128 | Bill Watterson, Newspaper Comics, Hugo Pratt And What Happened To Magazines?

Enemies of mankind beware! Here comes… Dallas Busha, A.K.A. “The Host” – with the ability to stop any conversation mid-sentence for a music break! Don Moore, A.K.A. “The Straight Guy” – with the power to see both sides of a debate! Al Val, A.K.A. “Dr. Morbius” – with the power to bring Monster Magazines back into fashion! And Jim Johnson, A.K.A. “The Comic Shop Guy”, with the ability to dismiss any art by Don Heck as “rubbish”!

Tucked away at their underground hideout, the gang discusses numerous comic strips and comic books. Don reviews the wonderful Exploring Calvin And Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue. This leads the boys to a trip down memory lane, as they talk about their favorite comic strips including The Far Side, Bloom County, Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, Doonesbury, Popeye and Flash Gordon. Don continues his review streak and talks about “Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn” by the legendary Hugo Pratt.

The entire gang discusses the wonderful absurdity of 50’s comics such as “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” and “Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane” (as well as the impact these books have on modern books such as All Star Superman by Grant Morrison) Finally, Al relishes in monster magazines both old and new, such as Famous Monsters Of Filmland and Scary Monsters Magazine.

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Exploring Calvin And Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue
By Bill Watterson.

Bill Watterson’s Thoughts On Comic Books.

Like Dinosaurs? Bill Watterson Could Draw Really Good Ones.

Calvin And Hobbes Sunday Page Formats.

The Far Side By Gary Larson.

The Far Side By Gary Larson.

Bloom County By Berkeley Breathed.

Bloom County By Berkeley Breathed.

Peanuts By Charles Schulz.

Pogo By Walt Kelly.

Krazy Kat By George Herriman.

Doonesbury By Garry Trudeau.

Popeye By E.C. Segar.

Flash Gordon By Alex Raymond.

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn By Hugo Pratt.

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn By Hugo Pratt.

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn By Hugo Pratt.

Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn By Hugo Pratt.

Blueberry By Jean-Michel Charlier And Jean Giraud.

Asterix By René Goscinny And Albert Uderzo.

Asterix By René Goscinny And Albert Uderzo.

The Adventures Of Tintin By Hergé.

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.

Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane.

All Star Superman By Grant Morrison And Frank Quitely.

All Star Superman By Grant Morrison And Frank Quitely.

Famous Monsters Of Filmland.

Scary Monsters Magazine.

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