There are four Captain Stupendous fan clubs in Copperplate City, but ours is the only one that doesn’t suck. There’s the Official Captain Stupendous Fan Club (they hold a trademark on the name, including “Official”), the Friends of Stupendous (a group of rich old ladies, if you can believe it), the Stupendites (a bunch of girls who probably spend all their time trying on each other’s clothes), and us. We’re the Captain Stupendous Fan Club, period. We’re the real deal, even if we are the smallest fan club in the city. Maybe in the country. Possibly on the entire planet.

So when a giant robot came to town and picked a fight right outside Spud’s Pizza, you can guess how psyched I was. Everyone who’s ever lived in Copperplate City has seen at least one Stupendous battle in person, but it never gets old. And Spud’s is in my neighborhood!

Excerpt copyright © 2012 Mike Jung

About the book:

Three 12 year old boys, Vincent, George, and Max, discover that Captain Stupendous, their hometown superhero, has forgotten how to be a superhero, and they must help him remember in time to defeat a new supervillain who’s come to town while figuring out how Vincent’s crush, Polly Winnicott-Lee, is involved.

What people are saying:

“GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung is a joyful, action-packed ode to comic books, friendship, and the many faces of heroism. Spandex and super-villains have never been this funny. Captain Stupendous — and Mike Jung — have themselves a new fan.”–Jenn Reese, ABOVE WORLD

“Fast-paced, suspenseful and downright hilarious. Mike Jung gets the details of the comics world exactly right. Readers will love the surprising twists and turns.”–H.N. Kowitt, THE LOSER LIST

“A snappy, hilarious adventure set in a world I would love to live in. Clever, fun, and full of surprises – it’s the perfect book for the reluctant reader in your life.”–Michael Buckley, N.E.R.D.S.

“If Stan Lee had written Freaks and Geeks it would look like this!…Jung’s novel is a hilarious twist on the classic superhero story! Giant robots, hidden lairs, middle-school crushes and uber-fanboys combine to make one stupendous debut!”–Matthew Cody, POWERLESS

“Fresh, page-turny, honest and most of all funny–Mike Jung’s voice is such a welcome addition and this book is a glorious treasure-mix of realness and wonderment.”–Aimee Bender, THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE

“Wow! Superheroes, Supervillains, geeks on bikes, a stinky swamp, real friends, deep, dark secrets, shattering windows, BIG decisions…and everything else that matters!”–Kathleen Duey, SKIN HUNGER

Released: October 1, 2012

About the author:

Mike Jung is an active blogger, parent, SCBWI member, and library professional. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and two young children. This is his first novel. You can visit him at