202 | Miracleman And The Avengers

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

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Miracleman Written By Alan Moore.

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197 | Free Comic Book Day 2017

It is Free Comic Book Day so it is another road trip to Yancy Street Comics.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi

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Don Thought Free Comic Book Day Started In The Nineties.
But It Began In 2003.

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186 | Doom Patrol, Low And Alex And Ada

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.

Low: The Delirium Of Hope and the tight line of fantastic graphics and not being confusing is gone over, along with the third trade of Alex + Ada and text features In old comic books.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Strung Out

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Doom Patrol 2 From DC Young Animal. Cover By Michael Allred.

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182 | Back-Up Stories, Alan Moore And New Versions Of Old Series

Talking about back-up stories led into Alan Moore and Swamp Thing, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic EyeShade The Changing Girl, Groo Fray Of The Gods and Love And Rockets. Then Pullapalooza closes it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Harry Nilsson

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Flesh And Bones Featuring Dalgoda 3
By Jan Strnad And Dennis Fujitake.

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180 | Reading List, Pullapalooza And Injection

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

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Locke & Key By Joe Hill And Gabriel Rodrigues.

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172 | Rebirth Overload, Organic Growth Comics, Fantastic Four Movies And James Robinson

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.

Big event books are compared to popular series that grew organically are discussed, along with  the lackluster Fantastic Four movies, Ang Lee films, Lady Snowblood, and James Robinson.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring

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Rook Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.

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144 | Al Wiseman, Owen Fitzgerald, Nail Biter, Nemo: River Of Ghosts, Patsy Walker And Silver Surfer

We starts it off with Dennis The Menace Comic Books by Al Wiseman and Fred Toole, go into Owen Fitzgerald’s Dennis The Menace, as well as his many other comic work. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s Nail Biter is discussed, as well as Nemo: River Of Ghosts and League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II. And we finish it off with Top Shelf Productions, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! and Last Days Of The Silver Surfer.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil

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Dennis The Menace Comic Book Collection
By Al Wiseman And Fred Toole.

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136 | Dollar Boxes, Digital Comics And 1963

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.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dungeon Boss

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21st!!!! Dungeon Boss Will Be Playing At
The Sandbar In New Port Richey. They Are Going On At 7pm.

Excalibur Special Edition From 1987
By Chris Claremont, Alan Davis And Paul Neary.

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135 | 20th Century American Horror Comics

Welcome to the Halloween Episode! Join Dallas, Al and Don as they explore the classic horror comics of the past. The boys discuss the roots of 20th Century American horror comics, sensationalized in the EC line – most notable Tales from the Crypt. Dallas and Al go into detail on Warren Publishing and their “Creepy” and Eerie” line. The famous horror artists are discussed, such as Graham Ingels, Reed Crandall, Gray Morrow, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Frazetta, and more.

DCs pre-Vertigo horror line is brought up, including The House of Secrets and it’s hosts, Cain and Abel. Al reminisces about Vampirella, and Dallas gushes over From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Other points of interest include Skywald Publications and Dead of Night featuring the Scarecrow.

And once again, If You Are In The Tampa Bay Area on Saturday, November 7, Drop By The BRASS MUG At 7:00pm – 12:00am To See Dungeon Boss In The Metal Extravaganza!!!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: THIS IS HALLOWEEN!!!

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From Hell By Alan Moore And Eddie Campbell.

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129 | Jack Kirby, Nick Fury, Watching The Watchmen And Pullapalooza

Had he lived, Jack Kirby would have been 98. Al starts it off with a discussion that without The King’s influence, would comic books have taken a more boring direction? Don brings Dave Gibbons’ Watching The Watchmen book, and they finish with a quick Pullapalooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Circus Devils

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Jack Kirby Would Have Been 98 Last Week, And Not
Only Being The Architect Of Marvel Comics, He Single-
Handedly Showed Everyone How It Should Be Done.

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115 | Favorite Pages

Join Don, Al, Dallas, Rook, Hashbrowns and Des as they discuss their favorite comic book pages..

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Terez Montcalm

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Al | Cover To The Adventures Of Bob Hope By Bob Oksner.
Written By Arnold Drake, Who Is One Of Al’s Favorite Writers.

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103 | Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Rot & Ruin And Favorite Creative Teams

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.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: In honor of the beginning of the Halloween season,
it’s CONCRETE BLONDE with BLOODLETTING!

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Fallen Worlds By Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

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102 | Locke & Key, DC On TV, Voice Actors, Grant Morrison, Little Nemo And Captain Nemo

The fantastic foursome return! Talking points include: Locke & Key, The Flash (TV), Gotham (TV), Agents of Shield (TV). Cartoon talk! Adventure Time, Ed Edd & Eddy, Looney Tunes and the documentary “I Know That Voice.” We discuss matching voices to animated lips and Don’s love for The Incredibles.
Dallas gushes over Supergods by Grant Morrison, and Don compares superhero comics to MC Hammer. We review Little Nemo by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Rose of Berlin by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Samaria

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Locke & Key By Joe Hill And Gabriel Rodrigues.

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77 | Binding Comics, Mark Waid, Mike Weiringo, Atlas Comics, Jack Kirby, Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Alan Moore, Frank Miller

EPISODE 77:
The gang talk about comic book binding, Mark Waid and Mike Weiringo’s Fantastic Four, Archie and Atlas comics, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples,
a great documentary called Jack Kirby: Storyteller, lootcrate.com (check it out – trust us), The Walking Dead, Jupiter Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely,
and the lasting effects of Alan Moore and Frank Miller.

We also discuss subscribing to monthly books and stack reading etiquette, late monthly books vs. trades, and hidden gems at the flea market.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT:  XTCJimmy Eat World

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Flash Gordon Was Published By Dell As A Reprint Title.

While Binding Comic Books Were Discussed, Al Mentioned
The Many Publishing Attempts For Flash Gordon.

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72 | Will Comic Book Movies Wear Thin? Are There Any Genius Artists Pushing The Medium?

“Will comic book movies wear thin? Do we have any genius artists working in the field today?” Al asks both of these questions, and the entire episode is spent discussing it.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: PARADA

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Dallas Can’t Stop Watching Man Of Steel

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67 | Promethea By Alan Moore And J.H. Williams

THE ALL-PROMETHEA EPISODE!

Dallas and Don break into an in-depth discussion on one of their famous comic book runs, Promethea by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III. (Rook is there too, but he’s nursing a hangover and falls asleep). Spoilers abound as we break apart the story, ideas, and characters that make up the 32 issue run.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Seven Nations

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Promethea. If She Did Not Exist, We Would Have To Invent Her.
By Alan Moore, J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray And Todd Klein.

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57 | Marble Season, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen And Black And White Comics

Al and Don start off discussing Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez which leads into black and white comics and a brief bit about coloring comics. They finish with some League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and and some more black and white goodness.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Jury

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Marble Season By Gilbert Hernandez

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48 | Walking Dead, Miracleman, The Sandman Dream Country, Saga Of The Swamp Thing, Warlock, Terminal City, Creepy, Sarvane, Criminal, Red Rocket 7, Mouse Guard Fall 1152, Ghost Rider Director’s Cut

The core crew 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

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The Walking Dead By Robert Kirkman And Tony Moore

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47 | What Comic Book Would You Give To A Non-Comic Book Reader? Understanding Comics, The Cartoon History Of The Universe, Fantastic Four #57

Don, Rook, Dallas and Al (A.K.A. Dr. Morbius) return for an exciting night of comics discussion. The topic tonight is what comic book would you give to a non-comic book reader? The choices are varied. Dallas suggests UNDERSTANDING COMICS, an insightful meditation on the medium, while Don suggests THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE, a highly entertaining book that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. Al decides to pick his very first comic book, FANTASTIC FOUR #57 for all the reasons you can guess… basically, Stan and Jack. Rook has an interesting pick, and we won’t spoil it here. And, as usual, more Walking Dead talk follows. Excelsior!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Hell-Bent

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Understanding Comics By Scott McCloud

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37 | Comic Book Letterers And The Art Of Typography With Other Tales

Once again, the whole gang is present, and thanks to Al we discuss letterers and the art of typography. What’s better.. digital fonts or traditional lettering?
We reminisce about some of the old school lettering masters such as John Workman, Moebius, and Tom Orzechowski. Don finds a way to slide in a Carl Barks comment,
and Dallas gushes about Dave Sim’s typographical masterpiece, Cerebus.
We then discuss “event fatigue” in the DC and Marvel universe, and Rook tastefully bags on DC’s New 52 concept. We talk about how boring the superhero “status quo” can be,
and how refreshing books like Spider-Man’s Brand New Day and Morrison’s New X-Men can be. There’s some creator-owned rights talk, and Don brings up symphonic music
to hammer home his point on artistic “innovators” and “cultivators”.
Oh, and Rook sticks up for Aquaman.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Brilliant Green

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Not Only Could No One Draw Or Design Like Alex Toth,
No One Could Letter LIke He Could As Well.
Yet, We Missed Talking About It On This Episode.

Comic Book LettererDesign • Computer Lettering

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25 | The Surrogates, Moebius, Clairemont And Cockrum X-Men, Thought Balloons, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1969, Unstable Molecules, The Walking Dead, Age Of Apocalypse Revisited

We’ve made it to episode 25! Who would have thought?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: In The Dim (half of them anyway)

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3 | Jim Krueger, Carl Barks, Gilbert Hernandez, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Peter Bagge, Alan Moore, Chris Claremont, Dave Sim

Welcome back! This time around we continue our talk about favorite comic book writers. Rook waxes poetic about Jim Krueger, Don weaves a tale about the great Carl Barks and then of course goes off on a tangent about Alan Moore, and Dallas explains the Canadian writing genius of Dave Sim and his epic masterpiece, Cerebus. Oh, and the guys bag on Dallas for his unhealthy love of Chris Claremont. Musical spotlight this week: REAL EYES. Enjoy and please, leave us a message on the blog!!!
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One of Jim Krueger’s projects Rook spoke of.