Eighty years ago, two unlikely high school students dreamed up a man in a flowing red cape with super-strength and a secret identity. They called him Superman.

“They expected great, immediate success. They did not get it.”

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Super Boys is not the story of the famed Man of Steel, but of his creators; Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It is the story of imagination, persistence, success, disillusionment and legacy.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

A story about a pair of geeky, gawky, nerdy teenagers who create once of the most beloved comic icons of all time? Hmm…. I wonder.

Rating (4 stars)

I’m either fascinated by biographies or bored by them. This wasn’t boring. The history of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster is delivered here in excellent storytelling fashion. The book is complete; it covers their early history before the creation of Superman all the way to their waning years.

However, this presented a very sympathetic view of these two that was a little to close to hero-worship (but who can blame…) for me to give it 5 stars. Regardless, I loved their story and managed to move through the book fairly quickly.