212 | Alex Toth, Newspaper Comics And Matt Howarth

The work and thought process of Alex Toth is discussed as well as newspaper comics we had never seen or didn’t bother reading when they were being published. Don talks about the incredible work of Matt Howarth while Al stays silent until Howard Chaykin is brought up.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Emitt Rhodes

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Alter Ego 63 Remembering Alex Toth.

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193 | All-New X-Men

Dallas and Don have read the All New X-Men Trade 1 and discuss their thoughts on the book through Skype. Don briefly talks about The Maxx, and brings up that he confused that character with The Goon and Lobo, only because they were big guys with four letter names.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Robert Fripp & Andy Summers

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All New X-Men Trade 1 By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen,
Wade Von Grawbadger And Marte Gracia.

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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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155 | Black Widow, Early Work, Missed Opportunities, Flash Gordon And Starman

Fast reading comics starts it off, along with early work we may not have liked as kids. Artists we missed out on meeting, Flash Gordon, remaking movies and James Robinson’s Starman finishes it out..

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Blue Ash

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Black Widow By Chris Samnee And Mark Waid.

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151 | Batman v Superman, Valerian Movie, Ambient Music, Dinosaurs And Howard Chaykin

Al starts it off talking about a movie he has no interest in seeing, and Don talks about comic books from previous episodes. We also discussed this Howard Chaykin interview.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Brian Eno featuring Snatch “R.A.F”

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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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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145 | Comic Book Movie Adaptations, Dell, Gold Key, Pop Songs, Bazooka Joe And Nancy

This one starts off about Dell Comics many movie and television adaptations and goes into The Monkees and wondering why and how Dell Comics ended and Gold Key began. Trying to continue a comic after the adaptation ends, O.G. Whiz, Jethro Tull, newsreels, cartoon shorts and serials that were shown at the movies was discussed, as well as Bazooka Joe bubble gum, Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy and other newspaper comics Al didn’t seem to enjoy.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Mike Nesmith

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Movie Adaptations From Dell Comics.

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139 | Kamandi, Devil Dinosaur, Progression Of Artists And The Twilight Children

It starts off with a discussion on the first issue of Kamandi, then moves on to Devil Dinosaur and other works and the men who inked Jack Kirby. Progression of artists, Alex Toth, StarmanThe Mercenary Sea and The Twilight Children finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Prix

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Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth! By Jack Kirby And Mike Royer.
Here Is Some Information On It’s Forerunner, Kamandi Of The Caves.

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136 | Dollar Boxes, Digital Comics And 1963

Al, Dallas and Don start off talking about comics found in dollar boxes, then go into the pros and cons of digital comics and finish off with the 1963 series.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Dungeon Boss

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• American Greed •
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21st!!!! Dungeon Boss Will Be Playing At
The Sandbar In New Port Richey. They Are Going On At 7pm.

Excalibur Special Edition From 1987
By Chris Claremont, Alan Davis And Paul Neary.

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105 | X-Men Comics And Nothing But X-Men Comics

Happy Halloween!!! Don and Dallas are joined by their friend Desmond to talk everything X-Men!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: DANNY ELFMAN

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X-Men Drawn By Dave Cockrum.

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104 | Comic Strip Reprints, Comic Book Schools, Follow Creators Or Titles And Silver Surfer

Al and Don discuss old comic strips reprinted in the seventies and comic book schools, They bring up the question of creators or titles, buying properties only to alter it for the screen and Silver Surfer by Slott and Allred is also discussed.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Dukes Of Stratosphear

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Menomonee Falls Gazette.

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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!

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Fallen Worlds By Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

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99 | Anthony Desiato, Unknown Archie Creators, Walt Simonson, Alan Davis And Marie Severin

Documentary filmmaker Anthony Desiato starts the show off discussing his films My Comic Shop, Buy Spoon: The Jay Meisel Story and Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer. We then go into a discussion of unknown Archie creators, Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok, Groo Vs. ConanChic Stone, Terry Austin, Marshall Rogers and the amazing unsung hero Marie Severin.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Graham Gouldman

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Flat Squirrel Productions.

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91 | Creator Owned Comics, Black And White Explosion And Finding Comics Off The Rack

Walking Dead is mentioned which quickly turns to creator owned comics and the black and white explosion of the eighties. A comparison of Alex Toth and Jaime Hernandez occurs, as well as a short discussion of nineties comics, titles about villains, newspaper strips and finding comics off the rack.

And of course, more Fantastic Four talk. Whoo hoo!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Wilco

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The Walking Dead All Out War Storyline.
By Robert Kirkman And Charlie Adlard.

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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

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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.

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56 | Comic Book Editors

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

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Giant Size Avengers 1 By Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler And
Dan Adkins But Don, Proving That He Needs An Editor, Said
That It Was Written By Gerry Conway.

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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

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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

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33 | Bring A Younger Audience

Don, Al and Dallas are joined once again by Don’s daughter, Holly, as we finally return to traditional comic book talk. We have some technical difficulties (Don’s a little hard to hear, so turn up the volume LOUD!!)

Don reviews the new Popeye #1 by IDW and reminisces about the character, and he discovers an indie book from the 90’s called Optic Nerve. We go on to discuss the merits of Free Comic Book Day, and ask the question: is it bringing in a younger audience to local comic shops?

Al talks romance comics from the 60’s, particurly Young Love featuring art by the master, John Romita Sr.

Dallas gushes about the masterpieces that is Chris Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-Men and reviews Rick Remender’s first handful of Uncanny X-Force issues.
Larry Marder’s Tales of the Beanworld gets an analysis, and Al finally reads Asterios Polyp!!!!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: hitomi

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IDW’s Popeye.

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