Item description for Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays on Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (Smart Pop series) by Gerry Conway & Leah Wilson...
** COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED **
The tangled web of vengeance, love, and loss woven by Spider-Man comics and films is explored in this collection of insightful essays by acclaimed writers of comics and science fiction. A variety of topics---from the superhero's sarcasm to the science behind radioactive spiders---are discussed in essays on "Turning Rage into Responsibility: A Psychology of Loss," "Love Is Selfish: Can a Hero Afford Personal Attachments?," and "Self Identity and Costume Design." The popular rival Green Goblin, the bumbling-yet-influential media, and the part New York City itself plays in stories are skillfully explored, as is the overall philosophy of mild-mannered Peter Parker and Spidey's relationship with the rest of the characters in the Marvel universe.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1933771062 ISBN13 9781933771069
Availability 0 units.
More About Gerry Conway & Leah Wilson
Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of the nonfiction essay anthologies "Alias Assumed, The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill, "and "War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic." He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays on Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (Smart Pop series)?
Diverse and intriguing May 5, 2007
This book operates very well on its premise: A bunch of essays about Spider-Man. It has a myriad of opinions on the Marvel Universe, and, what I liked particularly, it incorporated the events of Marvel's Civil War up to the point where the webhead unmasks himself. It was refreshing to know that these geeks (how else can you describe authors that psychoanalyze Spider-Man?) aren't stuck in their thoughts that they formulated when they were teenagers.
That being said, I did disagree with a few of the attacks/observations, and there were some superfluous interjections by the authors (science being the only thing to save mankind, for instance) that lessened the impact. Still, one of the best essays included quotes from the Bible, John Stuart Mills, Kierkegaard, and William Shakespeare, all of which harmonized with the point the author made of the wallcrawler. Not too shabby.
I'm going to err on the side of enthusiasm for the subject matter in giving it a five star rating; it probably deserves a four and a half. I enjoyed it, even if it was too short a read (you could easily knock this sucker out on a nice Saturday afternoon) and stuttered through the occasional typo.