Superfolks by Robert Mayer


Around 10 years ago, I bought a 2nd-hand book called Superfolks. The book cover with a washed-up super hero interested me and so I just had to buy and read it. At the time I didn’t think the book was anything remarkable. It was very ‘adult’ in tone with sex being an obvious theme that took the story away from a younger audience, but beyond the darker and more lurid themes, it was just another book.

This book has recently bubbled to the front of my book shelf and so I’ve taken a closer look. I have a 1979 edition of the novel first published in 1977. The story focuses on David Brinkley who’s superhero name is assumed to be Indigo, though it is never fully confirmed. Indigo has lost his powers due to an unknown enemy and all of the other superheroes references in the novel have retired, disappeared or are dead.


Of most interest to me are the number of heroes who get name-checked. Superman, Batman and Robin, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and, wait for it, Snoopy (!) all get a mention, though for most it is a description of how they met their comeuppance.

Another notable fact about the book is that it was influential in a number of comics in the 80’s and 90’s. Watchmen from Alan Moore might not have happened if not for Superfolks!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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2 thoughts on “Superfolks by Robert Mayer

  1. Oh, wow! I found this in our school library (!!!) years ago, like when I was in 8th grade. If they ever knew what was actually *in* it, the book would’ve disappeared forever! I liked the story, and as a comics fan, thought it was funny. And I got the sense the writer liked all the superheroes too. Years later I tried to track down a copy, but couldn’t remember the title. Eventually I tripped across it on Amazon. Turns out it’s been reprinted recently. The name-dropping marks it as a product of its time, though; no way a writer could get away with that today, not without a lawsuit or two.

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