The Essential Superman Encyclopaedia - Robert Greenberger & Martin Pasko (4 stars)

The Essential Superman Encyclopaedia

Meticulously researched guide is nicely balanced

(Titan Books)

Perhaps the perfect gift for the geek in your life, The Essential Superman Encyclopaedia is a massive cornucopia of Caped Crusader facts. If you desperately want to know more about Mr Mxyzptlk or The Purple Pile-Driver you can’t go far wrong with Robert Greenberger and Martin Pasko’s meticulously researched guide to the Man of Steel, his world, villains, supporting characters and history. Just to give you an idea of the scale and sheer volume of info, the entry for Superman himself runs at a whopping 23 pages.

A great companion piece for Greenberger’s equally impressive The Essential Batman Encyclopaedia, it’s well written and nicely balanced between accessibility and nerd-fact overdrive. This will tell you pretty much everything you could ever want to know about the Man of Tomorrow, the only downside being it leaves you aching to read the comics it refers to.

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