Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood –

Featuringan introduction by Neil Gaiman J Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time Max Brooks World War Z For four decades, J Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics Yet theres one story hes never told before his ownIn this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon , Sense, Clint Eastwoods Changeling and Marvels Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secretJoe s early life nearly defies belief Raised by damaged adultsa con man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalizedJoe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his fathers desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity The deeper he read, the he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his familys past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murderStraczynskis personal history has always been shrouded in mystery Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger than life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life It is also a compelling behind the scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world

7 thoughts on “Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood

  1. Customer Customer says:

    Oder um es mit den rzten zu sagen Puh, das war harter Stoff.Wer ein locker leichtes Buch erwartet, in dem JMS munter seinen Werdegang schildert, liegt zumindest f r die erste H lfte sehr, sehr falsch Dort l sst er sich n mlich ausgiebig ber seine Familie aus, die mit dem Wort dysfunktional noch eher wohlwollend umschrieben ist Der Vater wird als Monster betitelt und nach allem, was man ber ihn im Laufe dieser Autobiographie erf hrt, ist auch dies eigentlich noch zu harmlos ausgedr ckt Dass Straczynski bei dieser Familiengeschichte kein Serienm rder geworden ist, verwundert durchaus Zeigt aber auch, dass die Verweise von Straft tern auf ihre schlimme Kindheit bestenfalls eine Erkl rung, aber keine Entschuldigung sein k nnen Ab der zweiten H lfte erz hlt er dann von seinen Anf ngen in Hollywood Erst in der Animation u.a He Man, She Ra und Real Ghostbusters und dann im Fernsehen Captain Power Inklusiver der Leistung, in beiden Bereichen auf der Blacklist zu landen letzteres wegen Jeremiah Einen grossen Teil nimmt nat rlich sein opus magnum Babylon 5 ein Auch hier sind die Auseinandersetzungen, die er sich mit diversen Studios liefert sehr interessant nicht zuletzt, weil Paramount seine Konzepte ziemlich dreist und offensichtlich f r Deep Space Nine geborgt hat Danach geht s dann wie erw hnt dank Jeremiah wieder den Bach runter, bis er sich zusammenreisst und Changeling schreibt, was ihn in die A Liste Hollywoods katapultiert Dazu nat rlich noch seine erfolgreichen Comicprojekte Dazwischen wird es aber immer wieder melancholisch, wenn er ber das Ableben seiner B5 Begleiter schreibt.Heftig, wenn er ber Michael O Hares paranoiabedingten Abstieg in den Wahnsinn schreibt.Traurig, wenn er dar ber schreibt, wie pl tzlich Richard Biggs aus dem Leben gerissen wurde.Beklemmend, wenn er darlegt, wie Zack Conaway als Drogenwrack endet.Deprimierend, wenn er zeigt, wie Jerry Doyle sich buchst blich zu Tode gesoffen hat, weil er keine Hilfe von aussen annehmen wollte.Mitf hlend, wie man miterleben muss, wie Harlan Ellison k rperlich verf llt.Aber auch r hrend, wenn er einen letzten gemeinsamen Abend beschreibt, an dem er, Andreas Katsulas und ein paar andere noch mal viel Spass hatten, bevor Katsulas der sich mit seinem Schicksal abgefunden hatte wenig sp ter aufgrund seiner Krebserkrankung verstirbt.Ein bi chen befremdlich allerdings, dass Stephen Furst mit keiner Silbe erw hnt wird.Trotz allem in weiten Strecken ein sehr motivierendes Buch voller lustiger Anekdoten z.B sein Treffen mit Rod Serling , in dem er viele Tips gibt, wie man es als Autor zu etwas bringt und wie man diverse H rden, die einem das Leben in den Weg wirft, meistern kann.

  2. Dr. Erik Maronde Dr. Erik Maronde says:

    In this amazing book one of the greatest contemporary TV, Movie, novel and comic book writers, J Michael Straczynski JMS lays his life out before our eyes He Man, Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Crusade, Changeling, Sense8, Amazing Spiderman and Thor are just a selection of his works.The book starts with a description of his families roots in the early 20 Century and how this family history relates into the darkest events of the first and second world wars The words We were told will never again sound the same for me after reading Becoming Superman to me personally.An uncaring and loveless family with dark secrets cannot suppress his urge to become a writer, a creator and a good man I had literally tears in my eyes in some passages The book is also full of humor and great fun to read despite the horrific events described And he continues to be a creator Watch and read his creations And read this book Highly recommended.

  3. Rosita Zen Rosita Zen says:

    Whether you are a jms fan or not, this autobiography is one of the best you ll ever read

  4. skb17 skb17 says:

    I had just read a quite dark book and thought Ahh, now for something lighter How wrong could I have been when I first started turning those pages JMS s upbringing is nothing short of harrowing I had tears at various points, I admit both at the sad moments but also the brighter moments like the tale involving a pipe.This book is the definition of autobiography It is very much JMS himself front and centre, interwoven with his career Being a master storyteller he manages to weave the two sides into a narrative that makes perfect sense and you can t have one without the other.Being greedy I would have liked , particularly around B5 More about the cast and production, but I need to remind myself this is not a B5 behind the scenes book it s an autobiography.I daresay that the book could be picked up by anyone, someone who hadn t even seen his work, as the story stands so strongly in its own right with a narrative that spans countries over various decades.I am avoiding any detail as I feel readers need to go in with a clean mind and let the story unfold for themselves But this is a tale of sadness, happiness, perseverance and one ultimately of hope I cannot recommend it enough.

  5. Jordan Jordan says:

    I ve loved this man s work for over a decade now I truly believe he has one of the most fascinating life stories that I ve ever encountered, and now that story is written in this book, for all of us to find inspiration and share in his experience.To Joe Much like the characters in Sense8, I now understand you and what you ve been through a great deal than I did a month ago Thank you.

  6. Raul Endymion Raul Endymion says:

    It s exactly what you expect Well written, fun, easy to digest and not overly long Great insight into the man as well Well worth a read if you re interested in his work at all.

  7. William A Sinclair William A Sinclair says:

    Goes between being tragic and disturbing, heartwarming and funny, and incredibly inspirational It s a serious roller coaster ride, but than worth the price of purchase, whether you re a fan of JMS work or not.