I’m not sure if this should be about me or this web-site. So I decided to do a little of both. My name is Russell Bragg. I was born in 1968 in the beautiful, mountain state of West Virginia. I have lived here all my life. I have been a comic book collector/buyer for a long time. So long, in fact, I cannot remember a time in my life where I didn’t know what a comic was. Like most collectors, I fell off a bit during my high school and college years. I didn’t really fully pick up the hobby again until I married in 2000. I just got the bug again and thanks to places like eBAY, Amazon, and My Comic Shop, just to name a few, I have a decent collection now if I do say so myself. It is not Scott Gardner or Michael Bailey big, but I have a fair amount. I even have a room solely to keep my comic books, trades, and action figures.
I didn’t even know what a podcast was until my wife bought me an I-Pod a couple of Christmases ago. Once you have one and hook it up to I-Tunes, you discover all kinds of neat stuff to add for your listening pleasure. I put subjects that interested me into the I-Tunes search engine, with Superman being the first one. A truck-load of podcast showed up on the screen. The first show that interested me was called Superman In The Bronze Age, hosted by Charlie Niemeyer. I grew up during the 1970s, which was the era of comic book’s Bronze Age. So I was more familiar with this Superman. I was hooked, not just on his show, but podcast listening. Most of the comic podcasts I listen to are listed on this web-site. I would definitely suggest each and every one of them to you. They are all very informative and fun to listen to.
So, why am I doing a podcast? Good question. Well..Charlie’s podcast was reaching the magic number of 100. I email his show quite often, but I wanted to do something special for the occasion. Why not record a voice email of congratulations? And that’s what I did. Charlie and his co-host at the time J. David Weter were very touched by the gesture. They commented that the voice email should be the launching pad for my own podcast. I had thought about doing one ever since I started listening to podcasts. I thought it might be fun. Of course I had no idea what kind of work I was getting into. But how do I figure out what I would podcast about? David used to have a segment on Superman In The Bronze Age called Dave Weter Presents where he would talk about the DC Comics Presents comic book starring Superman. David announced on that show that he was going to have to step down for time reasons. They both thought that should be my first podcast. That’s it, my friends. A simple gesture to help celebrate one of my favorite podcast’s milestones, a co-host having to step down, a suggestion, and one of my favorite comic books. That’s all it took to create my podcast, The DC Comics Presents Show.