Hear George R. R. Martin read his Marvel fan letter from 1963

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Apr 29, 2017

Though he should be burning the midnight oil finishing the next A Song of Ice and Fire novel, George R.R. Martin took time out from finding new ways to murder our favorite Game of Thrones characters to record a segment for Superheroes Decoded, the upcoming comic book industry documentary from the History Channel. Superheroes Decoded airs on Sunday, April 30, and Monday, May 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and provides an illuminating examination of the superhero mythology in all its incarnations.

Here's the official description from History:

“With rare access to top creators at both DC and Marvel, Superheroes Decoded uncovers how the rise of the superhero parallels America’s rise as a superpower in the 20th century, evolving through the decades into a uniquely American mythology that has captured audiences across the globe. Using modern film clips, vintage comic artwork, historical archival material.”

Martin re-read his first published work for part of his series interview, a 1963 fan letter printed inside Marvel's Fantastic Four #20, when the acclaimed fantasy author was just a 14-year-old fanboy from New Jersey. The flowery, flattering correspondence to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby referred to the epic issue of Fantastic Four #17 and its action-packed storytelling.

Listen in and tell us if you're planning on joining George for this comprehensive dissection of the superhero concept when Part 1 of Superheroes Decoded airs on Sunday.

(Via io9)