Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1

Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1

Action Philosophers! details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous fashion that proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring, tweed-enveloped professors. Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Volume 1 collects the first three sold-out issues of the smash-hit award-winning comic book series, from writer Fred Van Lente an Action Philosophers! details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous fashion tha...

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Title:Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1
Author:Fred Van Lente
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:92 pages pages

Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Caroline
    May 16, 2009
    Totally fun edu-tainment, with a lot of information about famous philosophers over the years, in lively and humorous cartoon form. A good education or refresher. ...
  • Jessica
    Aug 12, 2008
    Not a narrative story, but comic mini-biographies of Plato, Nietzsche, Freud, etc. See the slaves of Monticello tap Thomas Jefferson on the shoulder and ask, "What about us?" Watch as Ayn Rand's rationalization skills crumble when her lover starts sleeping with a student. ...
  • Billy
    Jun 29, 2007
    Plato Smash! The idea of having Plato speak like The Hulk might sound ridiculous in a book that claims to be (at least somewhat) historically accurate. But remember the book is also trying to entertain, and make philosophy fun. No, Plato was not a professional wrestler, but his ten...
  • Brian
    Feb 28, 2009
    Fun and informative. Good summery of several school of thought. ...
  • John Wiswell
    Feb 16, 2008
    On page one the authors instruct us that this is as factually accurate as possible. On page two, we see Plato guerilla pressing a scrawny pro wrestling whose waist is smaller than Plato's fist. It is with that great spirit that the artist and scribe produce a black and white comic t...
  • Alexander
    Apr 16, 2010
    Would have enjoyed it more if didn't read all of the thinkers so much before. Fun and clever introduction. ...
  • Erik
    Sep 18, 2007
    HILARITY ...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 18, 2009
    This is a fun, light-hearted summary (in comic form) of the major ideas of several famous philosophers throughout history. The art is nothing special (it's a style I find unappealing, and it doesn't even have coloring), but the writing is witty and fast-paced. One thing that I particul...
  • Pspealman
    Jan 11, 2008
    A nice and light hearted black and white comics that is a touch off beat. I'll be honest the graphics are more cartoon than art, the paper is pulp, and the content introductory - but still this is a real nice piece of intro via comics to a ever widening range of 'philosophers' as the s...
  • Emil
    May 09, 2009
    An interesting, if light introduction to a number of philosophers. Their section on Bodhidharma was the most interesting to me, if only because I've read very little of his history. My father, a philosophy major, was wary of some of their interpretations of the philosophers involved, b...
  • Christian McKay
    Apr 17, 2009
    www.theincompletes.com You Should Know Better Reading Comics Into Adulthood There?s a certain amount of cover covering one must do when reading a comic book in public. The front of ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! has all the explosive lameness that the less-informed would come to expec...
  • Edward
    Aug 30, 2010
    Learning can be such fun! I love this springboard into philosophical thought. Publishers Weekly says it is written ?...in the spirit of extremely intelligent kids set on making fun of everything...? I?m with that all the way. The content is factual, based on my limited...
  • Karla
    Jul 01, 2008
    A great pick for people who fancy themselves to be intellectuals but really prefer reading comic books. Not only did this book cover the basic philosophies espoused by several great thinkers, it also provided important biographical information (who knew that Ayn Rand had a thing for mu...
  • Andrew
    Jul 23, 2008
    This is a delightfully tongue-in-cheek look at philosophy and the lives of philosophers that is as informative as it is hilarious. Highly recommended for students and anyone interested in the art, even if you have a hard time with the comic book format. ...
  • T.
    Aug 28, 2008
    Great for the non-philosopher type. ...
  • Katie
    Aug 29, 2010
    PLATO SMASH!! A fun overview of history's greatest philosophers. ...
  • Theophilus (Theo)
    Dec 17, 2008
    No, I don't just read westerns. If you've always found philosophy boring, try this. Comic book (or should I say graphic novel) style, bite-sized capsule versions of some of the great minds in history. Not much depth here, but just enough so you can say you've heard of them. Plato as a ...
  • Sam
    Feb 20, 2009
    Action Philosophers! is a graphic novel- you guessed it- about philosophers, but presented in a quasi "action hero" guise. It's classed as Fic, though the majority of the contents are decidedly non-fic. It presents graphic profiles of Plato, Nietzsche, Bodhidharma, Ayn Rand, Thomas Jef...
  • Keith Davis
    Jan 18, 2010
    What is not to love about Action Philosophers? Van Lente & Dunlavely present the core ideas of the great philosophers in a humorous irreverent style that actually does not misrepresent or over-simplify too much. I'm not sure if the goal here is to expose comic book readers to the g...
  • Paul Mirek
    Feb 15, 2014
    Caricature and visual metaphor combine in this collection of introductions to some of the world's greatest(?) philosophers: Plato, Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, and more. Each piece conveys both biographical and philosophical information in a fast-paced but eye-catching way, and the connecti...
  • Emma
    Oct 24, 2012
    This was a fun way to get reacquainted with some great philosophers, or rather great minds, as you have there some spiritual masters and some psychologists. I thought their basic theories were well summed up, and of course often in a very funny way. So if you are afraid of launching in...
  • Simone
    Aug 05, 2015
    A hilarious, irreverent introduction to several great philosophical thinkers. I'm going to buy as many of these volumes as I can for our teen section! ...
  • Sam Quixote
    Sep 04, 2015
    Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey?s Action Philosophers takes bite-sized looks at mankind?s greatest philosophers, their lives and their teachings ? and it?s brilliant! This first volume includes: Plato, Bodhidharma, St Augustine, Thomas Jefferson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmu...
  • David
    Nov 02, 2011
    Philosophy in comic form. What's not to love? ...
  • Timothy McNeil
    Jan 19, 2015
    There is some okay history here, but generally it is not helpful for an understanding of the people or the philosophy. And it includes Ayn Rand, who is as antithetical to actual philosophy as air is to vacuum. ...
  • David
    May 10, 2017
    I learned more about philosophy from this series of comic books than from all my years of school. Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1 is a fantastic introduction to mostly western philosophers. It's ridiculously entertaining and despite the graphic format is very thorough. F...
  • Sara
    May 10, 2012
    Action Philosophers! is a graphic novel that explains nine philosophers? beliefs and what led them to come up with their theories. The book takes an otften dull topic and spins it in a fun and humorous way that keeps readers intrigued and amused. The book covers some adult themes and...
  • Ralph Zoontjens
    Mar 01, 2014
    As a comic book maybe not that good, but it's nice to see this unexpected combination! The part about Nietzsche was my favorite. ...
  • Anidos
    Jan 16, 2019
    Fun and easy way to get to know about philosophers and their thoughts. Complicated things well-explained and oh, kudos to the translator! Philosophy hasn't been so digestable. Three stars and perhaps a half. ...
  • Shreyash Tiwari
    Jul 23, 2019
    EXHILERATING! ...