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A "Dark Knight" Rendering of the Superman Tale, and Excellent at That!

  • Sep 11, 2009
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This book is totally different than any depiction of Superman I have come across. It has the feel more of the Dark Night Batman tales. In this one Clark is a type of rebel that has a difficult relationship with his father. Clark is an ultra farm "hick" who works for the local newspaper part-time (the newspaper is a weekly edition) and covers very mundane things like an old lady who designs color postcards.

Clark's father is an outcast from the town because he spurned the church and let a "Negro" live in his house. Clark's parents never understand what he really is and struggle with expressing love to him. Clark is a middle to slightly below average student and he wrestles with self doubt and self worth problems. He finds it very difficult to befriend girls and he tends to get into trouble a lot. He hides his "special" abilities because he will only be treated worse by his peers and when he does use them, "bad" guys tend to die.

Lois Lane is portrayed as almost a "loose" woman who goes through several "sleep-in" boyfriends. One of them, Willi is framed for a murder and goes on the lam. Willi ends up in Kansas and meets up with Clark. He finds out Clark's special abilities and convinces Clark to leave Kansas because he was meant for better things. The two travel the country like hobos, hiding in freight trains and sleeping among winos.

This book gives us a less powerful Superman who can be hurt and sometimes cut. He does not have a baby blanket sewn into a costume. As a matter of fact each time he does something in costume, the costume usually ends up shredded.

There is no Metropolis in this tale. The Daily Planet is located in New York and the author does a good job of recreating the era (1937) with many historical figures involved in the tale.

The author tackles prostitution, homosexuality, phyical and sexual abuse and many other "taboo" subjects that are normally ignored in Superman tales. All of it works very well and I would love for this tale to end up as a film!

Can't wait for another installment from the author.

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This book is totally different than any depiction of Superman I have come across. It has the feel more of the Dark Night Batman tales. In this one Clark is a type of rebel that has a difficult relationship with his father. Clark is an ultra farm "hick" who works for the local newspaper part-time (the newspaper is a weekly edition) and covers very mundane things like an old lady who designs color postcards.     Clark's father is an outcast from the town because he spurned the …
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Praise for Tom De Haven’sIt’s Superman!

“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

“De Haven lets it all unfold with melodramatic relish, reviving the pulp noir of vintage comic books and Saturday morning serials… 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

“Sometimes even icons have to grow up.” —The Onion

“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

“It's Superman!... and it's terrific.” —Palm Beach Post

“A must for all superman fans.” —The Philadelphia Weekly News

“De Haven's novel shows that, nearly 70 ...
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ISBN-10: 0345493923
ISBN-13: 978-0345493927
Author: Tom De Haven
Publisher: Ballantine Books

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