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Tower of Iron Will

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Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
Randall Munroe, James Foreman, K. Sekelsky, Camron Miller, John Chernega, David Michael Wharton, K.M. Lawrence, Jeffrey C. Wells, Vera Brosgol, Kit Yona, J. Jack Unrau, Jeff Stautz, Aaron Diaz, Matthew Bennardo, Yahtzee Croshaw, Douglas J. Lane, Brian Quinlan, Kate Beaton

A Couple of These I Have Actually Read

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History - Jon Morris

Morris has put together a compendium of weird and failed superhero characters from the across the 75 year history of the genre. Some of these characters are just unfortunate attempts to cash in on a trend like Skateman, NFL Superpro, and US 1 the trucker superhero. Others border on outsider art like Fletcher Hanks intensely odd creations Fantomah and Stardust the Super Wizard, or Madame Fatal the cross-dressing crime fighter. Some appear to be self-conscious parody like Squirrel Girl and Fatman the Human Flying Saucer. The saddest entries are the attempts by once great creators to catch lightening in a bottle again, like Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's character Funnyman who fights crime with clown props.

 

It is easy to mock these oddball attempts at superheroes, but I can't help but think that if Spider-Man had been cancelled back in 1962 his concept would seem just as bizarre as the Red Bee or the Ferret.

 

Disclaimer: review copy provided by LibraryThing.