Coming off Free Comic Book Day, we talk about a couple of comics we found, and two trades that collected comics from several different titles. No free comics were discussed on this episode though. Really strange.
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Catwoman: Lonely City and Cosmic Odyssey are two comic series that brings back the thrill of reading comics as a youth. That leads us into mainstream comics and retelling storylines, the independent/self publishing, crowdfunding movement and organizing a digital comic collection. And our stance AI Art, along with buying a comic that you later realize you already own finish everything out.
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Everything begins with talk about Marvel television shows and films with a discussion of Book Of Boba Fett. Reading older trades, new releases and dollar box finds for Sandman, Nod Away, Cerebus:, Ocean, American Gods, Rain and Black Science cover the rest of the episode.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil
Don has squandered a lot of time on YouTube and talks about The Daily Doug, Loop TV, NewsFromMeTV and the loss of Steve Sherman. 100-Page Giants, Ultraman and MEGO action figures, Prince Planet, Red Sonja and Frank Thorne are discussed after that. Detailed, decorative artists that can be confusing to read, Fantastic Four: Life Story and other silver age comics being retold.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Joyeater
Legion Of Super-Heroes and the many changes the comic has gone through takes up most of the show. November Vol. 1 comes up, then the many changes Thor has gone through takes up some more. We also question why Glactus keeps trying to devour the earth when it is obvious he can’t.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Deloris Telescope
The new Legion Os Super-Heroes title starts this one off, followed by book stores and the culture of reading comics. Translating foreign comics, the massive published work of William Stout, Conan and new Elfquest should have finished it out, but Don HAD to bring up King Kong again.
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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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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Marvel Executive Says Diversity May Have Alienated Readers.
And Here Is What The Beat Says About It.
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.
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Al, Dallas and Don start off talking about comics found in dollar boxes, then go into the pros and cons of digital comics and finish off with the 1963 series.
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Al is joined by Don with nothing to say, so it starts off with a book that was just picked up. That leads into the Ant-Man movie, then goes into the many guises of Hank Pym, and some of the black super-heroes of the seventies. Then they go into Pulapalooza again.
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We start off talking about the podcast gauntlet that Al goes through every Saturday. Radio spots and TV ads for movies that Don couldn’t see, icons, branding and other things that never go away, comics done after the creators have left and arcade video games.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Tommy Keane
Episode 103 finds the entire crew returning once again at their secret lair deep within Rook’s house. Don, Al, Rook and Dallas discuss their favorite writer/artist and penciller/inker duos.
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it’s CONCRETE BLONDE with BLOODLETTING!
Documentary filmmaker Anthony Desiato starts the show off discussing his films My Comic Shop, Buy Spoon: The Jay Meisel Story and Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer. We then go into a discussion of unknown Archie creators, Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok, Groo Vs. Conan, Chic Stone, Terry Austin, Marshall Rogers and the amazing unsung hero Marie Severin.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Graham Gouldman
Walking Dead is mentioned which quickly turns to creator owned comics and the black and white explosion of the eighties. A comparison of Alex Toth and Jaime Hernandez occurs, as well as a short discussion of nineties comics, titles about villains, newspaper strips and finding comics off the rack. And of course, more Fantastic Four talk. Whoo hoo!
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The core four returns with another episode full of book suggestions! Dallas, Al, Don and Rook pass around books to each other, book-club style. We won’t give the names of the books away here, but shenanigans ensue!!! More Walking Dead talk mysteriously creeps in, and the countdown to episode 50 continues!!!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Destroyed
A very exhausted Al and Don start the show off discussing local horror hosts of yesteryear, and learned that a few are still around and working. Then it went around to finding comics you didn’t get in the past, and buying comics you already have.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jean Wallace
Don, Rook, Dallas and Dr. Al ring in the new year with some exciting comic talk! We touch on the subtle grandeur of Vaughn Bode’s classic, THE MAN, and discuss in detail Guy Delisle’s graphic novel, PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA.
Rook discusses MARVEL NOW, the new line of reader-friendly Marvel Comics. He highlights THOR and THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK, and then proceeds to bag on John Romita Jr.’s artwork on the new CAPTAIN AMERICA book.
After confusing ourselves trying to figure out who’s alive and who’s dead in the current X-Men books, Don discusses Alan Davis and Mark Farmer’s pencils on the X-Men through the years. Rook brings up the new HE-MAN comic by DC and we end the night by asking the question: when should we let our children loose to read more “mature” content in the comics world?
And here is some information about Tallahassee’s Secret Headquarters’ Unicorn Party.
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