Friends and neighbors:

As most of you know, I am writing a book about journalists in comic books. It's a riff on my Master's thesis. It's kinda fun, and I want to share that, since it's consuming all my time. I think maybe you guys would like to be in on the conversation in my head.

I know some of you have done books on your own, and haven't asked any help here. I acknowledge that, and am not asking for help myself.

I just think it will be fun.

So, do you guys want to go on this journey with me? Sure, you all get credit in the Foreword.

But the first question is ... do you want to play? If not, I'll continue to toil in darkness.

Let me know, Legionnaires!

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MARVEL TV: I don’t know if your look at journalism in comics is going to include “investigative” TV shows (or if you even consider that “journalism”), but if so, here’s a parody you may have overlooked.

DC’s CHANNEL 52: Similarly, DC ran this features in some of their comics in 2013. (“All the News – Some of the Facts – Broadcasting every week in your favorite comics!”) I didn’t take note of too many of these, and I don’t think I read any of the ones I did notice, but there it is.

I don't remember that Galactus story, but surely I read it.  What's it about?

Anyway, right now I'm researching George Taylor. He hung around longer than I realized, -- about two years, until sometime in 1940. And I remember him appearing much later in the "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" stories in Superman Family, or some other Earth-2 fare, which I will have to research. 

Interestingly, Clark Kent sends his story to the Cleveland Evening News in Action Comics #2. This seems to be a one-off aberration.

“What's it about?”

I read it last night. It’s a parody of one of those “investigative” TV shows that pick a different topic each week and offer interviews and “dramatic re-enactments,” complete with commercials. The host interviews the “Wingless Wizard” in prison, a “secret” Avenger (who is obviously Hawkeye), and concludes with “Galactus” himself, a cosplayer (and part-time porn actor) who lives in a trailer park, who explains how (and why) Galactus was "faked." It also has a reprint of Fantastic Four #50, in which the Daily Bugle declares Galactus a hoax, the springboard of this comic. It’s mildly entertaining.

Worth a mention, I guess. I'll see if it's in the Comics Cave somewhere. 

George Taylor appeared on Earth-One in World's Finest Comics in the late 70s as editor of The Daily Star in Star City when Oliver (Green Arrow) Queen was a columnist.

Captain Comics said:

I don't remember that Galactus story, but surely I read it.  What's it about?

Anyway, right now I'm researching George Taylor. He hung around longer than I realized, -- about two years, until sometime in 1940. And I remember him appearing much later in the "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" stories in Superman Family, or some other Earth-2 fare, which I will have to research. 

Interestingly, Clark Kent sends his story to the Cleveland Evening News in Action Comics #2. This seems to be a one-off aberration.

"I'll see if it's in the Comics Cave somewhere."

It's cover-dated April 2009 if that helps. (I know how you file your comics.)

Just remember the rule; "If you can't find it, you don't own it!"

(is that our fearless leader's rule?)

David Warren said:

Just remember the rule; "If you can't find it, you don't own it!"

(is that our fearless leader's rule?)

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I've been plowing through early Superman, collating information on George Taylor, Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. I finally reached Perry White last night.

As I mentioned earlier, George Taylor stuck around a lot longer than I had previously thought. He first appeared in June, 1938, and appeared fairly often, even through the transition from Daily Star to Daily Planet. He was finally replaced, without explanation, by Perry White in November, 1940. 

I've only read the first few Perry White stories, and so far he's just referred to as "White." I assume he'll get a first name soon.

Jimmy Olsen won't officially appear until late 1941, but most sources indicate the unnamed, bow-tied boy with the odd forelock who appeared in Action #6 as Jimmy. There's another appearance by that character, still unnamed, a few issues later. I'm keeping my eyes open for more.

I don't remember hearing anything about the switch to Perry White. Is he a character from the radio show that was folded into the comics?

Richard Willis said:

I don't remember hearing anything about the switch to Perry White. Is he a character from the radio show that was folded into the comics?

Yep. Perry White appeared in the second episode of the radio show in February, 1940. He was inserted into the comics in November of that year.

Captain Comics said:

As I mentioned earlier, George Taylor stuck around a lot longer than I had previously thought. He first appeared in June, 1938, and appeared fairly often, even through the transition from Daily Star to Daily Planet. He was finally replaced, without explanation, by Perry White in November, 1940. 

I've only read the first few Perry White stories, and so far he's just referred to as "White." I assume he'll get a first name soon.

According to the ever-wonderful The Great Superman Book by Michael L. Fleischer (also known aThe Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes: Superman - Volume 3), Perry White gained a first name in Superman (Vol. 1) #10, May/June 1941.

The Great Superman Book! Accept no substitutes! (Especially not The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. I found out it's not so great.)

I learned long ago to trust the Fleischer books, and none of the others.

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