Seventy-five years ago, two teenage boys created Superman, the most enduring superhero of all time. He has appeared with great success in every possible form of media, starting in comic books and radio and then in movies and several television series. He has inspired analysis from scholars of popular culture and narrative, and is one of the iconic figures of 20th century fiction. A mint copy of that first Superman comic is worth more than $2 million.
Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—the Creators of Superman is a new book that tells the story of his creation and what happened after the two boys signed away their rights for just $130. (This inspired the Michael Chabon best-seller The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay, itself soon to be a feature film.)