200 | Still No Direction

Two hundred episodes in and still no direction. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: ArkasiaAlex ChiltonPuffy AmiYumi

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200 Episodes In And Still No Direction.

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199 | Adam West, Jerry Lewis And Squirrel Girl

We talk about the work and influence of Adam West along with the different incarnations of Batman. William Shatner, Adventures Of Jerry Lewis And The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl are discussed as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Geneva Wollett

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Goodbye Adam West.

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198 | The Goon, Mignolaverse And Pulp Movies

While in Virginia, Don meets up with Scott Conner, who is one of our first listeners. As the conversation flowed, they decided to record a show, and here it is.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Colossus

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The Goon
By Eric Powell.

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197 | Free Comic Book Day 2017

It is Free Comic Book Day so it is another road trip to Yancy Street Comics.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi

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Don Thought Free Comic Book Day Started In The Nineties.
But It Began In 2003.

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196 | Giant Monsters, 3-D Comics And Pullapalooza

More comments about the state of mainstream comic books starts the conversation off, which goes into the giant monster comics from Atlas, 3-D comics and ends with Pullapalooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Matthew SweetHi-Standard

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Sergio Aragonés
Destroys DC By Mark Evanier And Sergio Aragonés,

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195 | Keeping Trademarks Going, Batman, The Visitor And Dollar Box Finds

Since the first half was trashed last time, we start off talking about the Marvel executive who says diversity may have alienated readers, which turns into the price of comics and creating new characters. Rock and roll lawsuits, Batman’s Strangest Cases, Paul Grist and books from the dollar box fills out the remainder.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Verve

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Blue Beetle And The Question By Steve Ditko.

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194 | Doctor Strange And Books With No Plan To Read

Al started the episode off with a rant about the Marvel executive who says diversity may have alienated readers, which led into a discussion on the price of comics today, trade paperbacks and the culture of comics. Unfortunately, all of that is gone, because Don trashed the first half of the episode before it was produced. Sorry about that.

The surviving half discusses books that we didn’t plan on reading, but ended up liking anyway. And Doctor Strange, there was a lot about him.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Cramps

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Marvel Executive Says Diversity May Have Alienated Readers.
And Here Is What The Beat Says About It.

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193 | All-New X-Men

Dallas and Don have read the All New X-Men Trade 1 and discuss their thoughts on the book through Skype. Don briefly talks about The Maxx, and brings up that he confused that character with The Goon and Lobo, only because they were big guys with four letter names.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Robert Fripp & Andy Summers

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All New X-Men Trade 1 By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen,
Wade Von Grawbadger And Marte Gracia.

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192 | Magnus Robot Fighter, Turok Son Of Stone And Berni Wrightson

The first half of the episode starts off with Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D., Turok: Son Of Stone and the fantastic painted covers of Gold Key Comics. Bernie Wrightson and his work was discussed for the second half, so of course it went over the time limit.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Redd Kross

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Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D.

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191 | Leaving Megalopolis, Ex-Heroes, Zombies And Pokémon Go

Leaving Megalopolis and dangerous super-heroes are discussed in this episode along with the continuing Ex-Heroes series. The conversation moves on into zombies and Pokémon Go.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson

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Leaving Megalopolis By Gail Simone And Jim Calafiore.

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190 | Smithsonian Comics, Gum Cards, Sunstone 1 And Hot Gimmick 12

We start off with a correction from Episode 186 on Doom Patrol and Ted Mckeever. A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics is covered, Rook’s box of bubble gum cards, television show hosts, cable network shows, Sunstone 1 and Hot Gimmick 12.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Doom Patrol 79
Cover By Kyle Baker (Who Don Gets Confused
With Ted Mckeever, But He Does Not Know Why).

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189 | Destination Nightmare 8

We apologize, but it has been a busy month here, and no one was able to get together and record. Fortunately Al dusted off another Destination Nightmare episode for your listening pleasure.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Siouxie and The Banshees,
Echo And The Bunnymen, Elliott Smith and Mary Hopkin

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.

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188 | Destination Nightmare 12

No comics this week, so Al dusted off episode 12 of Destination Nightmare. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Porter WagonerMitch EasterKate Bush

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Hammer Horror.

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187 | Dan Spiegle And Other Stories

Al and Don go far beyond the normal time limit and show just how free form they can get.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Mick Ronson

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Crossfire And Rainbow By Mark Evanier And Dan Spiegle.

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186 | Doom Patrol, Low And Alex And Ada

Dallas gives his take on the current Doom Patrol, which leads into a discussion of the different incarnations of the comic and Ted McKeever who had worked on it, but we didn’t know. The Vision, Ramona Fradon and the many awesome projects of Mark Chiarello.

Low: The Delirium Of Hope and the tight line of fantastic graphics and not being confusing is gone over, along with the third trade of Alex + Ada and text features In old comic books.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Strung Out

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Doom Patrol 2 From DC Young Animal. Cover By Michael Allred.

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185 | The World Of Edena, Nod Away And The Undertaking Of Lily Chen

Moebius and The World of Edena is discussed in great detail. Nod AwayThe Undertaking Of Lily Chen, Prince Of Persia and Doom Force are covered as well,
but not as much.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

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Moebius Library: The World of Edena.

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184 | Nexus, Dollar Boxes And Archie Collection

Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s current Nexus work starts this episode off, which quickly turns off to stock poses, The Lost Continent and Shade The Changing Girl 4. A lengthy dollar box segment is followed by Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers. Pullapalooza finishes it out once again.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dana Gillespiehitomi

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Nexus: Into The Past And Other Stories By Mike Baron And Steve Rude.

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183 | Archie Newspaper Strip, Bootlegs, RASL And Star Comics

While on the road, Al and Don discuss the Archie newspaper strip and the Archie Library Series. Bootleg recordings and obscure items found through mail order, comic shops and dollar boxes come up as well. Dallas comes on for ten minutes and talks about RASL Then Al asks about the Marvel imprint Star Comics, And Don Showed How Little He Actually Knew.

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The Archie Library 4.

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182 | Back-Up Stories, Alan Moore And New Versions Of Old Series

Talking about back-up stories led into Alan Moore and Swamp Thing, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic EyeShade The Changing Girl, Groo Fray Of The Gods and Love And Rockets. Then Pullapalooza closes it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Harry Nilsson

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Flesh And Bones Featuring Dalgoda 3

By Jan Strnad And Dennis Fujitake.

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181 | Len Wein, Comics Timeline And Steve Ditko

The core four return to discuss Len Wein, the Golden, Silver, Bronze and the never ending Modern Age of comics. Pullapalooza and Strange And Stranger: The World Of Steve Ditko finishes it off.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool

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Episode 181, Hulk 181. Dallas Saw The Number Connection.

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180 | Reading List, Pullapalooza And Injection

The core four are back and keep asking why. Why hasn’t Rook made his reading list available? Why hasn’t he ever mentioned No Hero? Why haven’t we heard of Batman / Doc Savage? And why haven’t we EVER talked about Len Wein? Why?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Red Club

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Locke & Key
By Joe Hill And Gabriel Rodrigues.

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179 | Young Animal, The Atomics And Reading Out Of Sequence

The conversation starts with Grant Morrison’s 18 Days, rolls into DC’s Young Animal books with an intention on talking about The Atomics for a long time. Reading comic books out of sequence finishes everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Arkasia

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Grant Morrison’s 18 Days. Artwork By Jeevan J. Kang.
From Graphic India.

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178 | Dalgoda

This episode we talk about Dalgoda by Jan Strnad and Dennis Fujitake. There were a few other things discussed, but mostly Dalgoda..

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Polyphia

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Dalgoda By Jan Strnad And Dennis Fujitake.

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177 | Reprints, Formats And Pullapalooza

Miracle Man and hard to find comics start the show, which unfolds into classified ads, game shows, cartoon hosts and Sunday comics. Steve Rude and Pullapalooza brings it to a close. Al asked “Why did old comic books have colored rectangles near the top borders of the page?” and just to let you know, he was right, and Don was wrong. Again.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Lets Active

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Miracleman 3
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176 | On The Road And Dollar Boxes

Throwing caution to the wind Al and Don leave St. Petersburg and go to Tampa in search of comic books. They tell you what they got on the way back.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Sonic Graffiti

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Nerd Out ComicsTampa, Florida

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Nerd Out Comics • Tampa, Florida.

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175 | Rereading Comics, Binge Reading, Valerian And Pullapalooza

Rereading comics that sit in the box or on the shelf for long periods of time, binge reading, single issue stories, Valerian and Moebius being available in English start this one off. Pullapalooza finishes it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Thin Lizzy

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Akira By Katsuhiro Otomo.

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174 | Halloween, Bernie Wrightson And Doom Patrol

Join Don, Al and Dallas as they reminisce about Halloweens past!  The gang fumbles over their knowledge of the origins of Halloween, and Al relishes over Creepy Presents: Bernie Wrightson and explains the Egyptian tradition of a beetle on a string.

Then Don discusses DC’s new YOUNG ANIMAL imprint, including Doom Patrol and Shade the Changing Girl. After that, we plug Slow Robot a Go-Go and DaddyMindTricks.com

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett

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Donald Duck: Trick Or Treat By Carl Barks.

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173 | Uninterrupted Numbering, Alex And Ada, Alex Toth And The Sculptor

The core four are joined again by Dallas’ daughter and begin the discussion by trying to think of great single issue and standalone stories. Rook and Don gush over Alex + Ada, specifically volume 2, Al reviews “Bravo for Adventure” by the legendary Alex Toth, and Don reviews “The Sculptor” by the near-legendary Scott McCloud.

The gang starts randomly bashing variant covers in mainstream comics and Al finishes everything out saying goodbye to Herschell Gordon Lewis.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Love And Rockets.

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172 | Rebirth Overload, Organic Growth Comics, Fantastic Four Movies And James Robinson

The core four return with Baby Emily to talk shop about comics! Don gives the gang rose rocks from Oklahoma, Dallas considers his multiple attacks by animals this past week, and Rook *finally* swears off DC’s exhausting Rebirth series.

Big event books are compared to popular series that grew organically are discussed, along with  the lackluster Fantastic Four movies, Ang Lee films, Lady Snowblood, and James Robinson.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring

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Rook
Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.

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