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The Supervillain Book

  • Author/Editor: Gina Misiroglu with Michael Eury
  • Binding: Library binding
  • Trim Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
  • Page Count: 439
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  • Publication Date: 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0977-2
  • List Price: $63.00
  • Sample Pages
  • Printable Information Sheet



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The Supervillain Book is the much-anticipated follow-up to the best selling The Superhero Book. Supervillain is the definitive A-to-Z treatment of pop culture’s most menacing masterminds, marauding mutants, costumed criminals, and sinister societies—the bad guys who have battled the superheroes of comics, television, and the big screen.

The litany of supervillain-centric comic books in the market today is unprecedented, and a reference work that describes and documents these infamous fictional characters is long-awaited by the genre’s aficionados. With more than 400 entries, the book is richly illustrated with full color and original black and white drawings. A Resources section and Index are also included.

Operating outside the law and any moral conventions, the supervillain is extremely obsessive, powerful, and enduring. The Supervillain Book spotlights the “MVPs”—the “Most Villainous Players”—such as Blofeld, Darth Vader, Dr. Doom, Green Goblin, the Joker, Lex Luthor, Lord Voldemort, Ming the Merciless, the Penguin, and the Riddler. The Supervillain Book includes a wide range of menacing figures—characters that are not as well known but are remarkably intriguing, supervillain teams, unique supervillains who have made an impact upon popular culture, figures from manga, anime, and contemporary comics.

In The Supervillain Book you will learn about each character’s origin, costumes, weapons and gadgetry, secret hideouts, and chief henchman, as well as the history behind the creation of the character and enough trivia tidbits to make you a walking encyclopedia. The book also discusses the cultural phenomenon of each character and its various incarnations in the popular culture.

For a more complete understanding of the coverage offered in The Supervillain Book, please see the Sample Pages.


"Mr. Mxyzptlk vs. Superman. Voldemort vs. Harry Potter. Khan vs. Captain Kirk. This volume is a comprehensive reference guide to bad guys from Abomination to Zurg, tracking each villain through its various incarnations including film and television, comics, video games, and even action figures. ... This book will be an enjoyable and educational resource for fans of all ages, whether they're teens just entering the world of comics or grown-up nerds who still haven't moved out of their parents' basements. A fascinating title that will provide hours of evil entertainment."

—School Library Journal, Sep '06

"Recommended picks for any library strong in cartoons and graphic novels. ... Together [The Superhero Book and The Supervillain Book] are key references for any comprehensive cartoon or comic library holding."

—California Bookwatch, Oct '06

"This encyclopedic handbook describes supervillains from comic books, cartoons, computer games, television, and film. ... This would be a valuable resource for reference collections in libraries with comic book/graphic novel collections and aficionados."

—Library Media Connection, Mar '07

"This encyclopedia [The Supervillain Book] is uniquely useful and entertaining. Recommended."

—Choice, Nov '06

"Librarians may not be familiar with Sesshomaru and Skeletor, but many of their younger patrons are and would welcome this volume exploring characters from the dark side. ... The many illustrations will appeal to fans."

—Booklist, Oct '06

"Excellent survey."

—California Bookwatch, Oct '06