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Glen Weldon is an American writer, cultural critic, and podcaster. He has written for publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, and McSweeney's. Weldon currently writes for the NPR Arts Desk and is a panelist on the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour (PCHH) with Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes.[2]

Glen Weldon
NationalityUnited States
Alma materSouthampton College[1]

In his work, Weldon often draws on his life experience as a gay man[3] and a self-described "nerd."[4] In addition to shorter fiction work appearing in anthologies and publications, he is the author of two non-fiction pop culture histories about comic book superheroes and nerd culture.[2] Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, published in 2013, chronicled the history of Superman and his role as an iconic American figure.[5][6] 2016's The Caped Crusade covered Batman's relevance through decades of popular culture.[7][8][9]

Weldon has earned an Arts Journalism Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction, a Ragdale Writing Fellowhip, and an Amtrak Writers' Residency.[3][2]


  • Superman: The Unauthorized Biography. ISBN 9781118341841
  • The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. ISBN 9781476756691


  1. ^ Thorn, Jesse; Morris, Jordan (4 December 2018). "Ep 560: Lovitz Again with Glen Weldon". Jordan, Jesse GO! (Podcast). Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2 September 2019. yeah absolutely 100 percent this is my degree from Southampton College 1990.
  2. ^ a b c "Glen Weldon". NPR. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  3. ^ a b "Bio". Tumblr. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  4. ^ Weldon, Glen (2013-02-17). "Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  5. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily Todd (2013-04-01). "Glen Weldon: Superman: The Unauthorized Biography". AUX. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  6. ^ "Glen Weldon knows what makes Superman soar". CBR. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  7. ^ Senior, Jennifer (2016-03-23). "Review: 'The Caped Crusade' and Batman's Reach Beyond — Gasp! — Comic Book Lore". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  8. ^ "The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  9. ^ Mikula, Jeremy (2016-03-22). "'The Caped Crusade' details the cultural history of Batman". Retrieved 2019-09-02.

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