About Ann ♪

I'm a 21st century girl who loves to read, write, and research. I love details and figuring out mysteries. My two favorite book series are The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Frank and Joe Hardy, a cool brother detective team, and Nancy Drew, and her crew, are also a great detective team. All of them help people and never give up no matter what. I love that.

The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman ~ My Review

Most superhero comic readers and fans immediately recognize the names of Jerry (Jerome) Siegel and Joe (Joseph) Shuster. Namely, the creative talents who wrote and drew, respectively, the exciting adventures of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent aka Superman from the planet Krypton. A champion of truth, justice, and the American way, Superman has fought greed and evil in comics, cartoons, tv shows, video games and movies for years. Jerry Siegel came up with the Superman character and wrote the stories and Joe Shuster illustrated them. These two high school friends didn’t know that Superman would help them achieve justice years later.

If we could time travel back to April 18, 1938, we could pick up a copy, for only 10 cents (wow! much better than 3.2 million like a pristine original sold on eBay), of the very first Superman story ever published. 😎 This well-loved character debuted in Action Comics, which was from National Allied Publishing and that became Detective Comics. The Superman comic in that issue was 13 pages long amongst other stories from different authors and characters in the 68 page comic. So today is the 80th anniversary of that comic. 😎 It soon became very obvious that Superman was what people wanted to read and made mucho money. Yet the two people who should have been getting the majority of the profits, namely the writer and artist who created the character before signing with the publisher, received only a small portion of that after getting convinced to sell the rights to Superman to said publisher…for $130 dollars. 😦

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (born in Toronto, Canada), two nice, Jewish boys growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, decided to create some comics. Jerry took care of the writing and Joe the drawing. They both loved adventure, detective, and science fiction stories. The character of Superman would take on the job of rescuing people and combating evil alongside his regular job as reporter under his name Clark Kent. Like all good red-blooded males, Jerry and Joe wanted to meet and impress girls so several of the details about Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane were inspired by that fact.

The upcoming graphic novel, from Super Genius, an imprint of Papercutz, The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman, written by Julian Voloj and illustrated by Thomas Campi covers some of the happy and sad times of the artist who first drew Superman/Clark Kent, Lois Lane, etc.. One of my favorite parts in the book is telling about how Joe would borrow his mom’s bread board to use as a drawing board then he’d give it back in time each week for her to bake challah for Shabbat (Sabbath). Those kind of cool, real things are important. 😎

With financial situations the way they were, Joe resourcefully re-used brown wrapping paper and back of wallpaper to draw on. 

I also enjoyed reading about the excitement of creativity and wanting their work to be enjoyed by many. You can feel the thrill of them seeing their work, writing and drawing, in print at the newstand. 😎 That’s an author and illustrator’s dream, and especially for it to be so well-loved. 🙂

I really, really felt for them when they could smell the delicious aromas from Solomon’s Delicatessen, but were too broke to get a corned beef sandwich. 😦

They had much tzuris (trouble), hardships, and that was all heartbreaking to read. 😦 Many sad times noted in the book including a number of tragedies. Danger, risk, and drama weren’t only in the pages of the comic book issues. Treachery and legal fights in regards to reclaiming rights to Superman – it’s a shanda (shame) how they were done at times. There were gangsters to deal with. Death threats from evil nazis when Superman fought them in the comics. Way to go, Superman!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎 You know you’re doing good when you make evil people angry. 😀

Jerry Siegel was drafted during World War II and on the 4th of July in 1943 at the Festival of Freedom he was the guest of honor. Comedian and actor, Bob Hope, was there, as well. 😎 Joe Shuster wasn’t drafted due to his eyesight.

I appreciate that historical facts were noted in the book and how they got to experience the exciting news that Israel had won statehood and independence after the horrible atrocities of the Shoah (the Holocaust), and World War II. 

Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi clearly put a lot of work into the book – it’s over 160 pages and includes reference details at the end of it. I appreciate that. 😎 You can see that much effort was given towards the research. I think the cover is pretty cool showing Joe Shuster drawing and make sure to check out the window. 😉

Several legal battles took place for the rights to Superman and Detective Comics took away Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s byline. That however had a happy ending because it was restored and it’s always noted that they created Superman. I really believe in giving credit where credit is due.

I loved reading about Stan Lee helping Jerry Siegel with a job at Marvel Comics after DC Comics dropped him. 

The popularity of Superman helped gain some compensation and Superman had a part in getting justice for them. The legal fights continued with the heirs and relatives of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. 

Five of my favorite quotes from The Joe Shuster Story ~

In a comic strip, two characters, Snoopy and Smiley, standing in front of Solomon’s Delicatessen: 

“See what faith and stick-to-it-iveness can do! Just keep trying and never give up!”

Jerry Siegel talking with Joe Shuster:

“Our own comic book. My ideas and your drawings. We can do this.”

Joe Shuster’s dad after getting a job as an elevator operator at Mount Sinai Hospital:

“Every job has it’s ups and downs.”

Joe Shuster to his dad when Israel gained independence in 1948:

David defeated Goliath.

 

“We won, Father.”

Clearly, plenty of quotes I liked in the book. 😎 Also ones I didn’t, such as the quote from some bigoted jerk. It wasn’t necessary to repeat that, but I’m glad it was pointed out he was a creep. Still, I didn’t like coming across that. And there were a few unnecessary and inappropriate graphics.

It’s cool that Superman is timeless and I love that even though he didn’t have to use his powers to save the world, he chose to do the right thing out of compassion and wanting to help people. 😎 Instead of using his abilities for his own gain, he fights evil . We all have abilities that we can use to help others, too, and make the world a better place. Superman’s a good example of values such as rachmonis (compassion) and doing what he can. That is my favorite thing about Superman and I’m glad Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster chose to make that an essential part of his character. 😎 Happy 80th Anniversary, Clark! 🙂

Thank you to Arthur Field @ Papercutz for the arc, advance review copy. 🙂 The graphic novel in hardcover and paperback,The Joe Shuster Story, will be available 15th of May, 2018.

Title: The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman
Written by: Julian Voloj
Illustrated by: Thomas Campi
Release Date: 5/15/18
Available Formats: Paperback, Hardcover
Published by: Super Genius, an imprint of Papercutz
Distributed by: MacMillan

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 7

Superbusy week! Whew! I had to make sure I got this posted, though! 🙂 Ready to read what happens in the 7th chapter story finale? Just tap/click on the link to check out Hardy Bros in Hot Ice Chapter 7 or on the pic below! 🙂 Hope you like it! 🙂 Don’t worry – I have more stories coming soon! 🙂 Please stay tuned! 🙂 Thank you again so much for the great comments and the reads! ❤ Fun and exciting things upcoming for the blog! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week, the weekend and next week! 🙂 

 

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 6

Here’s the scheduled next chapter as promised. 🙂 Setting this up to post automatically. And now, if you’d like, you can tap/click the link here for Hardy Bros Hot Ice Chapter 6 or on the pic below! 🙂 Hope you guys have a great weekend! 🙂 ❤ 🙂 😎 😀

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 5

Chapter 5 of The Hardy Bros in Hot Ice is now posted! You know the m.o., just tap/click on the link or pic below and please enjoy! 🙂 Very sorry for delays and thank you so much for your patience and awesome comments! 🙂 ❤

Also, I will try to get another chapter ready to be published and schedule it to automatically post at a certain time. 🙂 Hope the chapters are enjoyable to you guys! 🙂 Love to you! 🙂 ❤

 

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 4

Hardy Bros in Hot Ice Chapter 4 online now! 🙂 Just tap or click on the link or title pic to read! 🙂 The crazy windstorm, electric outage, and lack of internet put things behind schedule! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the chapter! 🙂

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 3

Next chapter of Hot Ice coming up….>>>>next! 😉 Thank you again for the encouraging comments – so very much appreciated! ❤ And now for The Hardy Bros in Hot Ice Chapter 3 get ready to tap/click the link in this sentence or on the pic below if you want to see what happens! 🙂 Well, I guess one doesn’t really have to do anything to get ready – just tap or click away! 🙂 Enjoy, please! 🙂

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 2

Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful comments on The Hardy Bros in Hot Ice! 🙂 I’ll reply to them all soon I hope, but I know you want me to get the next chapter up first! 🙂 So here comes The Hardy Bros in Hot Ice Chapter 2! Just tap or click on that link or on the pic below! 🙂 Please enjoy! 🙂

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Nancy Drew Diaries #18 A Nancy Drew Christmas

Check out the details for Nancy Drew Diaries #18, A Nancy Drew Christmas, at my second blog The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books! 🙂 Things like what it’s about and when you can get it, how many pages it is, cover art, etc.. 🙂

UPDATE: Cover art added @ The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew Books! 😎

 

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New Hardy Boys Story – Hot Ice Chapter 1

By popular demand from very lovely people, a new Hardy Boys fanfic is about to start posting! 😛 Yep, that’s right! 🙂 Here’s the synopsis for Hot Ice:

A snow day, trouble at school, a jewelry store heist, a hostage situation, thieves, Assassins, mystery, and danger…..You’ll find all of that and more in this Hardy Boys case!

If you’d like to jump into that danger right away, you can tap/click this link for The Hardy Bros Hot Ice Chapter 1 or on the pic below! 🙂 I hope you enjoy this mystery! 🙂 As with all of the stories on here, if you can read the Hardy Boys books, you can read these stories. 🙂

 

 

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Nancy Drew Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More – 1

As promised, here’s the start of the Nancy Drew Books page on here! 🙂 Like The Hardy Boys Books page, you’ll be able to check out cover art, publication dates, the synopsis of individual volumes, facts and details on people or places in the books – all kinds of good stuff! 😎 It will have The Nancy Drew main series (aka Nancy Drew Mysteries or Nancy Drew Mystery Stories), the Nancy Drew Sleuth Book, Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Sleuths Volumes I and 2 and Campfire Stories, and Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Be A Detective Mystery Stories, plus the alternate universe series, Nancy Drew Files including SuperMysteries, Nancy Drew Girl Detective, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery series, and Nancy Drew Diaries, graphic novels/comics, as well as the Nancy Drew Notebooks, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, and Nancy Drew Clue Book series. 🙂 Whew, that girl has a lot of adventures! 😀

Starting off, again in a reasonable and logical place – the beginning – please click or tap on this link for Nancy Drew Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More for the first two entries, Nancy Drew #1 The Secret of the Old Clock and #2 The Hidden Staircase with cover art, each synopsis, number of pages, and publisher. Don’t forget, you can tap/click on any cover to see it larger! 🙂 Have fun! 🙂

Keep checking back as more is posted! 🙂 Feel free to follow the blog so you can be notified when something new is added and please stop by often! 🙂 That’s what it’s about. 🙂 I’ve missed talking with you guys on here and hope to hang out with you more! 🙂 Love and prayers for all of you! 🙂 ❤

 

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Hardy Boys Adventures #17

Here’s the link to my post from a couple of days ago that I did on my 2nd blog for Frank and Joe Hardy and Nancy Drew and their crews, about Hardy Boys Adventures #17 – details incoming! 😀 Stay tuned – more to come! :Hardy Boys Adventures #17 Gray Hunter’s Revenge – Details

 

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The Hardy Boys Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More – 2

The next two titles to be added to the Hardy Boys book list are, going with the whole sequential thing here 😛 , #3 The Secret of the Old Mill and #4 The Missing Chums. 😎 Please check out the The Hardy Boys Books ~ Titles, Covers, and More page to see covers and a synopsis for each of the two books! 🙂 I’ll start up the Nancy Drew page hopefully before too long. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome enthusiastic response to the new page! 😎 Hope everyone’s doing well. 🙂 ❤

 

 

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