The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Oh, never mind that this Pulitzer Prize-winning 2000 tale of a Golden Age comic book artist-and-writer tandem is one of the best books of the past 20 years and is just waiting for a format that can include illustrations of the duo's hero The Escapist and other behind-the scenes material. We'll just let this multifaceted story remain as two-dimensional as possible.
Starting with Josef Kavalier's escape from the Nazis in Prague and finishing with Sammy Klayman's struggle with his own identity in 1950s suburban America, Kavalier & Clay looks at a pivotal moment in American history and society through the softening lens of the comic book industry. Many of the book's key moments are pulled directly from the lives of legendary comic book artists and writers including Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Joe Simon, Joe Shuster and Will Eisner and leave little to imagine about the men behind the supermen.
For as much as Kavalier & Clay was loved during its original run, though, any attempts to move it to another medium have ended in disappointment. A screenplay Chabon wrote with producer Scott Rudin has been kicking around Hollywood for the past decade. It's been discussed as a film and as an HBO-style television miniseries, but nothing has come of it. That didn't bode well for its transition to e-book.Well fear not, true believers, as there's an electronic version in sight. Random House is bringing the book into the digital realm this summer across multiple platforms. It's been a bit of a wait, but at least part of Kavalier & Clay's story has a happy ending. -- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.
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