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.
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.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Strung Out
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.
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.
Talking about back-up stories led into Alan Moore and Swamp Thing, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, Shade The Changing Girl, Groo Fray Of The Gods and Love And Rockets. Then Pullapalooza closes it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Harry Nilsson
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool
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
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
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
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.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
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.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil
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.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring
Rook Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.
Al and Don are back and start it off with The Outer Space Spirit, Will Eisner, comic magazines of the seventies and Barney Google. Johnny Hazard By Frank Robbins leads into the influence of Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles on the newspaper adventure strip, and finishes with books by François Rivière and Marguerite Abouet.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Red Club
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Arkasia
Starting out hating an artist only to change your mind two months later is the first topic, then early projects we didn’t like from creators we did follows it up.
Love for golden age artists Matt Baker, Reed Crandall and Raymond Kinstler is shown, along with a whole lot of talk about Howard Chaykin. A whole lot. Then Chris Samnee, Walt Simonson and the first issue of Bob’s Burgers plus Al’s love for Win Mortimer converts Don over to his side. It gets dark. Really dark.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Masons
Al begins the conversation with a spillover from Kung Fu Theater On Radio St. Pete, and then moves into the art of comic book script writing and fanzines. The Beatles Revolver is brought up along with the question of why songs were removed from each album for the American audience. Don brings Darwyn Cooke: Graphic Ink and Valerian to the table, then we stop.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Jam
The conversation starts off recommending these 21 San Diego Comic-Con Panels. We say goodbye to Jack Davis and discuss the incredible body of work he left behind. Everything finishes out with Future Quest 3, Valentina and Black Canary.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Van Morrison
It starts off with Future Quest, moves into Famous Monster Movie Art Of Basil Gogos, then runs off into heavy metal drummers and double albums on vinyl. Jim Aparo and Saturday morning cartoon ads finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Blue Cheer
We start off with Vampirella, move into the Filipino artists who did American comics in the seventies and end up talking about barbarian titles from the same era. Heroines of the golden age and Tarzan finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson
Rook and Dallas return and discuss DC’s new REBIRTH storyline before touching on some unique properties, including Scooby Doo Apocalypse and Wacky Raceland.
Then it’s time to talk video games! Specifically, E3 2016 and all the new games coming out! We wrap it up with movie and television talk, touching on Supergirl, Gotham, Daredevil, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Killswitch Engage
Since no one could get together to talk comics, Al has shared another Destination Nightmare episode. Drive-in movies, film dubbing, British television shows on PBS, Hammer Films, Universal Monsters and a couple of films from this decade are discussed.
Dallas starts it off talking about Injection, then Al and Don come in and look at the Free Comic Book Day issue of Hilda, Jonah Hex 33 and Catwoman 17, 18 and 19. Then it goes into a massive pullapalooza.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Be Bop Deluxe