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Author Larry Tye details Superman's dark past and bright future

Bestselling author Larry Tye talks about his new book, a full history of Superman and the surrounding team who made him an American icon. For the History of Superman radio piece.

Author Larry Tye talks about his new book, "Superman," and the team that made the Man of Steel an American icon. — Photo by Everett Collection

"Look! Up in the sky!" Superman fans worldwide will immediately know the rest. But do they know that the Man of Steel was created by a bullied Cleveland teenager? Or that Superman was originally (and might still be) Jewish? Or that Superman wasn't always even a "good guy?"

See also: Andrew Garfield stars in The Amazing Spider-Man.

In his book Superman, award-winning journalist and best-selling author Larry Tye shares the lesser-known history not only of America's most enduring superhero, but of the creators, designers, performers and the clever (or cunning?) owners who made Superman the icon he is today.

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