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.

Super Boys on Noblemania

Marc Tyler Nobleman did a nice spotlight on Super Boys over on his blog today. 

Marc has been a friend and colleague for a long time. He found the police report so integral to the story of Michel Siegel in Super Boys. I was positive that didn’t exist. Positive. But Marc found it, literally stuck to another file. Its very existence was by chance. The report led to some some first real facts about that case — and my own possible theory of who might have been responsible for the robbery that, some might argue, created Superman.

There are very few people who do the real kind of work we do. I’m really glad Marc is one of them. He has some cool stuff on the horizon, so keep watch. And if you haven’t, be sure to read Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, his book with Ty Templeton. It is the last word on Bill Finger. Case closed.

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.

Girls Like Superheroes in USA TODAY

I talked to Scott Bowles at USA TODAY about whether or not Hollywood is marketing towards — or abandoning — its female audience. This summer especially, I think that the former is true, especially with Spidey 2 and X-men (which is a movie about Mystique). The exception was Cap 2, which was all exploding helicarriers. What didn’t make the quote is that these are all Hollywood presumptions of what gendered audiences like, and probably not indicative of, you know, real life.

Read the article here. 

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.