Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

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Harper Voyager
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5.2 X 7.8 X 1.3 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph Michael Straczynski is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 and its spinoff Crusade, as well as the series Jeremiah and Sense8.

Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.


“His ability to stay the course, to work hard at all times, and to keep writing were his salvation time and again. This book is a testament to that -- and it is an inspiring, touching look at how someone born into darkness can find the light and go on to do great things.”--NPR
"Part Hollywood how-to, part Frank McCourt-style reflection on emotional neglect and poverty, "Becoming Superman" is an enveloping look back at a unique career."--Washington Post
"Gripping. An amazing testament to the range of human durability and determination, overcoming our impossibly dark side with something even more unlikely and miraculous -- hope."
--Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Novelist David Brin
"J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time."--Max Brooks (World War Z)
"Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Straczynski embedded a mystery in an autobiography. Has to be a first."--Dan DiDio, Editor in Chief, DC Comics
"A fascinating journey through careers in three different professions--comic books, TV, and movies--from an accomplished master of each. Rare to have such detail and such access. A major literary autobiography!"--Bestselling author Greg Bear
"Becoming Superman is a valuable resource for those wishing to look behind the curtain to one of pop culture's most cherished and esteemed writers [...] It is an incredible story of familial abuse and its aftermath, of perseverance and fortitude, of endurance and determination. Highly recommended."--Fantasy Book Review
"A deeply moving testament to the power of storytelling, and a no-bullshit guide to becoming, if not Superman, a better person and writer."
“Everything I read made me want to stand up and salute. I can't stress enough how significant and moving (to say nothing of gripping and sometimes hilarious) this book is. It's a magnificent piece of work that will stay with me for a long, long time.”--Cory Doctorow, author of Radicalized and Walkaway
“I just finished reading Becoming Superman and can, without a mote of hyperbole, state it is one of the most terrifying and inspirational, funny and empathic nonfiction books of our time. I'm too old to be currying favors. Just trust me. Buy it or die!”--Walter Koenig
“Straczynski [...] delivers a frank memoir that's equally harrowing and triumphant.”--Publishers Weekly
“Straczynski's memoir more than lives up to the promises of its sub-subtitle...Joe never saves the world à la Superman, but pulls through with a heart, spine, and soul of steel. ..”--AV Club
“Straczynski's life story is simultaneously horrifying and uplifting. He survives a childhood worse than almost anything you could imagine and ends up taking an unlikely path to Hollywood success. It's funny, sad, infuriating, and inspiring--often all at once.”--Jason Snell, host of The Incomparable podcast
“His true life story turns out to be as gripping and inspiring as any of his fiction.”--B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“I've rarely felt such pain while reading a memoir, or felt so satisfied at its conclusion. It's some kind of miracle that he's taken this lifelong experience, leavened it with perspective, and created something so universal. Powerful, powerful stuff.”--Andy Ihnatko, Tech Author and Co-Host of The Material Podcast