It's Superman! by Tom De Haven

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The world's most popular and enduring super hero and acclaimed novelist Tom De Haven come together to create the extraordinary It's Superman!a novel that reinvents the early years of the Man of Steel. Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, the novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across america to Hollywood in its golden age, and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and supervillains inspired by fascists. Sure to appeal to fans of the TV show Smallville and the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, as well as devoted comic book readers, It's Superman is a fun and fast-paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapades, ill-fitting costumes, and super-sized coming-of-age angst.
 

About Tom De Haven

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Tom De Haven is the author of eight novels, including the Derby Dugan trilogy, hailed a wild ride" by the Boston Globe and "brimming with life and characters" by the New York Times Books Review. A frequent contributor to Entertainment Weekly and the New
 
Published September 15, 2005 by Chronicle Books. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. 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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Publishers Weekly

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Scott Brick gives a super performance in his reading of this revisionist telling of the Superman legend.

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AV Club

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A novel and a reprint collection provide two looks at Superman's roots.

Nov 30 2005 | Read Full Review of It's Superman!

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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Bookmarks Magazine

Tom Russo Critical Summary If you enjoyed De Haven’s Derby Dugan trilogy or have fond memories of (or a continued obsession with) the Man of Steel, you’ll like It’s Superman!, a re-creation of Superman’s early life before 1938, when he first started to appear in comic strips and, later, book...

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Escape Pod

No she was not pregnant during Superman III, because there never was a Superman III, or a Superman IV.

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