PHILADELPHIA — Steve Jobs, the public face of Apple Inc., is getting a biographical comic book.
Publisher Bluewater Productions Inc. said Monday it will bring a 32-page biography — titled "Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple" — of the iconic CEO to comic book shops, bookstores and online retailers Aug. 24, detailing his life and career.
"His innovations command front page news, speculation of his health affects the stock market. Not bad for a college dropout," Bluewater President Darren Davis said.
The book, written by C.W. Cooke and drawn by Chris Schmidt, profiles the technological innovator who helped co-create Apple and then oversaw its resurgence with products including the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
"Admire him or hate him, Jobs’ vision and business acumen revolutionized the world," Cooke said. Between Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, "you would be hard pressed to find someone with greater influence over how we communicate, interact and do business over the last 30 years."
The comic is part of the Vancouver, Wash.-based publisher’s wider series of looks at contemporary figures ranging from Lady Gaga to Sarah Palin to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
"There are definitely some similarities between Zuckerberg and Jobs. It takes a certain kind of drive and a certain kind of genius to move society the way they have," Cooke said. "The idea behind both efforts is to show the person behind the personality and that it is never what you’d expect."
Bluewater said the success of its Zuckerberg comic — it sold out — led the company to look at Jobs as a subject.
"His story, and that of Apple, is epic," Davis said