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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Shuster’

Fetish Art, Bat-Manga, and Other Comic Book Surprises

cover_toc.jpgWhile this GalleyCat editor has been depressed about missing the San Diego ComicCon, Vice Magazine‘s comic book-focused issue will make any recession-strapped convention absentee happy. The new issue features an interview with Chip Kidd about his “Bat-Manga!” book, comic-themed piece by the artist who designed Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and other unexpected goodies.

It also includes a totally NSFW look at the sadomasochistic later works of founding Superman artist Joe Shuster. The article gives readers a taste of Craig Yoe‘s comic history book, “Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster.”

Here’s an excerpt: “Geez, all the crazy background I unearthed about Shuster’s pornography involvement with the Mob, a murder trial, showgirls, book-burning Supreme Court judges, a hell-bent, coonskin-capped senator, a poetry-spouting, songwriting defense lawyer, and horsewhipped-girls!”

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Don’t Let Superman’s Birthplace Fall Into Ruin

A few weeks ago, Brad Meltzer put out a video promoting The Book of Lies, in which the family life of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel plays a significant role. As part of his research, Meltzer went to Cleveland to poke around the neighborhoods where Siegel and his partner, Joe Shuster, grew up, and found the Siegel family home in serious disrepair.

In this video, Meltzer calls attention to the situation, and highlights the efforts of The Siegel and Shuster Society to raise funds to restore the house and get it designated as a landmark. Chip Kidd has designed T-shirts (first time that’s happened, I think) and several comic book artists have donated original artwork for auction.

It seems a bit weird to have a video full of people saying “I am Superman,” and not one of them adding, “And I can do anything!” Ah well.