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It's Superman!: A Novelby Tom De Haven
"It's Superman! has wonderfully crisp period detail, making you believe you're right there in either depression-era Kansas, the teeming metropolis of 1930s New York City, or out in sunny California where Clark works as a stunt man getting to take home a certain blue and red costume we've all become acquainted with. Spot on style, language, and dialogue right down to the fashion of the time, make this a good read not just for superhero fans, but just about anyone who enjoys a nostalgic thrill or two." David Hannon, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
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Coming of age in rural 1930s America with X-ray vision, the power to stop bullets, and the ability to fly isn't exactly every boy's story. So just how did Clark Kent, a shy farmer's son, grow up to be the Man of Steel? Follow young Clark's whirlwind journey from Kansas to New York City's Daily Planet — by way Hollywood. This ace reporter is not the only person leading a double life in a teeming metropolis, just the only one able to leap tall buildings in a single bound — a skill that comes in handy when battling powerful criminal masterminds like scheming Lex Luthor and fascist robots. But can Clark's Midwestern charm save the day and win the heart of stunning, seen-it-all newspaperwoman Lois Lane? Or is it a job for Superman?
Look deep into the soul of a pop-culture legend brilliantly re-imagined in this novel, which is as inventive and thrilling as it is touching and wise.
"Great fun...[De Haven] presents the man of steel as a sullen Depression-era teen, a bad WII-era reporter and as ambivalent about his super powers throughout, all with a kind of knowing that reflects a deep immersion in pulp." Publishers Weekly
"Delightful....It's Superman! fills in the early years of its hero with energy and imagination....De Haven's cartoon world will entertain readers for a long time to come." The New York Times Book Review
"With cheeky aplomb, luscious period details, and a generous affection for his characters, De Haven accomplishes his own kind of superhuman feat — he leaps above cliches in a single bound and fashions a stylish, rollicking good yarn from the legend of the Man of Steel." The Boston Globe
"It's Superman! is textured with authentic faces, places, and attitudes." Entertainment Weekly
"Funny, poignant and exciting...my favorite book of the year." Rocky Mountain News
"A smashing read that offers a comic book's stripped-down, telegraphic storytelling quality as well as a novel's more sustained narrative momentum...an impressive achievement, indeed." Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A must for all superman fans." The Philadelphia Weekly News
"De Haven's novel shows that, nearly 70 years after his creation, the Man of Steel still has plenty to offer." Booklist
The world's most popular and enduring super hero makes a smashing literary debut. This novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his super-powers and his newspaper career, following him from Kansas to New York City.
About the Author
Tom De Haven is the author of several novels, including Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies (winner of the 1997 American Book Award) and Funny Papers. A frequent contributor to Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, he also teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Midlothian, Virginia.
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