At its core, professional wrestling has always been about the forces of evil trying to undermine everything good - and a red hot heel needs a valiant hero to battle against, someone fans can root for, identify with, and look up to. Wrestling heroes like Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, and Andre the Giant are celebrated worldwide. In Heroes & Icons, Oliver and Johnson include more than just the household names, digging deeper to also tell the story of forgotten heroes and regional stars, like Tiger Jeet Singh, who has an elementary school named after him, and Whitey Caldwell, whose gravesite still sees flowers from fans 40 years after his passing. Covering the 1930s through to the present day, the latest installment in the acclaimed Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series examines what makes a great hero.
Steven Johnson is the author of articles on business, politics, and sports in dozens of newspapers and magazines, and the coauthor of Benoit and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Springfield, Virginia. Greg Oliver has been covering professional wrestling for two decades for the SLAM! Sports wrestling website, the Canadian Wrestling Report, and other magazines and newspapers. He is the author of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Toronto. Mike Mooneyham has been one of the world's leading wrestling journalists for more than 20 years. He is the coauthor of Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina. J. J. Dillon is a retired professional wrestler and manager, best remembered as the leader of the wrestling group the Four Horsemen, which consisted of Nature Boy, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson. He will be elected into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. He lives in Delaware.