Men of Tomorrow
Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
By (author) Gerard Jones
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Men of Tomorrow by Gerard Jones
Book DescriptionIn the depths of the Depression, out of the crowded tenements of New York and Cleveland, the comic book superhero leapt into being. Out of a mix of geekiness, science fiction, and outsider yearning, a crew of young men from working-class Jewish neighbourhoods and shady backgrounds created a series of blue-eyed, chisel-nosed crime fighters and adventurers who quickly captured the imaginations of young and old. Within a few years their creations had spawned a new genre that still dominates youth entertainment seventy years later. Gerard Jones draws on exhaustive research to portray how the immigrant experience and an outsider mentality shaped the vision of the make-believe hero, while a bizarre melting-pot of left-wing politics, mob money and the worlds of soft-porn and detective magazines contributed to the publishing world that produced the comics and brought them to millions. He chronicles how the success of the comics provoked a backlash that nearly destroyed the industry in the 1950s, and how later they surged back, inspiring a new generation to transmute pre-war fantasies into art, literature, blockbuster movies and graphic novels. "Men of Tomorrow" rivetingly demonstrates how the creators of the superheroes established their crucial place in the modern imagination.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099487067
(198mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Original manga first published: Tokyo: Shueisha Inc., 1984.
Dragon Ball, Volume 3, Paperback / softback (September 2009)
Is it hot in here, or is it just Fry Pan Mountain? The blazing rock is home to the terrifying Ox King--and the site of the next Dragon Ball. Oolong wants to stay as far away as possible.
Dragon Ball, Volume 4, Paperback / softback (September 2009)
When the Rabbit Mob shows up, Goku kicks some serious cottontail.
Dragon Balls in Danger!, Paperback / softback (August 2009)» View all books by Gerard Jones
There's something fishy about the deserted town that Bulma and Goku stumble upon in the next leg of their journey. But there's a Dragon Ball there, so the two charge ahead.
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Author Biography - Gerard Jones
Gerard Jones is a comics historian and comic and screen writer. His writing credits include Batman, Spiderman and Pokemon. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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