Chris Roberson—writer of Superman: Grounded and I, Zombie—joins us this week on io9's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast to talk about comic books, writing the Man of Steel, and Lex Luthor's hair.

Art by Eddy Barrows via DC Comics

The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy is hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.


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0:00 Introduction

Interview: Chris Roberson

1:28 Interview begins

1:33 Is Chris a real Superman fan?

1:53 Dressing up as Superman for an entire year

2:37 How many Superman comics has Roberson written?

3:06 What has Superman been up to for the past 10 years?

4:54 Which cities should Superman visit in Superman: Grounded?

5:48 Reaction and feedback to Superman: Grounded

7:02 1992's The Death of Superman

10:03 All-time favorite Superman tales

11:36 Some of the strangest things to happen in Superman comics

14:15 The origin(s) of the conflict between Superman and Lex Luthor

17:51 Working on a character with a long, convoluted history

20:23 Is Superman too powerful to be interesting?

21:52 Superman on TV and the Silver Screen

25:38 Advice for kids who want to write superhero comics

27:09 Who are some other superheroes Roberson would like to write for?

27:35 Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre

29:52 What other comic book projects is Roberson working on?

31:00 "I believe in Superman the way some people believe in Jesus"

32:40 End of interview

Dave and John talk about superheroes

32:50 Episode 40 of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy with Marjorie M. Liu

33:17 Dave and John chat about Superhero movies, beginning with Green Lantern trailer


34:14 John wants to talk about Alfred Bester, who apparently didn't write the Green Lantern oath

35:16 The mysterious life and death of F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

37:35 The trailer for Captain America

39:19 Should actors also be fans of the superhero they're portraying?

40:00 How did John get interested in Captain America?

41:51 The trailer for Thor

43:20 The trailer for X-men: First Class

44:47 Superheroes in prose fiction

45:00 "Captain Fantasy and the Secret Masters" by Tim Pratt (Podcastle)

47:06 "Dr. Diablo goes Through the Motions" by Saladin Ahmed (Strange Horizons)

48:30 Uncomfortable Plot Summaries

49:07 Pandemonium by Darryl Gregory

51:08 Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

51:23 Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey and Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty

51:41 Wild Cards, edited by George R.R. Martin

52:09 Masked, edited by Lou Anders

52:31 "Thug" by Gail Simone

53:09 Women in Refrigerators

54:01 Who Can Save Us Now?, edited by Owen King and John McNally

55:05 The Darker Mask: Heroes from the Shadows, edited by Gary Phillips and Christopher Chambers


55:39 Superheroes, edited by John Varley

56:52 Superhero RPGs

58:16 Is George R.R. Martin obsessed with rolling new superheroes?

59:04 Wait? The word "Superhero" is a registered trademark?

1:00:46 Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment suing A Fat Rabbit for trademark infringement


1:03:31 Marvel Zombies and its porn faces (Discussion Thread)

1:06:40 Show wrap-up

Thanks for listening!


John Joseph Adams is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the bestselling editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), Seeds of Change, andWastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. His most recent books are The Living Dead 2 and The Way of the Wizard, and he is currently assembling several other anthologies, including Brave New Worlds and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. Barnes & named him "the reigning king of the anthology world," and his books have been named to numerous best of the year lists. In addition to his anthology work, he worked for more than eight years as an editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction,and is currently the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Fantasy Magazine.

David Barr Kirtley has published fiction in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed,Intergalactic Medicine Show, On Spec, and Cicada, and in anthologies such as New Voices in Science Fiction,Fantasy: The Best of the Year, and The Dragon Done It. Recently he's contributed stories to several of John's anthologies, including The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, and The Way of the Wizard. He's attended numerous writing workshops, including Clarion, Odyssey, Viable Paradise, James Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and Orson Scott Card's Writers Bootcamp, and he holds an MFA in screenwriting and fiction from the University of Southern California. He also teaches regularly at Alpha, a Pittsburgh-area science fiction workshop for young writers. He lives in New York.


Snownotes compiled by podtern Aidan Moher

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