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Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster--the Creators of Superman by [Ricca, Brad]
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Length: 446 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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*Starred Review* Spanning nearly a century, this is the story of a would-be sf writer and tireless self-promoter (Siegel) and his more subdued but very talented schoolmate (Shuster), who created a superhero and, quite by accident, kick-started the immature comic-book industry and revolutionized sf. Then, thanks to one ill-considered decision made before anybody knew how popular or profitable Superman was going to be, they nearly lost all connection to the hero they’d created. Ricca reveals the true story of Superman’s creation (the Man of Steel was the product of roughly equal parts imagination and clever repurposing of preexisting ideas) and goes into great detail about Siegel and Shuster’s protracted, often heartbreaking legal battle to reclaim ownership of their character. After the pair’s contract to produce Superman stories expired, Shuster faded into relative obscurity, but Siegel kept his hand in the comics industry, even returning to the Superman character in the late 1950s as an uncredited scripter. Ricca tells their post-Superman stories with compassion and just a hint of righteous indignation. How dare Superman’s publishers, who were making millions of dollars, cast aside his creators? At the end of this account, when Siegel’s and Shuster’s names are finally restored to the character, four decades after his creation, readers might find themselves leaping out of their chairs and cheering. A wonderful book, as exciting as Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), which was, of course, inspired by Siegel and Shuster, and as gripping as Sean Howe’s excellent Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (2012). --David Pitt

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“A wonderful book, as exciting as Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” ―Booklist, starred boxed review

“An admirably thorough account of Siegel and Shuter's long struggle to get their creation published...That they came up with the first bona fide superhero, thus helping change popular culture and sowing the seeds of a multi-million dollar industry, is a remarkable accomplishment, which Ricca recounts grippingly.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Compulsively readable... Ricca's comprehensive biography reveals the turmoil and creative genius that led to our most enduring superhero, the Man of Steel.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Thoroughly researched... speaks to the treatment of artists by corporate America and its relationship to truth and justice. Written in a breezy, accessible style, this title will have wide appeal, especially to those whose views on the American way were shaped by comics, television shows, and movies featuring the Man of Steel.” ―Library Journal

“The title Super Boys says it all . . . the truly amazing biography of two of the most important names in popular fiction.” ―Stan Lee

“An American icon drawn with compassion and verve. A must read for heroes everywhere.” ―Jeph Loeb, author of Superman For All Seasons and writer/producer of Smallville

“No square panels or word balloons can contain Ricca's gripping effervescence: it's headier than a bird or a plane or a speeding bullet.” ―Tracy Daugherty, author of Just One Catch

“Beautiful and heartbreaking.” ―Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author

“As a citizen of the modern world, you need to read this book.” ―Neal Adams


Product details

  • File Size: 9433 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009E7QC2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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