March 19, 2013
I was familiar with the name Michael Chabon as being a terrific award-winning literary writer. In fact, he won the Pulitzer in 2001 for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalieri and Clay.
How much do I care about comic books? Not one iota. But the explosive testimonials plus the Pulitzer made be sit up.
I’m suggesting this book for all good readers of incredibly skilled writing and a story filled with such dynamite energy that the top of your head will pop. What a read! What a read! What a read!
Kavalieri illustrates the comics. Clay writes the stories. The two team up in America after Kavalieri escapes Hitler in a coffin. How? Kavalieri is a devote of Houdini, and his master teacher of escapism teaches him how to breathe in a coffin to get out of Chekoslovakia. In that coffin, he lies alongside a golem, a clay lifesize body built by rabbis in dire times for something to infuse with inspirational powers. Mary Shelley got her idea for Frankenstein from the golem.
Comics are all about escapism through super human characters. You will read about the rise of the comic book industry in America. The 40’s and 50’s were its golden age. During that time, children bought comic books at the local drugstore, at candy stores, everywhere, and were addicted to them, traded them, collected them. And Kavalieri and Clay built Empire Comics. The real deal.