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Signing and Giveaway, Thursday, July 24 at 3pm (Booth #1019)

The St. Martin’s Press booth (#1019) will be giving away FORTY FREE COPIES OF SUPER BOYS on a first come, first serve basis at 3 pm on Thursday. I’ll be there to sign your book and the first 40 get a rare Con-only promo item.

Follow @BradJRicca and @StMartinsPress for updates and a preview closer to the event of what you’ll get. Limited to 40!

If you can’t make it on Thursday, stop by the booth during the show, they will have some really cool giveaways for the book — just ask. You’ll know them when you see them.

Friday, July 25, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room 26AB

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Who Created Batman?

Who really created Batman? Was it the Caped Crusader’s officially credited creator, Bob Kane, or was it his secret collaborator, Bill Finger? What did editor Vince Sullivan, artist Jerry Robinson, writer Gardner Fox, and others contribute when first shaping the Batman mythos, from the Dark Knight’s debut in 1939 until he gained a young crime-fighting partner, a clownish arch-foe, and a feline femme fatale one year later? Pulling from interviews, biographies, personal communications, and external evidence, experts conduct a forensic investigation into this question of historical, cultural, and ethical importance. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Tom Andrae (Batman & Me), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger), Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Denny O’Neil (Batman), Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight films), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of DC Comics’s founder) the basic question: Who built the bat?

Reading and Signing, Friday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble

Join us when author Brad Ricca will be in-store for a reading and signing of his book, Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster–the Creators of Superman.
Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa MarketCenter, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126, 858-684-3166. To learn about upcoming events, follow us on Twitter @BNMiraMesa
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This is cool: Super Boys will soon be available in a translated edition — in China! Thanks to ChangSha Charm Publishers. My sister just spent a week in China and sent me this photo of a fat bookstore cat who is obviously somewhat excited.

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Action Comics #1 in the Toronto Star

Over at the Toronto Star (a very important paper in Superman lore), Sandro Contenta has a really bizarre story about Nic Cage’s stolen copy of Action Comics #1 — with a lot of new information. I provide scintillating background that confirms this particular issue is, in fact, quite valuable. What do collectors really pay for? The paper? What’s on it? Or all the stuff it symbolizes? I saw a copy of AC #1 a couple of months ago in Chicago. It’s cool to look at.

Read the story here.

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Paperback Writer

Today is a big day — SUPER BOYS is now out in paperback! All the same unbelievable story . . . now at a fraction of the price!

Ok, enough hype. We’ve both had enough of that this year. There are a few changes here and there: fixed typos and so forth. Some wording has changed to reflect the most recent developments, but it is more or less the same book. Except smaller. Friendlier. Pliable. The paperback really turned out well, I think. Love the back cover, especially.

Thanks to everyone over the past year who read the book, wrote to me, walked up to me at a library or comics convention, or just shared a story at some point. You are all the best.

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Lois Amster 1916-2014

Superman Homepage reports that Lois A. Rothschild (nee Amster) has passed away at the age of 97. Click here to read her obituary. Lois, of course, attended Glenville High with Jerry and Joe and was one of the first inspirations for the iconic Lois Lane. I believe that Lois — as the unattainable, perfect high school girl — helped create that sense of hopelessness that made its way into Clark Kent years later. My condolences to her family, who were always helpful to me.


A few weeks ago, I posted the poem that Jerry wrote to her on Twitter. Here it is, in case you missed it, from the Glenville Torch:











Today, I’ll post her first appearance in their comics in New Fun Comics #6 from October 1935. Lois, who married soon after high school, was still being mourned by the lovesick Jerry who longed to rescue her (here from vampires). 

Check out Super Boys for much more on Lois Amster and Jerry’s secretive courtship of her in his work, as well as the other major sources for the character, including Joanne Carter, the actual model for Lois (who would later marry Jerry), and the secret origin of the character’s name.

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