- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; export ed edition (22 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465036562
- ISBN-13: 978-0465036561
- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book Hardcover – 22 Sep 2004
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"'Men of Tomorrow is written with the thrilled verve of the comic book fan, along with a historians concern for scholarly apparatus and a journalist's eye for a good story.'" (Daily Telegraph)
"'The most insightful, engaging and yes, erudite account of how comic books elbowed their way to the very core of mainstream popular culture... For anyone who ever craved (and still does) the next issue of Superman or Mad Magazine or the Fantastic Four, Jones will remind you what that thrill felt like - and why' Scotsman"
"It's a tribute to the vividness with which Jones tells his tale that Siegel and Schuster ultimately become more interesting than Superman... Fascinating... Absorbing' Charles Shaar Murray, Independent"
"[A] gleeful pop-culture history, told with comic book pacing, deadpan wit and an ear for a telling phrase... It's a Jewish story and it's an American story. It might even be an American classic.'" (Glasgow Herald)
"What a story... Men Of Tomorrow reads like a novel... Very convincing...rich and rewarding.' Scotland on Sunday" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Before The Incredibles, there were Batman and Superman, Spiderman and Captain America... Gerard Jones' book tells the story of the birth of the superheroes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I read it in (nearly) one sitting. I would have given it five stars but it could have done with more illustrations.
It's a shame no space is found for John Goldwater, leading light** behind the Comics Code Authority who also ran Archie (fancy that), but he doesn't make From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books either. Lou Fine (Black Condor, The Ray, subbing on The Spirit when Will Eisner was at war) pops up tantalising (pp 139, 169) but sadly doesn't make it as far as the index, where you will likewise search in vain for Captain Marvel and Wonder Wart-Hog or, in Jonespeak, Wonder Wart Hog: I checked the former under C and M and the latter under W, W and H just in case and can tell you I am not best pleased.Read more ›
I've been a comic book fan for half a century myself, but had no idea just how many crooks ran the industry. Real crooks too, with links to some of the most notorious gangsters of their day, men who, before they started publishing comics, had made their money from prohibition, prostitution, pornography, illegal gambling, money-laundering and so forth. These were the men who founded the comic book companies, including DC and Marvel, and who continued to run them from the 1930s through to the 1980s. These were the guys who treated their artists and writers like scum, whilst getting rich off their creativity. Along the way, they bought off the police, judges, trade union leaders and anyone else they could bribe to oil the wheels of their industry. For anyone who thought that comics books were all about freedom and fantasy, this book is a real eye-opener.Read more ›
Gerard Jones' book is an absorbing and wonderfully informative read, charting the the biggest 'origin story' ever. These are the times and the places where mystery men, costumed heroes and super-powered crime fighters were born, creating fortunes for a few publishers at the top and (eventually) misery for a lot of the creators at the bottom.
Not a hoax! Not a dream! Not an imaginary tale!
If you're a fan, you must read this. It rewards in spades.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book, detailing the hidden worlds behind our favourite silver age comic books, mainly focusing on the infamous battle in between Siegel and Shuster and DC Comics for the... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2012 by evansT
Ever wondered how Superman came into existence? Ever wondered how his originators got shafted and caught up in the politics of the day and never received all their full royalties... Read morePublished on 3 May 2011 by Steven Whateley
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