Record Day

                      If you want to hear Alan Light’s important 1975 interview with Jerry and Joanne Siegel, head over here to Comic Convention Memories to hear a digital copy of the LP. There is a big difference listening to them instead of reading about them. Plus: […]

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Seventy-Six

  Today is the 76th anniversary (as near as we can tell) of the publication of Action Comics #1. I thought I’d post this — something optimistic — their first (until their deaths) cover story in their hometown, announcing the appearance of the Superman syndicated newspaper strip — which was, back then, the much bigger […]

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Funny Folk

Here is a very early Jerry/Joe cartoon for their cancelled comics anthology for The Cleveland Shopping News.  Joe was inspired by some similar “brownie” comics in the Plain Dealer and elsewhere. Check out the cat’s familiar face, too…

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Instability

The thing about doing a project this massive is you eventually start to see connections everywhere — and this can be a real danger. You can start to see things that aren’t there. So you have to be careful. Until something like this happens. This is from “Spy” in 1937’s Detective Comics #22 : What […]

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Jerry Siegel, True Detective

The detective magazines of the thirties were the most popular genre of the pulps. Jerry read any he could get his hands on, including True Detective Mysteries. In fact, Jerry’s first recurring fictional character was a detective named Stiletto Vance. As I detail in the book, Jerry started him off as a standardized pulp dick […]

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New photo of Siegel and Shuster

  Around Christmas, I posted this film showing the Superman puppet show that Higbee’s department store sponsored here in 1940. I forgot I had this photo showing Jerry and Joe at the actual event! It was too grainy to put in the book, but nothing is too grainy for the Internet.  

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SMODCAST

Over on Kevin Smith’s “Fatman on Batman” podcast, he has Neal Adams for a 3-part interview.  It’s really great stuff — Neal is as good a verbal storyteller as he is a visual one. My favorite part so far is when he talks about Al Williamson.   Neal helped me with the book and gave […]

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1 in 4 People Believe Superman in the Bible*

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I was disappointed when venerable London periodical The Sun went to an online subscription model. At least I admit it. This was the *shocker* in The Sun yesterday: The study, done by “The Bible Society,” also concluded that “Half the parents surveyed thought the story for hit movie The […]

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Ten Creators

Over at Newsarama, George Marston ranks the “10 Creators Who Made Superman Truly Super.”  Number 1? Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s contributions not only to comic books, but to our culture go far beyond Superman, but it all started with the Man of Steel. Though many of the conventions of Superman’s mythos that we now […]

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