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.
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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
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
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
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.
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