Superman: Secret Identity

Superman: Secret Identity

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by Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen

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What's in a name? Everything, if you share it with the Man of Steel! 

SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY is a 208-page trade paperback collecting the critically lauded 4-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek (JLA/AVENGERS, ASTRO CITY) with art by Stuart Immonen (SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY, THOR).

Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines


What's in a name? Everything, if you share it with the Man of Steel! 

SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY is a 208-page trade paperback collecting the critically lauded 4-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek (JLA/AVENGERS, ASTRO CITY) with art by Stuart Immonen (SUPERMAN: END OF THE CENTURY, THOR).

Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines the life of a young Kansas man with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent.All Clark wants is to be a writer, but his daily life is filled with the taunts and jibes of his peers, comparing him to that other Clark Kent — the one with super-powers. Until one day when Clark awakens to discover that he can fly...that he does in fact have super-strength! But where did these powers come from? And what's he going to do about it?

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The teenage Clark Kent of this book is a Kansas farm boy, but in his world, Superman is just a comic book character, and Clark gets teased for having his name. But one day, Clark discovers that he actually has all of Superman's powers. As he starts to use them, he draws government attention-but this book isn't as much about superheroics and men in black as it is about Clark the man. Busiek (Marvels; Astro City), one of the finest superhero writers currently working, is known for his fresh takes on the genre. He delivers another wholly satisfying take here as he follows Clark through his life, showing not only how Clark's powers change things but also how Clark remains the same inside through it all and how the issues life poses to him-of trust, commitment, compromise, finding a place in the world, and letting go-are the same ones faced by non-super people. Immonen's realistic artwork is an ideal match for Busiek's approach. Strongly recommended for teen and adult superhero fans and for anyone who feels that the genre lacks "human interest." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Kurt Busiek was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He began writing comics professionally in 1982, selling stories to both DC and Marvel Comics in the same month, both of which appeared the same day. Since then, he’s written series and characters ranging from Mickey Mouse to Vampirella, including Aquaman, Spider-Man, Conan, Iron Man, the Avengers and more. He is best known for the Marvels series and for his co-creation Astro City, both of which have garnered numerous industry awards. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Ann, and his two daughters. He spends far too much time on the Internet.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
It shouldn't have worked. I mean here is a kid named Clark Kent after the comic book alter ego of Superman. His whole life he as been picked on. Then one day he finds out he does have superpowers. So what does he do? The answer will surprise you some. Then it not surprising being that it was written by one of todays hottest writers in comics, Kurt Busiuk. This trade collects the sold out four issue limited series by DC Comics. The story was printed under DC''s Elseworld line. The Elseworld line takes familiar heroes and puts them it different times or places to give you a new look at them. Follow the story has Clark Kent learns to live with these new powers. Does he go public? The answer might surprise you. But while coping with these powers he must learn how to live a normal life while being chased by someone who wants to know his secrets. Who are they? And with these people after can he ever have a life of his own? The story starts when he is a teenager learning his new abilites and takes you through his life as an adult. You will see him fall in love and marry(and yes her name is Lois but last name is not Lane)has children. A normal life. As weith the comic book version of Superman you find that it is not his superpowers that make him a hero but the man who he was raised to be. ALso I shouldn't forget the art of Stuart Immonen that brings this story to life. He makes you believe in the world for it is our world that Clark lives in not the inmaginary world that we see in the comics. Overall this is a great story of growth and finding ones place in the world. Clark is the ultimate outsider. But we all feel like that at times. But through Clark we learn that we our never really alone. That we must take the chance to trust someone with our secret self as he does with Lois. LIke I said at first the story may sound corny but it is a tale that will take your breath away.
IanC More than 1 year ago
A Superman story for people who don't like Superman! Loosely based on a one issue comic from 1985 and taking place in the real world, a young boy named Clark Kent discovers he has the powers of Superman. This follows him from about 15 to the end of his life and attempts to answer the question: What would it be like if Superman existed in the real world? He tries to help people, hide from the government, and make a career for himself all while trying to protect his family. The magic is in seeing how he manages to balance all these things at once. We also get to see what happens when someone with the powers of a Superman ages and adjusts to life changes same as everyone else. This is wonderful gem for anyone who loves Superman and even for those who may not even like comics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read.
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nzo More than 1 year ago
It's about time that a writer had the imagination and courage to power down Superman. It makes him a much more interesting character. A writer with imagination can do so much more with him than the current lot; who are left to have him battle aliens and magicians because no one else stands a chance against him.. So booooring! Kudos to Kurt Busiak and thank you.