It's Superman! by Tom De Haven

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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. 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 that a job for Superman?

About Tom De Haven

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Tom De Haven is the author of eight novels, including the Derby Dugan trilogy, and the nonfiction book Our Hero: Superman on Earth. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, he lives in Virginia, where he teaches creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Published October 14, 2005 by Chronicle Books. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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De Haven skillfully juggles parallel narratives, shifting among Clark’s attention-getting early heroics (e.g., catching a speeding bullet in midair), Lois Lane’s rapid climb up the big-city journalism ladder (interrupted by romantic friendships, one with Polish-American photographer Willi Berg, w...

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Entertainment Weekly

Tom De Haven, author of many wonderful novels, including It's Superman!, here offers an extended meditation on the role the flying Krypton orphan has played in comic books, cartoons, movies, and TV.

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Entertainment Weekly

Grounding an iconic superhero in something akin to reality has been done before — most recently in Batman Begins.

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Open Letters Monthly

Originally published in 2005, Tom De Haven’s terrific novel It’s Superman!

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SF Signal

To say too much would be to spoil the journey of the book, which is why I’m being deliberately vague (because really, it’s the journey that makes this book worth it), but when you read details like how Clark Kent got his Superman costume, you cannot help but smile and think “Yes.

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