SDCCI: New Fun About Siegel and Shuster Panel Audio

Thanks to Jamie Coville for recording this.

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Jamie also recorded 12 panels and the Eisner Awards ceremony. Direct link to audio can be found here:

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Comic Arts Conference: New Fun About Siegel and Shuster (1:20:09, 73.3mb)

Moderated by Comic Book writer and Men of Tomorrow author Gerard Jones, this panel brings together a number of people with new info to reveal about Siegel and Shuster from a variety of different angles. Panelist were Lauren Agostino (Lawyer), Brad Ricca (Author), Mary Wheeler-Nicholson/Brown (Granddaughter of DC founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson) and Mel Gordon (Author).

Brad Ricca has gone though the early work of Siegel and Shuster and found a lot of characters that they pulled from real life, from their school teachers, popular movie stars at the time, to specific buildings. He is compiling a book about all of this and had a little slide show with Shuster’s art and photo’s of the people and places to compare too.

Lauren Agostino was told to throw some old court documents away by an old, long retired ex-lawyer. She found out some of those documents were from the 1947 lawsuit between Siegel and Shuster and DC comics.

Nicky Brown talked about dispelling some myths about her grandfather based on her research into his history and presents evidence that Wheeler-Nicholson gave a very specific and detailed outline on the Slam Bradley character. Her research is ongoing and is looking into what other characters Wheeler-Nicholson might have given a detailed outlines on.

Mel Gordon has written a book about Funny Man, a character created by Siegel and Shuster after Superman. Along the way he talked about Jewish humor and brings up details about Zisha Breitardt, a Polish-Jew strong man that often labeled himself Superman and did lots of true and faked amazing feats to show off his strength. It was also mentioned that he toured in both Toronto and Cleveland around the time the two were growing up. He appears to be a strong likely influence on the creation of Superman.