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John Byrne

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Posted: 22 April 2018 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Thanks, James!
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Adam Schulman
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Great interview. I'd totally forgotten that Lois was also a novelist.

"Metropolis 900 Miles" is my favorite story from JB's run, too.

No mention of JB's reinvention of Lana Lang. That was far and away my favorite aspect of THE MAN OF STEEL. 

I'm curious, JB: let's say you hadn't done your run on the Superman titles. If you'd said "no" to Dick Giordano. Who would you have recommended he call instead? 


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John Byrne

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No one springs to mind.
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Brian Miller
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I guess now Im gonna have to start pronouncing it Luth-er instead Luth-or as Ive always said it. Dammit, JB. 
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James Woodcock
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Prior to SUPERMAN THE MOVIE I had pronounced it Luth-er. I never managed to make it Luth-or without first catching myself.

Im going to stop catching myself since this interview. A little part of me cheered when I heard JB say it that way, although I think I need to rewatch it again as I think he does use Luth-or later on. But I could be wrong
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Adam Schulman
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No one springs to mind.

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OK, just curious. I've read that Steve Gerber had a proposal, but I know nothing about what was in it.

I very much liked Luthor as the totally-above-the-law CEO of Lexcorp. And it was clear that he was very scientifically literate. But not at the Reed Richards-level of super-scientist that he'd been before. Was there a particular reason why Luthor's intelligence became more "normal"? 
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 22 April 2018 at 10:18pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Was able to see it, thanks to Mark M. Ryan ! Great
interview !

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John Byrne

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I very much liked Luthor as the totally-above-the-law CEO of Lexcorp. And it was clear that he was very scientifically literate. But not at the Reed Richards-level of super-scientist that he'd been before. Was there a particular reason why Luthor's intelligence became more "normal"?

The "new" Luthor was conceived as a kind of Trumpian businessman. This was how Marv Wolfman pitched the concept to me, and this is what I presented to the audience. There was no need for him to be a super scientific genius.

Then, in one of his first stories (which I did not see until it was published), Wolfman sent Luthor "back to the lab." Force of habit, I guess.

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John Byrne

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Im going to stop catching myself since this interview. A little part of me cheered when I heard JB say it that way, although I think I need to rewatch it again as I think he does use Luth-or later on. But I could be wrong

It's all good, as long as you pronounce our hero's name correctly, as SuPERmun.

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JB: "It's all good, as long as you pronounce our hero's name correctly, as SuPERmun."

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That reminds me of something I read years ago--and I wish I could remember who to credit; it might've been right here at the JBF--about why it's so important to hyphenate Spider-Man's name.

The writer pointed out that "Spiderman" scans as if the accent falls on the first syllable, SPY-dur-min. That, in turn, sounded to the writer like a German-Jewish occupational surname (derived from medieval bug exterminators, or entomologists?).

I guess you had to be there. 


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