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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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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9923-6
BibTeX citation key: Aldous2015
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Keywords: "Shaft", Adaptation, Comic strip, Crime comics, Ethnicity, Literature, Tidyman. Ernest, USA
Creators: Aldous
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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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

Acknowledgments (vii)
David F. Walker: Foreword (1)
Introduction (5)

I. The Genesis of John Shaft
1. The Shaft Phenomenon (9)
2. Ernest Tidyman: The White Man Behind the Black Hero (15)

II. Shaft in Print
3. The Shaft Novels (35)
– Book 1: Shaft (1970) (41)
– Book 2: Shaft Among the Jews (1972) (50)
– Book 3: Shaft’s Big Score! (1972) (58)
– Book 4: Shaft Has a Ball (1973) (63)
– Book 5: Goodbye, Mr. Shaft (1973) (69)
– Book 6: Shaft’s Carnival of Killers (1974) (77)
– Book 7: The Last Shaft (1975) (83)
4. The Shaft Comic Strip (91)
5. John Shaft: A Portrait (96)
6. Shaft’s Supporting Characters (106)
7. Shaft’s New York (117)

III. Shaft on Screen
8. Gordon Parks: A Life in Pictures (133)
9. Richard Roundtree: The Man Who Was Shaft (137)
10. The Shaft Films
– Shaft (1971) (142)
– Shaft’s Big Score! (1972) (161)
– Shaft in Africa (1973) (176)
11. The Shaft TV Series (1973-4) (189)
– Episode 1: "The Executioners" (194)
– Episode 2: "The Killing" (197)
– Episode 3: "Hit-Run" (200)
– Episode 4: "The Kidnapping" (201)
– Episode 5: "Cop Killer" (204)
– Episode 6: "The Capricorn Murders" (206)
– Episode 7: "The Murder Machine" (208)
12. Shaft Returns
– Shaft (2000) (211)

Epilogue: Shaft Back in Print (221)

A: Ernest Tidyman Credits (225)
B: Gordon Parks Credits (226)
C: Richard Roundtree Credits (227)
D: Robert Turner Credits (230)
E: Phillip Rock Credits (230)
F: Shaft’s Publishers (231)
G: Shaft’s Openings (231)
H: A Character Named Willie (232)

Chapter Notes (233)
Bibliography (243)
Index (249)

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