Even though no one read any comics this week, we talked about them anyway.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: FlashContinue reading
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 DollsContinue reading
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.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Arkasia
Even though Al starts off with a certain question, the conversation turns to following creators or following the characters, Mad paperbacks, Jeffrey Catherine Jones documentary and pullapalooza finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Replacements
Although Al Hasn’t Read The Current State Of Captain America,
He Talks About What He Has Heard.
There were a lot of technical difficulties on this one, so please excuse the poor sound quality. Al is joined with Pat and discuss the comic books they were exposed to in the early sixties and what brought them into the fold.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Palehound
Al starts off talking about some new comics and a few older coffee table books, while Don jumps in every chance he gets. The second half has Don talking about some comics he’s read, Al stays mostly silent, and you can hear crickets in the background. Enjoy!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil
Here Is Some Information On Madam Satan.
Don finally finishes Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s epic Fantastic Four run. Al talks about Archie Comics and the endless supply of six page stories from Frank Doyle, forgotten animated cartoons of the sixties, Red Circle horror, and more.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Shoes
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
Deep in the heart of Parts Unknown, Don, Al and Dallas discuss Slice Radio, Afterlife with Archie, some comic shop documentaries, the Origin of Rook Murphy, Warren comics, art commissions, Bernie Wrightson, Art Adams, John Buscema, Howard Chaykin’s Iron Wolf, Mike Mignola, Flex Mentallo, Charles Atlas, Count Dante, Jack and Stan’s Fantastic Four, civil rights in 60’s comics, the portrayal of minorities in 40’s and 50’s comics, and we wrap it up with Uncanny X-Men circa 1980’s.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ruby Sting
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
Don, Rook, Dallas and Al (A.K.A. Dr. Morbius) return for an exciting night of comics discussion. The topic tonight is what comic book would you give to a non-comic book reader? The choices are varied. Dallas suggests UNDERSTANDING COMICS, an insightful meditation on the medium, while Don suggests THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE, a highly entertaining book that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. Al decides to pick his very first comic book, FANTASTIC FOUR #57 for all the reasons you can guess… basically, Jack and Stan. Rook has an interesting pick, and we won’t spoil it here. And, as usual, more Walking Dead talk follows. Excelsior!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Hell-Bent
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.
Happy Labor Day Weekend!!! And here we are again, this time around it’s Dallas, Don, and Al. The topic: why Rook isn’t here. Oh, and we also discuss comics. Specifically, Al’s favorite writers, including Bruce Jones and Arnold Drake. Don goes bananas over Thor, Dallas’ wife tries to get him drunk on air, and we all fight over the new DC Reboot. We also get in a discussion about Stan Lee. Yes, Stan “the Man” Lee, co-creator of Marvel’s most beloved franchises. Even if you’re not a comic book reader, you know this guy. And “What Are You Reading” returns with a new grading scale! Enjoy and have a safe Labor Day weekend!
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Steve Robinson.