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Secret Identity: The Fetish Art
of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster. By Craig
Yoe [and Joe Shuster]. Introduction by Stan Lee. New York,
NY: Abrams ComicArts, 2009. 159pp.
0810996340 || ISBN-13:
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Library of Congress: NC1426.3.S9
OCLC: 262431174 || Dewey: 741.56973 S
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Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster
showcases rare and recently discovered erotic artwork by the most
seminal artist in comics, Joe Shuster. Created in the early 1950s when
Shuster was down on his luck after suing his publisher, DC Comics, over
the copyright for Superman, he illustrated these images for an obscure
series of magazines called "Nights of Horror," published under the
counter until they were banned by the U.S. Senate. Juvenile deliquency,
Dr. Fredric Wertham, and the Brooklyn Thrill Killers gang all figure
into this sensational story.
The discovery of this artwork reveals
the "secret identity" of this revered comics creator, and is sure to
generate controversy and change the perception of the way we look at
Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Jimmy Olsen forever. The book
includes reproductions of these images, and an essay that provides a
detailed account of the scandal and the murder trial that resulted from
the publication of this racy material.
Gross, Terry. 2009. "The
Sexy 'Secret Identity' Of Superman's Creator." [interview with Craig
Yoe.] Fresh Air.
WHYY FM. April 23. [listen online]
Rogers, Mike. 2009. "Book
Review Spotlight: Craig Yoe Secret
Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Creator Joe Shuster."
Library Journal, 2/27/2009 1:00:00 PM. [access online]