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.
Enemies of mankind beware! Here comes… Dallas Busha, A.K.A. “The Host” – with the ability to stop any conversation mid-sentence for a music break! Don Moore, A.K.A. “The Straight Guy” – with the power to see both sides of a debate! Al Val, A.K.A. “Dr. Morbius” – with the power to bring Monster Magazines back into fashion! And Jim Johnson, A.K.A. “The Comic Shop Guy”, with the ability to dismiss any art by Don Heck as “rubbish”!
Tucked away at their underground hideout, the gang discusses numerous comic strips and comic books. Don reviews the wonderful Exploring Calvin And Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue. This leads the boys to a trip down memory lane, as they talk about their favorite comic strips including The Far Side, Bloom County, Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, Doonesbury, Popeye and Flash Gordon. Don continues his review streak and talks about “Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn” by the legendary Hugo Pratt.
The entire gang discusses the wonderful absurdity of 50’s comics such as “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” and “Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane” (as well as the impact these books have on modern books such as All Star Superman by Grant Morrison) Finally, Al relishes in monster magazines both old and new, such as Famous Monsters Of Filmland and Scary Monsters Magazine.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: GLASSJAW