Glen Weldon, Writr

Writes about books & comics for NPR & elsewhere. Panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour. Unauthor, "SUPERMAN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY."

Author of the forthcoming "THE CAPED CRUSADE: THE RISE OF BATMAN AND THE TRIUMPH OF NERD CULTURE," due 2015 From Simon & Schuster.



I’m a freelance writer, book critic and movie reviewer.

I contribute to NPR’s pop culture blog Monkey See, and I’m a regular panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

My book Superman: The Unauthorized Biography is available wherever fine books are sold. Fine, nerdy books.

It examines the character as a cultural phenomenon; I’m less interested in behind-the-scenes details of production and publishing, and more interested in … well, the scenes, I guess. Things like how he’s perceived, and how that perception changes over time, and what’s essential about him. I’m a critic, so I look at  what makes a Superman story a Superman story, and what the various iterations of the character over the years say about him — and about us.

Plus, there’s jokes about Vartox. Because seriously, that guy.

Want to interview me about the book? Drop me a line at

I’m working on a second book, The Caped Crusade: The Rise of Batman and the Triumph of Nerd Culture, which will be published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster.

I’ve spent time as a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a PR flack, a spectacularly inept marine biologist and a slightly better-than-ept competitive swimmer.

I’ve written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Atlantic, The Village Voice, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Story, The Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, The Dallas Morning-News, Washington City Paper, Quarterly West and many other places.

I’ve reviewed books and comic books for rather a lot, and have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation, the PBS NewsHour, as well as the Slate Culture Gabfest, 99% Invisible, iFanboy, Comic Book Queers and the Nerdist Writer’s Panel.

I’ve received an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship and a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction.

Also? Bald, so not given to turtlenecks, as they make me look like roll-on deodorant.