About The show
Super Hero Speak is a podcast about comic books and comic book related tv, movies and products. 3 comic book nerds (Ben, John and Dave) get together every week and talk about what the love, comic book characters, and share their insight into this world.
Falling in love with comic books at a young age Dave has always been a huge comic book fan. In 2000 he began attending comic book conventions on a regular basis and in 2007 decided to begin volunteering at conventions. Dave has worked at over 13 conventions since first volunteering and has worked in almost all conceivable jobs at a convention. Through this experience he has met many artists, writers and celebrities and learned a new appreciation for the art form he enjoyed so much.
From the writing and drawing of a comic to the production of a movie or tv show based on these characters. This knowledge has made him appreciate and love this medium even more.
So, now here we are in a golden age with these characters we all know and love. With them moving from the long boxes in the comic book nerd basement into pop culture with the success of their blockbuster movies. So Dave decided to use all his experiences and love for the art form to create this pod cast. He also decided to bring his friends Ben and John along the way to help out with the fun. And together they give you the pod cast Super Hero Speak. A conversation about comic books and all things comic book related. This will be a weekly pod cast with about an hour long format.
We hope to bring not only our insight on the current movies, books and video games related to comics but also interviews with people with in the business and up and coming. So sit back, have a listen and we hope you enjoy.
Ben’s Bio – Fictional Version (you can’t handle the truth!)
Born an average white boy in suburbia, Ben was often teased in junior high for his affinity for cartoons & comic books and his inability to grow adequate facial hair on his weak chin. One day when being pursued by a posse of stubbly bullies, he ducked into a bookstore (knowing they wouldn’t be caught dead in such an establishment). It was there that he met a very old man with a very long beard who ran the shop. This man asked him a bunch of poignant questions that suggested he knew or could sense things about Ben that he shouldn’t have known. After some probing questions and some revealing answers, all Ben remembers is a flair of blinding light followed by him finding himself outside and halfway down the block. Confused he hurried home and put the incident out of his mind.
The next morning, he awoke with the start of a healthy goatee and moustache and a sudden urge for mischief. Little did he know, the old shopkeeper was unnaturally old as a result of being imbued with an ancient and mercurial spirit of intellect that manifested these traits in its host. With these new smarts and desires to commit shenanigans, the spirit also tended to stimulate hair growth which, if appropriately tapped and harnessed by the host, could be used as a tool and weapon.
Ben quickly started indulging his more mercurial spirit to get back at his tormentors and wreak a little havoc around his school. But before he could succumb completely to this darker nature, he heard about the sudden and unexplained death of the old shopkeeper (which Ben innately knew was due to the spirit abandoning his old host). This grounded Ben such that he was always mindful from that day forward of the power within him so as not to be so seduced by it as to be wreckless. He would still commit mischief, but on his terms. And he coaxed the spirit to his cause by exposing it to numerous superheros and related tropes, cultivating a desire to use these gifts nobly.
Once he was in his twenties, he became emboldened enough to take on an alter ego of Beardiac and wield his powers to take down the occasional petty thief and miscreant (and when offered or when it seemed it wouldn’t be missed, he would accept the occasional reward for his services). And using the wealth of intellect the spirit granted him, he was able to live in modest wealth via strategic investing and occasional gambling.
“The Geek is strong with this one” is what the doctor that delivered this singular individual, kicking and screaming and already trying to ctrl-alt-del life, would have said had Star Wars been a thing that long ago. When John was born, not only did they break the mould, they beat the mould-maker just to be sure.
All that aside, and speaking on my own behalf… In the late 1970s, someone came to my parents house with one of the first luggable computers, the make and model of which I can’t remember. I think he was selling them, and I watch the demonstration as he played a Star Trek game that had dots moving around the four-odd inch monochrome screen. This was around the same time my family went to a drive-in to see the double feature of the blockbuster “Battle Beyond The Stars” and a one off throw away called “Star Wars”. The following year my dad took me into a theater to see some hyped movie about a guy who’s fashion sense including wearing his underwear on the outside while trying to hide it with a cape. I’ve been a geek/nerd/whatever you want to call it ever since.
In 1979 at a school extracurricular activity, I rolled up my first Elf character for the then frowned upon and possible gateway to Satan-worship, Dungeons and Dragons. That was quickly followed by somehow finding and reading a lot of Alexander Key and Madeleine L’Engle books. “The Case of the Vanishing Boy”, “The Forgotten Door”, and the Wrinkle in Time quintet showed me the way to other lands of imagination, along with other notables like “The Girl with the Silver Eyes” by Willo Davis Roberts, the Finn Family Moomintroll series, The Danny Dunn series by Raymond Abrashkin, The Mad Scientists’ Club series by Bertrand R. Brinley, and The Three Investigators series by Robert Arthur, Jr which were prefaced by some nobody named Alfred Hitchcock. All this led to my graduation into David Eddings and the Belgariad. How I went from this into comics is anyone’s guess.
I got into comic books when I worked for WaldenBooks around 1990, and for a few years spent all my money reading every mag I could get my hands on. From then on it’s been all computers, superheroes, and
ponies other things.