Digging for Kryptonite: The Villain of the Story Part 1A — Mad Scientist in Comics

Host Anthony Desiato digs into Pre-Crisis Lex Luthor, aka the mad scientist, as depicted across the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages of comics with guest Rich Roney.

Stories discussed include Luthor’s first red-haired appearance in “Action Comics” no.23, revised Silver Age origin (“How Luthor Met Superboy”) from “Adventure Comics” no.271, and the Lexor arc (“The Showdown between Luthor and Superman,” “The Team of Luthor and Brainiac,” “Luthor – Super-Hero!,” “The Death of Luthor,” and “Rebirth”). 


This is Part 1A of “The Villain of the Story,” a multi-part event examining Superman’s ultimate opponent, Lex Luthor, across time and media. Come back for Part 1B in two days (6/9) as Anthony and guest Tyler Patrick (KRYPTON REPORT) consider Pre-Crisis Lex in film, TV, and animation. Remaining installments to follow on Tuesdays, aka our new release day!

Digging for Kryptonite is a Flat Squirrel Production. Key art by Gregg Schigiel and theme music by Basic Printer. 

Support the show and receive exclusive podcast content at Patreon.com/AnthonyDesiato. The spinoff podcast Digging for Justice: A DC Fan Journey is available at all reward levels.

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Anthony Desiato

Anthony Desiato, owner and founder of Flat Squirrel Productions, is a lifelong Superman fan, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host who has been chronicling the culture of comic shops for the past decade. Projects include the films My Comic Shop Documentary and My Comic Shop Country, as well as the podcast series My Comic Shop History and Digging For Kryptonite.

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