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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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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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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156 | Free Comic Book Day, The Autumnlands, Archie Digest, Color Or Black And White

Free Comic Book Day, The Autumnlands, Archie Comics Digest, the missing element of fun and color or no color are the topics of this on the road show. Enjoy!

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Free Comic Book Day.

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124 | Pullapalooza, Fantastic Four, Creatures On The Loose, Starlight And Conan

Al supplies a stack of comics, blindly pulls one out, and Pullapalooza begins. Listen as they discuss the Fantastic Four comics of the seventies, short lived DC comics of the seventies and eighties, Will Eisner, new Conan comics from Dark Horse and the Starlight trade.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Golden Smog

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Al Supplies A Bag Of Comics, And This Is What He Pulls Out.
Fantastic Four 178 By Roy Thomas, George Perez And Joe Sinnott.

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118 | Form, Initiative, Distribution, Kung Fu, Barry Smith And Harvey Kurtzman

After a month long hiatus, and minus the younger half, Al and Don get together and show how off topic they can get, and yet still talk about comic books. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Robyn Hitchcock

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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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101 | Comics Of The Past

Special guest Joust joins Al and Don to discuss The Marvel Super Heroes Animated  Cartoon From 1966, The current Hawkeye comic, Joe Simon, Harvey Comics Thriller Line, Alex Toth, Gene Colan, Frank Robbins, George Perez, Dave Cockrum and Steve Rude.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jules and the Polar Bears

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The Marvel Super Heroes Animated Cartoon From 1966.

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97 | Influences, Sketchy LIne Style, Older Pulp Look, Creation And/Or Contribution

We start off with a discussion of influences, mention the difference between creation and contribution, and artists who work with a sketchy line style. Old Daredevil comics, the New Wonder Woman of the early seventies, Dial H For Hero and finish off with the Fantastic Four as always.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ruby Sting

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Conan By Gary Gianni.

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88 | Original Packaging, Our Fascination With Ruins And Over-Explained Storylines

It starts off with a brief history of Aurora Model Kits, goes into keeping things sealed in the original packaging, and mankind’s fascination with relics and ruins. Pin-ups, Fantastic Four, Chic Stone and the constantly changing line-ups of Yes. Then finish up with Hanna-Barbera theme songs, over-explained comics and Doctor Strange.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Pixies

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Aurora Model Kits History. Cover By James Bama.

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70 | Vinyl Records, French Comics, Strong Female Characters And Muck Monsters

Al and Don start off talking about John Severin, then go into humor magazines of the seventies, rising paper costs of the nineties, the evolution of brick and mortar bookstores  and the return of vinyl records.

Comic book artists streamlining styles as they progress, color work and uninked pencils are discussed, as well as comic book heroines, French comics and muck monsters.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson

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John Severin Cover For Cracked.

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5 | Archie Comics

We’re back!! It’s the Al and Don show as they take over the reins and discuss all things Archie, and also touch on the origin of their comic collecting, what the cool kids were reading, comic speculators, and The Incredible Hulk #181!!!! Enjoy and leave us a message on the blog!!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: PRIMITIVE ASTRONAUTS.

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Archie first appeared in 1941, and started a whole lot of teen comics,
several Saturday morning animated series, and some hit songs.

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