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Within the world of comic books, he created or cocreated much of the Superman universe, including Smallville; Krypto, Superboy's dog; Supergirl; and the villain Braniac. Binder is also credited with writing many of the first "Bizarro" storylines for DC Comics as well as for being the main writer for the Captain Marvel comics. In later years Binder expanded from comic books into pure science writing, publishing dozens of books and articles on the subject of satellites and space travel as well as UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
Comic book historian Bill Schelly tells the tale of Otto Binder through personal letters and interviews with Binder's own family and friends. Schelly weaves together Binder's professional successes and personal tragedies, including the death of Binder's only daughter and his wife's struggle with mental illness. A touching and human story, Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary is a biography that is both meticulously researched and beautifully told, keeping alive Binder's spirit of scientific curiosity and whimsy.
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By HB Fan on 11-03-17
fascinating history of a key comic book writer
This is a very entertaining book. It was given to me as a gift, because I'm a fan of the Supergirl TV show. According to Schelly's book, Binder created her in the comic books he was writing for DC. Binder was a pretty fascinating guy, it turns out. You don't even need to be a comic book fan to enjoy this biography. It's well-researched and written,and even tugged at my heart strings!
Plus the narrator does an excellent job. highly recommended!