Gerard Jones’s Men of Tomorrow is a marvellous read. Within its pages Jones attempts to uncover the true story of the early days of the comic book in America. While the story of Superman creators Siegel and Shuster are fairly well known, this book scores by telling part of its narrative from the point of view of the publishers, Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz. Jones does a good job in recreating the post-Depression era, and explores how creators such as Bob Kane, Will Eisner, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, like Siegel and Shuster, were products of their environment.

The tale is fast-paced and written in a highly engaging tone. Read it and you’ll learn a lot about how some timeless characters were created — and exploited.

Highly recommended!