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.



Alter Ego 63 Remembering Alex Toth.

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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.



Valerian And Laureline: On The Frontiers
By Jean-Claude Mézières And Pierre Christin.

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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!


DOWNLOADGreetings From Hiatusville

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116 | Cartoons In Playboy And Leonard Nimoy

Join Don, Al, Dallas and Des as they review 50 Years of Cartoons in Playboy Magazine, and talk about Leonard Nimoy’s life and Legacy.



Playboy: 50 Years: The Cartoons.

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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


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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