It kind of sucks being Superman. Sure, there’s the super strength, the X-ray vision, and the flight capability, but being the Man of Steel isn’t always all it’s cut out to be. That’s the story behind MAD Magazine’s “Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day,” a children’s book parody that lampoons the classic “Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Really Bad Day.”
Building on the success of MAD’s “Goodnight Batcave,” itself a parody of “Goodnight Moon,” “Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day” follows Supes as he blunders through a wardrobe malfunction — he puts his costume on inside out, and drops his business suit in a puddle while changing in a phone booth — and shows him pouting after Wonder Woman refuses to give him a lift in her invisible jet (an honor that she bestows on the flightless Aquaman).
Written by Dave Croatto and illustrated by Tom Richmond (the same dynamic duo responsible for “Goodnight Batcave”), the book parodies the look and feel of Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz’s children’s classic, while giving it a DC Comics twist.
The cover riffs on the original, but adds several Superman Easter eggs, including the Bottled City of Kandor, the rocket that brought the infant Kal-El to Earth, and Krypto’s collar and leash.
While the cover may claim that the books is a 100% unauthorized parody, DC Comics and Mad Magazine are both owned by TimeWarner.
“Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day” is set for an October 2017 release.
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