Hello fellow DC Fans and welcome to the latest edition of our Confessions of a DC Geek feature. Before I carry, please accept my apologies for the delay in the next issue getting to you but, unfortunately, life has been hectic over the last few weeks, hence the delay. I am sure you have all been beside yourselves, wondering when the next edition will be arriving; well, wonder no more as I bring you #13 in the series. Now, you may see 13 as unlucky, however, not for our latest guest as he confesses all to DC World.

Yes, Jeff Maddock is my latest victim, taking on our list of questions and confessing all about what he loves in the DC Universe (Hey, there’s a great name for a streaming service………..oh, wait!). As you will see from Jeffs’ answer, he really is a “Super” fan of DC Comics and all it entails.

If, like Jeff, you would like to raise your hand and take part in a future edition of “Confessions…”, then please do get in touch. You can find the details you need at the bottom of this article.

Finally, as I’m sure you want to get on with reading the interview, my most sincere thanks go to Jeff, a good friend of myself and DC World. Please, all enjoy, I certainly did.

JH@DCW:  First of all, would you mind telling me a bit about yourself – name, age (if willing), where you’re from and what you do for a living, anything else you wish to mention?

JM:  Jeff Maddock, 35 Years Old.

Occupation: Case Manager

Anything else: I love DC Comic Superheroes!

What, or who, helped kick-start your DC Comics fandom and when? 

When I was younger I remember being so fascinated with watching Superman, I pretended to be Superman, wearing a cape and jumping off the side of the porch! I watched the Christopher Reeve Superman Movies and I was hooked. The first superhero movie I ever saw in theatres was Batman starring Michael Keaton.

Who is your favourite DC Superhero?

My favourite DC Superhero is Superman!

Who is your favourite DC Villain? 

My favourite DC Villain would be Lex Luthor.

Away from the two mentioned above, who is another character you could call a favourite, villain/hero/other character or one of each?

I also love the Flash and Supergirl. Zod is another favourite villain.

TV shows – which is your favourite DC effort? 

Smallville is my all-time favourite DC show. It was perfect in so many ways. The titles were one word and every season built on each other. The last three seasons were the best.

What is your favourite DC Movie? 

This is tough for me to say I have one favourite but Wonder Woman was excellent.

Are there any DC Universe characters, any that we haven’t seen a live action/animated version of so far, you would like to see become part of the movie, TV or even animated universe? If so, which character and who would you like to see play the part/s? 

It would be nice to see Darkseid in live action. 

The DC Universe has featured many, many actors on TV and in the movies, as well as animated movies/series’, so I ask you – who is your favourite actor, anyone who has made some sort of appearance within a DC creation? 

My favourite actor is Tom Welling. He was perfect as Clark Kent and Superman. 

Comics – do you read them? If so do you have a favourite series, or a graphic novel, that you enjoy more than others? 

I love the Batman Superman series by Jae Lee and Greg Pak.

This editions’ controversial question/s:  

Controversial Q1) Justice League – where has it been done better, the live action movie or animated?

I loved Justice League (the movie) but I kind of feel Joss Whedon messed it up with edits to Henry Cavill’s face. I think Justice League (movie) could have been done a little better with having Darkseid and the black suit version of Superman. I still loved the movie but the animated series still gets the edge in my book.

Controversial Q2) The Battle of the Century (and no, I don’t talk of Superman vs Muhammad Ali) – Justice League Barry Allen or The Flash series Barry Allen, who wins that fight?

Well, seeing that the Justice League Barry Allen doesn’t have a team and Barry Allen in the Flash series has the most attractive woman on Earth as his wife (Candice Patton) I would say that Barry Allen in the series wins the fight.

DC vs Marvel – Social media seems to be a hotspot for this kind of talk, however, at times, it can get out of control and comments can become quite malicious; what are your thoughts on the whole DC vs Marvel issue, or do you feel that there should be no issue?

I feel like Marvel kind of holds an advantage against DC. First, I heard a lot of fans that wanted Tom Welling to play Superman. Then we fell in love with Christian Bale as Batman. But what we got on the big screen was Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck was great as Batman but I think some of his personal failures hurt him in the movie and people retaliated against it. I do feel as if ABC/Disney wants DC to fail and they may play a role in negative ratings. I try not to say anything bad about Marvel movies because there are those that love them. I don’t really get too excited about their movies. I do love Dr. Strange and Spiderman with Andrew Garfield but I’m a die hard DC comics fan.

 If you were to fall in a swamp/be electrocuted/fall in a vat of chemicals/witness the death of a loved one etc. and made the choice to become superhero or villain, what would your name and powers be and what sort of costume would you go for?

I’d love to be able to fly, I’d probably wear a cape, and be called S——-. 

Apparel – do you wear any clothing that relates to DC Comics and its Universe, if so, do you have a favourite item of clothing that is still worn aplenty and fading?

I have plenty of Superman shirts (love when they are on clearance), Superman hoodies, Batman shirts and hoodies, and a few Flash shirts and hoodies! None fading yet! 

Conventions – do you attend them and, if so, do you have a favourite convention that you have been to?

My all-time favourite convention I have ever been to is the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL in 2011. I met Brandon Routh there and that was one of the best moments of my life! Everyone should go to that at some point in their life…it’s a lot of fun! 

Before we go on to questions regarding your collection, could you please tell our readers where we may find you online (Twitter, YouTube, Blogs etc.)?

@jeffmaddock26 is my Twitter

@jeffmaddock is my Instagram

I’m on YouTube but I don’t post anything…I mostly watch trailers and DC World videos! (Good man – John)

Now we have the necessities from you, on to the reasons that I created this feature, your DC collection. 

First up, do you collect large amounts of various and random DC merchandise or is there a single type of item that you like to pick up?

I like collecting anything Superman and recently I love the Funkos! 

Do the items you collect relate to one specific character/movie/TV Show etc. or is it just all things DC Comics? 

Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and the Flash are probably my favourite items to collect.  

Of the items you own, do you have a most prized possession? – I’m not asking for your favourite here, but the one/s you cherish most of all. Why does it/they mean so much to you?

My most prized possessions are my Tom Welling and Brandon Routh autographed pictures.

In your collection do you have anything that is considered a bootleg piece of merchandise? If so, what is the item and what made you buy it?  

When I was at the Superman Celebration in 2015 I purchased a painting of The Flash by a vendor that was very cool looking. I really should have bought at least two of his paintings. 

Do you have something in your collection that could be described as a rare item? 

There is probably nothing rare other than a Superman The Movie Pepsi Glass in mint condition. 

What is the your “go to” item when showing off your collection to, say, friends or family? 

Brandon Routh’s autograph is on the top shelf. I would give every other autograph and picture away if I absolutely had to but not that one! 

Going back to conventions again, if you attend, what sort of merchandise do you like to pick up, or do you prefer getting to meet the celebs and receive photos/autographs etc?

I like to meet the celebrities and get their autographs! I also like to see if Kevin Anderson or any other interesting artist is present to meet them too! 

What are the biggest and smallest items in your collection?

Smallest items are probably these mini metal DC figuries and the biggest is the AT&T Justice League posters that I got in October/November 2017! 

I doubt that this will be applicable but out of curiosity, is there an item in your collection that you regret buying. If, by any chance there is, what is the item and why do you regret it?

I don’t think I have any regrets buying anything. 

Is there a Holy Grail for you, an item that you would love to own that may prove to be extremely difficult or even impossible to obtain? 

The very first Superman Comic Book would be something very neat to own! 

Cheeky question 1, but what is the most and least expensive item that you have purchased to add to your collection?

Probably the most expensive item is my Gal Gadot autograph and least expensive is a one dollar Superman Hotwheel car! 

Cheeky question 2, but what is the most and the least valuable item in your collection – what are they worth (and I know that they will all be priceless to yourself)? 

Most valuable is probably my Gal Gadot autographed picture and the least valuable is the Daily Planet Superman Celebration edition newspaper.

Well, there we have it. Another edition of “Confessions of a DC Geek” comes to a close but I am sure that all who have read it, have enjoyed the things that Jeff has talked about.

My thanks go to Jeff for shouting “SHAZAM” and taking part in this, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and putting it together for our website. I can safely say that Jeff earns the accolade of “DC WORLD GEEK”.

Thank you to all for taking the time to read and visit our site (please comment below or on any of the teams or my own social media pages, always appreciated when we hear from readers) and, if you would like to take part in a future edition the please get in touch as per the details below, would love to hear from you:

My Twitter: @DC_ComicsGeek

My Email: john@dcworld.org.uk

Team Twitter: @_DCWorld

We are a fan site and want to have as much involvement with readers and DC Fans as we can.

Cheers, John