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RST: Comic book superheroes Superman and Cary Burkett

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 14, 2013 2:17 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Tuesday, October 15, 2013:


When many of us were children, our first heroes were actually superheroes that we read about in comic books  They included Superman, Batman, Spider Man, or Wonder Woman. 

All of them became even more popular when their stories were told on television or in movies.  In fact, they became icons and part of American history and culture.  Comic book literature is a course that is taught on several college campuses.

So, it shouldn't be a surprise that a documentary has been made called Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle that will be broadcast on witf-TV Tuesday night at 8.  It's described as "the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of characters."


Larry Tye's book on Superman.

Author Larry Tye describes the evolution of one of the most popular characters in his book Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero, that was published in paperback this spring.  Tye tells us about the Man of Steel on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk.

Also, witf's Cary Burkett wrote comic book stories and even developed some of his own characters.  Cary tells his fascinating story on Tuesday's program.

What kind of Superhero are you? Take the quiz.


witf's own Cary Burkett in studio talking with Scott LaMar

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-10-15 23:06

    I thought today's show was . . .Fantastic !

    I really enjoyed every minute of it.

    I was an avid Superman fan when young, and other comic books as well. Many of them were written as cliffhangers and the story continued in the next edition, the better to hook the readers. I was hooked.
    The local ma and pa store had a policy about not reading the comic books--you had to buy something, preferably a comic book if that is where you were lolling...
    I got real good at pretending to be simply looking to see which Marvel comic I would purchase...but was actually reading them by scanning.
    I would read three or four and then buy the requisite one to avoid getting kicked out.
    When they tested us in the second grade they discovered I was reading 2500 words/minute with 85% comprehension.
    The benefit of my comic book addiction was that I had taught myself to speed read.

    I look forward to reading Tye's book.
    Thanks for a most interesting show !

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