167 | Fist Of Fury, Fanzines, Butchering The Beatles, Graphic Ink And Valerian

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

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 Bruce Lee: Fists Of Fury (aka Chinese Connection In The USA).

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160 | Injection, Hilda, Jonah Hex 33, Catwoman And Pullapalooza

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

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Injection By Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey And Jordie Bellaire.

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157 | Darwyn Cooke, Mooncop, Scarlet Witch, Giant Size Comics And Jack Kirby

The episode opens saying farewell to Darwyn Cooke and give an appreciation to the fantastic work he left behind. Tom Gauld’s Mooncop, Scarlet Witch, Giant Size comics, Jack Kirby’s later work and Squirrel Girl finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Adrian BelewThe Cadets

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Goodbye Darwyn Cooke. Thanks For All The Work.

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151 | Batman v Superman, Valerian Movie, Ambient Music, Dinosaurs And Howard Chaykin

Al starts it off talking about a movie he has no interest in seeing, and Don talks about comic books from previous episodes. We also discussed this Howard Chaykin interview.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Brian Eno featuring Snatch “R.A.F”

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Explicit 150 | Too Many Comics, Variant Covers And Other Comics We’ve Forgotten Or Haven’t Read

The Core Four burn through the first part of the show talking about how they met, then learn how Hashbrowns got his name. The question of are there too many comics these days? is brought up, and Al discusses the return of variant covers. Dallas gives a lukewarm review of Fantastic Four 352 after Don pushed it on him and Rook reviews Super Zero. And at the end Poison River, Chrononauts 1, Black Science and The Nevermen were talked about, but not very well. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The HorriblesPrince Whipper Whip

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Are There Too Many Comics These Days?
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141 | Public Domain Day, Forgotten Heroes, Kay Nielsen And Pulapalooza

Public Domain Day starts the conversation off, which leads into Superheroes In The Public Domain, MLJ and Charlton heroes we didn’t always get to see, Kay Nielsen, The Twilight Children 2, and finish off with Pullapalooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Sonics

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Superheroes In The Public Domain: The Black Terror.

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139 | Kamandi, Devil Dinosaur, Progression Of Artists And The Twilight Children

It starts off with a discussion on the first issue of Kamandi, then moves on to Devil Dinosaur and other works and the men who inked Jack Kirby. Progression of artists, Alex Toth, StarmanThe Mercenary Sea and The Twilight Children finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Prix

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Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth! By Jack Kirby And Mike Royer.
Here Is Some Information On It’s Forerunner, Kamandi Of The Caves.

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117 | Star-Lord, Agent Carter, MLJ Superheroes And Conan, Red Sonja

Don, Al, Dallas and Des return and jump from topic to topic such as Star-Lord in comics and the movies, Agent Carter, animated cartoons, The Walking Dead, God Hates Astronauts, dollar box finds, the scattered publishing history of the MLJ superheroes, Conan and Red Sonja and books we haven’t found yet.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi

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Star-Lord By Chris Claremont, John Byrne,
Terry Austin And Tom Orzechowski.

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109 | Graphic Design Masters In Comics

Al, Dallas and Don get together on this supersized episode to discuss comic artists who not only had fantastic drawing abilities, but were masters of graphic design as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Samaria

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Alex Toth.
Seminal Works. Creepy Presents Alex Toth, Genius Isolated, Genius Illustrated, Genius Animated, Setting the Standard: Comics by Alex Toth 1952-1954 And Zorro.

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96 | Long Running Series, Burroughs, Tarzan Comics And Glamorous Jungle Ladies

Changes in current comics, imaginary stories, Arnold Drake, variant covers and long running series by the same creators start out the show. Portrayals of Tarzan in comics, along with other Burroughs tales, glamorous jungle women of the forties, My Heroine Addiction, Captain Marvel, along with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Fantastic Four run to finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

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Eternity By Walt Simonson And Dave Gibbons.

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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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56 | Comic Book Editors

Amazing as it sounds, Dallas and Rook are absent, but somehow Al keeps Don from talking over the hour. The show starts off mentioning the Bill Wray episode of Sidebar: Four Color Conversations, then goes into comic book editors, which is a subject that they have thought very little about.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Deloris Telescope

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Giant Size Avengers 1 By Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler And
Dan Adkins But Don, Proving That He Needs An Editor, Said
That It Was Written By Gerry Conway.

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37 | Comic Book Letterers And The Art Of Typography

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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