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* 'Like JD Salinger or Hemingway before her, Jeannette Walls has the talent of knowing exactly how to let a story tell itself, crafted without self-pity or analysis or judgement' Independent on Sunday * 'A terrific story, grippingly told' Sunday Times * 'Funny and brilliantly written' Evening Herald * 'There isn't a shred of self-pity in this deeply compassionate book' Marie Claire

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Marv Wolfman is the former Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics and longtime comic writer. He wrote the landmark DC Comic series Crisis on Infinite Earths, created the character 'Bullseye' for Daredevil comics and the current iteration of Robin (Robin III/Tim Drake) for DC comics.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606523
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter which has been turned into three hit movies starring Wesley Snipes, as well as a TV series. Marv also created Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, and was the writer-creator of the New Teen Titans which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. It has also been picked up as a live action movie. Marv's character Cyborg, has also been featured on the TV show Smallville, while his Superman creation, Cat Grant, was a regular on the Lois And Clark, The New Adventures of Superman TV series. Many of Marv's other characters have appeared on many animated series.
Beyond comics, Marv writes video games, novels, cartoons, animation and lots more. Marv wrote the direct-to-video animated movie, The Condor, for POW Entertainment, released in March, 2007, and just completed his newest direct-to-DVD animated movie, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" based on his own comic story. Marv also wrote the novelization of Superman Returns" - which won the industry SCRIBE Award for best speculative fiction novel adapted, as well as co-wrote the "Superman Returns" Electronic Arts video-game. His book "Homeland," the Illustrated History of the State of Israel" was published in April 2007 and has already won many awards including the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. He has also written a novel based on his own comic, Crisis on Infinite Earths which was published in April, 2005. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level.
Marv co-created and co-wrote The Gene Pool, a feature length live-action movie. Marv also co-created, story-edited and was co-Executive Producer of Pocket Dragon Adventures, a 52-episode animated series appearing on the Bohbot TV network. Marv has written dozens of animated TV episodes as well as developed and story-edited the animated series' The Transformers, The Adventures of Superman and Monster Force.
Marv has also been Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine. He has also edited and produced educational comics and was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the "Just Say No" program.
Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a senior producer at Blizzard entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have a obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn't nailed down.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on July 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although I got this book about a month ago, I held off on reading it until after I saw the movie it was based upon. (When it's a movie based on a book, I do it the other way around.) Superman is my favorite comic book hero of all time, and I dearly loved the movie. Although I was disappointed with Wolfman's previous novel, an adaptation of his own Crisis on Infinite Earths, I wanted to give him another shot. I'm glad to say this is a far better effort than the Crisis novel. Perhaps because the scope of this story is smaller, with a smaller cast of characters and none of the time travel hullaballoo to deal with, Wolfman manages to give us an adaptation that does just what you want a novelization to do: gives you the basic story of the film while filling in gaps, explaining more of the characters' motivation and history and throwing out occasional "Easter Eggs" for fans of the comics or earlier adaptations of the character.

Like you see with novelizations sometimes, though, there are a few discreprencies between the film and the book, including a fairly major plot point towards the end which is done away with in the novel. When this happens, particularly in the case of such an important element, it's usually the case of the filmmakers adding something in too late for the novelist to include the change. You can't really fault Wolfman for it, but at the same time, it still makes the book a little less satisfying to read as an adaptation. Still, it's a fun book based on a fantastic movie, and I'm glad I gave Wolfman another chance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. VINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marv Wolfman writes fast-paced, involving comic-book stories, so I expected his paperback adaptation of the new Superman film to be solid and enjoyable. And it generally turned out to be so. Here are a few notable aspects of this fast, entertaining read:

The sequence depicting Superman exploring the remains of Krypton, excised from the film, is here in all its glory, and it's a nicely realized bit. With luck, we'll eventually get to see it in a future extended cut of the film.

A little awkward are the flashback scenes fleshing out Superman's parents' life on Krypton in the days before they rocketed their son to Earth. We see Lara negotiating her salary to work as an assistant to Jorel (before she fell in love with him), and, later, her painting and decorating baby Kal-El's bedroom. Those scenes were a little too mundane and Earthlike to me, not like a strange alien culture at all. And how in the world do you paint a bedroom made of crystal, anyway? While most of Mr. Wolfman's added background scenes were fine, these and a few others were a little off.

The novel adds a very interesting plot point showing clearly that it was Lex Luthor who tricked Superman into going on that five-year jaunt to explore the remains of Krypton. As described in the novelization, it was Earth's scientists who discovered the remains of Krypton, but it was Luthor who planted false information in the press that there was a chance that some life still existed on the planet's burned out remains. It was Luthor's false information that made Superman have to see for himself what was out there across the galaxy. That makes the tragedy of Superman losing Lois to Richard even more, well... tragic, as Superman leaving Earth for all that time was essentially needless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Martin II on June 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is easy to read. I finished it in a day and overall I enjoyed the story, though there were a few things that I didn't think worked too well. I really enjoyed the history pieces about Krypton. That'd make a fascinating story in itself.

Here are my initial reactions: (WARNING! Spoilers ahead...)

1. I was surprised that Superman and Lex Luthor have so few scenes together - and that all of their time together was clumped in just a couple of chapters near the very end. I thought it was obvious that Luthor planted the fake story about Krypton still having life in an effort to divert Superman away from Earth.

2. There were a lot of pieces of dialogue that appear as direct quotes from the 1978 movie. This is not bad. In fact, it's a nice touch in a lot of ways but after a while I started wondering if the writers were afraid to create new "classic" lines instead reusing the old ones. I don't know how many of those lines will make it into the final release of the movie.

3. I expected some closure with Superman and Lois Lane but the story really only progresses their relationship a small bit. The stuff with Jason (where I think it's pretty obvious that he's really Superman's son) goes unresolved - though they hint at something that should be continued in the sequel. I'm referring here to the scene where Lois visits Superman in the hospital and tells him something private but we as an audience don't get to read what she tells him.

4. I was surprised at how little there was of Superman actually in action. Sure, there are a few great action scenes, but for the most part Superman/Clark Kent is a bystander, watching the story unfold. The story seems to be more of a soap opera about the world he lives in and not so much a character-driven piece.
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