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Leaping Tall Buildings [Kindle Edition]

I Christopher , Seth Kushner
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Some are mild mannered geeks, others mad geniuses or street-smart city dwellers driven to action. These are the men and women behind the masks and tights of America’s most beloved superheroes. But these aren’t the stories of the heroes’ hidden alter egos or secret identities…these are the stories of their creators! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics gives you the truth about the history of the American comic book—straight from the revolutionary artists and writers behind them.From the founders of the popular comics website Graphic NYC—writer Christopher Irving and photographer Seth Kushner—comes the firsthand accounts of the comic book’s story, from its birth in the late 1930s to its current renaissance on movie screens and digital readers everywhere. Kushner’s evocative photography captures the subjects that Irving profiles in a hard-hitting narrative style derived from personal interviews with the legends of the art, all of which is accompanied by examples of their work in the form of original art, sketches, and final panels and covers. The creators profiled include Captain America creator Joe Simon, Marvel guru Stan Lee, Mad magazine’s fold-out artist Al Jaffee, visionary illustrator Neal Adams (Batman), underground paragon Art Spiegelman (Maus), X-Men writer Chris Claremont, artist/writer/director Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), comic analyst Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), American Splendor’s Harvey Pekar, painter Alex Ross (Kingdom Come), multitalented artist and designer Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library), artist Jill Thompson (Sandman), and more.Leaping Tall Buildings, like comics themselves, uses both words and images to tell the true story of the comic’s birth and evolution in America. It is a comprehensive look at the medium unlike any other ever compiled covering high and low art, mass market work and niche innovations. It is the story of an art form and an insider’s look at the creative process of the artists who bring our heroes to life.

Editorial Reviews


"It’s a great survey of many of the talented men and women behind the characters."
New York Times

"A new book about the comics industry is nearly as epic as the field's history itself"
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Christopher Irving is a pop culture journalist who has written four prior books on the history of comics, as well as dozens of articles. Irving also served as Associate Editor on the multiple-Eisner-Award- winning Comic Book Artist magazine. Irving’s work on Graphic NYC with Seth Kushner has been featured in multiple mainstream media outlets, including Italy’s La Repubblica. Irving currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Seth Kushner is an environmental portrait photographer fascinated by all types of people. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, and others. Kushner was chosen by Photo District News magazine as one of their “30 Under 30″ several years ago and is twice-winner of heir Photo Annual Competition. The New York Times declared Kushner’s first book,The Brooklynites (powerHouse Books, 2007), a “terrific coffee table book.” Currently, Seth is working on his web series CulturePOP Photocomix, mixing his photgraphy with a comic book-typw format on Seth resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York with his wife, son, and way too many cameras and comics.

Product Details

  • File Size: 59574 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N2X8L0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. June 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
All of my comic book heroes are between these covers. Beautiful photography and insightful interviews. I just got mine delivered and going to order a few more as gifts to my comic book loving friends. Simple a beautiful job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Snuff December 7, 2014
Just picked this up. Great photos of the artists and some interesting insights. But how in Hell do you exclude Jeff Smith creator of Bone and Craig Thompson created of Blankets I will NEVER understand?!?! Those two gentleman have done more over the last 10 years for the general public's increased interest comics than most of the regular comic guys put together. They are ambassadors. Not to mention Wendy Pini and Dave Sim! This book is short without those creators.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade is a Downgrade November 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Received a notification from Amazon that the Kindle edition had been revised to provide an upgrade to the images. This may be true, but, in the process, the text has been seriously downgraded to be almost illegible.

Will be contacting Amazon.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Impossible to cover it all in a mere 240pp, Chris Irving and Seth Kushner manage to profoundly curate and populate LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS with passionate essays and photographs that speak to the origins of American comic books; from print to digital, mainstream to independent, and beyond. This is their love letter to a form that has built heroes, broken hearts, and tells the truth of what happens when you combine words with pictures.
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