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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman
Entertaining and an artistic homage
Published by Knopf, 2008
Illustrated by Ross MacDonald
Boys of Steel tells the story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two painfully shy teenagers from Cleveland who created Superman. The two met in school and discovered a common interest in science fiction and fantastic tales. One wrote stories, the other drew. Together they created story after story that never sold. Eventually created Superman and, believe it or not, no one wanted Superman either for three years.
Nobleman tells about their eventual success and their ongoing struggles with DC Comics. He tells the story well but the real star is the art of Ross MacDonald. He has illustrated the entire story in the style of those early Superman comic books and the art just leaps off of the over-sized pages. My eleven year old daughter read it and enjoyed, but probably not as much as me. This one was a winner.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Boys of Steel.
Reviewed on November 19, 2011