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Brains Versus Brawn

By Bob Batchelor


from The Man From Krypton

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This is one essay from the anthology The Man from Krypton

Leading writers discuss, debate and celebrate the legend of Superman in this anthology, contending that his legend is a truly American myth. Superman was an immigrant with little more than the clothes on his back and raised by simple farmers, absorbing their humble values. He always chose to do the right thing, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way and represents America at its best. The in-depth analyses of the comics, films and cartoons are at turns funny, philosophical, insightful and personal, exploring every aspect of the Superman legend.

Contributors include:

  • Lou Anders
  • Bob Batchelor
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Larry Dixon
  • Steven Harper
  • John G. Hemry
  • David Hopkins
  • Paul Levinson
  • Peter B. Lloyd
  • Paul Lytle
  • Joseph McCabe
  • Larry Niven
  • Gustav Peebles
  • Chris Roberson
  • Evelyn Vaughn
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Sarah Zettel

About the Author

Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas.

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About the Author

Bob  Batchelor

Bob Batchelor is an award-winning writer and historian. He teaches public relations in the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. A noted expert on American popular culture, he is the author or editor of the books: The 1900s (Greenwood Press, 2002), a history of the first decade of the 20th century from a popular culture perspective; editor of Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to Jordan’s Game and Beyond (Haworth Press, 2005); co-author of a study on the development of consumer culture and marketing: Kotex, Kleenex, Huggies: Kimberly-Clark and the Consumer Revolution in American Business (The Ohio State University Press, 2004); and co-author of The 1980s (Greenwood Press, 2006). His fiction has appeared in The Pebble Lake Review. Bob has published more than 500 articles and essays in magazines, Web sites, and reference works, including the Dictionary of American History, Inside Business magazine and The American Prospect Online. His essays have appeared in newspapers in California, Tennessee and Delaware. Bob graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in history, philosophy and political science. He received an M.A. in history from Kent State University. He has taught history and nonfiction writing at Cleveland State University and Neumann College. Visit him online at

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