Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Amazing Race's Legion fans

I don't know about the rest of you, but "The Amazing Race" is one of my favorite shows on TV, and it's just about the only "reality" show I really want to be on. In a nutshell, in case you're unfamiliar with it, teams of two people (with a pre-existing relationship, like friends/co-workers/siblings/etc.) travel around the world following clues and performing activities local to that location; the last to check in at a designated pit stop is eliminated. It's way better than I just made it sound, though.

Anyway, one of the teams this year is Mark and Bill. They are racing to fill the "nerd team" slot on the show. They're actually Mark Yturralde and Bill Kahler, longtime friends and comic book fans. Mark is the Treasurer for the San Diego Comic-Con (who I actually met once, years ago, making him the only Racer I've ever met).

Here's an excerpt from an interview they did with Reality Heaven:

Reality Heaven: When did you both begin collecting comic books?

Mark: I have always loved comics as far as I can remember. I remember the 1st comic I bought with my own money was the wedding of Sue and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Bill: I remember reading other kids’ comic books when I was really young, but I’m pretty sure my first comic book purchase was Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #201. It was one of those 100-page comic books they used to sell in the 1970s; I think I got it because it was extra-big, but still just “one comic book”. [Note: the 100-Page Giant issues were actually #202, 205, and 208; #201 was a regular sized issue.]

Reality Heaven: Favorite artists?

Mark: David Lapham, Alex Ross, Brent Anderson, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Dean Yeagle, Joe Chido, Joe Linser

Bill: Mike Grell (who drew _Legion_ back when I started reading it), John Cassaday (_Planetary_), Alex Ross, Dave McKean, Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Adam Hughes

Reality Heaven: Favorite superheroes, if any?

Mark: Mr. Fantastic, Green Lantern, The Metal Men, Black Canary, Firestorm, Legion of Super Heroes.

Bill: Batman, Firestorm, The Doom Patrol, Spider-Man, and the Legion of Super-Heroes.


Bill Kahler said...

I stand corrected! I spazzed on the number - it was definitely the 100-pager with the Devil-Fish story, so I should have said 202.

(Also: nice blog!)

Michael said...

Ha! Thanks, Bill. I feel funny wishing you good luck when the Race has been over for months for you guys already, but I'll be rooting for you two.

I'll have to figure out a different angle for my Amazing Race application, as they will have already filled their comic-geek quota for a couple of seasons.

Do you guys have a page where you'll be dishing the dirt and explaining the behind the scenes stuff after each episode airs?

Johnathan said...

Man, I love that Devil-Fish.