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Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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About the Author
Dave Croatto began contributing to MAD as a college intern, was hired as an editor soon after graduating and has been with the magazine ever since. Croatto has written everything from ad parodies to TV satires to self-congratulatory bios such as this. Some of his book parody work includes GOODNIGHT, BATCAVE and SUPERMAN AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Tom Richmond is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and caricaturist. His award winning work has appeared in comic books, magazines, products, television and film, books, and advertising, since 1985. He is best known as one of "The Usual Gang of Idiots" for MAD Magazine, where he has illustrated MAD's trademark movie and TV parodies and other features since 2000.
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To reallty enoy it, get the sister book, Goodnight Batcave. Just a good and clever.
This is a great concept. It is a great idea to parody of a book that in the original is itself mocking in tone. Parents may be able to gentle a grumpy child with the humorous notion that even Superman has bad days.
Otherwise it is a relatively flat read. The illustrations defiantly make the book and are extreme enough to keep to the original audience thereby keeping the parody true, but otherwise they are not that great.
Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day is what is looks like it should be, but it lacks the sparkle and snap of real comic inspiration.
As to the parody, well, I've never been a huge fan of the "Alexander..." original, so I was wide open to a parody. This gets the feel of the original book, and since it's funnier and more clever than the original it works well as a parody.
But the important part is that it's fine as a standalone. Any kid who likes Superman, or any of the Justice League characters, will get the basic joke, and most of the funny bits and throwaways. We fool around with the cape, villains, doing Super-chores, the Clark Kent disguise, quick-changing into costume. This is all classic Superman and straight up fun. Sometimes books like this can get too subtle or obscure, but here each of the elements of Superman's bad day is classic and obvious Superman-ish.
It's all sold, though, by the illustrations. A sketchier or more manic and exaggerated approach probably wouldn't have carried the joke. But here Tom Richmond has done a wonderful job of giving us a very expressive and understandable Superman. There is a lot of energy in the drawing, but it's always clear what's happening to Superman and how he feels about it. Even a very early reader will get what's going on, and the drawings would help any reader to follow the tale. For older readers, there are a lot of clever and witty bits of business drawn into each page, and some of the funniest stuff is hidden in the margins and backgrounds of the drawings. This makes the book more engaging and much more rereadable than usual.
So, I was happy with this as a fun and funny addition to any kid's superhero shelf, and appreciated the good-humored goof on the genre. A nice find.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Dave Croatto did a wonderful job adapting the story for Superman and the other Superheroes hanging out in the Hall of Justice not to mention Jimmy, Lois and Perry. With the popularity of Flash and Batman thanks to the movies and TV Show I thought it was cute the way Croatto played off that in the story since they’ve gotten more love from fans and press time than Superman’s character lately. I too think anchovies don’t belong on pizza lol!
As great as this story is, what cements it as a MUST have are the illustrations which do a wonderful job of bringing it to life. It’s not just what you see right away in the foreground but if you allow yourself the time to really examine the details in the background as well it ups the wow factor at how much was included.
Between the story and the illustrations you’ll find something to laugh about on every page to make this a quick favorite.
Since the Justice League movie comes out a month after the publication of this book I see some great marketing tie-ins and giveaways in the future….
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