The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Oct 24, 2000
Stephanie Curtis

When author Michael Chabon, wanted to find a way to write about an era that he treasured he turned to comic books: All his life, he has been drawn to the fashion, music, writing, politics and social history of the late thirties and forties known to comic book fans as "The Golden Age" when Superman, Batman and others became American icons. "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" is Chabon's ode to this often disparaged artform. His heroes are two cousins, an American hoping to make it big in comics, and a Czech immigrant fleeing the Nazis. Together they invent , "The Escapist", a masked hero battling evil across the world. The horrors of Nazi Germany effect them directly, but also fuel their creative fires as they use "The Escapist" to convince the public that the US needs to join World War Two.

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