Friday, October 26, 2007

Superhero Novels

I came across these three books recently. Top is paperback for It's Superman (designer Derek Walls), followed by the hardcover, designed by Chris Ware. Hero was done by Chipp Kidd, and Soon I will be Invincible is probably my favorite - designer name to come. The paperback for Superman uses an animation cell from a 1941 cartoon.

It's Superman
is a very fun read - it's a novel for adults and takes place during the Great Depression, mid-thirties, and follows Clarke Kent as he exits his teenage years and meets up with Lois Lane, Willi Berg and Lex Luthor. It's the beginning of the legend, and it's great. Part of the joy of reading it is being totally absorbed in the period detail. It makes so much more sense for Superman to belong to that era than to belong in a modern world, especially since the comic books started in that time.

Hero is about a gay teenage superhero - haven't read it yet, but it's in the YA section and the author was involved in the Narnia movies. ...Invicible is about a league of superheroes fighting a villainous scientist named Doctor Impossible. I just freaking LOVE the back cover for Invincible. It sums up all these book covers into one irresistible image.

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