196 | Giant Monsters, 3-D Comics And Pullapalooza

More comments about the state of mainstream comic books starts the conversation off, which goes into the giant monster comics from Atlas, 3-D comics and ends with Pullapalooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Matthew SweetHi-Standard

DOWNLOAD

Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC By Mark Evanier And Sergio Aragonés,

Continue reading

187 | Dan Spiegle And Other Stories

Al and Don go far beyond the normal time limit and show just how free form they can get.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Mick Ronson

DOWNLOAD

Crossfire And Rainbow By Mark Evanier And Dan Spiegle.

Continue reading

185 | The World Of Edena, Nod Away And The Undertaking Of Lily Chen

Moebius and The World of Edena is discussed in great detail. Nod AwayThe Undertaking Of Lily Chen, Prince Of Persia and Doom Force are covered as well,
but not as much.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

DOWNLOAD

Moebius Library: The World of Edena.

Continue reading

181 | Len Wein, Comics Timeline And Steve Ditko

The core four return to discuss Len Wein, the Golden, Silver, Bronze and the never ending Modern Age of comics. Pullapalooza and Strange And Stranger: The World Of Steve Ditko finishes it off.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Groovy Cool

DOWNLOAD

Episode 181, Hulk 181. Dallas Saw The Number Connection.

Continue reading

175 | Rereading Comics, Binge Reading, Valerian And Pullapalooza

Rereading comics that sit in the box or on the shelf for long periods of time, binge reading, single issue stories, Valerian and Moebius being available in English start this one off. Pullapalooza finishes it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Thin Lizzy

DOWNLOAD

Akira By Katsuhiro Otomo.

Continue reading

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

DOWNLOAD

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Continue reading

159 | Following Creators Or Characters, Mad Paperbacks, And Pullapalooza

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

DOWNLOAD

Although Al Hasn’t Read The Current State Of Captain America,
He Talks About What He Has Heard.

Continue reading

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.

DOWNLOAD

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

Continue reading

148 | Discovering Comic Books In The Sixties

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

DOWNLOAD

Dennis The Menace In Mexico.
By Al Wiseman And Fred Toole.

Continue reading

119 | Madam Satan, Seventies Artists That Continued And The Rocketeer

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

DOWNLOAD

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina 2 By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa And Robert Hack.
Varient Cover By Francesco Francavilla.

Here Is Some Information On Madam Satan.

Continue reading

112 | Fantastic Four, Red Circle Horror, Frank Doyle And Forgotten Sixties Cartoons

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

DOWNLOAD

Fantastic Four By Jack Kirby, Stan Lee And Joe Sinnott.

Continue reading

103 | Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Rot & Ruin And Favorite Creative Teams

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!

DOWNLOAD

Fallen Worlds By Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

Continue reading

101 | Comics Of The Past

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

DOWNLOAD

The Marvel Super Heroes Animated Cartoon From 1966.

Continue reading

93 | Artist’s Page Rates, Comic Book Body Building Ads And The Black Panther

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

DOWNLOAD

The Rook From Warren Publishing.

Continue reading

89 | Comic And Fantasy Artists Of The 70’s, Dragon’s Dream And Steve Ditko

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

DOWNLOAD

Don Is Currently Reading His Way Through Kirby And Lee’s
Fantastic Four Run, But Didn’t Want To Talk About It At This Time.

Continue reading

88 | Original Packaging, Our Fascination With Ruins And Over-Explained Storylines

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

DOWNLOAD

Aurora Model Kits History. Cover By James Bama.

Continue reading

47 | What Comic Would You Give To A Non-Comic Book Reader?

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

DOWNLOAD

Understanding Comics By Scott McCloud.

Continue reading

37 | Comic Book Letterers And The Art Of Typography

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

DOWNLOAD

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.

Comic Book LettererDesign • Computer Lettering

Continue reading

7 | Favorite Writers 2

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.

DOWNLOAD

Al’s vote for favorite writer went to Jack Kirby and Stan Lee:
the architects of the Marvel Universe.