The Law of Superheroes

The Law of Superheroes

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Penguin Putnam

An intriguing and entertaining look at how America’s legal system would work using the world of comic books.

The dynamic duo behind the popular website breaks down even the most advanced legal concepts for every self-proclaimed nerd.

James Daily and Ryan Davidson—attorneys by day and comic enthusiasts all of the time—have clearly found their vocation, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail.

The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including:

  • Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent?
  • Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO?
  • Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected?
  • Does it constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole?

Engaging, accessible, and teaching readers about the law through fun hypotheticals,The Law of Superheroes is a must-have for legal experts, comic nerds, and anyone who will ever be called upon to practice law in the comic multiverse.

Baker & Taylor
A pair of attorneys and comic book enthusiasts evaluate how America's legal system would work if subjected to popular comic-book characters, powers and themes, from whether or not Superman could sue someone for revealing his secret identity to whether or not the Legion of Doom could be prosecuted under RICO. 20,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Explains the hypothetical legal issues raised by the powers, characters, and tropes of superhero comic books, including whether x-ray vision would violate search and seizure laws and what type of business entity would be good for a superhero team.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781592407262
Branch Call Number: 741.535 DAI
Characteristics: xv, 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Davidson, Ryan


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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

This is a fantastic resource for me while I'm working on a novel in which I'm trying to get a realistic view of how the world would adapt to the existence of superhumans. It's easy to read, intriguing--even entertaining. The authors clearly know what they're talking about, but they don't over-use jargon that inhibits understanding.

Jan 05, 2016

This book is not a comic book. This book is not for kids. This book tries to explain some basic legal concepts using a lot more words than necessary. This book tries to give you a very basic concept to the following: constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, tort, contracts, ... If you just need the basic concept, Google or Wiki is better. If you want to learn slightly deeper, Google or Wiki is still better. If you want to learn deep enough, read the corresponding legal book.


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