|All photos © Seth Kushner.|
In Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, just published by powerHouse Books, photographer Seth Kushner has captured the creators of such classic comic book figures as Spider-Man, Captain America and Fantastic Four. Kushner, a New York City environmental portrait photographer, and writer Christopher Irving co-founded the web site Graphic NYC. They expanded the site into their book, which traces the story of the comic book from the late 1930s to modern-day graphic novels and memoirs through interviews, photos and reproductions of original sketches and panels. Excelsior!
Top: The cover photo of the book, showing the hand of Joe Simon, then 96, drawing Captain America. Above: Stan Lee, founder of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-Man.
Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America. Simon died last year at age 98.