Jul 182009

Variety reported this week that Craig Yoe’s Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Schuster has been optioned by the Gotham Group (anyone know if it’s the same Gotham Group that was partially behind Virgin Comics?).

Here’s some of what they say about it:

Book pegs Shuster as the secret artist behind “The Nights of Horror,” a 16-volume series of mob-financed underground comics depicting scenes that range from S&M to brutal torture.

The comics were sold covertly under the counters of Times Square bookshops — until they sparked a dragnet and crackdown on comics, several sensational trials and a Supreme Court censorship case in 1954.

All this came after the leader of a group dubbed the Brooklyn Thrill Killers pegged the comics as the inspiration for a crime spree that involved flogging women with whips, humiliating vagrants, the beating death of one man and the drowning of another.

Read the full story here >>

And don’t forget that Wednesday, July 29th will be the official West Coast Party for the book, complete with fetish models acting out scenes from its pages and author Craig Yoe signing and answering questions.