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Some are mild mannered geeks, others mad geniuses or street-smart city dwellers driven to action. These are the men and women behind the masks and tights of America’s most beloved superheroes. But these aren’t the stories of the heroes’ hidden alter egos or secret identities…these are the stories of their creators! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics gives you the truth about the history of the American comic book—straight from the revolutionary artists and writers behind them.From the founders of the popular comics website Graphic NYC—writer Christopher Irving and photographer Seth Kushner—comes the firsthand accounts of the comic book’s story, from its birth in the late 1930s to its current renaissance on movie screens and digital readers everywhere.

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Christopher Irving

A popular culture historian in New York, Christopher Irving has been writing in the comic book industry since the late 1990s. His work combines interview quotes and research with a hard-hitting new journalism style, with the ultimate goal of writing comics history that is also enticing and entertaining enough for the non-comic book fan. His work as Associate Editor and contributor to Comic Book Artist magazine helped garner five consecutive Eisner awards for Best Comics Related Periodical, and he has written four books on different aspects of comics history. His work as writer, with photographer Seth Kushner, on the Graphic NYC website was retooled as the book Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, and has been reviewed in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Wired, A/V Club, and Publisher's Weekly.

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