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Outrageous, fascinating and bizarre facts from every corner of the comic book universeWhat comic book artist was the recipient of an on-stage thank you from Paul McCartney and an on-air apology from Johnny Carson? What superhero got his powers by being bitten by a mongoose? What popular NPR host was forever immortalized as a "bad boyfriend" in a notable comic book? In WhyOutrageous, fascinating and bizarre facts from every corner of the comic book universeWhat comic book artist was the recipient of an on-stage thank you from Paul McCartney and an on-air apology from Johnny Carson? What superhero got his powers by being bitten by a mongoose? What popular NPR host was forever immortalized as a "bad boyfriend" in a notable comic book? In Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?, author Brian Cronin will answer those questions and more by revealing the most obscure, wacky and surprising facts about comics—from the characters and creators, to the TV shows, movies and merch. Cronin has teamed up with some of the top comic book writers and artists of today to present 100 trivia lists, including:·        Nine Celebrities That Guest-Starred in Comic Books…without Their Permission·        Seven Bands That Got Their Names from Comics·        Ten Crazy Items Found on Batman’s Utility Belt·        Five Comic Book Inventions That Eventually Became Real·        Five Stupidest Superhero Origins·        And much, much more!From Batman to Spiderman, Aquaman to the X-Men, each list in Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? will entertain and inform whether you’re a hardcore geek or a casual fan....

Title : Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?: And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia!
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ISBN : 9780452297845
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 262 Pages
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Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?: And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia! Reviews

  • Tiamatty
    2019-06-20 23:56

    This is just a fun little book with a bunch of comic-related lists, including a lot of lists from great comic book creators. The title question isn't really answered, but there's still plenty of trivia throughout it. It's worth reading if you're a fan of comic books.

  • Tom Van Boening
    2019-06-22 18:55

    There is so much great trivia in here, I was astonished! Some of this great comic book related information made me crack up laughing. A fun read. Anyone who has read comics, or enjoyed other comic-book related media, this is a good quick read.

  • Alvin Dantes
    2019-06-25 16:48

    kind of fun. mostly fluff. easy read

  • Christy Stewart
    2019-06-23 18:56

    Save yourself $10 and read these facts on Buzzfeed

  • Greg
    2019-06-25 19:00

    I did not read comics growing up and really have read many traditional superhero comics still to this day. I did, however, really enjoy the 1960s Batman TV series, especially the movie, as a kid. Therefore, the title of this book was a little irresistible to me. I found the book to be mildly entertaining but not especially revelatory in any way.

  • John Diebold
    2019-06-07 19:43

    Fun trivia

  • Stephen
    2019-06-21 19:40

    If you happened to be looking for a philosophical treatise on why a fictitious crime fighter with a deathwish carries outrageously impractical protective equipment, you came to the wrong damn place, kimosabe. The trivia wasn't all that amazing, the writing wasn't inspired, the research didn't involve any original stories (not so's I could tell, anyways), and the use of photos was unprofessional. You know what might have been fun? Lists with a little bite to them. Lists like 10 Disgusting Hookups Between Neil Gaiman and Comicon Attendees (complete with photos), or 50 Great Chicks Turned Off by Comics (could have been 500, but why push it...and don't forget the photos of those hotties!), or even 20 Worst Comic Ripoffs (multicover, foil cover, die-cut cover, holographic cover, bagged collectors editions, certificates of authenticity...the list could conceivably be endless!). Look, this book was lame. Still, I found it mildly enjoyable to revisit some of these trivia stories about comic silliness and comic creator hijinx, and I think any hardcore comic fan will enjoy something here. However, this is not a book worth its retail price. Pick it up used for a buck somewhere someday or see if you can get it from a library and skip the buyer's remorse.

  • Fraser Sherman
    2019-06-24 20:56

    A Book of Lists-type collection covering topics such as Ten Strange Items in the Utility Belt, Six Weird Powers of Superman, Five Weird 1950s comic-book ads and Six Heroes Wolverine Has Stabbed, plus lists of Greatest Comics Artists/Characters/etc. compiled by polls or noted creators. Like most books of this sort, fluffy fun, though with a few striking pieces. Greg Pak’s discussion of how J. Jonah Jameson’s right-hand man Robbie Robertson being black impressed him as a kid is memorable, for instance.

  • Amber
    2019-06-02 23:52

    Here's a book I read as a sort of survey to my comic book research, when I was trying to break into comics. I started it about a year ago, but finally finished it up. Genuinely fun, good trivia and hosted by a bunch of writers and artists of the comic book world. Proven fact that reciting lists from this book makes you 14x cooler, like when you can drop the "Who else has wielded Thor's hammer?" list to people fresh out of Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman - movie canon: Vision) Also, did you know Bruce Jenner wanted to play a film role of Superman?

  • John Lamberth
    2019-06-09 22:34

    Fun nuggets of comic book trivia. It's got something for almost everybody. Deep history for the hardcore fan; fun stuff for the casual fan.Sometimes it had me question whether an entry was really worth my time, but I also ended up with a list of comics I'd like to track down and read. It might not have been QUITE as interesting as I hoped, but I'm a pretty picky long time comic junkie, so I set the bar pretty high.

  • Phil
    2019-06-02 21:03

    This was OK. I'm not generally a fan of trivia books, but I do like comic books, so I wasn't sure if I should read it. While it did have plenty of pointless lists (like why does Batman carry shark repellent), it also had a lot of interesting back story on comic books and creators, so it was a worthwhile read.

  • Trey
    2019-06-17 22:02

    This book had a few interesting tidbits, and introduced me to a few comics I should be checking out. However, I was not a fan of the all-list structure. At some point, you just want to read a few paragraphs.

  • Ian
    2019-06-10 19:50

    Fun book. Mostly skimmed it, reading parts that I could relate to (I am not a comic book connoisseur).

  • Gregg
    2019-06-02 17:43

    It was an interesting read. Not sure I'd reccomend it other than as a fluff piece with lots of facts

  • Abraham Ray
    2019-06-10 19:37

    Nice book, I'm glad I own a copy!

  • Ternelljade
    2019-06-04 18:47

    For the most part I enjoyed it, but there were some lists where technically an item might not really count, but was included anyway. I didn't understand the reasoning or lack thereof behind that.

  • Jason
    2019-06-18 21:01

    It's not deep stuff, sure, but entertaining enough that I picked it up to flip through it and not only ended up reading the whole thing but also got some good comics recommendations.

  • Brian
    2019-06-11 22:38

    This was a fun one. Lots of little facts, trivia, and top 5/10 lists. (And Batman doesn't carry shark repellent....Robin tossed it down from the Batcopter)

  • Steven
    2019-06-20 23:55

    I do enjoy collections of trivial information, but this books of lists is unfortunately fairly dull...and not a patch on Cronin's previous book, Was Superman A Spy?.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-14 18:53

    Such a fun trivia book. I definitely recommend it to any fellow comic book fans!

  • Dan Woods
    2019-05-30 00:39

    Great collection of random, little-known facts about the comic book industry!

  • Brandt Mylott
    2019-06-16 19:35

    A fun quick read. Packed with neat trivia in easy to digest list form. I would have liked to see more illustrations. Nerds only need apply!

  • Sarah
    2019-06-16 20:59

    Quick and fun look at comic books through the ages. It's just a book of lists and trivia but well worth the limited amount of time it takes to read.