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The Science of Supervillains - Lois H. Gresh

The Science of Supervillains

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780471482055
Number Of Pages: 224

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The authors of The Science of Superheroes now reveal the real genius of the most evil geniuses
Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival Magneto, are so scary and so much fun? It's not just their diabolical talent for confounding our heroes, it's their unrivalled techno-proficiency at creating global mayhem that keeps comic book fans captivated. But is any of the science actually true? In The Science of Supervillains, authors Lois Gresh and Bob Weinberg present a highly entertaining and informative look at the mind-boggling wizardry behind the comic book world's legendary baddies. Whether it's artificial intelligence, weapons systems, anti-matter, robotics, or magnetic flux theory, this fun, fact-filled book is a fascinating excursion into the real-world science animating the genius in the comic book world's pantheon of evil geniuses.
Lois Gresh (Scottsville, NY) and Bob Weinberg (Oak Forest, IL) are the authors of the popular Science of Superheroes (cloth: 0-471-0246-0; paper: 0-471-46882-7)

Industry Reviews

"The best part of this book is not the science, which is fine but somewhat perfunctory, but the material on the various superheroes." ("Sci-Fi, December 2002)..".Gresh and Weinberg's wonderful little book is both a potted history of superhero comics, and a pop science manual for the extremely lazy..." (hero.ac.uk-Higher Education and Research Opportunities, 28 October 2002)

..".children who enjoyed the Spider-Man and X-men movies will delight in The Science of SuperheroesPerfect for turning a comic-book obsession into an enthusiasm for the laboratory..." ("The Times," 7 December 2002)

..".This is definitely a fun book..." ("The Alchemist," 9 January 2003)

..".All in all I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in science and at least a nostalgic fondness for comics..." ("Chemistry In Britain," December 2002)

.."."The Science of Superheroes" could be a useful tool for encouraging comic fans to delve into science..." ("Physics World," February 2003)


Introduction by Chris Claremont.

1. The Original Dr. Evil: Lex Luthor.

2. The Villain in the Iron Mask: Dr. Doom.

3. Computer Supervillain or Village Idiot? Brainiac.

4. Feathers and Fury: The Vulture.

5. The Kiss of Death: Poison Ivy.

6. Groping for Power: Doctor Octopus.

7. Leapin' Lizards: The Lizard.

8. Clothes Make the Man: Venom.

9. Grodd Almighty: The Evil Super-Gorilla.

10. A Magnetic Personality: Magneto.

11. Immortality for Some: Vandal Savage and Apocalypse.

12. Have Surfboard, Will Travel: The Silver Surfer.

13. The Case of the Missing Antimatter: Sinestro.

14. Crisis on Infinite Earths.

15. Frustration in Five Dimensions: Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite.

Appendix: Comic Writers Tell All.


Bibliography and Reading List.



ISBN: 9780471482055
ISBN-10: 0471482056
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42