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The Origin of the Escapist

ISSUE:  Spring 2004

Set during Golden Age of comic books, Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay tells the story of Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay, cousins who create a superhero known as “The Escapist.” Now, at long last, that dazzling Master of Elusion, foe of tyranny, and champion of liberation slips free from the bonds of the novel into the full-color world of comics. In this story, penned by Chabon himself, we learn how the Escapist gained his secret powers and witness the passing of the Golden Key on that fateful night at the Empire Theater, a night that transformed a shy boy who walked with a crutch into a bold hero roaming the globe performing amazing feats of magic and coming to the aid of all those who languish in the chains of oppression.

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