The Signal Watch is Volume 2 of the League of Melbotis blog.  For previous posts (April 2003 - December 2009), we invite you to visit Volume 1.

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Who is The League?

The League resides in Austin, Texas.  He is 40-ish, cohabitates with his two dogs (Lucy and Scout), and his lovely wife, Troubles McSteans.

He does not know when he began reading comics, but family-legend has it that his first word was (no fooling) "Batman", thanks to the power of Adam West and syndicated reruns. 

The League attended and graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in Radio-Television-Film and History.  He has worked in eLearning and currently works in the field of Digital Libraries.

He has written for Nanostalgia, Film Fodder and other pop culture sites.  

Artist's depiction of The League blogging
For more information and the history of "Why 'The League'?" and "Why 'Melbotis'?", you can click here to learn more.

What does "The Signal Watch" mean, anyway?

"The Signal Watch" refers to the watch given by Superman to his pal, Jimmy Olsen, which would emit a super-sonic sound detectable only by Superman, but which was depicted as a "zee zee zee..." in the comics. Jimmy was to use the watch only when faced with mortal danger. Which happened monthly.

We invite you to read other meanings onto the name, as I assure you, we mean those as well.


Just as Superman had an extended family, so, too, do we hope that we can make you part of the Signal Watch family.

Maybe you can be our very own "Beppo the Super Monkey"!

One thing that a blog can provide that other social media does not is a sense of community and discussion.  I can write about this stuff for myself, but it's a lot more fun when you chime in.

What's on this site?


The blog will often shine a special spotlight on Superman, the Man of Steel, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and first published by National Periodical Publications in 1938. Today, Superman comics, movies, etc... are produced by DC Comics, a division of Time-Warner.

We tend to believe Superman is pretty keen.

Man of Steel and his lady friend


For a long time we've been considered by ourselves and others as a "comics blogger".  However, with a great number of posts tending to tilt toward discussion of movies rather than comics, we're fine with whatever label you want to slap on the blog.

We have no particular agenda and no particular genre we're selected for a focus.  Instead, we enjoy the process of writing a few thoughts about each movie we watch as a sort of journal of our movie viewership, occasionally dusting off the film theory and media deconstruction hat when there's a reason to do so.

You'll detect a pattern of 80's comedy, film noir, science-fiction, horror, superhero and other genre film, and, perhaps, less of the classic serious film viewing that better people than ourselves are welcome to take on.


We encourage our family of readers to explore the many different models and genres of comics, from Sunday newspaper strips to literary work, autobiographical work, experimental, historical and everything inbetween.

For a long time, we focused a lot on DC Comics, but in recent years, that picture has changed.  But we're still pretty keen on the characters and world of DC Comics.

My imaginary friends


Same rules apply for TV and film.  Especially in this era of television finding new and interesting shapes to take on.


You can't know where you're headed if you don't know how you got to where you are now.  No matter how much I enjoy the fantastic worlds of film and comics, the real world is always finding ways to be more interesting than anything people make up.  Even with crime-fighting aliens and whatnot.

I'm an American, and as such, find American history pretty darn interesting.  So, look out for that, I guess.  Especially discussions of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.

TR after a busy morning digging a few holes to keep in shape

Longhorn Sports (mostly football)

At The Signal Watch, we also love NCAA college football played for the University of Texas. So don't be too shocked to find mention of the mighty Texas Longhorns.

This is Vince Young.  We speak his name with reverence.


Also, we love dogs. We have two of them.

Lucy and Scout:  These are my pals

That's my way of saying - at the end of the day, this is my personal webspace, and, sometimes, this site is a personal journal.  I know that's not what people do on the internet anymore, but that's how it's gonna be.  I hope that's all right.