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Book Discussion: Super Boys by Brad Ricca
September 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This event is part of the celebration of Superman’s 85th Anniversary!
Join Brad Ricca at Ursuline College to discuss his book Super Boys, which explores the lives of Superman creators and Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.
Drawing on ten years of research in the trenches of Cleveland libraries, boarded-up high schools, and secret, private collections, and a love of comic books, Brad Ricca’s Super Boys is the first ever full biography about Superman’s creators. Among scores of new discoveries, the book reveals the first stories and pictures ever published by the two, where the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the template for Superman’s costume, and much, much more. Super Boys also tracks the boys’ unknown, often mysterious lives after they left Superman, including Siegel’s secret work during World War II and never-before-seen work from Shuster.
Super Boys explains, finally, what exactly happened with the infamous check for $130 that pulled Superman away from his creators—and gave control of the character to the publisher. Ricca also uncovers the true nature of Jerry’s father’s death, a crime that has always remained a mystery. Super Boys is 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.
This event, and all events for Superman’s Cleveland, is funded in part by Ohio Humanities.
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