279 | Magazine Sized Comics

Reprints Of 70’s horror magazine sized comics and books we missed when they originally came out are discussed, as well a growing appreciation for Golden and Silver Age work.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Vampirella Reprints.

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278 | Zombies, Trunks And Graphics

Rook starts it off with Dark Nights Death Metal 1 which leads into zombies in comics and shows us his unread copy of Negan Lives 1. The revised Free Comic Book Day, comic heroes wearing trunks over their costumes, collection mentality, fine art/commercial art and Mark Schultz finishes this one up.

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277 | Creating Comics & Title Design

Much to Al’s chagrin, Borderguard starts this conversation off, which leads into the fantastic independent comic books of the early eighties and the changing of the industry. And since no one on social media seemed to like the title design for that comic, we talk about that as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Paulus Magnus

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Borderguard By Peter John Palmer, C.J. HendersonAl Val And Scott Hanna.

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276 | Rusty Brown And Wordy Writers

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown begins the conversation, then Al questions why there are no statues of comic creators? Two series Don found in the dollar box that he can’t stop talking about, writers that use too many words, correspondence and Ramona Fradon. Members of the core four slowly drop off as the episode goes on. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Fanny

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Rusty Brown By Chris Ware.

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275 | Oneshi Press Origins Campaign

Oneshi Press join us to discuss two collections of indie comics they are funding that tell origin stories from zombies to indigenous superheroes to queer cowboys and beyond!

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Jayel Draco And Lynsey G. Oneshi Press Came
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272 | Ch05En Kris, Dick Briefer And Owen Fitzgerald

Ch05En Kris By William Dickstein And Rae Larson is reviewed, Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein, Owen Fitzgerald’s work on the Dennis The Menace comic book and other random talk goes on.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: GreyMarket

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Ch05En Kris By William Dickstein And Rae Larson.

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271 | Comics Old And Recolored

Even though no one read any comics this week, we talked about them anyway.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Flash

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Fantastic Four 57.

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270 | The Eighth And Locke & Key

We review The Eighth By Adam Lawson And Jorin Evers, and get an interview with Adam as well. The Netflix series Locke & Key is discussed,along with the comic books we have gotten during isolation.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Evie Richner

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The Eighth By Adam Lawson And Jorin Evers.

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269 | The Dork Factor

Comic books that seemed odd, quirky or outright silly to an older audience that we loved as kids begins this episode, then moves into the influence one artist has to another. Everything finishes with drive-in movies.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: All Mankind

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Devil Dinosaur By Jack Kirby.

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268 | The Unread Pile

Reading piles of comics laying around the house. Been pretty fun!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Cotoba

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Marineman By Ian Churchill.

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267 | Jack Kirby, Inkers And More!

We start off with the dollar box find Captain Victory, which leads into page rates, inkers and barbarian comics of the seventies. It was brought up that we do not talk about Joe Kubert enough, so we did, as well as American comics reprinted overseas. Stay safe.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Beckies

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Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers 10.

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266 | French Comics, Mort Drucker

Another final Valerian volume came out, which of course leads to a discussion of Snowpiercer and the movies created from these comics. The recent My Comic Shop Country, cartoonists we lost and work we read in the past are covered at the end.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: 49 Cell Phones

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265 | Identifying Artists

Comic book distribution on hiatus, the failed attempt to aid it from ComicHub and the 5 lb. Mystery Boxes offered from Mile High Comics starts this one off. Identifying uncredited artists and writers in both comics and paperback book covers. They go on a lot after this.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser

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Bob Bolling.

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264 | Comic Shops And Digital

While the planet is in isolation mode, we connected via Skype to discuss comic books. Although most of the conversation steered towards the state of the comic shops, distribution and comics in digital form.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Evie Richner

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262 | Science Fiction, Mignolaverse And A Lot Of Cartoonists

The Mothman Of West Virginia starts it off along with random bug talk and stop motion monsters, science fiction writers and comic adaptations. Western comics by Moebius, humor cartoonists and Tarzan finish it out.

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Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor.

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261 | Movies, Cartoons And Comics

Movies with steampunk or science fiction ties that have connections to innovative animators start this one off,which leads into influences artists have from one another and candy we liked (or didn’t like) as kids. Random comics finish this one out, including Al’s newfound interest in the Legion. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dan Souder

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The Wild Wild West.

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260 | Ghost Rider, 2099, 3 Jokers And The Multiverse

Ghost Rider and the return of the 2099 series starts it off, and we question who in the Marvel universe has not been made a herald for Galactus and what Doctor Doom must smell like?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Martin CarolRoy Loney

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Cosmic Ghost Rider.

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259 | Legion, November And Thor

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.

Then Marvel’s The End titles are coming back, and DC Black Label titles are talked about.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Deloris Telescope

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Superboy: Legion Of Super-Heroes 198 By Cary Bates And Dave Cockrum.
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258 | Reprints And Old Humor Magazines

On the first episode of 2020 we start off talking about our lack of flying cars, and how misleading time saving devices can be. The book A Man Called Destruction: The Life And Music Of Alex Chilton is mentioned (by Al of course) then we get on to comics, but finish with Tampa Bay radio shows.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Johnny Thunders

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EC Horror Comics Of The Fifties.

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257 | Ragnarök, Grip And Descender

Last show of 2019 discusses Ragnarök: The Breaking of Helheim, Grip: The Strange World Of Men, comic book shows on TV and new Ghost Rider books. The first trade of Descender is talked about as well as Fantastic Four Grand Design. Thanks for listening, and enjoy your holiday season!

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Ragnarök: The Breaking of Helheim.

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256 | Legion, Book Stores And More

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.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Klaatu

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Legion Of Super-Heroes 1.

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255 | 70’s Kirby, Brandon Graham And Kikaida

Black Panther, The Eternals and 2001: A Space Odyssey were titles Jack Kirby created when he returned to Marvel. We talk about those as well as Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads 2 and Ishinomori Shotaro’s Kikaida.

Musical Spotlight: Anna O

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Black Panther By Jack Kirby.

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254 | Nancy, Old Comic Strips And Sunstone

Never in a million years had Don ever thought he would talk about Ernie Bushmiller, much less bother paying for his work, until now. The Far Side, Olivia Jaimes, old newspaper comics outliving their creators, Sunstone and Swing fill the rest out.

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How To Read Nancy.

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253 | Joker, Batman And Argo

A rant about the upcoming movie Joker begins this episode, followed by how we prefer Batman to be dark and gritty. This leads into Argo, and an argument about The Beatles sees us to the end. Not for the faint of heart.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: French Maide

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Joker.

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252 | Buck Rogers, Nexus And Drawing Styles

As always, we start off talking about something other than comic books, and this time it is the movie The Last Man On Earth, which led into Night Of The Living Dead, The Omega Man and I Am Legend. Then we talk about the Florida nuisance known as love bugs. We do talk about comics eventually.

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Buck Rogers By Howard Chaykin.

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251 | X-Men, Ghost Rider And Adam Warlock

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

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House Of X.

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250 | Kirby’s Massive Influence

Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics’ 102nd birthday starts this conversation off. He invented his own language of drawing that most practitioners follow to this day. Surrealism, graphic and pop art are discussed with mixed results, and we finish with comic books becoming TV shows and a random comic found on the shelf. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Captain Beefheart

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249 | Comic Books And Paperbacks

We start off talking about movies Al has finally seen, and double features from the past. Steve Rude, Space Ghost, Jeff Jones, Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, assorted Artist’s Editions and the first comics bought as a kid are discussed. Chris Ware, paperback book covers of the 70s and architecture in comics come up, along with Hanna-Barbera comics, Owen Fitzgerald, Ernie Colón, Mike Ploog and P. Craig Russell.

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Space Ghost By Mark Evanier And Steve Rude.

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248 | Howard Chaykin And Old Comics

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

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The Shadow By Howard Chaykin.

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247 | Lovecraft, The Crow And The Incal

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.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Peter Case

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Lovecraft: Four Classic Horror Stories By H.P. Lovecraft And Ian Culbard.

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