238 | Steve Ditko And Ross Andru

The reprint series from 1984 Doctor Strange Classics starts the conversation off, going over Steve Ditko’s drawing skill and his flexible imagination. Other artists who worked on Doctor Strange, and the many great series Ross Andru worked on as well. A few random books finish the conversation.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: New York Dolls

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Doctor Strange Classics By Steve Ditko And Stan Lee.

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236 | Random Comparisons

The quote “how do you describe a color, that only you’ve seen?” is read, and Al runs off with it. Movies and stories on color, comics that were bought but not read, and odd random comparisons Don started making on past cartoonists.

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Die Monster Die!

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175 | Rereading Comics, Binge Reading, Valerian And Pullapalooza

Rereading comics that sit in the box or on the shelf for long periods of time, binge reading, single issue stories, Valerian and Moebius being available in English start this one off. Pullapalooza finishes it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Thin Lizzy

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Akira By Katsuhiro Otomo.

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163 | Vampirella, Filipino Artists, Barbarians, Golden Age Jungle Women, Señorita Rio And Tarzan

We start off with Vampirella, move into the Filipino artists who did American comics in the seventies and end up talking about barbarian titles from the same era. Heroines of the golden age and Tarzan finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson

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Vampirella 2 Cover By Bill Hughes.

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137 | Man-Wolf, Mantis, Open Source Storylines And Movie Trailers

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

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Creatures On The Loose 30 Featuring Man-Wolf
Cover By Gil Kane And John Romita.

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133 | Tarzan Artists And Comic Books From The Early Seventies

Al dedicates the episode to Vic Diaz, then joins Don in an episode long Pullapallooza. Joe Kubert’s Tarzan is discussed, along with his drawing and layout style. Al schools Don on Jay Scott Pike, and starts a discussion about Gray Morrow.

The Man-Thing, King Size Marvel books by Jim Starlin and Action Comics 413 carry on the middle part of the episode, then finish out with Tom Sutton, Dick Giordano, Burne Hogarth, Russ Manning and Barry Smith.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomiElliott Smith

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Tarzan 223 By Joe Kubert.

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127 | Warren Ellis, Silver Surfer, Pedestrian Artists And Heavy Rendering

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Trees By Warren Ellis And Jason Howard.

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96 | Long Running Series, Burroughs, Tarzan Comics And Glamorous Jungle Ladies

Changes in current comics, imaginary stories, Arnold Drake, variant covers and long running series by the same creators start out the show. Portrayals of Tarzan in comics, along with other Burroughs tales, glamorous jungle women of the forties, My Heroine Addiction, Captain Marvel, along with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Fantastic Four run to finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

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Eternity By Walt Simonson And Dave Gibbons.

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95 | Inspiration, Plagiarism And Filling In The Gaps

Conversation starts out with bean counters and idea looters, then quickly cascades into movies and television shows that you only heard about as a kid. The documentary SUPERHEROES A Never Ending Battle, Inkers for John Buscema and Gil Kane are discussed (again), and the fine line between inspiration and plagiarism.

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TV And Movie Comics.

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94 | Barbarian Lord And Other Sword And Sorcery Comics.

Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith, Barbarian comics of the seventies, Alex Toth and a couple other titles.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Bouncing Souls

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Barbarian Lord By Matt Smith.

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93 | Artist’s Page Rates, Comic Book Body Building Ads And The Black Panther

Deep in the heart of Parts Unknown, Don, Al and Dallas discuss Slice Radio, Afterlife with Archie, some comic shop documentaries, the Origin of Rook Murphy, Warren comics, art commissions, Bernie Wrightson, Art Adams, John Buscema, Howard Chaykin’s Iron Wolf, Mike Mignola, Flex Mentallo, Charles Atlas, Count Dante, Jack and Stan’s Fantastic Four, civil rights in 60’s comics, the portrayal of minorities in 40’s and 50’s comics, and we wrap it up with Uncanny X-Men circa 1980’s.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ruby Sting

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The Rook From Warren Publishing.

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38 | The Natural Progression Artists Go Through If They Work At It Long Enough

Al and Don take the helm as they discuss the work of Joe Kubert. Gil Kane and the natural progression artists go through if they work at it long enough.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Jury

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An Example Of Joe Kubert’s War Comics Work.

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