Creators of the Superheroes

Cal State East Bay Sociology Lecturer Thomas Andrae authored "Creators of the Superheroes" (Image: Hermes Press)

New book from CSUEB lecturer tells story behind creation of the greatest superheroes

  • January 4, 2011 5:51am

Cal State East Bay Sociology Lecturer Thomas Andrae published what has been called the most “definitive book about the creators of the greatest superheroes.” Creators of the Superheroes (Hermes Press 2010) tells the true story of the "gay" Superman; of how DC fought to de-"sex" Lois Lane; and, the real truth about who created Joker and Robin.  

Andrae, a world-renowned expert on Batman and Superman, provides commentary and offers definitive interviews with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman; with Bob Kane and Bill Finger, co-creators of Batman; and Jerry Robinson, creator of Robin, the Boy Wonder, and the Joker. Also presented are interviews with and commentary about Jack Kirby covering the creation of the Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and the Marvel Universe; plus an extensive interview with Will Eisner complete with a reprint of the rarely seen Wonderman story and an exhaustive discussion about The Spirit.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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