Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!


“Anyone who has ever loved comic books will enjoy meeting the creative geniuses responsible for turning this genre into a brilliant art form.”
—Al Jaffee, Mad Magazine

“Arie manages to get the stories behind stuff I thought was apocryphal. Revelatory, touching, and funny.”
—Comedian Patton Oswalt, King of Queens

“For people who are just discovering graphic novels, Arie Kaplan’s marvelous book will open up a whole new world. For those who already love comics, he brings new insight into a spectrum of creators who have made and continue to make this one of the great artforms.”
—Peter Kuper, World War Three Illustrated

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My first book, Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!, was published in September 2006 by Chicago Review Press. It’s a series of Rolling Stone-style biographical profiles of great artists – in this case, comic book creators. By chronicling their lives and careers, I’m presenting a sort of oral history of the comics medium itself. I interviewed and profiled eleven innovative and influential comic book luminaries – Will Eisner (The Spirit),Jerry Robinson (Batman), Stan Lee (Spider-Man), Trina Robbins (GoGirl!), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Kyle Baker (Why I Hate Saturn), Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Dwayne McDuffie (Static Shock), Ho Che Anderson(KING), and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

Some of the people in this book aren’t as famous as the “marquee names.” But they should be. Everyone in Masters of TCBUR! is someone who’s doing something different, innovative, and special in the comics field.

If you are a publisher looking to get in touch with me, please feel free to contact me through this site or contact my literary agent, Rita Rosenkranz. Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency, (212) 873-6333.

Cover art by Ray Alma