Craig Yoe’s Secret Identity

I endorse everything Craig Yoe does. Even this.

Especially this. His latest book project, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster, is having a launch party this Sunday night. The book collects recently rediscovered X-rated art by the Shuster, done to illustrate erotic magazines in the 1950s, a low point in his professional career. The public is invited to join Craig (“along with assorted BDSM fetishists and comic book enthusiasts” — is there a difference?) Sunday April 5th from 8pm to 2am at ARLO & ESME, 42 E. 1st Street [at 2nd Ave.] in lovely New York City. Come dressed as a superhero and win a prize. For more info go to Yoe’s blog.


  • http://www.billronalds.com Bill Ronalds

    CRAIG! How you be? I still follow your work. Put me on a list, willya? I’m retired from teaching and living in Maine. Doing mostly aquatints these days. My site has nothing newer than 2 years ago, though. Gotta get on that!
    Best regards, Bill Ronalds

  • Beautiful Mind

    Honestly, if I could draw “dirty” pictures as beautifully as that I’d be doing it all the time! Thanks for the heads up on the book.

  • http://www.awprunes.blogspot.com/ Larry Levine

    The characters have a very strong resemblance to Superman & Lois Lane. Guess we now know what Lois was thinking about in the “Can You Read My Mind?” sequence from Superman-The Movie.

  • Bugsmer

    The girl’s left breast looks like it’s draped over her shoulder. It’s the one glaring flaw in an otherwise fascinating drawing.

  • Ryan

    I miss the Arf Lover’s Blog so much…
    Every tuesday I’d get a new song, every Wednesday I’d get a new picture of Wonder Woman, every Monday I’d get a new image of Doll Man to block from my mind. (sigh)

  • Pedro Nakama

    I think I dated that woman years ago.

  • http://www.toon-man.com Andre

    A LOW point? Because he drew fetish toons? Gimmie a break! Then I guess you don’t have a good opinion of fetish artists such as John Willie (John Coutts), Bill Ward, Eneg (Gene Billbrew), and countless others from that era. Geez, I’ve been drawing fetish toons for a number of years and quite proud of the work I’ve done and continue to do. The only low point I could think of would probably be the money he was being paid. Those guys were paid diddley-squat wages for thier work.

  • T. Reynolds

    I agree with Andre, I wish it wasn’t referred to as a low point. Maybe he was having some fun.

    Or perhaps you think Dean Yeagle is at a “low point” in his animation career because he draws for Playboy? Come on.

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

    Andre and T. Reynolds – Anyone who knows the history of Siegel and Shuster know that the the 1950s and 60s were very hard on the creators of Superman. Siegel was able to continue writing for comic books (including for Superman), but Shuster was going blind. Drawing these sort of “erotic” images was not a prestigious thing back then. He didn’t sign his work. It was a come down.

    The work itself is wonderful, but I stand by my assertion that this was a professional low-point for Joe Shuster.

  • Gerard de Souza

    Clark would try anything once, but was a very disappointed masochist wannabe realizing he was impervious to pain.

  • http://www.impko.com David Burd

    It’s interesting how many people (here and elsewhere) defend this kind of material as harmless erotica. In the early 1950′s this kind of stuff could get you jailed. These books were sold under the counter and for good reason. To call it a “low point” is putting it mildly!

    One of the best things about Yoe’s book is the background information which puts the art in an historical context. It’s important to consider how shocking this was at the time. If Shuster had signed it he might have gone to prison.

  • http://vincemusacchia.blogspot.com vince m

    Am I alone in thinking of how sad it is that a co-creator of Superman was reduced to producing stuff like this as a way to get by? Craig Yoe might think this kind of thing is cool, but it’s also very sad to see a well respected comics creator’s image sullied by bringing this kind of work up again in published form.

    I only hope that Mr. Yoe’s star doesn’t fall as low as Mr. Shuster’s and reduce him to working in this type of slum. Then again, he already is by publishing this piece of Kraptonite.

    And I’m not buying that this is a piece of Comic’s History. I’ve gotten by for decades enjoying comics and its history without knowledge of this kind of transgression.

  • http://cartoonlandanimation.com Kevin C.

    I love Joe Shuster’s art, and always have. Long one of my very favorite top 3 cartoonists of all time ( the others being Ub Iwerks and Robert Crumb) there is a purity to Joe’s work–especially his earliest Superman art—-that can inspire to this day.
    One can flip through the newer reprints of the earliest Superman stories, when most of the drawing was done by others, and occasionaly stumble a page drawn and inked by Shuster himself. The power and glory of his art shine through to this day.
    This looks like prime Shuster, and will be a welcome addition to my bookshelf.

  • Craig Yoe

    low point?* transgression? pure, powerful, primo shuster–enjoy!

    vince, history isn’t ignoring the parts you personally don’t like. if that’s what you want to do, fine, but don’t deny others their enjoyment or a true regard for history.

    *with all due respect, jerry (who i hold in the highest regard)…financial low point, maybe. artistic, creative, innovation low point? i think not IMHO. Superman was the creative highpoint of joe’s career but design-wise and innovation-wise this is up there in those heights. technically it even surpasses supes. go joe!

  • http://www.impko.com David Burd

    You can argue whether or not this was Shuster’s “low point,” but it certainly wasn’t the high point of his career. I think creating Superman was the high point. Perhaps his porn career was the mid-point.