Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon appears in the following:

The Old School: Classic Strips That Continue To Shape Comics

Thursday, July 13, 2017

When we asked readers to name their favorite comics, many classic, hugely influential newspaper strips got nudged out of the running. We thought we'd give them a shout-out.


Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We asked readers to name their favorite comics and graphic novels, and we got thousands of answers. Now, with the help of our expert panel, we've curated a list to keep you flipping pages all summer.


Origin-al Sin: What Hollywood Must Learn From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

For years, it seemed that origin stories were central to keeping superheroes movies grounded. Homecoming proved this suspicion wrong. It found a better way — and a different key ingredient.


I, Booger: Actor Curtis Armstrong's Affable Memoir, 'Revenge Of The Nerd'

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In Armstrong's autobiography, the classically trained actor humorously makes peace with the fact that the first line of his obituary will reference his nose-picking character from an '80s sex comedy.


Nothing Was Ever The Same: 10 Comics That Changed The Game

Monday, July 10, 2017

We're previewing this year's summer reader poll on comics and graphic novels by highlighting comics that stand as historic milestones.


Actor Michael Nyqvist, Of Swedish 'Dragon Tattoo' Films, Dies At 56

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nyqvist, whose other films include John Wick and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, died of lung cancer, according to his representative.


On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

Monday, June 26, 2017

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.


Checking In On 'Better Call Saul' (And 'Breaking Bad') At The 3-Season Mark

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Both shows track the moral decay of their main characters, so we compare Jimmy McGill's arc, as of Sunday's Better Call Saul season finale, to that of Walter White after three seasons of Breaking Bad.


Why Hasn't Online Dating Made It Onscreen?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The technology around us has made its way into all kinds of movies — sci-fi, thrillers, horror. But there's one movie genre it hasn't been able to infiltrate — the romantic comedy.


Adam West Saved Batman. And Me.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

NPR's resident Bat-scholar Glen Weldon offers a personal remembrance of the late Adam West, explains how the actor rescued the character of Batman from oblivion, and explores his enduring legacy.


'The Jersey Brothers' Highlights The Enduring Legacy Of World War II

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sally Mott Freeman's book, The Jersey Brothers, recounts the story of three men swept up by Word War II. The youngest brother gets captured in the Philippines, and the two others struggle to bring him home. NPR explores why stories of World War II remain so compelling to us today.


It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.


Camelot On Film: 9 (Not-So) Brief, (Intermittently) Shining Moments

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is in theaters this weekend. How does it stack up against other movies that have tackled Arthurian legend?


A Guide To Free Comic Book Day 2017: The Don't-Misses And The Near-Misses

Friday, May 05, 2017

Headed to a comics shop for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday? Take along Glen Weldon's exhaustive guide to all 52 FCBD free comics available.


Jonathan Demme And The Simple Power Of The Close-Up

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Demme, who directed 36 feature films and documentaries over the course of his long and varied career, died this morning. He was a filmmaker fascinated by the pure emotional force of the human face.


Gripping Comics Memoir 'Hostage' Puts You In The Room Where Nothing Happens

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cartoonist Guy Delisle departs from the first-person travelogue format which has won him acclaim to chronicle the true story of a man kidnapped and detained for months in the Caucasus region in 1997.


Long-Buried Secrets, Scampering Dreams And A Cat That Talks: 'Eartha'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Cathy Malkasian's gorgeous, melancholic graphic novel, a woman travels to a distant city to learn why its residents have stopped dreaming.


Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Comments about diversity in superhero comics made last week by a Marvel executive unleashed an online firestorm. But heroes who look more like the growing comics readership are here to stay.


'The Hello Girls' Chronicles The Women Who Fought For America — And For Recognition

Thursday, April 06, 2017

A book published today, the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, tells the story of "America's First Women Soldiers" who served as switchboard operators in the field.


'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

Friday, March 31, 2017

In his new book, statistician Ben Blatt loads thousands of books, new and old, into a vast database and uncovers intriguing patterns in how our favorite authors write.