The Adventures of Unemployed Man

The Adventures of Unemployed Man
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AuthorErich Origen, Gan Golan
GenreGraphic novel, parody
PublisherLittle, Brown & Company
Publication date
October 18, 2010
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages80 pages

The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a 2010 parody comic book created by Erich Origen and Gan Golan.[1] The book was published on October 18, 2010, through Little, Brown & Company.[2]

Origen and Golan stated that they came up with the idea of using the comic book as a medium as a "dose of emergency comic relief" and because they saw the idea of "ordinary people" dealing with large issues such as unemployment as "not that far" from the idea of superheroes battling large villains.[3][4]


The book follows Unemployed Man, an out of work superhero and his sidekick Plan B. Unemployed Man first began as The Ultimatum, a rich superhero that looked down upon the poor and unemployed as lazy or otherwise unmotivated. He later loses his job and is defeated by the Invisible Hand, eventually ending up homeless. Unemployed Man must then seek a new job and team up with other superheroes in the same situation he is currently in.[2][5]


The book was reviewed in Wired and Time.[6][7] The Guardian called it "a furious, fearless, Swiftian kind of a book".[8] Publishers Weekly stated that the "entire message comes off as preaching to the choir".[9]


  1. ^ Martinelli, Nicole (31 October 2011). "Unemployed Man Is the Unofficial Superhero of Occupy Wall Street". Wired. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: 'The Adventures of Unemployed Man' Author Erich Origen". Time. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Unemployed Man vs. Superlotto!". CNN. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Jobless superhero battles economic forces". Reuters. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. ^ Wilson, Craig (21 October 2010). "'Unemployed Man' comic book authors get the job done". USA Today. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  6. ^ Raiteri, Steve. "Graphic Novels Reviews, May 15, 2011". Library Journal. Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  7. ^ Mcmurtrie, John (14 November 2010). "'The Adventures of Unemployed Man'". SF Gate. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  8. ^ Cooke, Rachel (6 March 2011). "The Adventures of Unemployed Man by Erich Origen and Gan Golan – review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Comics Reviews: 11/8/10". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

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