Two Brothers starts this episode off, which leads into The Umbrella Academy, The 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.
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.
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
Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s current Nexus work starts this episode off, which quickly turns off to stock poses, The Lost Continent and Shade The Changing Girl 4. A lengthy dollar box segment is followed by Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers. Pullapalooza finishes it out once again.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Arkasia
Even though Al starts off with a certain question, the conversation turns to following creators or following the characters, Mad paperbacks, Jeffrey Catherine Jones documentary and pullapalooza finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Replacements
Although Al Hasn’t Read The Current State Of Captain America,
He Talks About What He Has Heard.
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.
Goodbye Darwyn Cooke. Thanks For All The Work.
There were a lot of technical difficulties on this one, so please excuse the poor sound quality. Al is joined with Pat and discuss the comic books they were exposed to in the early sixties and what brought them into the fold.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Palehound
This episode starts off discussing the return of the Columbia House Record Club, Digital comics via Comixology, e-books being pulled from Amazon, iTunes legacy issues, DRM and bound printed matter such as Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories, Mark Evanier and Steve Rude’s Fourth World visits, Grandi Atoiri Marvel: Jack Kirby,
The League of Regrettable Superheroes and Power Mower Man.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Sky 441
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, Starman, The Mercenary Sea and The Twilight Children finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Prix
Since Don Liked talking about Man-Wolf last episode, Al was forced to talk about the confusing history of the Bronze Age C list characters Tigra The Were-Woman, Beware The Claws Of The Cat, And Hellcat.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Five Man Electrical Band
Al, Dallas and Don start off with Man-Wolf and his varied storylines, Jack Kirby drawing barbarians and his open sourced storylines, Steve Englehart’s oddball Avengers work and building on the stories after the original creators have gone. Somehow they finish with James Bond and movie trailers.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Magazine 60
Had he lived, Jack Kirby would have been 98. Al starts it off with a discussion that without The King’s influence, would comic books have taken a more boring direction? Don brings Dave Gibbons’ Watching The Watchmen book, and they finish with a quick Pullapalooza.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Circus Devils
The gang is back! Don, Al and Dallas are joined at the roundtable by our good friend and fellow comics enthusiast, JIM JOHNSON!
We talk shop as usual in the confines of Al’s underground fortress, and between passionate debates about Don Heck and Sal Buscema’s artwork, we discuss the merits and downright quirkiness of Public Access television (a lost art), Dallas waxes poetic about his newfound love for Warren Ellis. Jim and Don get in a fistfight over the Silver Surfer’s various incarnations, Al professes his love of “pedestrian” artists, and Jim gushes over the likes of Ernie Chan, Tim Truman, and his preference of heavily rendered artists.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: It’s The Dungeon Boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Al is joined by Don with nothing to say, so it starts off with a book that was just picked up. That leads into the Ant-Man movie, then goes into the many guises of Hank Pym, and some of the black super-heroes of the seventies. Then they go into Pulapalooza again.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Icewater
Al starts off with a joke about Johnny Carson, and Don ties it in to Jack Kirby. Somehow it moves on to barbarian comics (again), charismatic people who front bands, comic book inkers (again), art reference and other ramblings.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool
Al starts off talking about some new comics and a few older coffee table books, while Don jumps in every chance he gets. The second half has Don talking about some comics he’s read, Al stays mostly silent, and you can hear crickets in the background. Enjoy!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil
Here Is Some Information On Madam Satan.
Join the core four of Rook, Don, Dallas and Al, who are joined by Hashbrowns and Des to talk mucho comics! Including: creator-owned rights, comics distribution, King Of The Nerds., The Eternals By Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr., Jupiter’s Legacy, Rat Queens, Thor, and Cuban cigars.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Primitive Astronauts
Don finally finishes Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s epic Fantastic Four run. Al talks about Archie Comics and the endless supply of six page stories from Frank Doyle, forgotten animated cartoons of the sixties, Red Circle horror, and more.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Shoes
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
Seminal Works. Creepy Presents Alex Toth, Genius Isolated, Genius Illustrated, Genius Animated, Setting the Standard: Comics by Alex Toth 1952-1954 And Zorro.
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!