Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NEWS: Joe Shuster Fetish Art Book To Be Film?

So hear this out for a minute.

Arguably the most influential comic book character in the history of pop culture was created by a dynamic duo of writers. One of these people was Joe Shuster. However, not all of what Shuster did had to do with the man from Krypton. Actually, in the '50's he published a series of fetish art books, called Nights Of Horror.

Well, a new book chronicling these pieces of fetish art, entitled "Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster" by Craig Yoe has been optioned as a feature film. Here is what /Film had to say about the story:

According to Craig Yoe’s book Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster, Shuster was the man behind a series of fetish comics called Nights of Horror, produced while he was in dire financial straits due to lawsuits over Superman copyrights. Now, Variety says, The Gotham Group has optioned the book and is sending it out to writers to create a feature film.

Because the project is in early stages, we don’t know if it will be a straight adaptation of the non-fiction book, or if names and events will be changed. The story itself is certainly lurid enough, as Nights of Terror was cited in 1954 by four boys dubbed the Brooklyn Thrill Killers (they were neo-Nazi jews!) as inspiration for their two murders and other crimes. So you’ve got a bunch of ’50s drive-in movie angles: juvenile delinquincy, sex, violence, anti-comic book paranoia and (supposedly) the mob, which published the books and distributed them to shops in Times Square. (There has been a film made about the Brooklyn Thrill Killers, featuring Dan Fogler of Fanboys.)

This is a piece of news that really has me intrigued. I think learning about this important pop culture figure could not only be interesting, but if done well, really amazing. Just throw David Fincher in the mix, and you have easily one of the most anticipated films I'll be waiting for. What about YOU?

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