The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

A illustrated biographical tale that follows Hollywood revolutionary Rod Serling's rise to fame in the Golden Age of Television, and his descent into his personal Twilight Zone.We recognize Rod Serling as our sharply dressed, cigarette-smoking tour guide of The Twilight Zone, but the entertainment business once regarded him as the "Angry Young Man" of Hollywood. Before he b...

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Title:The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television
Author:Koren Shadmi
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The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television Reviews

  • Literary Soirée

    This graphic novelized bio of The Twilight Zone creator offers a sensitive, creative take on Serling and is sure to be coveted by the many rabid fans of the show.

    It captures the essence of the genius once known as the “angry young man” of Hollywood, who often clashed with TV execs and sponsors over such issues as war, racism and censorship.

    Serling spoke at my hubs’ fifth grade English class, smoking cig after cig the whole time. He started his professional career in Cincinnati as a continuity

    This graphic novelized bio of The Twilight Zone creator offers a sensitive, creative take on Serling and is sure to be coveted by the many rabid fans of the show.

    It captures the essence of the genius once known as the “angry young man” of Hollywood, who often clashed with TV execs and sponsors over such issues as war, racism and censorship.

    Serling spoke at my hubs’ fifth grade English class, smoking cig after cig the whole time. He started his professional career in Cincinnati as a continuity writer for WLW, going on to write for TV on WKRC. We claim him as our own, so I know many in the Queen City will also really dig this fine book with its TZ-vibed illustrations and story. 5/5

    Pub Date 08 Oct 2019.

    Thanks to the author, Humanoids and NetGalley. Opinions are mine.

    #TheTwilightMan #NetGalley

  • Laura

    For those who are familiar with the Twilight Zone, this graphic novel version of Rod Serling's life reads like an extended twilight zone story.

    It starts with Rod on board a flight, where he strikes up a conversation with his seat mate, who asks him about the story of his life, so he begins with the army.

    It helps that we start there, because we get the essence of what shaped him.

  • Tara

    Told in graphic novel form, this is the biography of Rod Serling, best known as creator and writer of The Twilight Zone. The story is told within the frame of Rod speaking to a woman next to him on a flight, telling her his life story. He begins with him becoming a paratrooper during World War II, and continues through his life in college and beginning his career as a writer. Fans of The Twilight Zone will love the behind the scenes look at his writing process and negotiations, but he also just

    Told in graphic novel form, this is the biography of Rod Serling, best known as creator and writer of The Twilight Zone. The story is told within the frame of Rod speaking to a woman next to him on a flight, telling her his life story. He begins with him becoming a paratrooper during World War II, and continues through his life in college and beginning his career as a writer. Fans of The Twilight Zone will love the behind the scenes look at his writing process and negotiations, but he also just had a fascinating life. The style of the art is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone in the black and white panels, and scenes from the show will be recognizable to fans. This gave me insight into a writer I knew little about, and it put his work into perspective for me.

    **Read via NetGalley

  • Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    Rod Serling's life narrated by himself and told- not only is it disguised as a criticism of censorship, but it's told as if

    with a

    thaZone.

    Rod Serling's life narrated by himself and told- not only is it disguised as a criticism of censorship, but it's told as if

    with a

    that had me slack-jawed at the author/artist's creativity.

    I've always felt that The Twilight Zone was different,

    It proves to be cheesy, but the dialogue, character acting and stories

    have aged so well that the show is well-worth watching.

    Rod Serling is on a plane with a

    who recognises him and asks him all about his life.

    Rod feels like an old friend at this point - an amiable uncle who pats you on the shoulder and

    But he's also that uncle whose PTSD was labelled "shell-shock" and thrown aside.

    Shell-shock was always thought to be a temporary consequence of war.

    Rod's experiences in the war are not only evil, but so well crafted - the writing and art are so well integrated that your

    And let me tell you, it's not a fun experience. Rod joins the Paratroopers, a lifelong wish of his.

    During his

    of fighting censorship, shameless advertising, anti-antisemitism against his people Rod finally knew that stories about current politicians, corruption and wordly problems could only be

    But like all great artists,

    (whose character's are wonderfully fleshed out despite them only being in ten or so pages each). Rod gives in to the stress of his work.

    The latter part of the comic was

    After the Twilight Zone was cancelled, Rod caved inwards. He attempted writing for television shows. He succeeded, but everything he wrote was censored, just as he hated.

    Go ahead and learn of his death yourself.

    I laud any biography that finds a wonderful way to portray the person at hand. The

    itself. Rod, his family, colleagues, friends and foes have such raw emotion and relatable dialogue that I found myself in tears. The author made an audacious attempt at telling a man's story in first person (!) Well hell, the risk paid of and I'm impressed by Koren Shadmi all round.

    Not only that, but the

    This was absolutely brilliant and the best comic I've read all year. To discuss Serling's life in a

    I feel that Rod would approve of the lack of censorship in his book.

    I'm always in awe of the tenacity of writers who change the world. Serling goes on with his writing

    despite being told his writing isn't meant for radio.

    This wasn't an easy task for a country fueled by the nuclear family and American Dream.

    , died from the injuries sustained. The all white jury declared Till guilty and he was sentenced to death. Rod was outraged and wanted to film a half-an-hour piece about it. In the adaptation, Rod's script went from meaningful to "American Dream" Till was turned white, the word "lynch" was censored

    Rod helped forward Richard Matheson's (Born Charles Leroy Nutt) career, annoyed Ray Bradbury and finally mentioned Spielberg in passing as a famous actress refuses to be in a film

    If only she knew.

    The "surprise motherf*cker" ending of Planet of the Apes was largely due to Matheson's input. He wanted to make the movie darker so they scrapped his script, but kept the ending.

    - Rod Serling

  • Stephanie Griffin

    THE TWILIGHT MAN: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television, written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, tells the story of the genius behind The Twilight Zone.

    Shadmi, living in India, didn’t see the original Twilight Zone until 2009, but they were smitten. Who was this creator of strange stories?

    Covering Serling’s World War II experience is an important part of what made his personality. Shadmi then covers how Serling fell into writing in college, his professional beginnings in New York,

    THE TWILIGHT MAN: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television, written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, tells the story of the genius behind The Twilight Zone.

    Shadmi, living in India, didn’t see the original Twilight Zone until 2009, but they were smitten. Who was this creator of strange stories?

    Covering Serling’s World War II experience is an important part of what made his personality. Shadmi then covers how Serling fell into writing in college, his professional beginnings in New York, and the highs and lows of working in Hollywood.

    I highly recommend this graphic novel for readers of biographies, history, and the entertainment industry.

    I thank #Netgalley for the honor of reading this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Jen

    Before I say anything else, that ending, OOF! So good and a great hat-tip to The Twilight Zone.

    It's amazing how so many things I read, even when not specifically about war, always show in some way, that war is hell, fighting and death are a waste and communication and connection could do so much to prevent the horrors of war.

    I love the Twilight Zone. The episodes I've seen were all amazing, weird and some made me cry. (The one with the guy and the library and the clock and the glass

    Before I say anything else, that ending, OOF! So good and a great hat-tip to The Twilight Zone.

    It's amazing how so many things I read, even when not specifically about war, always show in some way, that war is hell, fighting and death are a waste and communication and connection could do so much to prevent the horrors of war.

    I love the Twilight Zone. The episodes I've seen were all amazing, weird and some made me cry. (The one with the guy and the library and the clock and the glasses. You know which one I mean. YOU try not blubbering like an idiot every time you watch it!) But I didn't know much about it, or how hard it was to get on the air. I just took it for granted. I knew even less about the life of the person who created it.

    This book filled in the gaps and made me acutely aware that we really shouldn't take anything for granted, not even good tv!

    I don't want to go into spoiler territory, so I won't say much other than the story was amazing, the subject matter handled with tact and honesty and the artwork was quality.

    There is war violence, lots of gruesome death as war tends to yield and some adultering, but just hinted at and no sex shown. Just be aware. Life isn't pretty and it doesn't always end the way one would like. But this ending was something else. I would recommend this book if only for that whole tie-together.

    5, don't you want to enter The Twilight Zone, stars.

    My thanks to NetGalley and Humanoids/Life Drawn for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  • Chad

    This was excellent. Shadmi uses a framing device where Serling tells his life story to an airplane passenger sitting next to him. It has the feeling of an episode of

    . Not only do we see Serling's life from the time he entered the Pacific Theater during World War II, but his his rise as a TV writer. Serling lived a complicated life. One that I was instantly enthralled in while reading this.

    is a show that I feel still plays today. Maybe today more than ever. It st/>The

    This was excellent. Shadmi uses a framing device where Serling tells his life story to an airplane passenger sitting next to him. It has the feeling of an episode of

    . Not only do we see Serling's life from the time he entered the Pacific Theater during World War II, but his his rise as a TV writer. Serling lived a complicated life. One that I was instantly enthralled in while reading this.

    is a show that I feel still plays today. Maybe today more than ever. It started during the Red Scare of the fifties, telling morality tales of social issues of the day disguised with a science fiction veneer. There's a lot of similarities between that time period and now with the rise of white nationalism since the election of Trump. It's amazing how one can still watch a show created in the fifties and find parallels in today's society.

  • Nostalgia Reader

    An excellent biography of one of television’s pioneers. I knew pretty much nothing about Serling before reading this, but when I finished I came away with a greater appreciation for his works and what he did to try and break the mold of the radio & television industry.

    The bio starts off in Serling’s teenage years in the military, showcasing his early attempts at creative writing as well as the horrors he witnessed that later inspired both his horror-based imagery as well as the s

    An excellent biography of one of television’s pioneers. I knew pretty much nothing about Serling before reading this, but when I finished I came away with a greater appreciation for his works and what he did to try and break the mold of the radio & television industry.

    The bio starts off in Serling’s teenage years in the military, showcasing his early attempts at creative writing as well as the horrors he witnessed that later inspired both his horror-based imagery as well as the social commentaries he wove into his scripts and stories.

    Radio and TV were at the mercy of the advertisers who funded their shows and had plenty of say over what could and couldn’t be shown or scripted in a program. Serling disagreed with that–not only did it cause stunted creativity, but it inevitably didn’t allow certain observations and commentaries to be made in scripts. After all, something controversial would reflect badly on the brand(s) sponsoring the show! It took many scripts before Serling found the way to write what he wanted while making the commentaries he wanted, and when he did he created one of the most pioneering shows in TV history.

    I loved the narrative style of the story and in itself it paid excellent homage to Serling’s style and works. The illustrations themselves I wouldn’t necessarily call amazing, but they deeply captured Serling’s looks and emotions throughout the story, which made it much more powerful.

    Definitely a recommended read for anyone who likes television history!

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to review!

    (Cross posted on

    .)

  • Margie

    The life story of Rod Serling in a graphic novel, to me, it's like reading a comic book. The story consists of many facts of his life before he wrote the Twilight Zone series , during the hectic years of writing so many shows while busy doing other things and what follows. Interesting and a quick read.

  • Devann

    I am not usually one for biography books, but I do really love The Twilight Zone and I figured a graphic novel was much less of a commitment than a prose book of the same length [I have a poor attention span, what can I say]. This was a pretty good story about Rod's early life and his work creating The Twilight Zone. I did like how the author framed it as Rod telling his own story in what was essentially an episode of The Twilight Zone complete w

    I am not usually one for biography books, but I do really love The Twilight Zone and I figured a graphic novel was much less of a commitment than a prose book of the same length [I have a poor attention span, what can I say]. This was a pretty good story about Rod's early life and his work creating The Twilight Zone. I did like how the author framed it as Rod telling his own story in what was essentially an episode of The Twilight Zone complete with a twist ending.

    On the other hand a lot of the information presented seemed very personal and came across as a bit off-putting knowing that this was written by someone after the person in question was already dead. I would hope much of this type of information came from interviews or people who knew Rod, because otherwise the author projected an awful lot of emotions onto him that we have no way of knowing whether he was actually feeling at the time.

    Still, it was a pretty good read and it's interesting [and sad] to see how he had to fight censorship his whole life and even at times write for anti-Semitic people who did not want Jewish people in the scripts despite them literally being written by a Jewish man. It's sad that he had to use so much smoke and mirrors to talk about social issues, but ultimately a great show came out of it that people are still watching today.

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