Boys of Steel

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Boys of Steel

The Creators of Superman

By Marc Tyler Nobleman; Ross MacDonald (Illustrator)

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375838026, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 22, 2008

Description
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


ROSS MACDONALD's illustrations have appeared in "The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper s, The Atlantic Monthly, "and "Vanity Fair. "He has also written and illustrated several books for children and adults including "How to Speak Baseball, How to Speak Golf, "and "What Would Jesus Craft?"


Praise For Boys of Steel

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.”