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HOW TO BE A SUPERHERO (paperback) by Mark Edlitz

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How to Be a Superhero takes the reader behind the scenes of the most popular superhero movies and television shows of the past seventy years.  The book includes 35 penetrating interviews with actors and actresses who have played the world’s greatest superheroes, supervillains, antiheroes and sidekicks, as well as 70 photographs. 

“To be, as Chris Reeve put it, ‘a temporary custodian’ of these stories (myths really) is a very subjective experience. To be taken into the minds and thought processes of others who have had that experience is a fascinating journey.  How to Be a Superhero really takes you into what it means not only to the people who play them, but into the minds of superheroes.”   

- Richard Donner, director Superman

“Edlitz’s impressive knowledge of not just superhero movies and TV shows, but of the comics that they’re based on, enables him to ask incisive questions that get the actors talking about their super-roles in a way not many interviewers can do. The book is a unique take on the superhero phenomenon.”

- Danny Fingeroth, author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society

“Mark Edlitz’s How To Be A Superhero delivers rare insights into the mindset of the men and women behind the world’s most beloved heroes and villains.  A supremely fun read.”

- David Hayter, screenwriter of X-Men, X-Men 2 and Watchmen

"You don’t have to be a die-hard fan of the Marvel cinematic universe to appreciate what Edlitz has done here...If you want to learn more about the genre that has dominated the current zeitgeist, hear the hard truths about Hollywood, or just gain some trivia to impress your friends at parties then HOW TO BE A SUPERHERO is right for you." - Ain't It Cool News (


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