Next, listen to Jamie Farr. Farr was, of course, well known for playing Max Klinger on MASH, which had been running for about five years when this clip was filmed. That's an interesting bit of timing, I think, because Klinger's character was, at that time, still basically a one-note joke -- he wore women's clothing to try to get out of the army. For the purposes of the show, he was a clown; the more dramatic aspects of his character wouldn't really develop for another few years. But listen to what Farr says during this interview. He is surprisingly well-versed in comic history, not only pulling out the names of relatively obscure characters without even thinking about it, but he also tries to goad Seuling into talking about the legal battle between DC and Fawcett, a battle which had been over and done with for about 25 years by that point. He also makes the comparison between comics and storyboards for films.
Comics in 1977 were generally looked down upon, and I give the folks at the Mike Douglas Show a lot of credit for treating Seuling with such respect. They're surprised a grown man still reads comic books, but they don't present him as sideshow freak example of arrested development or anything. Part of that is, I suspect, because Seuling carries himself so well. He's confident, thoughtful, intelligent, well-spoken, and well-groomed. Farr is an interesting contrast in that he's almost literally falling out of his chair in excitement; there's more than a little stereotypical fanboy behavior going on. BUT, I think Farr could get away with it precisely because of his popularity as Klinger. The character, as I said, was a clown at that time and Farr could exude his real fanboyish enthusiasm for comics precisely because that culturally fell into the same category as cross-dressing on television.
I have to wonder how Farr might've reacted differently if MASH had been a few years later into the run, after Klinger gave up wearing dresses and became a more serious character. Of what Farr's agent would've said if he behaved as he did here.