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ISBN13: 9780312339920
ISBN10: 0312339925
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David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen — until he retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis — his superpowers are failing him.

At long last this classic satire that changed superheroes forever, and became the inspiration for the next generation of comic book creators, is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

Review:

"[S]harp, funny, and ultimately moving, with a plot that could be the R-rated version of...The Incredibles....[A] cult novel that inspired a generation of comic book writers and anticipated books like The Fortress of Solitude and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Superfolks is an irreverent look behind the mask of superheroes wrapped up in a cutting lampoon of late '70s attitudes." Paul Dini, writer and producer of Batman: The Animated Series

Review:

"It is gorgeous. It is splendid. It is funny as hell....He writes like an angeel." Newsday

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"Infectiously funny." Los Angeles Magazine

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"What if you were a superhero going through a mid-life crisis? Your tights are in a bunch. You've lost your hair. Your powers have a mind of their own....You'll never look at superheroes the same way again!" Stan Lee, comic legend and creator of Spiderman, X-Men, and The Fantastic Four

Review:

"What Robert Mayer has done, and done with real aplomb, is carry off a smart satire and a very funny novel while at the same time caring enough about his characters that the reader's investment is respected and paid dividends. Without being derivative, it reminds me of early Vonnegut — Vonnegut through Cat's Cradle — as well as the first couple of the Hitchhiker's Guide [series]. It's always satisfying when an influential but neglected work — in any genre, in any field — is 'rediscovered' and given its proper credit." Tom de Haven, author of Funny Papers, Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies, and Dugan Under Ground

Review:

"Superfolks was the book that showed me you could do more with superheroes than adolescent power fantasies. Without Superfolks I doubt there'd have been an Astro City." Kurt Busiek, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Astro City

Synopsis:

Before there was WATCHMEN, there was SUPERFOLKS....
 
David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen--until he retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis--his superpowers are failing him.

At long last this classic satire that inspired comic books like Watchmen and Miracleman is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

Synopsis:

Before there was WATCHMEN, there was SUPERFOLKS....
 
David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen--until he retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis--his superpowers are failing him.

At long last this classic satire that inspired comic books like Watchmen and Miracleman is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

Robert Mayer was an award-winning journalist. He now lives in New Mexico. Superfolks, his first novel, was originally published in 1977.
David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen—until be retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis—his superpowers are failing him.

 

At long last this classic novel, a satire that changed superheroes forever, and that would become the inspiration for the next generation of comic book creators, is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

"Infectiously funny."—Los Angeles magazine

"It is gorgeous. It is splendid. It is funny as hell . . . [Mayer] writes like an angel."—Newsday

"What if you were a superhero going through a mid-life crisis? Your tights are in a bunch. You've lost your hair. Your powers have a mind of their own . . . You'll never look at superheroes the same way again!"—Stan Lee, comic legend and creator of Spiderman and The X-Men

"What Robert Mayer has done, and done with real aplomb, is carry off a smart satire and a very funny novel while at the same time caring enough about his characters that the reader's investment is respected and paid dividends. Without being derivative, it reminds me of early Vonnegut—Vonnegut through Cat's Cradle—as well as the first couple of the Hitchhiker's Guides. It's always satisfying when an influential but neglected work—in any genre, in any field—is 'rediscovered' and given its proper credit."—Tom de Haven, author of Funny Papers, Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies, and Dugan Under Ground

"Superfolks is an irreverent look behind the mask of superheroes wrapped up in a cutting lampoon of late 70's attitudes."—Paul Dini, writer and producer of Batman: The Animated Series

"Superfolks was the book that showed me you could do more with superheroes than adolescent power fantasies. Without Superfolks I doubt there'd have been an Astro City."—Kurt Busiek, Multiple Eisner Award-Winning Creator of Astro City

About the Author

Robert Mayer is a former, award-winning journalist. He lives in New Mexico. During a mid-life crisis, he got in touch with his inner superhero and created Superfolks, his first novel, which was originally published in 1977.

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spidey92116, June 29, 2008 (view all comments by spidey92116)
As a young man i picked up a copy of superfolks at a lonely rundown fleamarket in tampa fla. The year was 1986 and it was a different world. A world on the brink of big changes. That same year alan Moore released The Watchmen and the Dark Knight was born. But before i found those treasures a year later at my local comic shop, i read superfolks. The cover was worn but still bright with promise. It seemed to reach out to me on so many levels. After readings those first two pages i was hooked. It was so different, so real, yet so ridiculous on so many levels. The man character, a man at the brink of middleage somehow touched me. I was at the height of my youth yet somehow i related to stagnation and the absurd nature of it all. This book would haunt me for years to come. Robert Mayer, where ever you are, thank you. I just read your book for the 15th time....you are a genius.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312339920
Foreword by:
Morrison, Grant
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Foreword by:
Morrison, Grant
Foreword:
Morrison, Grant
Author:
Mayer, Robert
Author:
Morrison, Grant
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Super Heroes
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
March 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.545 in

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Product details 240 pages Griffin - English 9780312339920 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[S]harp, funny, and ultimately moving, with a plot that could be the R-rated version of...The Incredibles....[A] cult novel that inspired a generation of comic book writers and anticipated books like The Fortress of Solitude and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay."
"Review" by , "Superfolks is an irreverent look behind the mask of superheroes wrapped up in a cutting lampoon of late '70s attitudes."
"Review" by , "It is gorgeous. It is splendid. It is funny as hell....He writes like an angeel."
"Review" by , "Infectiously funny."
"Review" by , "What if you were a superhero going through a mid-life crisis? Your tights are in a bunch. You've lost your hair. Your powers have a mind of their own....You'll never look at superheroes the same way again!"
"Review" by , "What Robert Mayer has done, and done with real aplomb, is carry off a smart satire and a very funny novel while at the same time caring enough about his characters that the reader's investment is respected and paid dividends. Without being derivative, it reminds me of early Vonnegut — Vonnegut through Cat's Cradle — as well as the first couple of the Hitchhiker's Guide [series]. It's always satisfying when an influential but neglected work — in any genre, in any field — is 'rediscovered' and given its proper credit."
"Review" by , "Superfolks was the book that showed me you could do more with superheroes than adolescent power fantasies. Without Superfolks I doubt there'd have been an Astro City."
"Synopsis" by ,
Before there was WATCHMEN, there was SUPERFOLKS....
 
David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen--until he retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis--his superpowers are failing him.

At long last this classic satire that inspired comic books like Watchmen and Miracleman is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

"Synopsis" by ,
Before there was WATCHMEN, there was SUPERFOLKS....
 
David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen--until he retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis--his superpowers are failing him.

At long last this classic satire that inspired comic books like Watchmen and Miracleman is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

Robert Mayer was an award-winning journalist. He now lives in New Mexico. Superfolks, his first novel, was originally published in 1977.
David Brinkley used to be a hero, the greatest the world had ever seen—until be retired, got married, moved to the suburbs, and packed on a few extra pounds. Now all the heroes are dead or missing, and his beloved New York is on the edge of chaos. It's up to Brinkley to come to the rescue, but he's in the midst of a serious mid-life crisis—his superpowers are failing him.

 

At long last this classic novel, a satire that changed superheroes forever, and that would become the inspiration for the next generation of comic book creators, is back in print. It's a hilarious thriller that digs deep into the American psyche.

"Infectiously funny."—Los Angeles magazine

"It is gorgeous. It is splendid. It is funny as hell . . . [Mayer] writes like an angel."—Newsday

"What if you were a superhero going through a mid-life crisis? Your tights are in a bunch. You've lost your hair. Your powers have a mind of their own . . . You'll never look at superheroes the same way again!"—Stan Lee, comic legend and creator of Spiderman and The X-Men

"What Robert Mayer has done, and done with real aplomb, is carry off a smart satire and a very funny novel while at the same time caring enough about his characters that the reader's investment is respected and paid dividends. Without being derivative, it reminds me of early Vonnegut—Vonnegut through Cat's Cradle—as well as the first couple of the Hitchhiker's Guides. It's always satisfying when an influential but neglected work—in any genre, in any field—is 'rediscovered' and given its proper credit."—Tom de Haven, author of Funny Papers, Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies, and Dugan Under Ground

"Superfolks is an irreverent look behind the mask of superheroes wrapped up in a cutting lampoon of late 70's attitudes."—Paul Dini, writer and producer of Batman: The Animated Series

"Superfolks was the book that showed me you could do more with superheroes than adolescent power fantasies. Without Superfolks I doubt there'd have been an Astro City."—Kurt Busiek, Multiple Eisner Award-Winning Creator of Astro City

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