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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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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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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204 | The Archies, Bug, Kirby Omnibus And Oneshi Press

A quick discussion of The Archies One Shot starts everything off and moves into Bug! The Adventures Of Forager and the many characters of Jack Kirby. G.I. Combat, comic book ads, differing art styles, The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume One and Oneshi Press finish everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Yellow Magic Orchestra

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The Archies One Shot With A Cover By Jaime Hernandez.

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203 | Valerian, Pullapalooza And Earth’s Final Chapter

Valerian: The Complete Collection Volume 1 starts everything off, which sidetracks into the Squirrel Girl comic and the Valerian movie. Snow Piercer, listener mail and pullapalooza are discussed and we finish with a review of Earth’s Final Chapter From Endless Ink.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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201 | Wonder Woman, Adam Warlock And Mike Tyson

Wonder Woman and her great movie starts it off and rolls into her different incarnations and other female characters in comics. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, the Guardians’s comic from the seventies along with Adam WarlockMike Tyson and Weird Love 18 finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Can

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Wonder Woman Movie.

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200 | Still No Direction

Two hundred episodes in and still no direction. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: ArkasiaAlex ChiltonPuffy AmiYumi

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199 | Adam West, Jerry Lewis And Squirrel Girl

We talk about the work and influence of Adam West along with the different incarnations of Batman. William Shatner, Adventures Of Jerry Lewis And The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl are discussed as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Geneva Wollett

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Goodbye Adam West.

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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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196 | Giant Monsters, 3-D Comics And Pullapalooza

More comments about the state of mainstream comic books starts the conversation off, which goes into the giant monster comics from Atlas, 3-D comics and ends with Pullapalooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Matthew SweetHi-Standard

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Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC By Mark Evanier And Sergio Aragonés,

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195 | Keeping Trademarks Going And Dollar Box Finds

Since the first half was trashed last time, we start off talking about the Marvel executive who says diversity may have alienated readers, which turns into the price of comics and creating new characters. Rock and roll lawsuits, Batman’s Strangest Cases, Paul Grist and books from the dollar box fills out the remainder.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Verve

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Blue Beetle And The Question By Steve Ditko.

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194 | Doctor Strange And Books With No Plan To Read

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.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Cramps

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Marvel Executive Says Diversity May Have Alienated Readers.
And Here Is What The Beat Says About It.

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192 | Magnus Robot Fighter And Turok Son Of Stone

The first half of the episode starts off with Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D., Turok: Son Of Stone and the fantastic painted covers of Gold Key Comics. Bernie Wrightson and his work was discussed for the second half, so of course it went over the time limit.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Redd Kross

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Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D.

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191 | Leaving Megalopolis, Ex-Heroes And Pokémon Go

Leaving Megalopolis and dangerous super-heroes are discussed in this episode along with the continuing Ex-Heroes series. The conversation moves on into zombies and Pokémon Go.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson

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Leaving Megalopolis By Gail Simone And Jim Calafiore.

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190 | Smithsonian Comics And Gum Cards

We start off with a correction from Episode 186 on Doom Patrol and Ted Mckeever. A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics is covered, Rook’s box of bubble gum cards, television show hosts, cable network shows, Sunstone 1 and Hot Gimmick 12.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Doom Patrol 79 Cover By Kyle Baker (Who Don Gets Confused
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189 | Destination Nightmare 8

We apologize, but it has been a busy month here, and no one was able to get together and record. Fortunately Al dusted off another Destination Nightmare episode for your listening pleasure.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Siouxie and The Banshees,
Echo And The Bunnymen, Elliott Smith and Mary Hopkin

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story.

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188 | Destination Nightmare 12

No comics this week, so Al dusted off episode 12 of Destination Nightmare. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Porter WagonerMitch EasterKate Bush

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Hammer Horror.

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187 | Dan Spiegle And Other Stories

Al and Don go far beyond the normal time limit and show just how free form they can get.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Mick Ronson

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Crossfire And Rainbow By Mark Evanier And Dan Spiegle.

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