's Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels covers the entire creative process from beginning to end, from fine-tuning a script to the nuances of camera angles, costume design and lettering.

It always helps to have someone on the inside, and in this case, Andy Schmidt is sharing his insider knowledge with anyone willing to read. This is a guide that covers every step of the creative process, including drawing and inking pages all the way to business advice. 

undefinedThe League of Regrettable Superheroes
Half-baked Heroes From Comic Book History!
by Morris, Jon

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

undefinedGandhi: A Manga Biography
by Kazuki  Ebine

Through his quietly powerful leadership and influential use of nonviolent resistance in India's struggle against the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi became one of the most revered figures of the modern era. While history has recorded Gandhi's words and deeds, the man himself has been eclipsed by maxims of virtuosity that seem to have little resonance in our everyday lives. In Gandhi, the third volume in our exciting new manga biography series, created in conjunction with Emotional Content, Kazuki Ebine combines a gripping narrative with stunning illustrations to share Gandhi's inspiring and deeply human story with a whole new generation of readers.