In time for the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, comes the first comprehensive literary biography of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of the DC Comics superhero Superman and the inspiration for Michael Chabon's Kavalier and Clay
Drawing on ten years of research in the trenches of Cleveland libraries, boarded-up high schools, and secret, private collections, and a love of comic books, Brad Ricca's Super Boys is the first ever full biography about Superman's creators. Among scores of new discoveries, the book reveals the first stories and pictures ever published by the two, where the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the template for Superman's costume, and much, much more. Super Boys also tracks the boys' unknown, often mysterious lives after they left Superman, including Siegel's secret work during World War II and never-before-seen work from Shuster.
Super Boys explains, finally, what exactly happened with the infamous check for $130 that pulled Superman away from his creators—and gave control of the character to the publisher. Ricca also uncovers the true nature of Jerry's father's death, a crime that has always remained a mystery. Super Boys is the story of a long friendship between boys who grew to be men and the standard that would be impossible for both of them to live up to.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|File size:||10 MB|
About the Author
BRAD RICCA earned his Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University where he currently teaches. The author of Super Boys, he has spoken on comics at various schools and museums, and he has been interviewed about comics topics by The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, and All Things Considered on NPR. His film Last Son won a 2010 Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the story of the inventors of Superman. It is a great story told in an easy going narrative. Five stars.
Brad Ricca is a masterful storyteller. He tells the story of the two teen creators of Superman with a light, very interesting narrative. I was enthralled with his storytelling - which is just as good as the story itself is. A very interesting book, well worth reading.
This is a great story about the creation of the Superman character. It is hearbreaking to read about how the young creators sold away their rights for almost nothing. No Superman is one of the most recognized characters in the world and all the creators have to show for it is the memories. But what memories they are! All in all a great book.
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