Aldous, Steve: The World of Shaft. A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2015.
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Keywords: "Shaft", Adaptation, Comic strip, Crime comics, Ethnicity, Literature, Tidyman. Ernest, USA
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
Mention Shaft and most people think of Gordon Parks’ seminal 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree in a leather coat, walking the streets of Manhattan to Isaac Hayes’ iconic theme music. But the black private dick who inspired the blaxploitation film genre actually made his debut on the printed page as the creation of a white novelist.
Ernest Tidyman was a seasoned journalist down on his luck when he decided to try his hand at fiction. Shaft was the result, giving Tidyman the break he was looking for. He went on to become an Academy Award winning screenwriter and respected film producer.
Based on extensive research of Tidyman’s personal papers, this book tells the story of Shaft from the perspective of his creator. The author provides new insight and analysis of the writing of the Shaft novels, as well as the production of the films and TV series. First-ever coverage of the forgotten Shaft newspaper comic strip includes previously unseen artwork. Also included is Shaft’s recent reappearance on the printed page, in both comic book and prose form.
Table of Contents
I. The Genesis of John Shaft
II. Shaft in Print
III. Shaft on Screen
Epilogue: Shaft Back in Print (221)
Chapter Notes (233)
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