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The fascinating career of Otto Binder, from pulps to comics to comics fandom. So many well-known creations and characters: Adam Link; the primary writer on the Golden Age Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel & others; EC stories; Silver Age Supergirl, and Superman comics. He co-created much of the Superman universe, including Smallville; Krypto, Superboy's dog; Supergirl; and the villain Brainiac. Binder is also credited with writing many of the first "Bizarro" storylines for DC Comics.
As the originator of the first sentient robot in literature ("I, Robot," published in Amazing Stories in 1939 under the pseudonym Eando Binder) and predating Isaac Asimov's collection of the same name), Binder's effect on science fiction was profound.
Comic book historian Bill Schelly tells the tale of Otto Binder--the previous edition remains on of our favorite books of his) through comic panels, personal letters, and interviews with Binder's own family and friends. Schelly weaves together Binder's professional successes and personal tragedies, including the death of Binder's only daughter and his wife's struggle with mental illness.
A touching and human story, Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary is a biography that is both meticulously researched and beautifully told, keeping alive Binder's spirit of scientific curiosity and whimsy. In later years, Binder expanded from comic books into pure science writing, publishing dozens of books and articles on the subject of satellites and space travel as well as UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
This entirely new expanded edition corrects errors; expands on the endnotes; introduces additional material to give more attention to certain aspects of Binder's creative life; presents new photographs (including wonderfully rare images form the Golden Age, with fellow artists like Marc Swayze and C.C. Beck--one of which is shown here); and, in the appendix, displays several pages from Binder's personal records.
Schelly's recent blockbuster Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad is merely the latest in a string of wonderful comics creator biographies, that have included works on Joe Kubert, early comics fandom, and the outstanding American Comic Book Chronicles: The Fifities. He is also associate editor of the magazine Alter Ego. Bill's one of the, if not the, finest writers contributing new research and discoveries to the history of comic books and comic book fandom.
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Item Code OTTB Publisher North Atlantic Books Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781623170370 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 329 Color b&w
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