The Super Hero's Journey

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$29.99  $27.89
Harry N. Abrams
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8.66 X 11.02 X 0.63 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the bestselling author, illustrator, playwright, painter, and creator of the comic strip Mutts, which appears in more than 700 newspapers around the world. He has received numerous awards internationally, including a Caldecott Honor and the Reuben, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. The Art of Nothing, a career-spanning monograph, was published by Abrams ComicArts in 2019. He lives in New Jersey. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 80 years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit
"The Super Hero's Journey is a powerful argument for how the comic book art form makes a positive impact in our lives. Patrick McDonell weaves the work of Jack Kirby and other Marvel artists together with his own to create a remarkable view into the wonder he felt as a young reader first experiencing these classic comics. It is a genuinely moving treatise on the inspiration we can take from others, and an antidote for cynicism."----Alex Ross, author of Fantastic Four: Full Circle
"The Super Hero's Journey is thrilling, hilarious, mind-blowing, weird and poignant--just like the stories that inspired it. Patrick McDonnell flexes the same artistic muscle that drew Kirby to collage, mashing up childhood memories, Silver Age stories, and his own works of fine art, fueling an explosion of creativity, wonder, and beauty. When I finished the first time, I immediately read it again to re-experience its generous heartbeat. After my own journey, all I can say is Make Mine McDonnell!"----Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil and I Will Be Complete
"An amazing, uplifting testament to the power of comics."---Forbes
"Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnell has long sought to connect his own spiritual journey with the worlds that inspired him to become a comic artist in the first place--and while he got to do the former in Heart to Heart, a cartooning collaboration with the Dalai Lama, his next graphic novel comes at it from a more comic-booky angle, although no less spiritual... A philosophical and spiritual look back at the Silver Age comics heroes that inspired him, McDonnell's weaves his own path to cartooning by intersecting his own art and renditions of Marvel's classic heroes with the original, iconic artwork of their comics, as the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko's works weaves throughout McDonnell's history."----io9
"McDonnell is both a gifted cartoonist and a scholar of the medium. He also has a generous view of human nature that is in short supply these days, and the story ends up being a neat summary of everything that made Marvel comics of that era so memorable and endearing. Perfect for fans of any age."
"Surprising and memorable."---Geek Girl Authority