As always, we start off talking about something other than comic books, and this time it is the movie The Last Man On Earth, which led into Night Of The Living Dead, The Omega Man and I Am Legend. Then we talk about the Florida nuisance known as love bugs. We do talk about comics eventually.Continue reading
The works of H. P. Lovecraft and his long reaching influence is discussed, along with The Crow and yet another copy of The Incal that Don bought. Avengers Endgame and Dark Phoenix finish everything out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Peter CaseContinue 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.
Catching up on reading The Walking Dead, and learning there was one more issue of Miracle Man written by Alan Moore we were not aware of. Binge reading comic series and filling in the blanks to a story because of issues you missed was discussed. Somehow the Muppets roll into the conversation and we finish out with Kong Crew.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil
This conversation begins with Blade Runner 2049 and moves into Deconstructing The Incal, Jodorowsky’s Dune and the many works that occurred after the project never came to fruition.
Limited edition books, Action Comics 1000 and how the human need for bathrooms would affect Superman. Things get even more random after that. No kidding, they do.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Geneva Wollett
Vague talk of the new Star Wars movie and a discussion of the webcomic Blue starts the episode off. Page design, storytelling and website navigation come up, along with the new trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie. Dollar box diving, overinflated prices for back issues in the past and airline meals that no longer exist.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Blow
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.
Dallas and Don have read the All New X-Men Trade 1 and discuss their thoughts on the book through Skype. Don briefly talks about The Maxx, and brings up that he confused that character with The Goon and Lobo, only because they were big guys with four letter names.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Robert Fripp & Andy Summers
The core four return with Baby Emily to talk shop about comics! Don gives the gang rose rocks from Oklahoma, Dallas considers his multiple attacks by animals this past week, and Rook *finally* swears off DC’s exhausting Rebirth series.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring
Rook Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Arkasia
Dallas starts it off talking about Injection, then Al and Don come in and look at the Free Comic Book Day issue of Hilda, Jonah Hex 33 and Catwoman 17, 18 and 19. Then it goes into a massive pullapalooza.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Be Bop Deluxe
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 and Don discuss old comic strips reprinted in the seventies and comic book schools, They bring up the question of creators or titles, buying properties only to alter it for the screen and Silver Surfer by Slott and Allred is also discussed.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Dukes Of Stratosphear
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!
Special guest Joust joins Al and Don to discuss The Marvel Super Heroes Animated Cartoon From 1966, The current Hawkeye comic, Joe Simon, Harvey Comics Thriller Line, Alex Toth, Gene Colan, Frank Robbins, George Perez, Dave Cockrum and Steve Rude.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jules and the Polar Bears
Walking Dead is mentioned which quickly turns to creator owned comics and the black and white explosion of the eighties. A comparison of Alex Toth and Jaime Hernandez occurs, as well as a short discussion of nineties comics, titles about villains, newspaper strips and finding comics off the rack.
And of course, more Fantastic Four talk. Whoo hoo!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Wilco
We start off talking about living with no rules, shipboard life, and nine minutes later finding comic books overseas. Once again black and white or color is discussed, as well as Kirby’s epic run on Fantastic Four 41-50. Vince Colletta, Walt Simonson’s Star Slammers and old war comics finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil
Artist’s Signature And The Time It Was Done,
From Teen Weekly Komiks.
Jack Kirby’s epic run on Fantastic Four is mentioned, then quickly goes into comic and fantasy artists of the seventies, books from Dragon’s Dream, Steve Ditko, Days Of Future Past (the comic book) and IDW’s upcoming Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Stranglers
It starts off with a brief history of Aurora Model Kits, goes into keeping things sealed in the original packaging, and mankind’s fascination with relics and ruins. Pin-ups, Fantastic Four, Chic Stone and the constantly changing line-ups of Yes. Then finish up with Hanna-Barbera theme songs, over-explained comics and Doctor Strange.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Pixies
Amazing as it sounds, Dallas and Rook are absent, but somehow Al keeps Don from talking over the hour. The show starts off mentioning the Bill Wray episode of Sidebar: Four Color Conversations, then goes into comic book editors, which is a subject that they have thought very little about.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Deloris Telescope
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.
Don, Al and Dallas are joined once again by Don’s daughter, Holly, as we finally return to traditional comic book talk. We have some technical difficulties (Don’s a little hard to hear, so turn up the volume LOUD!!)
Don reviews the new Popeye #1 by IDW and reminisces about the character, and he discovers an indie book from the 90’s called Optic Nerve. We go on to discuss the merits of Free Comic Book Day, and ask the question: is it bringing in a younger audience to local comic shops?
Dallas gushes about the masterpieces that is Chris Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men and reviews Rick Remender’s first handful of Uncanny X-Force issues.
Larry Marder’s Tales of the Beanworld gets an analysis, and Al finally reads Asterios Polyp!!!!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi