Reading piles of comics laying around the house. Been pretty fun!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: CotobaContinue reading
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
Marvel Tales Reprints Was The First Time Al Saw Steve Ditko.
Miracle Man and hard to find comics start the show, which unfolds into classified ads, game shows, cartoon hosts and Sunday comics. Steve Rude and Pullapalooza brings it to a close. Al asked “Why did old comic books have colored rectangles near the top borders of the page?” and just to let you know, he was right, and Don was wrong. Again.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Lets Active
It starts off with Future Quest, moves into Famous Monster Movie Art Of Basil Gogos, then runs off into heavy metal drummers and double albums on vinyl. Jim Aparo and Saturday morning cartoon ads finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Blue Cheer
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
We start off talking about the podcast gauntlet that Al goes through every Saturday. Radio spots and TV ads for movies that Don couldn’t see, icons, branding and other things that never go away, comics done after the creators have left and arcade video games.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Tommy Keane
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.