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Great interview. I'd totally forgotten that Lois was also a novelist.

"Metropolis 900 Miles" is my favorite story from JB's run, too.

No mention of JB's reinvention of Lana Lang. That was far and away my favorite aspect of THE MAN OF STEEL. 

I'm curious, JB: let's say you hadn't done your run on the Superman titles. If you'd said "no" to Dick Giordano. Who would you have recommended he call instead? 


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No one springs to mind.
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I guess now Im gonna have to start pronouncing it Luth-er instead Luth-or as Ive always said it. Dammit, JB. 
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Prior to SUPERMAN THE MOVIE I had pronounced it Luth-er. I never managed to make it Luth-or without first catching myself.

Im going to stop catching myself since this interview. A little part of me cheered when I heard JB say it that way, although I think I need to rewatch it again as I think he does use Luth-or later on. But I could be wrong
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OK, just curious. I've read that Steve Gerber had a proposal, but I know nothing about what was in it.

I very much liked Luthor as the totally-above-the-law CEO of Lexcorp. And it was clear that he was very scientifically literate. But not at the Reed Richards-level of super-scientist that he'd been before. Was there a particular reason why Luthor's intelligence became more "normal"? 
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Was able to see it, thanks to Mark M. Ryan ! Great
interview !

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I very much liked Luthor as the totally-above-the-law CEO of Lexcorp. And it was clear that he was very scientifically literate. But not at the Reed Richards-level of super-scientist that he'd been before. Was there a particular reason why Luthor's intelligence became more "normal"?

The "new" Luthor was conceived as a kind of Trumpian businessman. This was how Marv Wolfman pitched the concept to me, and this is what I presented to the audience. There was no need for him to be a super scientific genius.

Then, in one of his first stories (which I did not see until it was published), Wolfman sent Luthor "back to the lab." Force of habit, I guess.

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Im going to stop catching myself since this interview. A little part of me cheered when I heard JB say it that way, although I think I need to rewatch it again as I think he does use Luth-or later on. But I could be wrong

It's all good, as long as you pronounce our hero's name correctly, as SuPERmun.

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JB: "It's all good, as long as you pronounce our hero's name correctly, as SuPERmun."

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That reminds me of something I read years ago--and I wish I could remember who to credit; it might've been right here at the JBF--about why it's so important to hyphenate Spider-Man's name.

The writer pointed out that "Spiderman" scans as if the accent falls on the first syllable, SPY-dur-min. That, in turn, sounded to the writer like a German-Jewish occupational surname (derived from medieval bug exterminators, or entomologists?).

I guess you had to be there. 


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Great interview.  I know you don't like doing them, but you are so classy, detailed, and knowledgeable that I could listen to you talk for hours and not be bored. 

Were you happy with the way the interview was condensed? Or was there something on the cutting room floor that you wish had been included?


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They did a very skillful job of pruning the interview. Most of what was cut was Marvel meanderings.
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Hmm. I see they have not as yet added those art credits.
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When watching it I didn't understand why they used the art of Frank Quitely and others but I greatly enjoyed all the Byrne art that was used and am not sure why it wasn't exclusively your art (even though it mostly was). It made sense to use the stills from Superman the Movie since it was the topic of discussion, but Quitely's art from All-Star Superman, not so much.
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A new part 

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Not new, Bill. More in the nature of an excerpt.
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Hm, just realized that the way this clip is framed and presented, it's as if I'm saying my story is my favorite Superman story, not merely my favorite from my own run.
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Nice interview--it's only the second time I've heard JB's voice.

Nice Darwin lapel pin, too. 
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Darwin, plus an atheist A, and from a friend who belongs to the group, the Doomsday Clock.

Locked and loaded!

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Yeah, but good luck stopping a vampire with any one of them...
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Reminding me of a scene in THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, when a young woman raises a crucifix in an attempt to stop a vampire.

He: Oy, did you pick the wrong vampire!

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LOVE AT FIRST BITE, sort of, repeated the joke when
someone tried to take out George Hamilton's Dracula with
a star of David.

By the way, in case anyone didn't know and was
interested, the only time I know that METROPOLIS 900
MILES was ever reprinted was in a collection DC did for
the LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.
After losing my collection to a flood 2 years ago, I
managed to hunt down all of the MAN OF STEEL trades. I
noticed it wasn't incorporated. So, I found the L&C trade
at a garage sale and it was in there.

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Didn't Kitty ward off Dracula with a star of David in X-
Men?

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