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You have to wonder how different thing could have been if this letter had been sent back in 2010, but that’s not the only mystery to ponder with it. This two page letter, supposedly from Joanne Siegel to Jeffrey Bewkes, was recently lodged as an exhibit in the seemingly never ending case between DC Comics and the Siegels/Marc Toberoff. It details a plea from Joanne to Jeffrey imploring him to intervene in the case with a view of ending it once and for all, and for Warner Brothers to do the right thing. Joanne also evokes the spirit of former Warner’s boss, Steve Ross, praising him – unusual because the Siegels have spent the better part of a decade, plus change, demonising anyone and everyone associated with Warner Brothers and DC Comics. Yes, things might have been different if Joanne had sent the letter – if it’s actually real, and I’m not saying it isn’t – DC Comics are.
The issue around the letter is that it’s only come to light recently. DC Comics have laid complaint after c…
or Classics is a largely forgotten radio broadcast,
performed at a time when the merits of comic books, and their censorship, was
being hotly debated, both in official circles and in the community as a
whole. That the programme was allowed to
be aired shows the mindset of the Government funded and run ABC Radio of the
era – to allow such a controversial programme to air in the midst of
parliamentary debate was a bold move by all concerned. Sadly there appears to be no locatable
recording of the show, so it’s difficult to piece together the overall feel and
production values, but, much like other period pieces, it’s highly possible
that the show was recorded before an audience.
What is known is that the show ran for just under 15 minutes on Sunday, June
26th, 1955 and was sandwiched between a show titled Strange Last Words and the perennial
favourite, Tarzan. Starting at 6:30pm, this would have been the
prime listening spot for families on a Sunday evening in Australia as