250 | Kirby’s Massive Influence

Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics’ 102nd birthday starts this conversation off. He invented his own language of drawing that most practitioners follow to this day. Surrealism, graphic and pop art are discussed with mixed results, and we finish with comic books becoming TV shows and a random comic found on the shelf. Enjoy!

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Captain Beefheart

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249 | Comic Books And Paperbacks

We start off talking about movies Al has finally seen, and double features from the past. Steve Rude, Space Ghost, Jeff Jones, Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, assorted Artist’s Editions and the first comics bought as a kid are discussed. Chris Ware, paperback book covers of the 70s and architecture in comics come up, along with Hanna-Barbera comics, Owen Fitzgerald, Ernie Colón, Mike Ploog and P. Craig Russell.

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Space Ghost By Mark Evanier And Steve Rude.

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248 | Howard Chaykin And Old Comics

If you are tired of hearing about us talking about Howard Chaykin and his many works then you might want to skip this one. Bronze age dollar box finds, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert substitutes and Alan Davis are discussed along with it.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Mortal Coil

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The Shadow By Howard Chaykin.

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247 | Lovecraft, The Crow And The Incal

The works of H. P. Lovecraft and his long reaching influence is discussed, along with The Crow and yet another copy of The Incal that Don bought. Avengers Endgame and Dark Phoenix finish everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Peter Case

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Lovecraft: Four Classic Horror Stories By H.P. Lovecraft And Ian Culbard.

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245 | Comic Book Culture

We talk about the swampy climate in Florida, the state of Yancy Street Comics and the community that supports it. Lending out comics, Hellboy, comic collections Rook has read and Marvel movies.
Al talks about a photo from the 1969 New York Comic Con, Alan Davis, Jack Cole (again) and comics with challenge in the title.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Smithereens

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244 | Jack Cole, Variants And Wally Wood

A dollar box find starts off a long conversation about the great Jack Cole. Variant covers, sealed comic books, sidekicks that did not age well, Wally Wood and Dick Tracy finish it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Cocteau Twins

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Mr. Monster’s True Crime 1 By Michael T. Gilbert And Jack Cole.

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243 | Michael Kaluta And Joe Orlando

We talk about the Carson Of Venus reprints from American Mythology Productions and other work by Michael Kaluta. Random work Al has read and watched, plus Don gets a schooling on Joe Orlando.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Starcrawler

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Carson Of Venus By Len Wein And Michael Kaluta.

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242 | Carl Barks, Storytelling And Chew

The conversation begins with algorithms and the counterculture of the sixties. The writer-artist Carl Barks and sequential work covers most of the episode, then to Rook’s chagrin Chew comes up once again.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Moon Hooch

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241 | Warner Bros. Titles, Dark Comics And Antiquated Design Techniques

The soon to be cancelled Hanna-Barbera DC comic books are talked about, along with a lot of stuff Rook has been reading. Lighthearted to dark comics and antiquated design techniques fill out the rest of the episode.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Jury

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240 | Online Portals, Atomic Robo And Mark Schultz

The library .app Hoopla is brought to our attention, which leads into steaming services and online portals that can be enjoyed. We also discuss Atomic Robo, Mark Schultz, Monstress, East Of West and some titles we did not read when they were originally published.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: French Maide

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239 | Reworking Media

It starts out with Classics Illustrated and how the stories were reworked years later. Turns out that went for song lyrics as well. Who knew?

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: David Maxim Micic

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Classics Illustrated: Robin Hood By Jack Sparling.

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238 | Steve Ditko And Ross Andru

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 Dolls

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Doctor Strange Classics By Steve Ditko And Stan Lee.

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237 | Superman, Batman And New Stuff

It’s Superman!: A Novel By Tom DeHaven is discussed, which leads into Batman: Damned and several comics we were not familiar with.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Pierre Legault

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236 | Random Comparisons

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.

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235 | Stan Lee – ‘Nuff Said!

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.

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Stan Lee Tribute By JM DeMatteis, And Another By Gerry Conway.

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234 | Valerian, Movies And Translations

Be careful what you wish for, because it may come true. The final volumes of Valerian And Laureline start this episode off. We talk about a 3D movies, material that needs to be translated, a book we have never heard of and curating your collection.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: French Maide

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Valerian: The Time Opener By Pierre Christin And Jean-Claude Mézières.

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233 | Dark Crystal, Labyrinth And Queen

It has been talked about before, but someone has actually read The Power Of The Dark Crystal this time. This leads into a discussion of Labyrinth, David Bowie and Queen. Then we do Pullapallooza.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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The Power Of The Dark Crystal Book 1 By Simon Spurrier,
Kelly And Nicole Matthews.

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232 | Crime Comics And Pulp Heroes

We open with The Ten-Cent Plague By David Hajdu, which leads into crime comics, Jack Cole, Fredric Wertham, Creem Magazine, a few random comics and pulp heroes. Don Newton finished it out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: French Maide

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231 | Howard Chaykin And Pullapalooza

Howard Chaykin’s Hey Kids! Comics! starts this episode off, and a long discussion of his work ensues. Don LOVES this guy. Pullapalooza happens at the end, and the Florida cities of St. Augustine and Ybor City are talked about as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Didges Christ SuperDrum

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Hey Kids! Comics! By Howard Chaykin.

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230 | Joe Shuster And InQuest

Once again the show starts off with us talking about a band, this time is Alien Weaponry. The Joe Shuster Story By Julian Voloj And Thomas Campi follows with an unopened copy of Wizard Presents Inquest: The Ultimate Guide To Collectable Card Games.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Kings & Culprits

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The Joe Shuster Story By Julian Voloj And Thomas Campi.

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229 | Marie Severin And Working Behind The Scenes

We start off with the influence and large body of work Marie Severin has left behind. Working behind the scenes and the return of the Fantastic Four finish things out.

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We Bid Farewell To Marie Severin.

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228 | Russ Heath, Influence, Progression And Newspaper Strips

We started out talking about Svengoolie, then said goodbye to Russ Heath and the fantastic work he left behind. Artists influenced by other artists, newspaper strips and Laugh-In and the Walmart exclusive 100 Page Super-Spectacular finish it off. Enjoy!

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All American Men Of War 94 Cover By Russ Heath.

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227 | Locke And Key, The Seeds, Terry And The Pirates And Nikki Sixx

Locke & Key being made into a series on Netflix starts everything off, which goes into other shows and Dungeon And Dragons. A new comic from the Berger Books imprint, Terry And The Pirates, Captain Marvel and racial stereotypes are discussed and we finish with The Heroin Diaries.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Didges Christ SuperDrum

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Locke & Key Will Be A Netflix Series.

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226 | Superman 1, X-Men Grand Design And The Avengers

Bendis Superman starts the conversation off, then Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is discussed in depth. Jason Aaron’s Avengers run is being read (Ghost Rider is in it) and it all ends with Velvet By Brubaker and Epting.

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225 | Steve Ditko, The Spectre And Books About Comic Book Heroes

Even though this is a comic book podcast, Al starts the conversation off asking about the film In The Mood For Love. The life and work of Steve Ditko is discussed for most of the show, then The Spectre, books about comic book heroes and Jules Feiffer are talked about as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Partridge

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Marvel Tales Reprints Was The First Time Al Saw Steve Ditko.

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224 | Goran Parlov, Netflix Heroes And Foreign Religion

Don only read Punisher: The Platoon because of Goran Parlov, but ended up loving it anyway. Rook brought up Marvel superheroes on Netflix and the various streaming services are discussed as well. Foreign religion in Japan during the shogunate era and Eternity Girl finish everything out.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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Punisher: The Platoon By Garth Ennis And Goran Parlov.

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223 | Binge Reading And Filling In Blanks

Catching up on reading The Walking Dead, and learning there was one more issue of Miracle Man written by Alan Moore we were not aware of. Binge reading comic series and filling in the blanks to a story because of issues you missed was discussed. Somehow the Muppets roll into the conversation and we finish out with Kong Crew.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Ed Woltil

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The Walking Dead By Robert Kirkman And Charlie Adlard.

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222 | Blade Runner, Incal, Action 1000 And Fool Killer

This conversation begins with Blade Runner 2049 and moves into Deconstructing The Incal, Jodorowsky’s Dune and the many works that occurred after the project never came to fruition.
Limited edition books, Action Comics 1000 and how the human need for bathrooms would affect Superman. Things get even more random after that. No kidding, they do.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Geneva Wollett

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Blade Runner 2049 Poster By Adam Cockerton-Rai.

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221 | Don Glut, John Stanley, Jack Kirby And Neal Adams

Al is back and joined by Don and they made no time for a music break.
There was a lot of comic talk though.

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The Occult Files of Dr Spektor By Donald Glut And Jesse Santos.

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220 | Free Comic Book Day And Instagram

It’s Free Comic Book Day and we finally get together to do another episode. A couple of free comics and some new books we were not aware of were discussed, then go into the major comic companies swiping each other. And Jack Kirby. We talk about him as well.

MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT: Greymarket

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