Among scores of new discoveries, the book reveals the first stories and pictures ever published by the two creators, where the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, and the template for Superman's costume. Also the boys' unknown, often mysterious lives after they left Superman, including Siegel's secret work during World War II and Shuster's shocking Nights of Horror.
Super Boys explains, finally, what exactly happened with the infamous check for $130 that pulled Superman away from his creators. Ricca also uncovers the true nature of Jerry's father's death, a crime that has remained a mystery. It's the story of a long friendship between boys who grew to be men and the standard that would be impossible for both of them to live up to.
Profusely documented, footnoted and indexed, this is the most comprehensive look ever at the careers and lives of both of Superman's creators. Their meteoric rise to fame, the studio days in the 1940s, the loss of the first lawsuit in 1948, their failed attempts at other collaborations (Funnyman, for example). Their break-up in the 1950s, Jerry's return to writing Superman and Superboy in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the second lawsuits and support from creators like Neal Adams, Jerry's further attempts to create new, bold concepts, and much more.
This is a real page turner, as you will learn far more than you ever knew about these seminal creators and the ins and outs of finally getting their just dues. Ricca has a Ph.D in English and teaches at Case Western University. The documentation and footnotes in this are nothing short of astounding--67 pages alone!
Glowing testimonials on the backcover by Stan Lee, Booklist, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and creator Jeph Loeb (author of Superman and producer of Smallville).