Most of you know I've been a journalist, mostly as a copy editor, for many, many moons. I did start out as a reporter for a not-even-semi-metropolitan daily newspaper, but most of my writing for the past several years is what I've posted here in various iterations of the Comics Cave.

Late last year, a dear friend steered me to a freelance job writing about comics. I applied, armed with writing samples culled from what I've posted here and kind guidance from some stalwart members of the Legion. They liked what they saw, but asked for an original sample ... then put me on a trial basis. 

So, I am now writing lists for CBR.com. I'm supposed to do two or three a week, and they're on comics, or comics-related movies, or comics-related TV shows. My latest one is a topic near and dear to my heart: "The 15 Best Comic Book Journalists". An archive of my other lists are here.

Of course, I can trust you guys with my secret identity, being fellow members of the Legion. I'm sure no one has any secret protocols to take me out in case I go rogue .... 

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How do you get the quiz to work? All I got was one screen.

I just tried it with no difficulty. I'll pass the word to my editor that some people have had problems with making the quiz work.

My latest for CBR. I had fun with this one: "16 Times Lex Luthor Was a Brainless Idiot."

This was a fun list for me.

Reading your review got me wondering about the science of the Superman #282 story. Gravity is zero at the center of the Earth, but according to this thread gravity does increase initially as you descend as Earth's inner part is denser than its surface part. Luthor wouldn't make it to the center to the Earth: he'd be killed by heat or pressure or lack of air. But for that matter they shouldn't be carving a shaft: the matter Superman is displacing has to go somewhere, so they should be descending through the Earth leaving churned dirt behind them. Possibly Luthor should already have been killed, or friction with the dirt should have separated him from Superman in the early stages of their descent.

I've always thought there was a discrepancy between Action Comics #464-#466 ('It's Superboy I hate! When I make Superman Superboy again I'll have extra drive!') and Action Comics #423, which was also by Bates ('My hatred clouds my judgement! So I'll transfer it to Superman!') I like them both, though.

Luke Blanchard said:

This was a fun list for me.

Thanks! Me, too! I thought of 10 examples before I even started any research -- like the first one, Luthor robbing Fort Knox, which was a spectacular tale! Then I found that one of Luthor firing a tommy gun at Supergirl, and I was golden!


Luke Blanchard said:

Reading your review got me wondering about the science of the Superman #282 story. Gravity is zero at the center of the Earth, but according to this thread gravity does increase initially as you descend as Earth's inner part is denser than its surface part. Luthor wouldn't make it to the center to the Earth: he'd be killed by heat or pressure or lack of air. But for that matter they shouldn't be carving a shaft: the matter Superman is displacing has to go somewhere, so they should be descending through the Earth leaving churned dirt behind them. Possibly Luthor should already have been killed, or friction with the dirt should have separated him from Superman in the early stages of their descent.

One way or another, Luthor should have been killed before they got very far into that hole.


Luke Blanchard said:

I've always thought there was a discrepancy between Action Comics #464-#466 ('It's Superboy I hate! When I make Superman Superboy again I'll have extra drive!') and Action Comics #423, which was also by Bates ('My hatred clouds my judgement! So I'll transfer it to Superman!') I like them both, though.

They weren't always consistent with just how far Luthor would take his hatred of Superman. Like in the first Superman vs. Spider-Man crossover, where Luthor was perfectly willing to destroy the Earth, and Doctor Octopus was the sane one(!) who realized that if the Earth was gone, where would he live?

Just writing that sentence makes me realize I should have put that story on the list ... !

Great article!  Yes, sometimes for a genius, he's just not too smart.  That's the thing about Luthor - sometimes he's Dr. Doom and sometimes he's Monty Burns.

Yeah. The whole business about going back to Krypton to marry Superman's mother, so he would be Superman's father -- bang head photo banghead.gif That still blows my mind.

"Don't Ask! Just Buy It!"

One thing about the hatred issue: If he decided to max out the hatred by turning Superman into Superboy, and that plan failed...why not test the opposite hypothesis? He's a scientist, and I could see him doing a 180 on his method if his first try proved ineffective. 

Another fine list for your perusal: "BATMAN: THE 15 MOST IMPORTANT FIRST APPEARANCES IN THE BAT-MYTHOS"

As always, the whole set may be found here: http://www.cbr.com/author/kchi/

Another good one!

Gardner Fox's script for Detective Comics #30 survives, so there's no doubt he wrote that one. The GCD credits him with the #29 story as well. But I don't know if there's good evidence of that, or if its an assumption from the #30 story's character as a sequel to #29's.

The reason I care is the #29 story was a step forward for the feature, and I'd like to believe it was Finger who made it good. Wishing doesn't make something so, though. Here are the considerations I'm aware of:

-In #29 his name is spelt "Bat-Man" in the logo and "Bat Man" initially, then "Batman".

-In #29 Dr Death's servant is a turbaned Indian called Jabah. The #30 script refers to Dr Death's "Cossacks", and his servant from the first story as "Serge". This might be evidence of Fox's authorship, as a natural interpretation is Fox wrote "Cossack" and "Serge" when he wrote #29 and wrote the script for #30 without knowing the editor had made changes. But it could be that was what Finger wrote, and Fox worked from a copy of his script.

-The shift from a single servant to the plural "Cossacks" could be evidence of a different mind. Or it might be Fox just needed more flunkies. Jabah's fate in the original story isn't clear.

-I don't have most of the stories from Batman's first year. He used knockout gas in #30, and again in #32, also by Fox. It could be only Fox gave him this weapon. (Compare the Sandman.)

-#31's introduction of batarangs and the Batplane might be another case of Fox adding to Batman's arsenal. But it could be these were ideas that were suggested to him that came from Kane and co.

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