Al is back and joined by Don and they made no time for a music break.
There was a lot of comic talk though.
It’s Free Comic Book Day and we finally get together to do another episode. A couple of free comics and some new books we were not aware of were discussed, then go into the major comic companies swiping each other. And Jack Kirby. We talk about him as well.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket
The conversation starts off with trade one of The Mercenary Sea. Rook breaks out a pile of comics he hasn’t read yet, including Mai: The Psychic Girl which Don has. Comics based on Jim Henson’s work finishes everything out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Too Many Zooz
Anthony Desiato from Flat Squirrel Productions joins us, and besides discussing his many past and future projects, the different eras and storylines of Superman are covered as well. Then we go into books that are currently being read or reread.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jakub Zytecki
There were a lot of comics to talk about, starting with Superman Elseworlds, and which came first, Inhumans or New Gods? Then the Wonder Woman movie came up and the concept of screen time was going to be discussed, but turned into Richard Pryor instead. A webcomic and Instagram feed was discussed and finished out with The Light And Darkness War.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Moon Hooch
A Message From Some Friends Of Ours…
ONESHI PRESS CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS,
SEEKS TO ELEVATE MARGINALIZED VOICES
January 19, 2018 (Missoula, Montana): Missoula-based independent publisher Oneshi Press is currently taking submissions for short comics for its 5th quarterly anthology, due out July 1, 2018. Oneshi Press
Vague talk of the new Star Wars movie and a discussion of the webcomic Blue starts the episode off. Page design, storytelling and website navigation come up, along with the new trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie. Dollar box diving, overinflated prices for back issues in the past and airline meals that no longer exist.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Blow
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Pentatonix
The work and thought process of Alex Toth is discussed as well as newspaper comics we had never seen or didn’t bother reading when they were being published. Don talks about the incredible work of Matt Howarth while Al stays silent until Howard Chaykin is brought up.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Emitt Rhodes
Two Brothers starts this episode off, which leads into The Umbrella Academy, The Airtight Garage and Where The Wild Things Are. The second half covers the 1966 version of the MLJ superheroes The Mighty Crusaders and other lighthearted comic books. We enjoyed recording the second half so much that we did it twice.
Dallas is back, and he wants to talk about Halloween! Unfortunately Mister Miracle and his different creative teams, Espers, EC and underground comix are what we talk about. The holliday is discussed a little bit at the end.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Stars
No Dallas, no Rook, so it is a given that Al and Don start off topic and go well over the time limit. Comics & Stuff in Tampa, Valerian And Laureline: On The Frontiers, Hugh Hefner and his interest in comics, the large shadow cast by Len Wein, a band called The Move and Jack Kirby’s 100th finish everything out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Move
This episode is so packed we didn’t stop for a music break. But we did talk about Pee Wee Herman, playing Dungeons And Dragons with Lego, Disney comics, comic book adaptations and outright swipes of other artist’s work. It ends with talk of The Sandman by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.
Not a long episode, but a lot was discussed. Avengers in the eighties (again), Duotone paper, the beginning of comic book events, Ghost Rider’s roots, The Comics Journal, characters with dog in their name, Love And Rockets, Agent 13: The Midnight Avenger, DC’s Elseworlds stories, and Marvel’s What-If. Give it a listen.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Horribles
We Made It Through Irma, but the show will be a week late. Thanks for your patience.
A quick discussion of The Archies One Shot starts everything off and moves into Bug! The Adventures Of Forager and the many characters of Jack Kirby. G.I. Combat, comic book ads, differing art styles, The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume One and Oneshi Press finish everything out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Yellow Magic Orchestra
Valerian: The Complete Collection Volume 1 starts everything off, which sidetracks into the Squirrel Girl comic and the Valerian movie. Snow Piercer, listener mail and pullapalooza are discussed and we finish with a review of Earth’s Final Chapter From Endless Ink.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket
Our friend Dan Pritchard joins us and hopes his interest in comics will return. Miracleman from the early 80s start things off, then goes into The Avengers line-ups a few years after that. We get off topic as always, and other podcasts Dan is involved in are discussed as well.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dan Pritchard
Wonder Woman and her great movie starts it off and rolls into her different incarnations and other female characters in comics. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, the Guardians’s comic from the seventies along with Adam Warlock. Mike Tyson and Weird Love 18 finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Can
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
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
Marvel Executive Says Diversity May Have Alienated Readers.
And Here Is What The Beat Says About It.