Joe Shuster's dark artistic fantasies are about to hit the big screen. Variety reports that the Gotham Group has optioned Craig Yoe's Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster with plans to turn it into a historical drama.

Yoe's collection was just published this year, and revealed that Shuster as the artist behind a 16-volume series of underground comics titled The Nights of Horror. They depicted scenes of S&M and brutal torture, all starring heroes and heroines who looked remarkably like Shuster's famous Superman characters. (If you'd like to see Superman getting whipped, check out the book's official website.) As Shuster lost his DC gig in 1946, and all rights to Superman, everyone has always wondered if he was working out a few issues ...

As if Shuster's legal wranglings and descent into underground comics wasn't intriguing enough, there's even more to the Nights of Horror. The series was financed by the Mob, and were sold under the counter of Times Square bookstores. After supposedly inspiring the crime spree of the neo-Nazi Brooklyn Thrill Killers, Horror was the focus of a crackdown on comics, and a Supreme Court censorship trial in 1954. The film will tackle Shuster as an artist and the crime spree that his naughty pictures were said to inspire, and the project is currently out to writers.

Could this be L.A. Confidential with Superman porn? I hope so. As we wait to find out, let's marvel at the quirky timing that brought this news out a mere week after Jerome Siegel's heirs lost their Superman case ...
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