Part of the Editor's Choice series. The notion of secret identity is celebrated cross-culturally; worldwide, the entertainment and service industries exploit its implicit escapism, that very human urge to live out something beyond the ordinary, out of the grasp of the everyday. Secret identities have wandered through time, from the monstrous masks worn in animist tribal rituals to SecondLife avatars. Their appeal is their romantic ambiguity—the tension between opposing personas within the same character. It was then that he illustrated the 16 issues of Nights of Horror , all packed with voyeurism and BDSM bondage-discipline dominance-submission sadism-masochism.
SECRET IDENTITY:FETISH ART OF SUPERMAN'S CO-CREATOR JOE SHUSTER
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Anyone out there know how I can unread a book? I've led a charmed life, so up until now there hasn't been much I wished I could scrub from my brain. Once Craig Yoe's book showed up, I couldn't stop myself from plunging into it immediately, the same way I can't avoid slowing down along the highway to witness the aftermath of a fiery wreck. The collected results of Yoe's detective work into one of comics' greatest mysteries is beautiful and ugly, exhilarating and depressing, all at the same time. I wouldn't have missed it for anything.
Created in the late s when Shuster was down on his luck after suing "DC Comics" over the copyright for "Superman", he illustrated these images for an obscure series of magazines called "Nights of Terror", published under the counter until it was banned by the U. 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, Lana Lang and Jimmy Olsen forever. The book includes reproductions of these images and an introduction that provides a detailed account of the scandal and the court trial that resulted from the publication of this racy material. Order this Item. Add to Wishlist.
Comic book artist Joe Shuster, who co-created Superman in the '30s with writer Jerry Siegel, also made a cultural impact with a series of sadomasochistic underground comics that are now at the center of a film deal. The forthcoming film -- a period piece focusing on a crime spree allegedly inspired by the comics -- will also tackle Shuster 's dual role as pop culture's unsung pusher of superheroes and perverts. If the film gets off the ground, it should be a hoot. It would also be a welcome antidote to contemporary historical revisionism, which portrays the '50s as a period of apple pies and squeaky-clean entertainment. Like other salacious comics targeted by anti-obscenity crusader and psychiatrist Frederick Wertham , Shuster's Nights of Horror comics were as creatively and socially important as his creation of a benevolent alien from the doomed planet Krypton.