Posts by bradricca


Age of Ultron, Vision, and Spock

New installment of “Unassuming Barber Shop” over at The Beat:


The First Scholar of Comic Books?

Over at The Beat, I’ve posted a story about Paul Cassidy, the first Superman ‘ghost’ artist, and how he may be the first American scholar to write a graduate thesis on comics. There is older work on newspaper comics, but this might be the first to consider comic books. Sean Howe of Marvel Comics: The […]


Superman Court

This week, the Supreme Court denied the likely last gasp for the Joe Shuster Estate re: Superman.  Variety reports: The Supreme Court’s action lets stand a lower court ruling in favor of DC Comics, which has blocked efforts by Shuster’s family members to reclaim copyrights in Superman. A provision of the Copyright Act allows authors […]



Super Boys just won the Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction. I feel like I’m on the same kickball team as Doris Kearns Goodwin (at least in Ohio). Thank you, Ohioana Llibrary.



Here’s what I did at Comic-Con. Batman panels are very different from Superman ones. So yeah, I’m gazing at Denny O’Neill — what of it? There is a write-up of the panel here by Cardner Clark at Comic Book Resources. Thanks to Travis Langley (Batman & Psychology, Wiley 2012) for organizing the whole thing.


Come Find Me at COMIC-CON

Signing and Giveaway, Thursday, July 24 at 3pm (Booth #1019) The St. Martin’s Press booth (#1019) will be giving away FORTY FREE COPIES OF SUPER BOYS on a first come, first serve basis at 3 pm on Thursday. I’ll be there to sign your book and the first 40 get a rare Con-only promo item. […]


Super Boys has been named a Finalist for the Ohioana Book Award — which has been around since 1942 — in Nonfiction. To see the other finalists and learn more about Ohioana, click here. I am very excited for the book to be recognized like this, especially in my home state, past and present.

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Max on Movies

I had a great talk with Max Foizey (Max on Movies) on syndicated radio, podcast, and the Armed Forces Network. Check it out here.


Joe at 100

Patrick Reed asked me to contribute something for Joe Shuster’s 100th birthday over at Comics Alliance. Some great art there, too. Happy Birthday, Joe. Read it here.


Boba Fett

I have another piece up at — this time about Boba Fett and his real first appearance. I got to talk to Duwayne Dunham, who was an assistant editor on Empire. Yeah. He was also the first to don the armor. And he’s had a pretty nice career since. Read the whole post here […]