Boys of Steel
The Creators of Superman
Marc Tyler Nobleman & Ross MacDonald
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Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two high school misfits 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 his own original stories and Joe illustrated them. In 1934, the summer they graduated from high school, 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 the long struggle Jerry and Joe had with DC Comics when the boys realized they had made a mistake in selling all rights to Superman for a mere $130.
Publishers Weekly Review
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It's a bird, it's a plane…
It's SUPERMAN! This is the story of how Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the iconic character, Superman. The interesting thing, though, is that it is written in the style of a comic book. Even the illustrations have that 1930s-1940s feel to them. It's interesting and entertaining for both children and adults. But the greatest and most special thing about this book is that it teaches a few very valuable lessons for children: (1) never give up on your dreams, (2) the importance of imagination, creativity and hard work, and (3) do what you love to do. I plan to read it to my daughter's 1st grade class when I'm the "Mystery Reader" in 2 weeks. I have a feeling the children will love it!