251 | X-Men, Ghost Rider And Adam Warlock

The X-Men are back on Rook’s reading list, and he does his best to catch us up with them. The publication history of Ghost Rider comes up, and no one seemed to know what it was. The Infinity Entity and the cosmic work of Jim Starlin brings up the end.

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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!

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247 | Lovecraft, The Crow And The Incal

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.

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246 | Walking Dead, The Spectre And Old Magazines

The Walking Dead ends, so we spend the first half of the episode talking about it. The Spectre from the early 70s, Ghost Rider, Famous Monsters Of Filmland and an argument over King Kong. We do that a lot.

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245 | Comic Book Culture

We talk about the swampy climate in Florida, the state of Yancy Street Comics and the community that supports it. Lending out comics, Hellboy, comic collections Rook has read and Marvel movies.
Al talks about a photo from the 1969 New York Comic Con, Alan Davis, Jack Cole (again) and comics with challenge in the title.

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242 | Carl Barks, Storytelling And Chew

The conversation begins with algorithms and the counterculture of the sixties. The writer-artist Carl Barks and sequential work covers most of the episode, then to Rook’s chagrin Chew comes up once again.

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241 | Warner Bros. Titles, Dark Comics And Antiquated Design Techniques

The soon to be cancelled Hanna-Barbera DC comic books are talked about, along with a lot of stuff Rook has been reading. Lighthearted to dark comics and antiquated design techniques fill out the rest of the episode.

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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?

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237 | Superman, Batman And New Stuff

It’s Superman!: A Novel By Tom DeHaven is discussed, which leads into Batman: Damned and several comics we were not familiar with.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

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234 | Valerian, Movies And Translations

Be careful what you wish for, because it may come true. The final volumes of Valerian And Laureline start this episode off. We talk about a 3D movies, material that needs to be translated, a book we have never heard of and curating your collection.

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233 | Dark Crystal, Labyrinth And Queen

It has been talked about before, but someone has actually read The Power Of The Dark Crystal this time. This leads into a discussion of Labyrinth, David Bowie and Queen. Then we do Pullapallooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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231 | Howard Chaykin And Pullapalooza

Howard Chaykin’s Hey Kids! Comics! starts this episode off, and a long discussion of his work ensues. Don LOVES this guy. Pullapalooza happens at the end, and the Florida cities of St. Augustine and Ybor City are talked about as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Didges Christ SuperDrum

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230 | Joe Shuster And InQuest

Once again the show starts off with us talking about a band, this time is Alien Weaponry. The Joe Shuster Story By Julian Voloj And Thomas Campi follows with an unopened copy of Wizard Presents Inquest: The Ultimate Guide To Collectable Card Games.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Kings & Culprits

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227 | Locke And Key, The Seeds, Terry And The Pirates And Nikki Sixx

Locke & Key being made into a series on Netflix starts everything off, which goes into other shows and Dungeon And Dragons. A new comic from the Berger Books imprint, Terry And The Pirates, Captain Marvel and racial stereotypes are discussed and we finish with The Heroin Diaries.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Didges Christ SuperDrum

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226 | Superman 1, X-Men Grand Design And The Avengers

Bendis Superman starts the conversation off, then Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is discussed in depth. Jason Aaron’s Avengers run is being read (Ghost Rider is in it) and it all ends with Velvet By Brubaker and Epting.

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224 | Goran Parlov, Netflix Heroes And Foreign Religion

Don only read Punisher: The Platoon because of Goran Parlov, but ended up loving it anyway. Rook brought up Marvel superheroes on Netflix and the various streaming services are discussed as well. Foreign religion in Japan during the shogunate era and Eternity Girl finish everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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223 | Binge Reading And Filling In Blanks

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

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222 | Blade Runner, Incal, Action 1000 And Fool Killer

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.

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220 | Free Comic Book Day And Instagram

It’s Free Comic Book Day and we finally get together to do another episode. A couple of free comics and some new books we were not aware of were discussed, then go into the major comic companies swiping each other. And Jack Kirby. We talk about him as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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218 | The Mercenary Sea, Anne Rice Comics, Mai: The Psychic Girl And Jim Henson

The conversation starts off with trade one of The Mercenary Sea. Rook breaks out a pile of comics he hasn’t read yet, including Mai: The Psychic Girl which Don has. Comics based on Jim Henson’s work finishes everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Too Many Zooz

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217 | Flat Squirrel, Superman, Reading And Rereading

Anthony Desiato from Flat Squirrel Productions joins us, and besides discussing his many past and future projects, the different eras and storylines of Superman are covered as well. Then we go into books that are currently being read or reread.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Jakub Zytecki

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216 | Superman Elseworlds, Deep Dark Fears And Light And Darkness War

There were a lot of comics to talk about, starting with Superman Elseworlds, and which came first, Inhumans or New Gods? Then the Wonder Woman movie came up and the concept of screen time was going to be discussed, but turned into Richard Pryor instead. A webcomic and Instagram feed was discussed and finished out with The Light And Darkness War.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Moon Hooch

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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