The quote “how do you describe a color, that only you’ve seen?” is read, and Al runs off with it. Movies and stories on color, comics that were bought but not read, and odd random comparisons Don started making on past cartoonists.
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
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
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.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Purity Ring
Rook Says Goodbye To DC Rebirth.
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
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, Starman, The Mercenary Sea and The Twilight Children finish it out.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Prix
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
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
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!
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. Conan, Chic Stone, Terry Austin, Marshall Rogers and the amazing unsung hero Marie Severin.
MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Graham Gouldman
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
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
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
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.
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?
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