Dirk Maggs's '90s superheroes Jan 20, 2020 18:27:18 GMT
Post by fitzoliverj on Jan 20, 2020 18:27:18 GMT
What do people think of the Radio 1/Radio 4 series that Dirk Maggs did back in the 1990s with Superman, Batman and Spider-Man?
At a mere 39, I'm slightly too young to have taken an interest in them at the time* (superhero comics, it must be conceded, having become a thing for adults) but I've picked up a couple over the years. "Doomsday and Beyond", which was released alongside the comics depicting Superman's return to life after being killed off, is very good (and has Jon Pertwee in it); "Knightfall" I struggled with, it must have been hell to listen to if it was one of the ones that came out in three-minute batches, but when I actually sat down and listened to the whole thing in one go, it was again very good.
The four Batman and Superman plays were supposed to come out again in a big box set, but this seems to have fallen by the wayside, and they never crop up on Radio 4 Extra. I was toying with getting some of the ones I hadn't heard from eBay or somewheres.
* The only one of his audio movies I listened to at the time was "Independence Day UK", starring Colin Baker amongst others (and even that was the Xmas Day repeat, I remember rushing down from the dining table to press record). The first half was a docudrama starring Patrick Moore and Radio 1 DJ Nicky Campbell, who have the misfortune to be recording a science programme when the aliens attack and destroy Broadcasting House; the second half is a straight drama with the RAF fighting back and waiting for the Americans to, ahem, take all the credit (as, if you watch the film, you'll see that they did). "An American Werewolf in London"'s meant to be very good as well, with elements cut from the movie added back in.