Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
JERRY SIEGEL AND Joe Shuster, two misfit teens in Depression-era Cleveland, were more like Clark Kent—meek, mild, and myopic—than his secret identity, Superman. Both boys escaped into the worlds of science fiction and pulp magazine adventure tales. Jerry wrote stories, and Joe illustrated them. In 1934, they created a superhero who was everything they were not. It was four more years before they convinced a publisher to take a chance on their Man of Steel in a new format—the comic book. The author includes a provocative afterword about Jerry and Joe’s long struggle with DC Comics when they realized they had made a mistake in selling all rights to Superman for a mere $130!

Marc Tyler Nobleman’s text captures the excitement of Jerry and Joe’s triumph, and the energetic illustrations by Ross MacDonald, the author-artist of Another Perfect Day, are a perfect complement to the time, the place, and the two young visionaries.

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Summary: Jerry and Joe, the creators of Superman, were living in the depression era as teenagers. They dreamed up this character that they really wished they could be and with Jerry's vivid writing ... Read full review

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I read this book because I had recently been introduced to the world of comics and graphic novels. Part of me expected this book's illustrations and design to be in the standard comic format, but this ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman" (which changed history, inspiring both the Hulu documentary "Batman & Bill" and a TED talk), "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman" (which made the front page of "USA Today"), "Brave Like My Brother," and "The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra"; upcoming titles include "Fairy Spell" and "Thirty Minutes Over Oregon." Marc has been invited to speak at schools, conferences, companies, and other venues from Thailand to Tanzania. He blogs about adventures in publishing at Noblemania.

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