Mark Hamill. Jedi, Joker, and Trickster. He’s my favorite genre celebrity, and in his first episode of his new pop culture collectibles series, Pop Culture Quest, Hamill hosts popular DC Comics artist and exec Jim Lee. Pop Culture Quest is a new series on the pay network Comic-Con HQ, but you can watch the entire first episode below.
Pop Culture Quest is a load of fun, and is similar to past pop culture collecting shows reviewed here at borg.com like Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter, and Syfy Channel’s Hollywood Treasure. This new series may top those series simply because of the access to Mark Hamill. Hamill–who we all know as Luke Skywalker, the voice of the animated Batman series’ Joker, and both the classic and current The Flash TV series’ villain The Trickster–hosts the show with a sidekick Muppet fellow named Pop. Hamill has a good sense of humor and proves to be not only every nerd’s idol, but a card-carrying nerd himself. Hamill knows his pop culture, as highlighted by his detailed knowledge of the history of DC Comics as he browses the West Coast DC headquarters. He’s also a solid interviewer, and reminded me of the poise in interviewing guests that William Shatner exhibited on his short-lived interview series Shatner’s Raw Nerve.
Episode 1 follows Hamill as he tours the DC offices and talks shop with Jim Lee. Lee and Hamill agree to swap Hamill a sketch of The Joker in exchange for a voice message by Hamill that we get to watch performed during the coda for the episode. It’s good stuff all around.
Check out this first episode of Pop Culture Quest:
As they wander through original artwork archives and issues of million dollar comic books, one highlight is a look at the alternate page rendered for the call-in vote to kill off Jason Todd aka Robin in the 1980s “Death of the Family” story arc. The DC headquarters also have a great display of screen-used costumes–definitely a destination to include on your bucket list along with Skywalker Ranch.
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