Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
by Gerard Jones
For anyone who wishes to understand the genesis of the graphic novel from the early days of the comic book industry, Men of Tomorrow (Basic Books, 2004) is essential reading. This volume tells the story behind not only the creation of Superman, but also its immediate predecessor, science fiction fandom. Even more tellingly, Men of Tomorrow also describes in depth the roots and growth of comic book publishing and its closely linked cousin, the distribution business.
This blog post is an encapsulation of only some of the myriad anecdotes included in Jones’ work. The pages of Men of Tomorrow pay much further attention to the stories of Harry Donenfeld, Jerry Siegel, Joe Schuster and Jack Liebowitz—among others—compared with what has been included here. In particular, Jerry Siegel’s struggle for recognition as the creator of Superman spanned decades, with Donenfeld and Liebowitz acting as key adversaries to the acknowledgment of due title where it was deserved. Continue reading ‘Superman Then and Now: The Story of Comics’