Marc Tyler Nobleman is an author and self-described pop-culture archaeologist. He is best known for his book Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. Released in 2015, the book investigates the life of Bill Finger, an uncredited mastermind of the Batman comic. Marc’s journey to right a wrong from decades past with respect to who really created Batman was captured in a fantastic documentary on Hulu entitled:  Batman & Bill. He’s authored 74 other books for children and young adults, including Brave Like My Brother, Thirty Minutes over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story, Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real, and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra. Marc is also a public speaker who has traveled around the world to speak at elementary and high schools. He also blogs regularly on his personal website Noblemania. Marc attended Brandeis University, where he majored in American Studies and theatre. Out of college, he had aspirations of being a screenwriter — but his path quickly changed

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What is pop culture archaeologist is and how Marc created this career (3:34)
  • How Marc goes about his writing process (7:38)
  • Why a “good story” is suitable for people of all ages (10:12)
  • Why working on Bill the Boy Wonder made Marc feel like a detective (12:20)
  • Who Bill Finger was and why he matters to Batman fans (13:36)
  • How long Marc worked on his book Bill the Boy Wonder and why grit mattered (16:21)
  • How Marc set the record straight about the real creator of Batman (18:20)
  • Why Marc believes that no story from history ends with a period (21:14)
  • Why you shouldn’t let rejection get in your way of realizing your dreams (22:25)
  • Why being fired was the best thing to ever happen to Marc (23:20)
  • How many times Marc’s Superman book got rejected before it was published (24:38)
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