Sat, 22 June 2013
The first episode of a brand-new podcast has arrived!
In Justice Society Origins, JON WILSON (of Golden Age Superman, this show's parent podcast) and MICHAEL BAILEY (of several other podcasts, not the least of which are From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast and Tales of the Justice Society of America) begin at the beginning with All-Star Comics 3, where the feature characters from several other comics come together to discuss their recent adventures over dinner. It may not be the most exciting of beginnings for the world's first successful super-team, but it is where we find ourselves today.
Also in each episode will be an origin spotlight. This time around, we look at the beginnings and legacy of the original Red Tornado, Ma Hunkel.
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I loved those perfect-bound spleaics. The saddle-stitched regular issues were a dime, the special editions were a quarter, and I don't know that you got two-and-a-half times as many pages, but they were big and worth it. One of those up in the treehouse and you're good for a while.I like to place these things in my mind in terms of the price of candy bars. A candy bar was still a nickel until we stopped buying Cuban sugar, when they went up to seven cents on the way to a dime.Even when a special cost five candy bars rather than two-and-a-half candy bars, you got one heckuva lot of reading. Go into a comic shop today with the price of five candy bars and see what you walk out with.And get off my lawn.
Congratulations on the show and I love the idea. However, and I don't mean to be hypercritical--but to a large extent today's episode had very little actual nutritional value. For anybody who has actually read the comic and it is one of the most reprinted comics ever after the origins of Batman or Superman--you basically read the comics aloud in a kind of Reader's Digest style. Essentially, especially as the first episode of a new series--this one should have been chock full of information, about the publishing of the coming, about the people behind the comic, biographical information, origin information. Backstories on the various characters that we are going to be following throughout the series--Who created Ma Hunkle--was she actually the first female superheroine? What were the names of her nephews? How was the character dealt with in modern times--how was she left pre-52? What actually is SMT? Is Sandman still alive? Who created him? Right now the show exists at an anecdotal level, but not even "in-jokey" enough to be engaging to anyone who actually knows anything about the JSA or the Golden Age--and honestly, anybody who cares about the JSA--ends up hunting down that information, because of the very nature of the beast. So what am I saying, first off, I will say again that I am not just trying to slam what you are doing, but if you leave this series as just a read-aloud, then do that. Read each frame aloud--give us voices for each of the characters. That would be fun. I would enjoy that. Make each issue into a radio show. Get your friends to do voices and add music. Or if you are going to do an informational series, mixing elements of the stories with background information--then do your homework. Its all there, you can mostly get it from Wikipedia--you don't have to have each and every story, but you do need to put time and effort into every episode. You won't be able to say, I really don't have anything to say about this--or I don't have any notes etc. on this. Think about the time that is being recorded. Was Cei-u (Say you) a common saying at the time? Bring in your detective skills--did you ever watch The East Side Kids, The Little Rascals, Abbott and Costello, Matinee at the Bijou? Bring your knowledge of those things to the table. Do you ever pick up and read or better yet, do you have all the issues of Alter Ego floating around? Those are full of information that you should be sharing and should know backward and forward. Will you be able to name ten things about Bob Kane, Shelly Moldoff, Bill Marsten, Mart Nodell, etc. Will you be able to go into Marsten alternative views on Sexuality and gender when it gets to be time? Because to do this series proper respect and to keep it interesting all of this is pertinent. Now, I'm not saying that it needs to be didactic--keep the humor. I think too, that you will find yourself saying a lot less of, I don't like that, or I don't like this character etc., because you will have too much to say about why this character was the way it was. Is there a history of insurance racket stories? Does this go back to tropes on old-time radio or movies? Do you know why the heroes wear tights? Why Hawkman's costume looks like it does? Look to Victoria Art--look to the traditions of the circus. Was Wonder Woman's costume part of a tradition that goes back to the representation of Liberty? Why does Jay wear a "Dough boy" with wings? Hawkman's look especially, both in costume and the way that it was drawn has a very specific history--what is it and where would somebody look to that? This is a huge topic and it requires a lot of background information and I love what you're doing--but if you keep presenting a show that is just a read-aloud, this will, indeed be a very big missed opportunity. After-all two hours is a lot of time to fill and I would think, at the very least it would be easier for you guys to fill it with information instead of filler. Cheers guys and good luck--its a good beginning.