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Summer, 1938. After the surprise smash debut of Superman in Action Comics #1, a competing publisher assigns struggling comic book artist Harry Rosen to create a Superman knockoff. Harry accepts – but amid 1930s New York’s mix of labor violence, organized crime, and foreign espionage, he discovers that earning a legit living in the funny-book business is more complicated than he expected...and more dangerous.
- Originally titled "The Moonlighters"
- 2013 Quarterfinalist in Creative World Awards screenwriting contest
In the wake of Superman’s surprise commercial success, cash-strapped freelance comic artist Harry Rosen accepts an assignment from his aristocratic publisher, a Great War veteran, to create a Superman knockoff – at ten bucks a page, a non-negotiable piecework rate, offered by an editor who appears to be sliding into violent alcoholism.
Further complicating Harry’s life are his mother’s possibly-inappropriate relationship with her travel agent boss, and the radical politics of Harry’s beautiful Lower East Side tenement neighbor, Leah Bernstein.
With Leah’s sweetheart, labor hero Big Mike Quinlan, off fighting Fascists in the Spanish Civil War, Leah shows signs of an attraction to Harry – or, possibly, to Harry’s mobbed-up, wanna-be counterfeiter brother, Benny.
Meanwhile, Harry’s fellow artist – cover painter and troubled German immigrant Johann Rausch – flirts with the dark pageantry of American Nazism.
Ultimately, the circumstances of a unique place in a turbulent time will conspire to force even an innocuous funny-book artist into dangerous choices of historic significance.
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