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The Creators of Superman

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On Sale: June 11, 2013
Pages: 40 | ISBN: 978-0-449-81064-4
Published by : Knopf Books for Young Readers RH Childrens Books
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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.
Marc Tyler Nobleman|Ross Macdonald

About Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman - Boys of Steel
MARC TYLER NOBLEMAN grew up thinking he'd become a superhero because his last name already sounded like one. Instead he turned into a writer and cartoonist and a comic book maven. In researching Boys of Steel, he dug up details about the creators of Superman that have not been in a book before.

About Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald - Boys of Steel
Ross Macdonald’s real name was Kenneth Millar.  Born near San Francisco in 1915 and raised in Ontario, Millar returned to the U.S. as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. He served as the president of the Mystery Writers of America and was awarded their Grand Master Award as well as the Mystery Writers of Great Britain's Gold Dagger Award.  He died in 1983.
Praise | Awards


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.”


WINNER 2008 Kirkus Reviews Best ChildrenÂ’s Books
NOMINEE Rhode Island Children's Book Award
SUBMITTED Arizona Young Readers Award
NOMINEE Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER IRA--CBC Children's Choice
WINNER Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries
NOMINEE Utah Children's Book Award
Teachers Guide

Teacher's Guide


Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster were two high school
misfits who created the Man of Steel to reflect all the things they
were not.

• Jerry and Joe’s Superman comic strips were turned down by editors
for over three years. Finally a publisher said yes and asked them to
rearrange their comic strips to fit the new comic book format. They
sold all rights to the character for a mere $130.

Superman debuted during the time of the Great Depression and
World War II. With men going off to war, people were drawn to a
hero they knew would always come home.


• The excitement of creating Superman kept Jerry up all night
writing and Joe busy all day drawing. How did Jerry and Joe turn
their passion into a career? What work have you felt passionate
about in your own life? What type of careers could your hobbies
develop into?


• If you had a superpower, what would it be? Draw a comic strip of a
larger-than-life version of yourself. Then add a storyline and speech
bubbles with your thoughts.

• Collaborate with a friend to invent a new superhero for the 21st
century. Come up with the superhero’s name, powers, character
traits, clothing, and a slogan. Think about the concerns of today’s
citizens as you make your decisions.

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