Super Boys by Brad Ricca
The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster---the Creators of Superman

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Ricca’s comprehensive biography reveals the turmoil and creative genius that led to our most enduring superhero, the Man of Steel.
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In time for the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, comes the first comprehensive literary biography of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of the DC Comics superhero Superman and the inspiration for Michael Chabon's Kavalier and Clay


Drawing on ten years of research in the trenches of Cleveland libraries, boarded-up high schools, and secret, private collections, and a love of comic books, Brad Ricca's Super Boys is the first ever full biography about Superman's creators. Among scores of new discoveries, the book reveals the first stories and pictures ever published by the two, where the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the template for Superman's costume, and much, much more. Super Boys also tracks the boys' unknown, often mysterious lives after they left Superman, including Siegel's secret work during World War II and never-before-seen work from Shuster.

Super Boys explains, finally, what exactly happened with the infamous check for $130 that pulled Superman away from his creators—and gave control of the character to the publisher. Ricca also uncovers the true nature of Jerry's father's death, a crime that has always remained a mystery. Super Boys is the story of a long friendship between boys who grew to be men and the standard that would be impossible for both of them to live up to.

 

About Brad Ricca

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BRAD RICCA earned his Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University where he currently teaches.  He has spoken on comics at various schools and museums, and he has been interviewed about comics topics by The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, and All Things Considered on NPR. His film Last Son won a 2010 Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 446 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Peter Keepnews on May 31 2013

Alas, Brad Ricca is no Michael Chabon, and despite his dogged accumulation of detail and his endearingly geeky love for his subjects, “Super Boys” demonstrates persuasively that truth is not always more entertaining than fiction.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 08 2013

Ricca’s comprehensive biography reveals the turmoil and creative genius that led to our most enduring superhero, the Man of Steel.

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