I’m a big believer in knowing where you come from. I think having a sense of history is important, which is probably why I loved DC’s legacy characters back in the ’90s and early 2000’s. I consider Barry Allen meeting Jay Garrick to be one of the most important events in comic book history.
Which is why it’s such a big deal that my guest for this episode is Bill Schelly.
If you aren’t familiar with Bill and his history in comic book fandom and his writings on the history of the medium than you will be by the end of this episode. Ostensibly Bill is here to promote the release of Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comic Fandom — The Whole Story, which comes out today, but the main reason I wanted to have Bill on the show is to talk to someone that did this sort of thing before I did. You’ll get to hear how Bill got into comics in the early sixties, his time creating fanzines, a fateful encounter with editors at DC Comics, his short lived life as a comic book retailer and so much more.
In talking with Bill I got the sense of what it must have been like for Barry Allen to meet Jay Garrick and I can’t thank him enough for that.
You can purchase a copy of Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comic Fandom — The Whole story by clicking on this link. Even if you have read the previous version you need to pick up this updated and expanded edition. It’s an emotional story and one that is worth your time and money. While your at it follow this link to check out Bill’s other books and then head on over to his site by clicking on this link to order books that aren’t available on Amazon.
Next Time: The (extremely late) first part to my Views 10th Anniversary celebration!