Boys of Steel

The Creators of Superman

By Nobleman, Marc Tyler & Macdonald, Ross

Publishers Summary:
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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ISBN
978-0-37583-802-6
Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers


REVIEWS

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2008  |  

Faster than a bionic pencil, more powerful than the disdainful looks of their high school classmates, able to think of a plot line in a red-hot moment...it's Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman! Missing his father, who died during a robbery, and trying to survive the Great Depression, young Jerry buries himself in the lives of Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and other characters of pulp fiction and comic strips. Short, s...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

Jerry Siegel imagines and writes about a hero, an alien with incredible strength whose secret identity is an ordinary guy. Jerry's look...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2008

Judging by the number of children who wear Superman costumes on Halloween, Superman’s popularity remains enormous even seventy years after his debut. So his creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, are a natural choice for a children’s biography. In this fast-paced, exciting, and carefully researched picture book, Marc Tyler Nobleman focuses on what inspired these two shy teens in depression-era Cleveland to create a comic strip, their search for a publisher, and their triumph of ign...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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