Friday, October 5, 2018

First photo with Phil Yeh, the first journalist to cover Siegel and Shuster's plight

In 2008, the year I started this blog, I had the honor of interviewing cartoonist and writer Phil Yeh. All fans of superhero comics owe Phil a debt: he was at the forefront of a group that helped writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster get (restored) credit and compensation for their genre-launching brainstorm, Superman. As a young journalist running a free California arts publication, Phil helped the industry recognize the imperative of acknowledging (and fandom the imperative of speaking up for) the creative underdog.

Without him, I might not have written Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman

That interview was conducted by email but Phil and I have since met in person several times, mostly at comic conventions. Yet we had not taken a photo together till 10/3/18, when I spoke at a school in San Bernadino, where he lives. He and his wife Linda (a public librarian, and more) kindly came to my talk.

A warm man committed to the arts.

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