Noblemania With Marc Tyler Nobleman!


Marc Tyler Nobleman was kind enough to contact us about a really amazing project he is doing on his own blog, Noblemania. He really caught my attention when he described what he had planned:

“To bridge the gap between my book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (2008) and my upcoming book on Batman/Bill Finger (2012), I found and interviewed 99 “lost” stars of superhero/cartoon entertainment of the ’70s and ’80s – from the pimp in Superman: The Movie to the original singer of the Scooby-Doo theme to the voice actors of the Wonder Twins.”

Obviously if are you a fan of the Retroist you’ll feel right at home visiting Marc’s spot on the web:

“I am a nostalgia junkie and an amateur historian. This series celebrates much that has instilled me with a love of story and action. It has a direct correlation with Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and my 2012 Bill Finger/Batman book and, in fact, serves as a bridge from one to the other.

Here’s the table of contents (10 subseries):

Super Friends (various incarnations; 1973-86)
animated TV series
28 interviews (15 voice actors, 7 writers, 2 animators, 4 other production staff)

Sea World superheroes water ski show (1976-79)
live-actor sports performance
44 interviews (37 skiers, 1 high diver, 2 announcers, 4 production staff)

Superman: The Movie (1978)
theatrical film
3 interviews (all actors)

Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
live-action TV specials
5 interviews (3 actors, 1 deceased actor’s niece, 1 director/producer)

Batman and Robin Meet Dr. Danger (circa 1979)
live-action theatre performance
2 interviews (both performers)

Bugs Bunny Meets the Superheroes (1979-81)
live-action theatre performance
6 interviews (all performers)

The Plastic Man Comedy Show (1979-81; repackaged with live-action host in 1984)
live-action segment of animated TV series
2 interviews (1 actor, 1 director/producer)

Superman (Ruby-Spears, 1988)
animated TV series
1 interview (voice actor)

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (seasons 1-2: 1969-71)
animated TV series
7 interviews (2 voice actors, 2 theme song singers, 1 music producer, 1 songwriter’s widow, 1 songwriter’s son)

Mick Smiley (“Magic,” Ghostbusters, 1984)
musician
1 interview”

Marc has really put a ton of research into this project and he has been kind enough to grant us an interview concerning his book on Bill Finger that will hit stores shelves in 2012! Make sure to grab a cup of your favorite beverage because you’ll read some just absolutely fascinating stories from the cast and crew that brought us some of our favorite Superhero animated memories as kids, not to mention getting rare behind the scenes photos like this:

Casey Kasem, Danny Dark, and Sherry Alberoni during Superfriends read through.
Photo courtesy of Sydney Croskery.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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