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.
About the Author
MARC TYLER NOBLEMAN grew up thinking he'd become a superhero because his last name already sounded like one. Instead he turned into a writer and cartoonist and a comic book maven. In researching "Boys of Steel, " he dug up details about the creators of Superman that have not been in a book before.
Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2008: “[T]his robust treatment does [Shuster and Siegel’s] story justice.” Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2008: "The battle for truth and justice is truly never-ending." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 23, 2008: “Nobleman details this achievement with a zest amplified by MacDonald's … punchy illustrations.”