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FROM COMIC ICON
TO HOLLYWOOD HERO
You can learn everything
youll ever want to know about the web-slinger from
Spider-Man Confidential, a comprehensive narrative
history of the Spider-Man phenomenon. Entertainment journalist
Edward Gross has interviewed many of the personalities
who have brought Spider-Man to life over the yearsand
hes uncovered the entire Spider-Man story, from
the conception of the popular comic book to the release
of the all-new major motion picture directed by Sam Raimi.
In this volume, you will
read the detailed story behind the creation of the Spider-Man
comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962; a Spider-Man
comic book checklist; episode guides for the five Spider-Man
television series (three animated and two live action)
that have aired over the years; an in-depth look at the
16-year development of the Spider-Man moviethrough
the many directors, versions of the script and young actors
who were considered for the plum role of Peter Parker;
and Spider-Mans Rogues Galleryyour guide
to Spider-Mans foes and villains.
So get ready, Spider-Man
fans, for the big film coming out this summer by boning
up on the factsall of which are found in abundance
in Spider-Man Confidential.
CULTURE AND THE POST-SOUL AESTHETIC
Mark Anthony Neal
The 1960s brought about
huge upheavals and social change in racial equality. Images
of black civilians held back by powerful fire hoses or
German Shepherds attacking an innocent black man are ingrained
in our psyche, recalled when the words "Civil Rights Era"
are put before us. But what has become of this reparation
of political activism and the current climate of race
and culture? How are todays black Americans, especially
those who came of age during the 70s and 80s,
embracing this legacy, if at all?
In Soul Babies,
the author examines the complexities and contradictions
of black life and culture since the Black Power and Civil
Rights Era. Reading political events, musical works, social
forms, media representations and literary productions,
Neal introduces a strong new concept, that of the "Post-Soul
Aesthetic," to black cultural criticism that gives a name
to the values and concerns of African Americans since
During the 1960s, the media
offered symbolic attempts to satisfy demands for racial
equality. Television shows like Julia and I
Spy brought black characters into living rooms but
failed to do justice to the figures they invented. (Neither
black lead had a romantic relationship, for example.)
In response, a new generation began to view the sixties
and its accomplishments with a surprising irreverence.
The seventies brought shows like Fat Albert and the
Cosby Kids and The Jackson Five Cartoon as
part of the introduction to the multicultural and multiethnic
world the industry tried to craft for children coming
of age in the post-civil rights era.
But how do the children
of the civil rights era deal with black identity today?
As the first generation born after desegregation, "Generation
Hip-Hop" was endowed with a hope that eluded blacks before
them. Within this generation, Neal introduces us to black
nationalistswith their sudden emphasis on Afro-puffs,
dashikis and kente capsbuppies, playas, crossovers
and strivers. Despite the internal differences,
as being collectively different from previous generations
of blacks, "Generation Hip-Hop" is a hybrid of past struggles,
with the need for self-determination and a desire to simply
succeed on Americas terms. They forge forward, like
some vanguard on new black futures, embracing whatever
identities allow them to most effectively succeed in the
mainstream and survive the margins.
Tsar's Last Armada
THE EPIC VOYAGE TO THE BATTLE OF TSUSHIMA
Basic Books, 2002
May 14-15, 1905 marked
an important turning point in Euro-Asian history. In the
pinnacle battle of the Russo-Japanese war, a European
power was defeated by an Asian nation for the first time
ever. The defeat marked the death of the Eurocentric world;
afterwards, Japan became a superpower and the ruler of
On that fateful day in
the Tsushima Straits near Japan, an entire Russian fleet
was annihilated, its ships sunk, scattered or captured
by the Japanese. It was among the top five naval battles
in history, equal to those of Lepanto, Trafalgar, Jutland
and Midway. The Japanese lost only three destroyers, but
the Russians lost twenty-two ships and thousands of men.
To this day, Russian ships put wreaths on the waves when
passing the Korea Strait.
The Russians had traveled
for nine months, only to be devastated in a matter of
hours. The Suez Canal was controlled by Japans ally,
the British, so the Russian fleet was forced to take an
extraordinary 18,000-mile detour. Their legendary admiral,
dubbed "Mad Dog," led them from the Baltic Sea around
Europe, Africa and Asia to the Sea of Japan. In The
Tsars Last Armada, you will learn about the
remarkable perseverance and seamanship of the Russian
fleet and their charismatic admiral. Overcoming tremendous
political and logistical difficulties, they achieved a
level of self-sufficiency that was not attained again
by any navy until the Second World War.
With a novelists
eye and a historians authority, Pleshakov tells
of the Russian squadrons long, difficult journey
and fast, horrible defeat.