Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster

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Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster showcases rare and recently discovered erotic artwork by the most seminal artist in comics, Joe Shuster. Created in the early 1950s when Shuster was down on his luck after suing his publisher, DC Comics, over the copyright for Superman, he illustrated these images for an obscure series of magazines called "Nights of Horror," published under the counter until they were banned by the U.S. Senate. Juvenile deliquency, Dr. Fredric Wertham, and the ...

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Overview

Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster showcases rare and recently discovered erotic artwork by the most seminal artist in comics, Joe Shuster. Created in the early 1950s when Shuster was down on his luck after suing his publisher, DC Comics, over the copyright for Superman, he illustrated these images for an obscure series of magazines called "Nights of Horror," published under the counter until they were banned by the U.S. Senate. Juvenile deliquency, Dr. Fredric Wertham, and the Brooklyn Thrill Killers gang all figure into this sensational story.

The discovery of this artwork reveals the "secret identity" of this revered comics creator, and is sure to generate controversy and change the perception of the way we look at Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Jimmy Olsen forever. The book includes reproductions of these images, and an essay that provides a detailed account of the scandal and the murder trial that resulted from the publication of this racy material.

"Jeepers, Mr. Kent!"--USA Today
 

"Eye-opening…a compelling feat of literary sleuthing."--Publishers Weekly

"A shocking expose"--National Enquirer
 
"Startling. . . this fascinating collection adds a new dimension to a hidden history.”
--Miami Herald
 
Secret Identity is an incredible find of historic significance to comics art….—Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Heller
As exploitative postwar pulp porno goes, this is pretty well done. The drawing is impeccable; it's kinky and funny at the same time.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810996342
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 930,201
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Yoe

Craig Yoe runs the New York design firm YOE! Studio with Clizia Gussoni, and is the author of over 30 books, including The Art of Mickey Mouse. Yoe has won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, two Addys, the Mobius, and an Eisner Award. Stan Lee is a writer, editor, and comic book creator, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Who would have guessed?

    Joe Shuster is best known for his artistry in creating and developing the Superman icon. Little boys adore him, teenage boys buy his comic books, and grown men (some anyway) want to hold onto him as a touchstone of lost youth.

    Very few people, myself included, knew that Shuster drew "kinky" artwork of a man and woman who look amazingly like Lois Lane and Superman. This book is filled with images of familiar-looking characters doing things that make one wonder what their private lives would have been like had Superman married Lois Lane.

    I highly recommend this book for adults (men and women both) whose fantasy lives have gone beyond comic books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    IT WAS A GIFT, I SWEAR!

    This was a gift for a friend and SF&F convention-goer who had actually met "Julie" on a few occasions. Interesting! ( and guaranteed to bring on a blush for some of us!)

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