Thursday, January 8, 2015

Super Mates Episode 22: Vintage Super Hero Children’s Books

Chris and Cindy visit their bookshelf of the past, and pull out some of their favorite children’s books featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes!

First up is 1966’s Batman and Robin: From Alfred To Zowie! Learn the alphabet with the Dynamic Duo, as Chris recites the pulse-pounding text by Ruthanna Thomas, and describes the art by comics veteran Tom Gill! You can practically hear the Neal Hefti theme! Oh wait…you can!

Then it’s off to The Super Dictionary from 1978. This strange DC Comics experiment has some very…interesting illustrations and text used to define some rather innocuous words. You have to see it (or hear about it!) to believe it.

We wrap things up with two beautiful Marvel Books from 1984, each written by David Anthony Kraft, with gorgeous art by Marie Severin and Earl Norem; The Amazing Spider-Man: The Big Top Mystery and Fantastic Four: The Island of Danger!

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Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 


  1. "He's crying over a painting, not because of some social injustice." That made me laugh.

    Great episode, I agree, why isn't DC and Marvel doing stuff to appeal to little kids? Seems like just good marketing.

    Chris' Forrest Gump voice is another in his vast repertoire of impressions. Would it be too much to ask for a whole "character episode" featuring Chris as FG, Christian Bale Batman, Solomon Grundy, etc.?

    I decided to start a JLGL PBHN drinking game with this episode. I am now completely hammered.

  2. A "character episode" may be too much to ask of Cindy. She has to listen to these voices in my head all the time, so she probably doesn't want to record with them.

    I applaud the few kid-centric comics the Big Two do release, but there should be WAY more out there.

    As for the JLGL drinking game...hey, you started it!