Men of Tomorrow by Gerald Jones
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Men of Tomorrow
By Gerald Jones

Men of Tomorrow

Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book New edition

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Men of Tomorrow by Gerald Jones

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Animated by the stories of some of the last century's most charismatic and conniving artists, writers, and businessmen, Men of Tomorrow brilliantly 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 like French Humor and Hot 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 is Action 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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465036578
ISBN-10: 0465036570
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 135mm x 24mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gerald Jones

Gerard Jones is a former comic book writer, and his articles have appeared in periodicals ranging from Harpers to National Lampoon.

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