Here is an interesting bit of news for you. Slashfilm is reporting that The Gotham Group is trying to create a movie based on a book on Superman co-creator Joe Shuster‘s, fetish art. The book, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster, was written by Craig Yoe and released earlier this year. Gotham Group has sent the book out to writers to hopefully adapt it into a movie.
Back in the day, before computers and Internet, men needed to find a way to satisfy their… fantasies, and fetish comics were an answer. It was the early versions of today’s nudie mags. Comic artists willing meet this need especially since most of them were strapped for cash. Such was the case for Shuster; while he was suing for the copyrights to Superman, he drew fetish comics, including the series Nights of Horror.
This definitely sounds intriguing, and way better than some of the dumb ideas that studios come up with. It is much more interesting to document the underbelly of society during the 50′s, than just re-write movies from the era. I wonder how much of the movie would be based loosely around the idea of Joe Shuster life at the time, or if it will be more biographical. It would be better if it was actually based on the book itself.
Here is a fun little fact: In the 1950s, the Nights of Horror was claimed to be the inspiration behind the two murders committed by the gang, the Brooklyn Thrill Killers.
It would be interesting to know more about how Shuster responded to the Brooklyn Thrill Killers and controversy surrounding the connection with the comics and the murders.
What do you think? Does this sound interesting to you?