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The Golden Shield

By Paul Lytle


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

Paul  Lytle

Paul Lytle is an author and musician living on the southwest side of Houston, Texas. He earned a bachelor of arts from Houston Baptist University in English and political science with a specialization in creative writing, and will soon earn a master of liberal arts degree. He is an editor and writer for the Webzine Primum Mobile ( and is amassing quite a collection of comic books and gently used paperbacks. This is his third contribution to the Smart Pop series, the other two in The Man from Krypton and Webslinger. He hopes that there will be many more in the future, since they provide a good excuse to head over to the comic book shop (“It’s research, honey!”). More of his writings, as well as news and other projects, can be found at

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