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20th May '16 6:44:14 AM AllenbysEyes88
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** Former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith meets Joe in an early chapter, reacting to a bomb threat against the Empire State Building.
21st Apr '16 12:05:06 AM PaulA
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''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'' (2000) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Creator/MichaelChabon about UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, focusing on two Jewish cousins, American writer Sam Clay (born Klayman) and Czech artist Josef Kavalier, who together create a popular superhero comic called the Escapist, inspired in equal measure by Harry Houdini and {{Superman}}.

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''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'' (2000) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Creator/MichaelChabon about UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, focusing on two Jewish cousins, American writer Sam Clay (born Klayman) and Czech artist Josef Kavalier, who together create a popular superhero comic called the Escapist, inspired in equal measure by Harry Houdini and {{Superman}}.
{{Franchise/Superman}}.



* AuthorFilibuster: The narrator occasionally stops the action in the middle of conversations to go on, at length, about just how awesome 40's comics were.

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* AuthorFilibuster: The narrator occasionally stops the action in the middle of conversations to go on, at length, about just how awesome 40's '40s comics were.



* CommieNazis: Once WorldWarII ends, the people who own The Escapist have no problem switching his villains from the Nazis to The Soviets.

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* CommieNazis: Once WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ends, the people who own The Escapist have no problem switching his villains from the Nazis to The Soviets.



* DisappearedDad: Sam's father was always on the road. Just as well, as his relationship with Sam's mother was rather dysfunctional.
** Also, [[spoiler: Joe becomes one to his own son after he joins the Navy and refuses to come home]] and [[spoiler: Sam himself becomes something like one at the very end]].

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* DisappearedDad: DisappearedDad:
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Sam's father was always on the road. Just as well, as his relationship with Sam's mother was rather dysfunctional.
** Also, [[spoiler: Joe [[spoiler:Joe becomes one to his own son after he joins the Navy and refuses to come home]] and [[spoiler: Sam home]].
** [[spoiler:Sam
himself becomes something like one at the very end]].



* {{Gayngst}}: Sam Clay is a gay man in the 1940's... so it comes up in force, complete with the addition of [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Fredric Wertham]] and the congressional investigations into comicbooks in the 1950's. Ironically, he seems to be the only one ashamed of his sexuality, [[spoiler: and [[WhatTheHellHero ends up abandoning Tracy because of it]]]].

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* {{Gayngst}}: Sam Clay is a gay man in the 1940's... 1940s... so it comes up in force, complete with the addition of [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Fredric Wertham]] and the congressional investigations into comicbooks in the 1950's. 1950s. Ironically, he seems to be the only one ashamed of his sexuality, [[spoiler: and [[WhatTheHellHero [[spoiler:and ends up abandoning Tracy because of it]]]].it]].



* {{Golem}}: There is a lengthy subplot that manages to involve the Golem of Prague, WorldWarII, and Creator/HarryHoudini.

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* {{Golem}}: There is a lengthy subplot that manages to involve the Golem of Prague, WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and Creator/HarryHoudini.



** Joe and Sam are invited by OrsonWelles to an advance screening of ''CitizenKane'', which inspires Joe to take a more cinematic approach to drawing comics.

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** Joe and Sam are invited by OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles to an advance screening of ''CitizenKane'', ''Film/CitizenKane'', which inspires Joe to take a more cinematic approach to drawing comics.



* {{Superdickery}}: The trope is outlined in full, with the Escapist participating in a classic example, when the book chronicles the 50's.
* TimeSkip:[[spoiler: A few years during WorldWarII and a whopping decade after.]]
* TwoferTokenMinority: Sam is JewishAndNerdy, StraightGay, and [[GeniusCripple walks on crutches due to a childhood bout with Polio]]. Arguably, Joe as well, being both Jewish and a German-speaking immigrant.

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* {{Superdickery}}: The trope is outlined in full, with the Escapist participating in a classic example, when the book chronicles the 50's.
'50s.
* TimeSkip:[[spoiler: A few years during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and a whopping decade after.]]
* TwoferTokenMinority: Sam is JewishAndNerdy, StraightGay, and [[GeniusCripple walks on crutches due to a childhood bout with Polio]]. Arguably, Joe as well, being both Jewish and a German-speaking immigrant.
16th Jan '16 6:25:54 PM nombretomado
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* TheCameo: Creator/SalvadorDali appears in one scene. Near the end, there's a brief scene in a New York cafe where StanLee and Gil Kane (among others) show up to get a cup of coffee.

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* TheCameo: Creator/SalvadorDali appears in one scene. Near the end, there's a brief scene in a New York cafe where StanLee Creator/StanLee and Gil Kane (among others) show up to get a cup of coffee.
10th Oct '15 12:03:20 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Joe's escapologist trade is influenced by real-life comic book artist Creator/JimSteranko, who was also an escape artist and magician before becoming a comic book artist. Steranko was also the inspiration for the Creator/JackKirby character [[NewGods Mister Miracle]], and Chabon has acknowledged the connection.

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* {{Expy}}: Joe's escapologist trade is influenced by real-life comic book artist Creator/JimSteranko, who was also an escape artist and magician before becoming a comic book artist. Steranko was also the inspiration for the Creator/JackKirby character [[NewGods [[ComicBook/NewGods Mister Miracle]], and Chabon has acknowledged the connection.
31st Jul '15 2:19:22 PM phoenix
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: In-universe example, but reflective of real life. Joe channels a great deal of his hatred of [[NaziGermany The Nazis]] into some very detailed, but graphically violent fight comics.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: In-universe example, but reflective of real life. Joe channels a great deal of his hatred of [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The Nazis]] into some very detailed, but graphically violent fight comics.
12th May '15 3:47:02 PM nombretomado
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''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'' (2000) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Creator/MichaelChabon about TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, focusing on two Jewish cousins, American writer Sam Clay (born Klayman) and Czech artist Josef Kavalier, who together create a popular superhero comic called the Escapist, inspired in equal measure by Harry Houdini and {{Superman}}.

Many events in the novel are based on the lives of actual comic-book creators, and the book as a whole is generally an homage to the comics of the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]. It had a pseudo-sequel in Creator/BrianKVaughan's ''The Escapists'', as well as two ultra-short stories that recount events cut from the novel, and a [[DistantFinale faux-interview with Rosa Saks in 1988.]]

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''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'' (2000) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Creator/MichaelChabon about TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, focusing on two Jewish cousins, American writer Sam Clay (born Klayman) and Czech artist Josef Kavalier, who together create a popular superhero comic called the Escapist, inspired in equal measure by Harry Houdini and {{Superman}}.

Many events in the novel are based on the lives of actual comic-book creators, and the book as a whole is generally an homage to the comics of the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]. It had a pseudo-sequel in Creator/BrianKVaughan's ''The Escapists'', as well as two ultra-short stories that recount events cut from the novel, and a [[DistantFinale faux-interview with Rosa Saks in 1988.]]
12th May '15 8:22:35 AM jayoungr
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* GiveTheBabyAFather: [[spoiler:When Sam finds out Rosa is pregnant and considering having an abortion, he suggests getting married and raising the child together. She accepts.]]



* HonorableMarriageProposal: [[spoiler:When Sam finds out Rosa is pregnant and considering having an abortion, he suggests getting married and raising the child together. She accepts.]]
28th Mar '15 10:50:48 PM nitpickeryandsuch
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* HonorableMarriageProposal: [[When Sam finds out Rosa is pregnant and considering having an abortion, he suggests getting married and raising the child together. She accepts.]]

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* HonorableMarriageProposal: [[When [[spoiler:When Sam finds out Rosa is pregnant and considering having an abortion, he suggests getting married and raising the child together. She accepts.]]
26th Mar '15 8:30:26 PM anniemg
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* AltarTheSpeed: [[spoiler: Sam and Rosa's marriage was rushed to avoid her having Joe's child out of wedlock.]]



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: [[spoiler:Rosa considers having an abortion after Joe decides to enlist in the US Navy. Instead, she accepts Sam's proposal of getting married and raising the child together.]]



* HonorableMarriageProposal: [[When Sam finds out Rosa is pregnant and considering having an abortion, he suggests getting married and raising the child together. She accepts.]]



* ShotgunWedding: [[spoiler: Sam and Rosa's marriage was rushed to avoid her having Joe's child out of wedlock.]]



* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler: Rosa and Sam's wedding is a variation of this. It's also combined with TheBeard and ShotgunWedding.]]

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* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler: Rosa and Sam's wedding is a variation of this. It's also combined with TheBeard and ShotgunWedding.AltarTheSpeed.]]
26th Mar '15 8:21:32 PM anniemg
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