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Welcome to the Bruce Scivally website!

Bruce Scivally, an internationally recognized authority on pop culture,

is a writer, lecturer, teacher and documentary filmmaker.

This is the place to order copies of my NEW book, BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN, as well as copies of my previous books, SUPERMAN ON FILM, TELEVISION, RADIO AND BROADWAY and JAMES BOND: THE LEGACY (co-authored with John Cork).

 

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BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN features over 400 pages of terrific Bat-info and Bat-photos!

Bill Ramey of Batman-On-Film.com calls it "the most well-researched and thorough history of the cinematic Dark Knight I've ever read. I consider it a must for all Batman fans."

Publisher's Weekly says, "Scivally's work is essential reading for anyone interested in the cowled crime fighter's rise from comic book hero to international icon."

Think you know everything about Batman? Think again!

Local Chicago author and Batman expert Bruce Scivally has dug up all the dirt on the Dark Knight. For instance:

Did you know that Batman married Bette Davis?

Or that Batman's son produces James Bond films?

Or that the battle over whether to produce Batman Begins or Batman Vs. Superman resulted in the dismissal of high-level executives at Warner Bros?

Or that Christian Bale's stepmother is feminist icon Gloria Steinem?

Find the details behind these stories and more in Billion Dollar Batman, a new book that explores the history of Batman in serials, radio, television and movies, and how the character has evolved over the years through the different media.

Illustrated with photos of the actors who have brought Batman to life for seven decades.

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Here's a brief look at Bruce Scivally selling "Billion Dollar Batman" at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo...

 

 

HERE'S BATMAN JOHN WHITT AT THE CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO, APRIL 13-15, 2012!

 

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BRUCE SCIVALLY INTERVIEWS

Click below to see my interview with John Wroblewski of Johngysbeat.com from C2E2 in Chicago - April 15, 2012.

 

Click below to hear my interview with Dave White of KSAV.com's The Dave White Show, broadcast April 24, 2012.

 

Click below to hear my interview with John Rothman on KKSF NewsTalk 910 San Francisco, broadcast April 24, 2012.

 

Click below to see me interviewed by Athena Stamos of CraveOnline.com at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim!

More from WonderCon: CLICK HERE to listen to Bruce's interview about BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN with Tim Powers of Fandom Planet!

CLICK HERE to hear my interview hour-long interview about Batman, Superman and James Bond with Greg Vance and Ryan Downing on their "Stupid Wankers" podcast! (CAUTION: Adult language).

CLICK HERE to hear Part 1 of my discussion about Superman with Wes Britton on KSAV's "Dave White Presents!"

CLICK HERE to hear Part 2 of my discussion about Superman with Wes Britton on KSAV's "Dave White Presents!"

CLICK HERE to hear me talk about Superman with KGO AM 810's John Rothmann

 

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SUPERMAN ON FILM, TELEVISION, RADIO AND BROADWAY is a complete history of The Man of Steel in popular media, from his creation and first appearance in June, 1938 to Superman Returns. The book chronicles the men who have portrayed Superman - Bud Collyer, Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Bob Holiday, Danny Dark, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh and others - as well as the behind-the-scenes struggles to bring the otherworldly superhero to life in cartoons, serials, TV programs, movies and on the Broadway stage, filled with revealing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories.

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UPDATES....

December 7, 2012:

Chicago area Batman and Superman fans—come out to Curt's Cafe at 2922 Central Street in Evanston on December 21 and December 22 from 4 PM to 6 PM to get your autographed copies of Billion Dollar Batman and Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway!

December 1, 2012:

Holy cow! Can't believe it's been seven months since the last website update... Needless to say, I've been busy with the classes I'm teaching at the Illinois Institute of Art and Columbia College, and the class I'm taking at the London School of Film, Media and Performance. The year has passed too quickly, but it's been fun, as you can see from all the photos and video from the conventions I attended the first half of the year. Stay tuned for more updates!

May 6, 2012:

Had a great time at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) - look for the videos and photos on this website. Next up is the Motor City ComicCon in Detroit, May 18-20, then the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois June 7-10 (I'll be arriving on the afternoon of the 8th). Come on out and get your autographed copies of Billion Dollar Batman and Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway!

March 25, 2012:

Looking forward to attending the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), coming up in just a few weeks - April 13 to 15. There'll be at least one Batman at my booth - John Whitt - so bring your camera and get a photo!

March 18, 2012: WONDER CON, Anaheim, CA

WonderCon was fantastic! I enjoyed seeing old friends like Tom and Debbie Wendler, Michael Coate, Tim Gardner, Athena Stamos, Brad Hansen, Traci Rustin and Raymond McDermott, and making new friends like Suzanne Egg and Athena's friend, Ian, who helped me at my table. I almost sold out of my stock of Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway books, and had some fun moments, like...

5. Standing in line for my exhibitor badge and looking across at the next line to see Superman producer Ilya Salkind...and in the next line over from him, Virginia Hey of The Living Daylights and Mad Max: Road Warrior...

4. Selling the first Billion Dollar Batman book on Friday to Gregory Jein, the visual effects genius and modelmaker who worked on Close Encounters, Avatar, lots of Star Trek movies and The Dark Knight Rises...

3. Meeting the sons of Batman producer Michael Uslan, who are just as nice as their dad...

2. Being interviewed by Warner Bros. for a documentary about the Batmobile that's due to appear on the Special Edition Blu-Ray of The Dark Knight Rises...

1. The guy who came up to my table, looked at the photo of Adam West and Burt Ward behind me, then looked at me and said excitedly, "Did you play Robin?"

January 2, 2012:

I hope everyone had a good holiday. I'm beginning to map out convention appearances for this year, so keep checking back for updates. In the meantime, I've done my first interview for BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN, on Greg Vance and Ryan Downing's podcast "Stupid Wankers." CLICK HERE to listen to a one-hour conversation about Batman, Superman and James Bond (CAUTION: some strong language).

December 22, 2011:

Took a while to get through it, but the Kindle version of BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN is now available. The Kindle, of course, is on the Amazon.com website (click HERE).

December 7, 2011:

So, where have I been for the past year and a half? Holed up in my own personal Batcave, writing what I believe to be the most thoroughly-researched book about Batman ever written. The book is now available to order - I just received the proof this week, and it looks great (and, at over 400 pages, it's thick and heavy). And nowI have a new quiz question for you: which Batman actor is feminist icon Gloria Steinem's stepson? Answers to that and many more tidbits can be found in BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN!

March 7, 2010:

Wow - can't believe it's March already. Progress on the book has been slow since I've been teaching at Columbia College, but I'm still making progress nonetheless. With today being Academy Awards day, I have a pop quiz question: Of the actors who have played Batman, who is the only one to win an Academy Award (though not for playing Batman)? The answer is below.

I recently came across some articles which will help flesh out the portion of the book about the 1966 Batman feature film, and am tracking down the truth behind rumors of a proposed Batman TV series that was to have begun in the early 1960s with an actor other than Adam West.

And who was that Oscar winner? George Clooney, who won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for 2005's Syriana.

December 5, 2009:

I wish I could report that I've completed another chapter, but truthfully, I've done precious little with the Batman book in the past week. Now that the holidays are here, finding time to write has become very difficult, so I don't expect to make much progress until after the New Year.

Consequently, I'm going to take a break from the website and Batman eBlog until January, so I can focus what little spare time I do have on the writing of the book.

In the meantime, attached is a little Christmas gift.

May your holidays pass without any Dark Knights!

November 8, 2009:

This Tuesday at 9:30 PM, KSAV will air Part 2 of my interview with Wes Britton about "Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway" on their program "Dave White Presents." And Chapter 6 of BATMAN ON FILM AND TV, about the Batman animated cartoons of the 1960s and 70s, is progressing slowly but nicely. To see an episode of Filmation's 1968 Batman cartoon series, click here.
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November 1, 2009:

My thanks to Wes Britton and Dave White for featuring Part 1 of my interview with Wes about "Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway" on last Tuesday's "Dave White Presents" show on KSAV. You can hear the show by clicking here. Part two of Wes Britton's interview with me will air Tuesday, November 10, same time, same channel
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In Batman news, I'm happy to report that the first draft of Chapter 5 of BATMAN ON FILM AND TV is FINALLY finished. I wrapped it up last night while handing out candy to the Trick-or-Treaters. The chapter came in at 80 single-spaced pages, including the 300+ footnotes; it will undoubtedly be the longest chapter in the book. Now it's on to the 1968 Batman Saturday morning cartoon and Superfriends, with the immortal Olan Soule as the Caped Crusader and Casey Kasem as Robin, the Boy Wonder.

October 24, 2009:

Part one of Wes Britton's interview with me about "Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway" will be broadcast this Tuesday on KSAV's "Dave White Presents" show. The same show will feature Dave White's interview with Eddie Cantor's daughter, Janet Gari. I interviewed Janet a couple of years ago for a documentary that appears on the DVD "Rose of Washington Square," part of Fox's Alice Faye Collection. It's an honor to be sharing airtime with her. The show debuts at 5:30 PM Central Time and can be hear by visiting www.KSAV.org. The full 90 minute show will be available for download beginning Wednesday at www.audioentertainment.org/dwp. Part two of Wes Britton's interview with me will air two weeks later, on Tuesday, November 10, same time, same channel
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October 19, 2009:

And I'm STILL on Chapter 5 of BATMAN ON FILM & TV—but close to finishing it! Today, I'm writing about Yvonne Craig, and I've added a link to her website on the BATMAN page, where you can order an autographed copy of her book, "From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond." Also, this past Tuesday, I was interviewed about Superman for KSAV's "Dave White Presents" show. The interview should appear on KSAV in the next couple of weeks, so I'll post a link when it's up.

September 26, 2009:

Still on Chapter 5 of BATMAN ON FILM & TV—and loving it! Today, among other things, I'm writing about the merchandising spawned by the TV show, including a novelty record called "The Riddler Song," composed and arranged by Mel Tormé with vocals by Frank Gorshin. You can listen to it here.

September 7, 2009:

I've now completed four chapters of BATMAN ON FILM & TV. The fourth chapter covers the 1949 Columbia Pictures serial starring Robert Lowery and Johnny Duncan. For the past few weeks, I've been researching and writing Chapter 5, about the 1966 TV series. There's such a wealth of great material related to the TV show that this chapter is taking much longer to get through than I'd expected. In anticipation of chapters to come, last week I interviewed Michael Uslan, producer of the Batman movies from Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" to 2008's "The Dark Knight."

August 4, 2009:

The first three chapters of BATMAN ON FILM & TV are finished, covering the Caped Crusader's creation, the 1943 serial, and Batman on radio. Now I'm working on the next chapter, covering the 1949 serial. Thus far, I've conducted interviews with Michael G. Wilson (whose dad, Lewis Wilson, was the first live-action Batman), Bob Hanks (son of the second serial Batman, Robert Lowery), and writers Lorenzo Semple Jr., Tom Mankiewicz, and Sharmagne Leland-St. John (whose godfather was the first live-action Robin, Douglas Croft). Looking forward to the next chapter—Batman on TV. Holy nostalgia!

May 17, 2009:

Okay, I've been VERY lax in updating the website... but keep checking back for updates on my NEW book, which will be available (if the publishing gods smile on me) by Summer 2010!

"QUANTUM OF SOLACE" - JAMES BOND 007 AT THE WILMETTE THEATRE, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 8:30 PM
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091, tel. 847-251-7424
I'll be signing copies of my book James Bond: The Legacy, co-authored with John Cork, before and after the 8:30 PM screening of Quantum of Solace, the new 007 adventure starring Daniel Craig. Following the 8:30 screening, I'll join film critic Bruce Ingram of the Pioneer Press for a discussion of James Bond films past and present.

September 16, 2008:

Looking for a low-cost copy of Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway? Check out BudsArt Books.com (formerly Bud Plant.com). They're currently selling the book for the amazingly low price of $29.95, $20 off the cover price!

September 2, 2008:

On August 24th, the terrific movie website Popcorn N Roses did a three hour podcast about Superman called "Truth, Justice and the Superman Way." TC Kirkham interviewed me for a segment of the podcast, which can be heard at the Popcorn N Roses website.

June 30, 2008:

To see an interview with me conducted by Steve Younis of the Superman Homepage at the 2008 Metropolis Superman Celebration, click here.

June 26, 2008:

During the weekend of June 13-15, I traveled to Metropolis, Illinois for the annual Superman Celebration, where I met Metropolis's new official Superman, Josh Boltinghouse (see above). It was great catching up with friends I've met at other events, and finally meeting in person many of the people whose websites were a boon to the writing of my book, such as Steven Kirk and Steve Younis. I arrived Friday evening, just in time for the 1940s Ball honoring Noel Neill. The next day, I autographed books and chatted with fans at Artists Alley. I also took a spin through Jim Hambrick's amazing Superman Museum, which is a Mecca for Man of Steel acolytes. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, I was unable to stay for Sunday's record-breaking "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Superman." According to Super-fan Charley Levi, there were 122 people decked out in the blue-and-red, including Superman comic book artist Murphy Anderson (see the photo below, courtesy of Stephanie "Superwoman" Perrin). As always, I had a grand time, and I look forward to next year's celebration!

June 11, 2008:

Over the weekend of June 6-9, I was at the Memphis Film Festival in Olive Branch, Mississippi. This was my first visit to the Memphis Film Festival, but it won't be my last. Ray Nielsen and the other organizers did a terrific job and made me feel very much at home. Besides leading a panel discussion on Superman, I also got to participate in a Lone Ranger radio broadcast re-creation.

LEFT: Here I am hosting the Superman panel, with guests Gregory Moffett, Noel Neill and Jim Nolt. Gregory Moffett appeared in "The Stolen Elephant" episode of "Adventures of Superman." Jim Nolt is a Superman fan who ran the website "The Adventures Continue" for many years before handing the reins to Lou Koza, who was also at the Film Fest.

RIGHT: Noel Neill meets Rex Luthor, Lex's crazy uncle - otherwise known as Jeff "Rock" Scivally (my brother).

LEFT: Richard Potter and Bruce. Richard wrote a tribute song to George Reeves, "Oh, George," which can be ordered from his website - click here. RIGHT: The Cagle brothers - Don ("Lone Ranger"), Ken ("Rooster Cogburn"), and Gary ("John Wayne) - chat with David Rothel, author of "Who Was That Masked Man," one of the best books ever written about The Lone Ranger.

March 4, 2008:

This past weekend, I went to the Metropolis Comic Show in Metropolis, Illinois, where I met a lot of fantastic Superman fans, like Charlee "Superman" Chartrand (with book, below) and Stephanie Perrin (a/k/a Superwoman):

Tim Gardner did an excellent job of organizing the show and making the special guests feel welcome. It was a pleasure to talk to the Super Fans who came out to the event, and I look forward to seeing many of them again this June at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis!

February 7, 2008:

I've just confirmed that I will be attending the The Metropolis Comic Show in Metropolis, Illinois, where Superman's 70th birthday will be celebrated on February 29! See the BOOKSIGNINGS page for more info!

January 27, 2008:

Recent weeks have brought major developments in both the Superman and James Bond worlds.

First, on the Superman front, Variety reported that Warners Bros. had (for now) pulled the plug on their proposed Justice League movie. Since the film was announced last fall, there has been much speculation on internet sites about who would be cast as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, with WB reps indicating that Superman and Batman would be played by actors other than Brandon Routh and Christian Bale. Apparently, the studio was treating this as a franchise separate from their already begun Superman and Batman films. In the end, the studio decided the script needed more work, so the project became a casualty of the ongoing writer's strike. There were other factors influencing the decision, including the studio not getting an official response on tax breaks they wanted for shooting in Australia, and the options on the actors running out.

On the 007 front, the title of the new James Bond movie was announced this past week: Quantum of Solace (see the BBC Website announcement). It's a title likely to leave a lot of folks scratching their heads going “What does that mean?” It comes from a short story Ian Fleming wrote for Cosmopolitan magazine that appeared in the May 1959 issue, and the following year appeared in the short story collection For Your Eyes Only. As Bond stories go, it's a trifle, with no derring-do. Instead, James Bond attends a dinner party which he finds dreadfully boring, and during which he is told the tale of a romance gone awry. On the BBC website, Daniel Craig explained, “Ian Fleming had written about relationships. When they go wrong, when there's nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire's gone out, there's no quantum of solace. And at the end of the last movie, Bond has the love of his life taken away from him and he never got that quantum of solace."

Speaking for myself, after the exciting rebooting of the series with Casino Royale, they could call the next one “Ham on Rye” and I'd still be lining up on opening day to see it.

December 10, 2007:

I recently received a call from Fred Shay, who was VERY instrumental in getting the transcription discs of the old Superman radio show out of the DC Comics vaults and transferred to tape. Fred was also a friend of Kirk Alyn's, and helped get Alyn's two Superman serials released on videotape. He also uncovered the rarely-seen "Superboy" and "Superpup" pilots. It was a pleasure speaking to Fred, and I'm sure that if there's a second printing of "Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway," I'll be picking his brains to update the book! To see James Lantz's interview with Fred on the Superman Homepage, CLICK HERE!

Use the links to the left to find out where I'll be appearing at booksignings, or to find our more about me and my work.

 

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