The Superhero Reader

Hundreds of books have been written about our favorite cast of comic book characters. Whether it be trying to understand the scientific principles that rule the world of superheroes or revealing the motivation behind why villains do what they do, these books delve into the unexplainable.


Understanding the Hero/Villain Mind:

Read these books if you ever ask yourself the following questions:

What would push a person to a life of crime or justice? Is there a deeper meaning symbolism behind the bat to Bruce Wayne? Can we justify the villain’s mission? W.W.S.D? (What would Superman do?)


Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight0

Travis Langley


Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil is its Own Reward

Ben Dyer


X-men and Philosophy00

Spiderman and Philosophy

Superman and Philosophy

Iron Man and Philosophy

(This list goes on and on)



Dealing With the Problem of Reality:

Read these books if you ever ask yourself the following questions:

What are the downsides of super powers? How does friction effect the Flash’s speed? What are the plausibility of building my own Iron Man suit? Can we start to understand alien biology?



Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility for a Human Machine

E. Paul Zehr



The Science of Supervillains123

Lois H. Gresh


The Physics of Superheroes

James Kakalios



How Does This Effect Me:

Read these books if you ever ask yourself the following questions:

Why do superheroes matter? They aren’t even real.

The most important and dangerous question of all.


The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines00

Mike Madrid


Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths

David Reynolds


Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human

Grant Morrison


Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture00

Laurence Maslon


Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes

Chris Knowles


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