207 | Disney, Adaptations, Swipes And Sandman

This episode is so packed we didn’t stop for a music break. But we did talk about Pee Wee Herman, playing Dungeons And Dragons with Lego, Disney comics, comic book adaptations and outright swipes of other artist’s work. It ends with talk of The Sandman by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

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206 | Avengers, Secret Wars, Comics Journal And Elseworlds

Not a long episode, but a lot was discussed. Avengers in the eighties (again), Duotone paper, the beginning of comic book events, Ghost Rider’s roots, The Comics Journal, characters with dog in their name, Love And Rockets, Agent 13: The Midnight Avenger, DC’s Elseworlds stories, and Marvel’s What-If. Give it a listen.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Horribles

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205 | Captain Confederacy, Color Theory And High Contrast Comics

The conversation begins with dollar box finds, then goes into color theory, high contrast and happy Batman. The world needs more happy Batman.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Connelly And The Lesser Gods

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204 | The Archies, Bug, Kirby Omnibus And Oneshi Press

A quick discussion of The Archies One Shot starts everything off and moves into Bug! The Adventures Of Forager and the many characters of Jack Kirby. G.I. Combat, comic book ads, differing art styles, The Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume One and Oneshi Press finish everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Yellow Magic Orchestra

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The Archies One Shot With A Cover By Jaime Hernandez.

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203 | Valerian, Pullapalooza And Earth’s Final Chapter

Valerian: The Complete Collection Volume 1 starts everything off, which sidetracks into the Squirrel Girl comic and the Valerian movie. Snow Piercer, listener mail and pullapalooza are discussed and we finish with a review of Earth’s Final Chapter From Endless Ink.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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202 | Miracleman And The Avengers

Our friend Dan Pritchard joins us and hopes his interest in comics will return. Miracleman from the early 80s start things off, then goes into The Avengers line-ups a few years after that. We get off topic as always, and other podcasts Dan is involved in are discussed as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dan Pritchard

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201 | Wonder Woman, Adam Warlock And Mike Tyson

Wonder Woman and her great movie starts it off and rolls into her different incarnations and other female characters in comics. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, the Guardians’s comic from the seventies along with Adam WarlockMike Tyson and Weird Love 18 finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Can

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200 | Still No Direction

Two hundred episodes in and still no direction. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: ArkasiaAlex ChiltonPuffy AmiYumi

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199 | Adam West, Jerry Lewis And Squirrel Girl

We talk about the work and influence of Adam West along with the different incarnations of Batman. William Shatner, Adventures Of Jerry Lewis And The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl are discussed as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Geneva Wollett

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197 | Free Comic Book Day 2017

It is Free Comic Book Day so it is another road trip to Yancy Street Comics.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi

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Don Thought Free Comic Book Day Started In The Nineties.
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191 | Leaving Megalopolis, Ex-Heroes And Pokémon Go

Leaving Megalopolis and dangerous super-heroes are discussed in this episode along with the continuing Ex-Heroes series. The conversation moves on into zombies and Pokémon Go.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson

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Leaving Megalopolis By Gail Simone And Jim Calafiore.

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190 | Smithsonian Comics And Gum Cards

We start off with a correction from Episode 186 on Doom Patrol and Ted Mckeever. A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics is covered, Rook’s box of bubble gum cards, television show hosts, cable network shows, Sunstone 1 and Hot Gimmick 12.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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Doom Patrol 79 Cover By Kyle Baker (Who Don Gets Confused
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180 | Reading List, Pullapalooza And Injection

The core four are back and keep asking why. Why hasn’t Rook made his reading list available? Why hasn’t he ever mentioned No Hero? Why haven’t we heard of Batman / Doc Savage? And why haven’t we EVER talked about Len Wein? Why?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Red Club

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Locke & Key By Joe Hill And Gabriel Rodrigues.

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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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172 | Rebirth Overload, Organic Growth Comics, Fantastic Four Movies And James Robinson

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.

Big event books are compared to popular series that grew organically are discussed, along with  the lackluster Fantastic Four movies, Ang Lee films, Lady Snowblood, and James Robinson.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring

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Rook Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.

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170 | Super-Hero Movies, And Nothing But Super-Hero Movies

Dallas and Rook discuss their love of coffee while gushing over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically Captain America: Civil War.

They also review Batman vs. Superman and Ant-Man, and Rook highlights his interest in DC’s WB shows along with Marvel’s Netflix Shows.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Arkasia

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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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Explicit 162 | DC Rebirth And Comic Book TV Shows

Rook and Dallas return and discuss DC’s new REBIRTH storyline before touching on some unique properties, including Scooby Doo Apocalypse and Wacky Raceland.
Then it’s time to talk video games! Specifically, E3 2016 and all the new games coming out! We wrap it up with movie and television talk, touching on Supergirl, Gotham, Daredevil, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Killswitch Engage

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156 | Free Comic Book Day, The Autumnlands, Archie Digest, Color Or Black And White

Free Comic Book Day, The Autumnlands, Archie Comics Digest, the missing element of fun and color or no color are the topics of this on the road show. Enjoy!

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Explicit 150 | Too Many Comics, Variant Covers And Other Comics We’ve Forgotten Or Haven’t Read

The Core Four burn through the first part of the show talking about how they met, then learn how Hashbrowns got his name. The question of are there too many comics these days? is brought up, and Al discusses the return of variant covers. Dallas gives a lukewarm review of Fantastic Four 352 after Don pushed it on him and Rook reviews Super Zero. And at the end Poison River, Chrononauts 1, Black Science and The Nevermen were talked about, but not very well. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The HorriblesPrince Whipper Whip

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Are There Too Many Comics These Days?
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149 | Required Reading, Deadpool Movie And Captain America 2.

Chris begins employment at Yancy Street Comics, and Rook asks the crew to assign required reading. Then Dallas and Rook talk about the Deadpool movie as well as Captain America 2: Civil War.

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Now That He Is Working There, What Comics Should Chris Read?

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147 | Locke And Key

Dallas, Al, Rook, Don and Hashbrowns discuss Gabriel Rodriguez and Joe Hill’s staggeringly epic magnum opus in excruciating detail. We cover the characters, story, writing style, art, and everything in between. SPOILERS ENSUE, but we don’t give away the ending.

If you haven’t read this comic, you’ll want to after this episode. In other news, Rook presents Al with a gift live on air, and we announce Hashbrowns’ future plans.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Crywolf

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Vault Of Horror Cover By Johnny Craig.

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144 | Al Wiseman, Owen Fitzgerald, Nail Biter, Nemo: River Of Ghosts And Silver Surfer

We starts it off with Dennis The Menace Comic Books by Al Wiseman and Fred Toole, go into Owen Fitzgerald’s Dennis The Menace, as well as his many other comic work. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s Nail Biter is discussed, as well as Nemo: River Of Ghosts and League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume II. And we finish it off with Top Shelf Productions, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! and Last Days Of The Silver Surfer.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil

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143 | Ex-Heroes, Marvel Novel Series, And The Comics Code Authority

Rook (yes, we were stunned too) joins Al and Don and starts it off with Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines, Leather Bound Book Editions, Marvel Novel Series, and other books based on or about comics. The effects of the Comics Code Authority and the reasons for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Sonic Graffiti

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132 | Alex + Ada, How To Be Happy, Oddball Comics And Y The Last Man

It’s Episode 132! Our host Dallas returns with his motley crew of Don, Rook and Al!
Don and Dallas do a tag team review of Alex + Ada. Rook revisits How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis and puts in his two cents. And the superhero greats are back! Thrill to the exploits of….. Six Gun Gorilla! Inferior Five! Not Brand Echh! US1! And More!
Oh, and we wax poetic about the classic Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe.
And finally, Rook reviews the first volume of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s masterpiece, Y the Last Man.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil

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Alex + Ada By Jonathan Luna And Sarah Vaughn.

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131 | Twilight Man, Jeff Smith, Archie, Roy Thomas, Sex Criminals And Walking Dead

Our host Dallas is joined by Rook, Don and Al to discuss anything and everything related to comics. Rook pulls out a gem from his childhood called Twilight Man, Don mentions TUKI which begins a nostalgic discussion about Jeff Smith and BoneAl talks Archie (Archie Vs. Predator, All New Archie) and the wonderful artist of Afterlife With Archie, Francesco Francavilla.

Dallas reminisces about his favorite Alex Ross print of the Uncanny X-Men, and Roy Thomas is name-dropped. Dallas reviews the wonderful Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. And, of course, there is talk of The Walking Dead and the new AMC show, Fear The Walking Dead.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Joy Formidable

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Twilight Man By Steven Grant, Tristan Schane,
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130 | Regrettable Superheroes, Alley Oop, Satellight Sam, Secret Wars And Doctor Fate

Don, Al, Dallas and Rook sit down for a solid hour of comic talk.

Rook reviews his latest Lootcrate acquisition The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History By Jon Morris, which includes such classic characters as Fantomah, Fatman: The Human Flying Saucer., Captain Marvel (1966), Dracula (Dell Comics), US 1, ROM: SpaceKnight, PREZ: First Teen President, Adam X: The X-Treme, Dr. Hormone, Nature Boy, The Bouncer, Nightmare And Sleepy, and many more!!

Dallas and Rook gush over an incredible 18″ Millennium Falcon (that’s 18 feet, kids!) and a Working Speeder Bike Drone. Don reviews an oversized hardcover edition of “Alley Oop“, a comic strip by V.T. Hamlin. Dallas and Don discuss their opinions on Satellite Sam by Matt Fraction and the legendary Howard Chaykin. Rook digs into Marvel’s current Secret Wars event books, including Years of Future Past 2, The Infinity Guantlet, The Age of Apocalypse, X-Men ’92, and Doctor Fate!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Lana Del Ray

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115 | Favorite Pages

Join Don, Al, Dallas, Rook, Hashbrowns and Des as they discuss their favorite comic book pages..

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Terez Montcalm

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Al | Cover To The Adventures Of Bob Hope By Bob Oksner.
Written By Arnold Drake, Who Is One Of Al’s Favorite Writers.

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114 | Valerian And Laureline, The Walking Dead, How To Be Happy And Locke & Key

Join the crew for another roundtable discussion! It’s Don, Al, Dallas, Rook, Hashbrowns and Des! We talk about: Valerian Space Temporal Pilot, Lady Thor, The Walking Dead, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, and Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Samaria

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Valerian And Laureline: Heroes Of The Equinox
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113 | Image Comics, Digital, The Eternals, Unfinished Series And Dollar Bins

Join the core four of Rook, Don, Dallas and Al, who are joined by Hashbrowns and Des to talk mucho comics! Including: creator-owned rights, comics distribution, King Of The Nerds., The Eternals By Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr., Jupiter’s Legacy, Rat Queens, Thor, and Cuban cigars.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Primitive Astronauts

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