250 | Kirby’s Massive Influence

Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics’ 102nd birthday starts this conversation off. He invented his own language of drawing that most practitioners follow to this day. Surrealism, graphic and pop art are discussed with mixed results, and we finish with comic books becoming TV shows and a random comic found on the shelf. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Captain Beefheart

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249 | Comic Books And Paperbacks

We start off talking about movies Al has finally seen, and double features from the past. Steve Rude, Space Ghost, Jeff Jones, Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, assorted Artist’s Editions and the first comics bought as a kid are discussed. Chris Ware, paperback book covers of the 70s and architecture in comics come up, along with Hanna-Barbera comics, Owen Fitzgerald, Ernie Colón, Mike Ploog and P. Craig Russell.

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Space Ghost By Mark Evanier And Steve Rude.

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239 | Reworking Media

It starts out with Classics Illustrated and how the stories were reworked years later. Turns out that went for song lyrics as well. Who knew?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: David Maxim Micic

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Classics Illustrated: Robin Hood By Jack Sparling.

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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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235 | Stan Lee – ‘Nuff Said!

It starts up with talk about old commercials on YouTube, the sixtes band Shocking Blue, TV products and the expert hands that sold them. The rest of the episode is all about Stan Lee, and nothing but Stan Lee.

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Stan Lee By Shag.
Stan Lee Tribute By JM DeMatteis, And Another By Gerry Conway.

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183 | Archie Newspaper Strip, Bootlegs, RASL And Star Comics

While on the road, Al and Don discuss the Archie newspaper strip and the Archie Library Series. Bootleg recordings and obscure items found through mail order, comic shops and dollar boxes come up as well. Dallas comes on for ten minutes and talks about RASL Then Al asks about the Marvel imprint Star Comics, And Don Showed How Little He Actually Knew.

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The Archie Library 4.

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173 | Uninterrupted Numbering, Alex And Ada, Alex Toth And The Sculptor

The core four are joined again by Dallas’ daughter and begin the discussion by trying to think of great single issue and standalone stories. Rook and Don gush over Alex + Ada, specifically volume 2, Al reviews “Bravo for Adventure” by the legendary Alex Toth, and Don reviews “The Sculptor” by the near-legendary Scott McCloud.

The gang starts randomly bashing variant covers in mainstream comics and Al finishes everything out saying goodbye to Herschell Gordon Lewis.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Love And Rockets.

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169 | DC Rebirth, Current TV Style Comics And Reprint Copies

The core four are together, with Rook showing interest in the DC Rebirth titles. Crossover fatigue, the many Captain Marvels, The Vision and other television show style comics are brought up among other things.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Runaways

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DC Rebirth Wonder Woman.

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74 | The Beatles Story, The Fifth Beatle, Baby’s In Black And Will Eisner’s The Dreamer

A Beatles centric episode as Al and Don discuss The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story and Baby’s In Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles which lead to a long discussion on The Beatles and the songs they made. They finish up with The Dreamer by Will Eisner.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Alex Chilton (of course)

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The Beatles Story From Marvel Comics.

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