iFanboy Mini Video Podcast

iFanboy Mini #86 – It’s Superman!

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick delves into the world of prose and finds Tom De Haven’s It’s Superman!

Published in conjunction with DC Comics, De Haven crafts a Superman tale unlike any other, a tale both exciting and fresh and full of all the great reasons to love Superman: Lex Luthor! Giant Robots! Hollywood! Clark Kent riding the rails like a hobo!

Wait, what?

You’ll have to watch to find out about that last one.


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  1. This book was Fantastic! Conor, your summary was right on the mark. The comparison to a John Steinbeck novel blew my mind……… 

  2. Spot on! This book was fantastic. It did remind me of the Fleischer cartoons as I was reading it. I don’t have it in front of me, but I think the dustjacket artwork on the hardcover is different. BTW, i didn’t realise DC had that much input on the book, since the treatment was so different from the comics, aside from licensing or permission to use the character. The treatment itself makes for good drama, and plays out like things would have happened if a Superman did arrive on our Earth-Prime.

    I also recommend Soon I Will Be Invincible for good super-hero reading poolside! Would love to see a Mini for that book also!

    I see visions of an Oprah iFanboy Book Club…LOL

  3. Great review, thank you!

    I’d been curious about this book — the author is local to my hometown, so I’d sen a bit written up about it — but hadn’t gotten around.  Now I definitely want to check it out.

    I’d really be in favor of seeing more prose book reviews on the site.   It seems like there’s been a lot of fiction and nonfiction published about comics and superheroes in the past few years, which you guys are probably checking out anyway.  Would love to get  your insights!

  4. Thanks for the mention Conor! Glad to have a place to discuss an under-read book.

    *Spoiler Warning Below* 

    Anyone else who read it think it was weird that Clark lost his virignity to the girl out in Hollywood? I know this book was all about different interpretations and maybe I’m just a prude but that really stuck out to me.

  5. Ugh! I have been trying to remember the name/author of this book for-****ing-ever. God bless you, you princes.

  6. Since we’re talking comics-related books, sort of. I also want to do a shout out to Barry Lyga’s "The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl"..i’m only part way through it, but it is also quite good. It has a teenage angst about it, and i think Ron would love it (and that is NOT a jab and the stuff Ron likes, I just think he would enjoy it! Example: Fanboy is secretely working on a graphic novel that he is convinced will lead to publication, fame, and a way out of the crappy town he lives in…"


  7. Thanks for highlighting this book. I just put it on hold at the library. 😉

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