‘Superman’ by Larry Tye
A glance at recent box-office receipts proves that superheroes, even old creaky ones, are alive and well. “The Avengers” currently sits pretty atop this year’s list of money-grubbing movies. Fresh bat- and arachnid-themed films are coming later this summer. These Spandex- and armor-clad heroes are stand-ins for our better selves. But we mustn’t forget the demigod who beat all these heroes to the punch: The Man of Steel. “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero,” by Larry Tye, gives us the backstory, front-story, inside dirt, and more.