Glen Weldon Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR's pop culture blog Monkey See, where he posts weekly about comics and comics culture.

Glen Weldon

Panelist, Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast

Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR's pop culture blog Monkey See, where he posts weekly about comics and comics culture.

Over the course of his career, he has spent time as a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a PR flack, a seriously terrible marine biologist and a slightly better-than-average competitive swimmer.

Weldon is the author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, a cultural history of the iconic character. His fiction and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Story, McSweeney's, The Dallas Morning News, Washington City Paper and many other publications. He is the recipient of an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship and a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction.

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The Unusual Success Of The 'Wallace The Brave' Comic Strip

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A screenshot of a video shared on White House social media accounts. The video — a fake movie trailer encouraging cooperation between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — was shown to Kim by Trump himself on an iPad toward the end of their summit in Singapore Tuesday. White House/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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'Shaking The Hand Of Peace': Unpacking Trump's North Korea Movie Trailer

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Don't Wait Up: Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) prepares to do some derring-do, leaving Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) to his stay-at-home-superdad duties, in Incredibles 2. Pixar hide caption

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Retrofuturistic 'Incredibles 2' Is More Retro Than Futuristic

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Clusterfest: Tina Desai, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Max Riemelt, Jamie Clayton, Purab Kohli and Toby Onwumere in Sense8. Segolene Lagny/Netflix hide caption

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Codependent Some More: Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) discover a connection linked to their respective super-powers in Marvel's Cloak & Dagger. Alfonso Bresciani/Freeform hide caption

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Wee Ol' Teddy, Marmalade: Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2. Warner Bros. hide caption

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Charming And Disarming 'Paddington' Cinematic Universe

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Can You Trust A Movie Trailer?

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Never tell him the odds: L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm/Disney hide caption

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'Solo' Makes The Jump To Light-Speed ... Eventually

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Ultraviolent super-mercenary Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) references a film that many people will recognize — that's kind of his whole deal — in Deadpool 2. Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Grim 'N' Gritty Is Out, Glib 'N' Smarmy Is In: 'Deadpool 2'

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Clockwise from top left: Sorry To Bother You, Incredibles 2, Crazy Rich Asians, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Annapurna Pictures/Disney Pixar/Sanja Bucko, Warner Bros. Pictures/Hopper Stone, SMPSP/Lucasfilm Ltd./Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment and Legendary Pictures Productions hide caption

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