Brad Ricca

Brad Ricca

Brad Ricca is the author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster – The Creators of Superman and Mrs. Sherlock Holmes:  The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation (St . Martin”s, 2017); winner of the 2014 Ohioana Award for Nonfiction; named a Top 10 Book on the Arts for 2013 by Booklist; and nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime. Ricca teaches at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is a recipient of a 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature.

How to Make a Superman – The Amazing True Ohio Story of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

This talk is an overview of the book and its thesis that Superman, the billion dollar corporate icon, began as an autobiography for two teenagers during the Great Depression who would live out the highs and lows of the American dream.

The History of Comics in America

This presentation provides an overview of the history of comics and superheroes in the United States, touching on how art and early publishing practices combined to create what is now the driving niche of the American popular culture.

What’s So Funny? Race, Gender, and Stereotypes in Comics

A provocative presentation highlighting comic books and their unsteady provocative past when it comes to depictions of gender and race.

We Won – Nerd Culture in America

This is a history of nerd/geek culture and how it moved from small groups of fans to the billion-dollar industry that gave us “The Avengers,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “San Diego Comic-Con.” How did we turn into a nation of nerds? The answers will surprise you!

Who was Mrs. Sherlock Holmes? 

This presentation will introduce patrons to Mrs. Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society to become one of the nation’s greatest crime fighters during an era when women weren’t even allowed to vote. After graduating from N.Y.U. law school, Grace opened a legal clinic in the city for low-income immigrant clients and quickly established a reputation as a fierce, but fair lawyer who was always on the side of the disenfranchised. And when an 18-year old girl named Ruth Cruger went missing on Valentine’s Day, Grace navigated a dangerous mystery in a desperate race against time to save her. Because of her work, Grace was made the first female consulting detective to the NYPD.


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Brad Ricca
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