Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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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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Nobleman, M. (2008). Boys of Steel: The creators of Superman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 9780375838026 Appetizer: This picturebook explores the biographies of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe ... Read full review

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ROSS MACDONALD's illustrations have appeared in "The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper s, The Atlantic Monthly, "and "Vanity Fair. "He has also written and illustrated several books for children and adults including "How to Speak Baseball, How to Speak Golf, "and "What Would Jesus Craft?

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