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.
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 Warlock. Mike Tyson and Weird Love 18 finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Can
Al started the episode off with a rant about the Marvel executive who says diversity may have alienated readers, which led into a discussion on the price of comics today, trade paperbacks and the culture of comics. Unfortunately, all of that is gone, because Don trashed the first half of the episode before it was produced. Sorry about that.
The surviving half discusses books that we didn’t plan on reading, but ended up liking anyway. And Doctor Strange, there was a lot about him.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Cramps
Marvel Executive Says Diversity May Have Alienated Readers.
And Here Is What The Beat Says About It.
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 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.
Al is joined by Don with nothing to say, so it starts off with a book that was just picked up. That leads into the Ant-Man movie, then goes into the many guises of Hank Pym, and some of the black super-heroes of the seventies. Then they go into Pulapalooza again.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Icewater
Al starts off with a joke about Johnny Carson, and Don ties it in to Jack Kirby. Somehow it moves on to barbarian comics (again), charismatic people who front bands, comic book inkers (again), art reference and other ramblings.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool
Al supplies a stack of comics, blindly pulls one out, and Pullapalooza begins. Listen as they discuss the Fantastic Four comics of the seventies, short lived DC comics of the seventies and eighties, Will Eisner, new Conan comics from Dark Horse and the Starlight trade.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Golden Smog
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
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
Episode 86. The entire crew returns to discuss Game of Thrones, Lee and Kirby’s Fantastic Four Run, other epic comic runs like Walking Dead, Groo, and Uncanny X-Men,
Differences between Marvel and DC in the 60’s, Ghost Rider, Digital Reading, Comixology, Mike Ploog’s Horror Comics, The New Mutants original run, Herring and Robinson Book Binders, Wordy and dated 80’s comics, Jack Kirby’s Inkers, and Sal Buscema & Vince Colletta: Marvel’s Go-To Guys.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Coheed and Cambria
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