As a lover of comic books, this novel just jumped off the shelf at me when I bought it at 13. As I read it, and it's more dirty parts (like passages of superhero sex) I felt like I was getting away with something. The names of the heroes were changed to protect the innocent and avoid lawsuits but the archtypes are all there. I recently learned that there is some controversy involving Alan Moore and how many of the ideas that went into Watchmen came directly from this novel. Follow the links below to learn more.
In 1977, the reporter Robert Mayer wrote an odd novel named Superfolks. The novel was a heady mix: the story of a retired, middle-aged metahuman adventurer who comes out of retirement for one last battle amid a world that has passed him by. The novel contained references to many comic book heroes, prominent figures of the 1960's and 1970's, and much other spoof and satire. What is most peculiar about the novel is that many of its ideas were later picked up on by Alan Moore and other comic book writers.