Writer and BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid kicks off Comic-Con right with an appearance on KCRW’s “Guest DJ Project,” a weekly show in which actors, artists, authors and other notables talk about songs that have inspired and moved them.
In today’s episode, Waid covers a lot of ground in just five tracks, from Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream to Glen Cambell’s Wichita Lineman to Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come.
“What [Wichita Lineman songwriter Jimmy] Webb taught me was when I put words down on paper, it’s about finding raw emotion in the least obvious places, pulling the real moments out of anybody’s life,” Waid tells host Eric J. Lawrence. “When he talks about ‘I need you more than want you and I want you for all time’ — that is an amazing lyric. Again, if words can make you feel something for this stoic telephone lineman, then ostensibly they can make you feel something for, I don’t know, Superman.”
You can listen to the episode, and read a transcript, here.