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Men of Tomorrow by Gerard Jones

Animated by the stories of some of the last centurys most charismatic and conniving artists, writers, and businessmen,Men of Tomorrowbrilliantly demonstrates how the creators of the superheroes gained their cultural power and established a crucial place in the modern imagination. This history of the birth of superhero comics highlights three pivotal figures. The story begins early in the last century, on the Lower East Side, where Harry Donenfeld rises from the streets to become the king of the smooshes-soft-core magazines with titles likeFrench HumorandHot Tales. Later, two high school friends in Cleveland, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, become avid fans of scientifiction, the new kind of literature promoted by their favorite pulp magazines. The disparate worlds of the wise guy and the geeks collide in 1938, and the result isAction Comics #1, the debut of Superman. For Donenfeld, the comics were a way to sidestep the censors. For Shuster and Siegel, they were both a calling and an eventual source of misery: the pair waged a lifelong campaign for credit and appropriate compensation. -The New Yorker

Author: Gerard Jones

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 417

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 2005-10-11

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