Monday, October 21, 2013

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XIV

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XIV

This time around we chat about WHO'S WHO: Volume XIV, discussing characters such as Lex Luthor, Madame Xanadu, Man-Bat, Manhunter, Martian Manhunter, and Mary Marvel! We wrap up the show with Listener Feedback!

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6 comments:

Martin Gray said...

(Sorry for posting this in a few places, I can never remember which is the primary spot)

That 1954 business as regards ginger Lex is nonsense, he was shown as a slaphead from very early on. I'm too lazy to type, so I popped over to Wiki:

'In his earliest appearances, Luthor is shown as a middle-aged man with a full head of red hair. Less than a year later, however, an artistic mistake resulted in Luthor being depicted as completely bald in a newspaper strip.[9] The original error is attributed to Leo Novak, a studio artist who illustrated for the Superman dailies during this period.[10] One theory is that Novak mistook Luthor for the Ultra-Humanite, a frequent foe of Superman who, in his Golden Age incarnation, resembled a balding, elderly man.[10] Other evidence suggests Luthor's design was confused with that of a stockier, bald henchman in Superman #4 (Spring 1940);[10] Luthor's next appearance occurs in Superman #10 (May 1941), in which Novak depicted him as significantly heavier, with visible jowls.[10] The character's abrupt hair loss has been made reference to several times over the course of his history. When the concept of the DC multiverse began to take hold, Luthor's red-haired incarnation was rewritten as Alexei Luthor, Lex's counterpart from the Earth-Two parallel universe. In 1960, writer Jerry Siegel altered Luthor's backstory to incorporate his hair loss into his origin.'

Michael Bailey said...

To add to what Martin Gray said Luthor had hair in the comic books until Superman #10 which had a cover date of May/Jun 1941. In his next comic book appearance two issues later he is drawn to be bald. Much like Clark working for the Daily Star after the paper was changed Luthor having hair was one of those Earth-2 retcons to separate him from his Earth-1 self.

One thing I would add to the conversation, Shag said some people would look at this Lex and be surprised because he has hair. I think some comic fans that came to know Luthor during the Post Crisis era, especially around the death, wouldn't be surprised at all, but that's me being picky.

Tim Wallace said...

Listening to this episode I found myself thinking...the world needs more Mike Kaluta books!

In this issue alone I can imagine a noir-ish story featuring Madame Xanadu and the Mad Hatter with art by Kaluta...it would be gold I tell you!

Siskoid said...

If people tracked my hair loss that way, I'd become a supervillain too.

(Of course, I have no problems with baldness, male pattern or otherwise. If only my teeth were as good as my hair, I wouldn't have to get another 1500$ crown next month. Canadian universal health care doesn't cover dental, folks!)

TheFlash said...

It's a wonderful coincidence that you came out with a new episode today. I just got every issue in the mail from Ebay. I'm going to go back and listen to every episode and follow along with the books.

Martin Gray said...

I think Shag is daydreaming - No one ever called Mal Black Guardian!

And Major Disaster was a member of JL Antarctica before he as with JLA.