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If you enjoyed the TV program Smallville than you may like...

Presents rare and never-before-seen early artwork by Superman's teenage creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (including a two-page doodle from 1936 featuring early Superman costume designs), and he chronicles the evolution of the character from an orphan alien comics hero to a complex multimedia icon.
Contains material originally published in magazine form as Sub-Mariner comics #1, Captain America comics #2-3, Journey into mystery #2, Tales to astonish #13, Amazing adult fantasy #12, Fantastic four #13, Strange tales #115, Amazing spider-man #50, Avengers #93, Iron man #128, X-Men #132, Daredevil #168, Incredible hulk #340, Marvels #0, Avengers #4, Ultimate spider-man #13, New avengers: illuminati #1 and Captain America #25.
Wonder Woman, in her disguise as Diana Prince, a special agent of the Department of Metahuman Affairs, takes on an assignment to track down Wonder Woman, an impossible task that risks revealing her secret identity.
A reference covering the complete history of the Dark Knight furnishes entries that provide details on Batman's history and origins, profiles of characters, descriptions of featured places, and an overview of the hero's adventures.
Lex Luthor accidentally unleashes intergalactic serial killer Doomsday who confronts Superman in a battle to the death, leaving the world reeling in the aftermath.
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into Captain America, a Super Soldier. Now, as Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes and Peggy Carter to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull.
The rebellious Princess Diana defies Amazonian law and goes with fighter pilot Steve Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge. He intends to start a world war that will not only last for centures but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazonians. It is now up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts. - MA


Book Review – Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica c 2010

Dublanica talks about the history of tipping and the amount Americans should be tipping people in certain professions such as waiters, waitresses, doormen, bellhops, maids, concierges, auto mechanics, parking valets, car wash attendants, baristas, bartenders, tattoo artists, massage therapists barbers, hairstylists, beauticians, pet groomers, deliverymen, movers, casino hosts, card dealers, cocktail waitresses, shoeshine men, bathroom attendants, taxi and limousine drivers and others.

The author points out the scope of tipping and why Americans should tip well. He is pro-tipping. He was a former waiter for nine years. He has interviewed these workers to find out how to tip.


Dublanica spoke with the Survey Research Institute at the University of Illinois, the National Restaurant Association and an Israli economics professor, Dr, Ofer Axar to gather statistics about tipping in the USA. The author concluded that Americans currently pay about $66 billion a year in tips. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics web-site a little over 5 million workers receive tips which is more than 3 percent of the American workforce.

Tipping began during the Middle- Ages in Europe with the lords rewarding their subjects. American tourists traveling to Europe post Civil War brought back the custom of tipping.

Tips were used to compensate workers who performed menial jobs by the upper and growing middle-classes.

Dublanica, having been a waiter for nine years, states that the quality of service has almost nothing to do with a tip a server receives. He says that people tip to feel generous, because of guilt, to gain the waiter’s approval and to show-off.

Depending on the profession the tips usually run from $1-2 for a doorman, bellhops, $3-10 for  parking valets or attendants $2-5, hotel maids $2-5 daily, room service $2-3, concierges $20 , auto mechanics $10, car wash attendants $2-3, pizza delivery 20%, deliverymen and movers $10-20, shoe shiners $3-100, bath room attendants $1, and taxi or limousine drivers 20%.

A 20% tip at a restaurant is considered the standard.  Nowadays there are tip jars everywhere. Starbucks taxes the baristas on the tips they make at usually 50 cents an hour. Some restaurants tax a percentage of a worker’s tips. A Manhattan bartender said that a 20% tip is good.

All the workers in the beauty industry including massage therapists, barbers, hairstylists, beauticians, manicurists, pedicurists, and pet groomers get 20% tips.

Vegas dealers are paid in tips when the customers bet 1-2 dollars on something for the dealer. Also when the customer rakes in a pile when playing cards they would give the dealers a few dollars.

Often the employees of occupations that receive tips are purposely under paid so they must rely on tips to earn a living.

Dublanica relates a lot of human interest stories of people struggling financially who rely on tips as part of their wages to earn a living. He maintains that tipping is a lubricant that helps make the world run smoothly and a way to establish relationships.

Dublanica equates a lousy tipper to a person that may possibly suffer from NPD -narcissistic personality disorder. p. 268-269.

There are three appendixes at the end of the book that cover: what to tip during the holidays, what to tip whom at a wedding and how to begin a conversation about tipping and race.

This book reads quickly - no technical jargon here. The author talks to the audience mostly in 3rd person. Some of the related stories the reader may find humorous or distasteful depending on their point of view. I would recommend this book for those interested in the custom of tipping and to learn about its current use and influence upon its recipients. - MA



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