Monday, March 30, 2015

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

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XXVII, The Victory Lap

With the first volume of WHO'S WHO behind us, we celebrate by taking a victory lap! We conclude this run with a look at AMBUSH BUG #3, a couple AMAZING HEROES articles, and a special bonus... an interview with WHO'S WHO artist Dan Jurgens! We wrap up the show with your Listener Feedback! Come back next month when we tackle the first issue of WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87!

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1 comment:

Xum Yukinori said...

A well-deserved “victory lap”, gentlemen.

A few points of clarification:

There were several “Wonder Tot” (and “Wonder Girl”) stories in the Silver-Age Wonder Woman comics which were essentially adventures of Princess Diana when she was younger. These were not the “impossible stories” you mentioned, but essentially retcon stories (at the time) because the younger version of Diana was wearing a variation of the Wonder Woman uniform that she had yet to earn from the tournament -- and that may be part of the reasoning behind Robert Kanigher essentially doing away with Wonder Tot and Wonder Girl in Wonder Woman v1 #158. The “impossible stories” are essentially the ones in which the adult Wonder Woman would team up with her past versions of Wonder Girl and Wonder Tot (and were, as Joe X explained, told via the Magic Sphere). These stories were “impossible” because of an immutable time travel “law” in the Pre-Crisis DCU: when a time-traveller visits an era in which s/he already exists as a living being, s/he will be rendered into an intangible, inaudible phantom that can only observe and not affect the timeline in any way (The Flash explained the reasoning behind this being that it is “an impossibility for anyone to physically co-exist in two places at any one moment in time” in The Flash v1 #309).

The special Julie Schwartz tribute issue of Superman that you had mentioned was v1, #411, for those which want to go back-issue-bin diving…

Besides Glop, Wonder Woman had another “imp” character in the Golden Age stories: Shaggy the Leprechaun. I believe Shaggy was the representative “imp” character that appeared in the Bat-Mite DC Super Friends story mentioned in Shag’s In Stock Trades recommendation.

While the Mopee story in The Flash v1 #167 was essentially disavowed, Mark Waid paid a brilliant homage to it his “The Life Story of the Flash” book. I also recall the Grodd and Gorilla City Who’s Who entries made a similar dismissal of the retconned origin in DC Super-Stars v1 #14, which claimed the super-gorillas were aliens from the planet Calor who used Hal Jordan’s power ring to transport them to Earth.

I too recall the Icarus introduction and death in The Shadow War of the Hawkman #2. That was a criminally short-lived story concept. I understand Tony Isabella had a five-year plan for the Shadow War that was cut short by DC editorial…

Mind-grabber Kid re-appeared in Grant Morrisson’s Bulleteer and Zatanna mini-series, 52, and Dc Super Friends #19.

And yes, Marvin White’s connection to Wonder Woman was the work of E. Nelson Bridwell, who explained the connection in a column printed in Super Friends v1 #1. In the same column, Bridwell also stated that Wendy Harris was the niece of detective Harvey Harris, the man who mentored a teenaged Bruce Wayne, who hid his identity by wearing the first version of the Robin costume (see the story, “When Batman was Robin!” in Detective Comics v1 #226).

And I wholeheartedly agree with your podcast numbering system; it should follow the published book so we instantly know which issue to pull out.