Sample Pages from Was Superman a Spy?

The good folks at Penguin Books were kind enough to allow me to share a few sample pages from the book.


First, once again, here is the cover by Mickey Duzyj, who is great (click to enlarge)...

Here's the introduction to the book (pages xi-xii) (do note that the book is in black and white)....


Amusingly enough, it all began with falling for an urban legend myself. A few years ago, I wrote on my comic blog, Comics Should Be Good! about comic book writer-artist Walter Simonson’s run on the comic book title Fantastic Four in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I made a comment regarding Simonson’s distaste for the ways some writers had handled the Fantastic Four’s most famous villain, Doctor Doom, over the years. Simonson had written a story that could explain away many of these appearances as having been made by imposters. I had read more than once that Simonson privately kept a list of the character’s appearances that he specifically felt should be ignored. Well, sometime after my comments were published, I received an e-mail from—who else?—Walter Simonson!

Simonson kindly pointed out that he had never made any such list but that he repeatedly had heard people refer to the supposed list! Simonson specifically noted how bemused he was at the fact that he himself was the subject of an “urban legend.” While chagrined over my error, it occurred to me that there were plenty of comic-book-related stories out there that have been passed around for years without being checked out, so I decided it would be a great idea to either confirm or debunk them. In June 2005 I began a weekly column on the topic.

Three years and over 500 urban legends later, here we are with a collection of 130 comic book stories—65 of my favorite legends from the column plus 65 brand-new legends! Some of them are false and some of them are true, but all of them demonstrate the fascinating history of comic books.

In an effort to make it easier to find the legend you’re looking for, I’ve split them into three parts: one for legends related to DC Comics, one for those related to Marvel Comics, and one for legends related to all the other great comic book companies out there.

I had a lot of fun compiling these stories, and I hope you have a lot of fun reading them!

Here's one of the 130 legends in the book (pages 97-99)!

Thanks for reading!

Be sure to check out Legends Revealed (legendsrevealed.com) for more legends written by me about the world of sports and entertainment!

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