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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (16 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204518
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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"Beautifully told, with some gorgeous moments that capture the trials of true life at least as deftly as the herois." -- SFX Magazine February 2005

"Thankfully Busiek and Immonen combine their care for the character...with restraint to produce a fascinating story." -- The Leeds Guide 26 Jan- 10 Feb 2005 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

About the Author

Kurt Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup story that appeared in "Green Lantern #162." Since then, he's worked on just about everything from "Action Comics" to "Zot!," including runs on "Avengers," "Superman," "Conan" and others, and has co-created "Thunderbolts," "The Autumnlands," "Arrowsmith" and more. He's best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning "Marvels" and "Astro City."

Stuart Immonen has illustrated Fantastic Four and, like Dan Jurgens, is best known for both writing and drawing the adventures of Superman.


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This is a very rare graphic novel and at the time of me writing this review(2010), it is out of print and as a consequence is phenomenally expensive. You have to be very careful when buying this book - the original stories were published in 4 different comics, so i would recommend emailing a potential seller to ensure you are getting the complete set contained within one graphic novel, and not just one part of the series.
In a lot of cases books that go out of print are valuable because of their rarity value, and in a lot of cases this is because the book didn't sell well enough to justify keeping in print. There are quite a few out of print graphic novels that just weren't that great, and now, because they are rare, are perceived as being collectors' items - when in fact, they were never that good to begin with.

THIS BOOK IS THE EXCEPTION THAT PROVES THE RULE

I absolutely loved this book from the very first page to the very last - even the introduction was rivetting, and actually helps 'place' all the action. This is not a classic origin story of Superman - it deals with a separate universe within DC Comics where a boy is named Clark Kent and is endless teased by his peers at school. Every birthday, he gets Superman gifts. But in fact, Clark Kent is an ordinary boy. Until one day, when he suddenly has all of Superman's powers....The next question he has to ask himself, is 'Do i let people know who i am?'

This is the first part of the book , the second deals with Clark's life in Metropolis and deals with the growth of a relationship with Lois - does he tell her his secret or not? And the government trying to capture him and learn about his powers.
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What if you grew up in a world like ours where everyone knows who Superman is, from comics, films, toys, etc? And then what if you were also named Clark Kent and lived in a small town in Kansas? It'd be a bit crappy wouldn't it? Being teased for being so similar but clearly not having such incredible, fantastical powers? And then, what if - one day you got those powers? This is the story of another Clark Kent who becomes a Superman and navigates the choppy waters of being a superhero in a world where they exist solely in pop culture while keeping his identity secret from everyone around him.

"Secret Identity" by writer Kurt Busiek and artist Stuart Immonen is one of those books whose premise just seems too corny as hell to work and yet it does - really well. In fact, Secret Identity might be one of the best Superman books ever written.

This might be because it doesn't read like a lot of Superman books as there's very little action and the focus is on the characters, always. The four 48 page issues touch on different moments in Clark's life - 1) teenage years when he discovers his powers, 2) young adulthood, 3) starting a family, 4) old age and retirement - and there is (of course) a Lois to his Clark (though she is an interior designer and Clark is a writer for the New Yorker - not a journalist!), and the bulk of the book follows their relationship from courtship to marriage to parenthood and beyond.

The Clark and Lois relationship is central to the book beyond everything else and it's a really sweet and convincing portrayal of true love.
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What if you grew up in a world like ours where everyone knows who Superman is, from comics, films, toys, etc? And then what if you were also named Clark Kent and lived in a small town in Kansas? It'd be a bit crappy wouldn't it? Being teased for being so similar but clearly not having such incredible, fantastical powers? And then, what if - one day you got those powers? This is the story of another Clark Kent who becomes a Superman and navigates the choppy waters of being a superhero in a world where they exist solely in pop culture while keeping his identity secret from everyone around him.

"Secret Identity" by writer Kurt Busiek and artist Stuart Immonen is one of those books whose premise just seems too corny as hell to work and yet it does - really well. In fact, Secret Identity might be one of the best Superman books ever written.

This might be because it doesn't read like a lot of Superman books as there's very little action and the focus is on the characters, always. The four 48 page issues touch on different moments in Clark's life - 1) teenage years when he discovers his powers, 2) young adulthood, 3) starting a family, 4) old age and retirement - and there is (of course) a Lois to his Clark (though she is an interior designer and Clark is a writer for the New Yorker - not a journalist!), and the bulk of the book follows their relationship from courtship to marriage to parenthood and beyond.

The Clark and Lois relationship is central to the book beyond everything else and it's a really sweet and convincing portrayal of true love.
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