A Conversation for Harry Houdini

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Steve K.

I am currently reading "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning novel " ... set in New York and Prague [which] introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America: the comic book. Inspired by their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist ..."

Set in the Golden Age of American comic book heroes like Superman, the cousins create their own hero. "A sort of lantern-jawed equalizer clad in dark blue long underwear, the Escapist 'roams the globe, performing amazing feats and coming to the aid of those who languish in tyranny's chains!'"

OK, it sounds like a campy Batman kind of thing, but as the Pulitzer might indicate, there's a good novel here.

"Holy smiley - handcuffs, Batman!"

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