Empire of the Superheroes: America's Comic Book Creators and the Making of a Billion-Dollar Industry

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University of Texas Press
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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.5 inches | 1.9 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times best-selling author. His dozens of books include Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong; The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting, coauthored with Craig Barron; and, most recently, Pan Am at War: How the Airline Secretly Helped America Fight World War II, coauthored with John H. Hill.


[A] detailed, upbeat survey...Vaz's history is comprehensive and finds ready drama in the exploitation of naive artists by rapacious publishers...This grand comic book adventure is not to be missed.-- "Publishers Weekly" (10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Crafting a history based on the artists who imagined bigger and better worlds but were often denied their credits and profits, this is a must read for anyone who loves comic book movies.-- "Nerdist" (12/21/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Rights issues have been a massively important topic for comic book creators and companies over the history of the industry, and Cotta Vaz does a spectacular job of tracking the major flashpoints and their importance. If you are a comic fan looking for an informative and entertaining summer read, Empire of the Superheroes is a great choice!-- "Comic Book Yeti" (4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Empire of the Superheroes draws back the curtain to provide an insider perspective on the American superhero comic-book business...anyone interested in the industry's early decades will appreciate Vaz's work in the archives, digging through records from legal disputes for insight into that era's often shady business practices.-- "International Journal of Comic Art" (6/18/2021 12:00:00 AM)
[A] sympathetic chronicle of the inception and ascent of a modern mythology--a pantheon of bizarrely costumed characters with superhuman (if not supernatural) powers...Empire of the Superheroes is fascinating for its account of the business side of comic books.-- "Shepherd Express" (3/26/2021 12:00:00 AM)
[An] incredibly detailed and fascinating book...With Empire of the Superheroes, Mark Cotta Vaz adds an important, educational, and highly entertaining title to recent comic book scholarship and history.-- "Houston Press" (3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM)