252 | Buck Rogers, Nexus And Drawing Styles

As always, we start off talking about something other than comic books, and this time it is the movie The Last Man On Earth, which led into Night Of The Living Dead, The Omega Man and I Am Legend. Then we talk about the Florida nuisance known as love bugs. We do talk about comics eventually.

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Buck Rogers By Howard Chaykin.

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251 | X-Men, Ghost Rider And Adam Warlock

The X-Men are back on Rook’s reading list, and he does his best to catch us up with them. The publication history of Ghost Rider comes up, and no one seemed to know what it was. The Infinity Entity and the cosmic work of Jim Starlin brings up the end.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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House Of X.

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250 | Kirby’s Massive Influence

Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics’ 102nd birthday starts this conversation off. He invented his own language of drawing that most practitioners follow to this day. Surrealism, graphic and pop art are discussed with mixed results, and we finish with comic books becoming TV shows and a random comic found on the shelf. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Captain Beefheart

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249 | Comic Books And Paperbacks

We start off talking about movies Al has finally seen, and double features from the past. Steve Rude, Space Ghost, Jeff Jones, Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, assorted Artist’s Editions and the first comics bought as a kid are discussed. Chris Ware, paperback book covers of the 70s and architecture in comics come up, along with Hanna-Barbera comics, Owen Fitzgerald, Ernie Colón, Mike Ploog and P. Craig Russell.

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Space Ghost By Mark Evanier And Steve Rude.

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248 | Howard Chaykin And Old Comics

If you are tired of hearing about us talking about Howard Chaykin and his many works then you might want to skip this one. Bronze age dollar box finds, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert substitutes and Alan Davis are discussed along with it.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Mortal Coil

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The Shadow By Howard Chaykin.

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247 | Lovecraft, The Crow And The Incal

The works of H. P. Lovecraft and his long reaching influence is discussed, along with The Crow and yet another copy of The Incal that Don bought. Avengers Endgame and Dark Phoenix finish everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Peter Case

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Lovecraft: Four Classic Horror Stories By H.P. Lovecraft And Ian Culbard.

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246 | Walking Dead, The Spectre And Old Magazines

The Walking Dead ends, so we spend the first half of the episode talking about it. The Spectre from the early 70s, Ghost Rider, Famous Monsters Of Filmland and an argument over King Kong. We do that a lot.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Magnetic Trigger

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The Walking Dead 193.

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245 | Comic Book Culture

We talk about the swampy climate in Florida, the state of Yancy Street Comics and the community that supports it. Lending out comics, Hellboy, comic collections Rook has read and Marvel movies.
Al talks about a photo from the 1969 New York Comic Con, Alan Davis, Jack Cole (again) and comics with challenge in the title.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Smithereens

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Free Comic Book Day 2019.

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244 | Jack Cole, Variants And Wally Wood

A dollar box find starts off a long conversation about the great Jack Cole. Variant covers, sealed comic books, sidekicks that did not age well, Wally Wood and Dick Tracy finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Cocteau Twins

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Mr. Monster’s True Crime 1 By Michael T. Gilbert And Jack Cole.

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243 | Michael Kaluta And Joe Orlando

We talk about the Carson Of Venus reprints from American Mythology Productions and other work by Michael Kaluta. Random work Al has read and watched, plus Don gets a schooling on Joe Orlando.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Starcrawler

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Carson Of Venus By Len Wein And Michael Kaluta.

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239 | Reworking Media

It starts out with Classics Illustrated and how the stories were reworked years later. Turns out that went for song lyrics as well. Who knew?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: David Maxim Micic

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Classics Illustrated: Robin Hood By Jack Sparling.

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238 | Steve Ditko And Ross Andru

The reprint series from 1984 Doctor Strange Classics starts the conversation off, going over Steve Ditko’s drawing skill and his flexible imagination. Other artists who worked on Doctor Strange, and the many great series Ross Andru worked on as well. A few random books finish the conversation.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: New York Dolls

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Doctor Strange Classics By Steve Ditko And Stan Lee.

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236 | Random Comparisons

The quote “how do you describe a color, that only you’ve seen?” is read, and Al runs off with it. Movies and stories on color, comics that were bought but not read, and odd random comparisons Don started making on past cartoonists.

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Die Monster Die!

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235 | Stan Lee – ‘Nuff Said!

It starts up with talk about old commercials on YouTube, the sixtes band Shocking Blue, TV products and the expert hands that sold them. The rest of the episode is all about Stan Lee, and nothing but Stan Lee.

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Stan Lee By Shag.
Stan Lee Tribute By JM DeMatteis, And Another By Gerry Conway.

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232 | Crime Comics And Pulp Heroes

We open with The Ten-Cent Plague By David Hajdu, which leads into crime comics, Jack Cole, Fredric Wertham, Creem Magazine, a few random comics and pulp heroes. Don Newton finished it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: French Maide

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The Ten-Cent Plague By David Hajdu.

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229 | Marie Severin And Working Behind The Scenes

We start off with the influence and large body of work Marie Severin has left behind. Working behind the scenes and the return of the Fantastic Four finish things out.

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We Bid Farewell To Marie Severin.

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228 | Russ Heath, Influence, Progression And Newspaper Strips

We started out talking about Svengoolie, then said goodbye to Russ Heath and the fantastic work he left behind. Artists influenced by other artists, newspaper strips and Laugh-In and the Walmart exclusive 100 Page Super-Spectacular finish it off. Enjoy!

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All American Men Of War 94 Cover By Russ Heath.

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225 | Steve Ditko, The Spectre And Books About Comic Book Heroes

Even though this is a comic book podcast, Al starts the conversation off asking about the film In The Mood For Love. The life and work of Steve Ditko is discussed for most of the show, then The Spectre, books about comic book heroes and Jules Feiffer are talked about as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Partridge

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Marvel Tales Reprints Was The First Time Al Saw Steve Ditko.

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221 | Don Glut, John Stanley, Jack Kirby And Neal Adams

Al is back and joined by Don and they made no time for a music break.
There was a lot of comic talk though.

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The Occult Files of Dr Spektor By Donald Glut And Jesse Santos.

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219 | Destination Nightmare 13

It has been a long wait between episodes, so Al shared another from his Destination Nightmare series. No comic talk this time, it’s a movie review of the low budget film Massacre Mafia Style. Enjoy!

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Massacre Mafia Style.

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215 | Destination Nightmare Episode 10

Al shared an episode of his Destination Nightmare podcast. Enjoy.

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Led Zeppelin.

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214 | Webcomics And Dollar Boxes

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

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Blue By Pat Grant.

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212 | Alex Toth, Newspaper Comics And Matt Howarth

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

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Alter Ego 63 Remembering Alex Toth.

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211 | Two Brothers, Wild Things And Mighty Crusaders

Two Brothers starts this episode off, which leads into The Umbrella AcademyThe 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.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: DisperseJakub Zytecki

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Two Brothers By Gabriel Bá And Fabio Moon.
Here Is Their Word Balloon Interview.

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210 | Dollar Box Finds And Other Stories

Al and Don cross the bay into Tampa to search through the dollar boxes at Comics & Stuff. Rondo Hatton, The Mighty Thor and Blade Runner are discussed as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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The Infinite Loop By Pierrick Colinet And Elsa Charretier.

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209 | Mister Miracle, Espers And Underground Comix

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

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Mister Miracle By Tom King And Mitch Gerads.

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208 | Valerian, Len Wein And True Believers

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

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Valerian And Laureline: On The Frontiers
By Jean-Claude Mézières And Pierre Christin.

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207 | Disney, Adaptations, Swipes And Sandman

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.

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Pee-Wee Herman.

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206 | Avengers, Secret Wars, Comics Journal And Elseworlds

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

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Even Though Dan Pritchard Was Lamenting the Avengers Line
Up During The Eighties, Al Says Issue 310 Is Worth Reading.

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205 | Captain Confederacy, Color Theory And High Contrast Comics

The conversation begins with dollar box finds, then goes into color theory, high contrast and happy Batman. The world needs more happy Batman.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Connelly And The Lesser Gods

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Captain Confederacy From Steel Dragon Press.

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