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Image for Superman at Fifty! The Persistence of a Legend

Superman at Fifty! The Persistence of a Legend

By: Dooley, Dennis, and Gary Engle, eds.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Collier Books: 1988

Edition: 1st ed. thus

Seller ID: 9333

ISBN: 0-02-042901-0

Condition: Very Good+


[moderate edgewear, lower corners slightly dog-eared]. Trade PB (color illustrations) "An exuberant celebration of Superman's first fifty years as an American hero -- a collage of essays, reminiscences, lore, and humor" by more than thirty contributors. The book is divided into four sections: "The Creation"; "The Evolution"; "The Persistence of a Legend"; and "Unanswered Questions." (Among the latter are: Is Superman still a virgin? What's his astrological sign? Who would Superman have voted for for President?) There are four beautiful full-page color... View more info

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The Empire's Old Clothes: What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds

By: Dorfman, Ariel

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books: (c.1983)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18352

ISBN: 0-394-71486-5

Condition: Very Good+


[short diagonal crease at top right-hand corner of front cover, otherwise just light handling wear; text is clean, binding solid]. Trade PB The author "explores the hidden political and social messages behind the smiling faces" that populate comic books and other forms of popular literature, and in doing so "provides a stunning map to the secret world inside the most successful cultural symbols of our time." This is "a book that will appeal to those who want to understand the connection between politics and culture, between Ronald Reagan and Mickey Mouse, between economic ... View more info

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The Ringlings: Wizards of the Circus

By: Harlow, Alvin F.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Julian Messner, Inc.: (c.1951)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14633

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


(price-clipped) [good solid copy with one weird defect: somebody appears to have attacked the front cover with a drill of some sort, resulting in a small hole in the jacket, a similar hole in the book's front cover which didn't fully penetrate the cover except at the tip, and much smaller (like pen-point-size) holes in about the first 15 pages; additionally the jacket has a small tear and associated wrinkling at top corner of rear panel, and some light soiling and edgewear]. (B&W photographs) "It all began with a barefoot boy in his middle teens trying to learn to ride bareback on a scraw... View more info

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Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession

By: Marcus, Greil

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12237

ISBN: 0-385-41718-7

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [good solid clean copy, very light shelfwear, slight "spread" before page 1 (where some kind of object had been stuck in the book); jacket has some minor wrinkling and one small tear at top of rear panel; note that because of the translucence of the jacket (you can just make out the front-cover photo of Elvis through the jacket), I will be unable to apply a new Brodart cover without ruining the effect]. (B&W photographs, other illustrations) "Elvis Presley remains alive -- in the cultural imagination of our place and time. His vitality has intensified in direct pro... View more info

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Saucer Attack!

By: Nesheim, Eric, and Leif Nesheim

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Kitchen Sink Press/General Publishing Group, Inc.: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15375

ISBN: 1-57544-066-0

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, very slight bending at corners of front cover]. Trade PB (color illustrations) "To commemorate the simultaneous 50th anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's famous saucer encounter, which launched the modern age of flying saucers, and the first saucer crash at Roswell, New Mexico, [this book] gathers together hundreds of classic saucer images and objects from the first big wave of UFO hysteria, including bug-eyed aliens, ray-zapping 'bump-and-go' saucers, giant tin robots, and damsels in intergalactic distress." View more info

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The 7 Lively Arts

By: Seldes, Gilbert

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Sagamore Press Inc.: (c.1957, 1924)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 24405

Condition: Near Fine in Fair dj


[mild shelfwear to bottom edge, light bumping to top corners; jacket heavily edgeworn and somewhat insect-nibbled, paper loss at both ends of spine, large chip at bottom of rear panel, various other tears and blemishes, rubbing, light soiling, etc.] A new edition of this enormously influential work of popular culture criticism, first published in 1924, which according to the jacket blurb "marked the very beginning of the serious criticism in America of the popular arts: comic strips, motion pictures, musical comedy, vaudeville, radio, popular music, and the dance." (A tad hyperbolic,... View more info

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Video Discs: The Technology, the Applications and the Future

By: Sigel, Efrem, Mark Schubin and Paul F. Merrill, with Kenneth S. Christie, John Rusche and Alan Horder

Price: $60.00

Publisher: White Plains NY, Knowledge Industry Publications, Inc.: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22038

ISBN: 0-914236-56-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a teensy bit of surface-scratching, tiny tears at top corners, slight wrinkling at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs, figures, tables) Fascinating account of what was then a newly-introduced home entertainment format/technology, just gathering steam for a major challenge to the already-established home videocassette business (which itself was still engaged in the Beta vs. VHS war), but eventually doomed to obsolescence. The book "explains the technology of the video disc, traces its evolution since the pioneering efforts of the 1960s, ... View more info