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 Spring 2015 From Simon & Schuster.
Really dreading writing this bibliography.

Really dreading writing this bibliography.

signalwatch:

One more for Electra Woman and Dyna-Girl

The impossibly glamorous spoke around which the impossibly weird KROFT SUPERSHOW revolved. Sorry, DR. SHRINKER. Shoulda stepped up your hair and makeup.

signalwatch:

One more for Electra Woman and Dyna-Girl

The impossibly glamorous spoke around which the impossibly weird KROFT SUPERSHOW revolved.

Sorry, DR. SHRINKER. Shoulda stepped up your hair and makeup.

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zdarsky:

Guys, my most serious article ever. WHY THOR IS THE NEW SUPERMAN.
nparts:

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new SupermanThor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS
[Illustration by Steve Murray]


A world of yup.

zdarsky:

Guys, my most serious article ever. WHY THOR IS THE NEW SUPERMAN.


nparts
:

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new Superman

Thor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS

[Illustration by Steve Murray]

A world of yup.

browsethestacks:

Vintage Comic - Adventure Comics #174

Super boy indulges in a bit of Bizarro-World slut-shaming.

browsethestacks:

Vintage Comic - Adventure Comics #174

Super boy indulges in a bit of Bizarro-World slut-shaming.

uncleclustersthirdbrain asked: Would your Superman story be the exact opposite of what was done in Man of Steel?

brianmichaelbendis:

no no.  they didn’t take it far enough.

I would have Superman destroy ALL the cities trying to stop one guy. 

 I would then have Superman take the bad guy and kill him… not in front of children, but in front of toddlers.

 then I would have Superman not just kiss Lois Lane in the middle of a 9/11 disaster that he is partly responsible for causing… I would have him to go to like third-base

docshaner:

Hope everyone had, is having, or is about to have a happy holiday.

docshaner:

Hope everyone had, is having, or is about to have a happy holiday.

kierongillen:

But they are, Waterstones Stafford. They really are.

kierongillen:

But they are, Waterstones Stafford. They really are.

signalwatch:

25 Days of SuperChristmas - Dec 21

Right on, Superman.

signalwatch:

25 Days of SuperChristmas - Dec 21

Right on, Superman.