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The Comic Book Attic #29

In this episode, I welcome special guest Dan who helps usher in a new segment: a game called What's That About?!  Also, I mention comic-related stuff I got for Christmas, and I give a Holy Crap! review of Your First Budgie.  Finally, a bit of music.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  This episode's pic is from an unknown ebay seller. (33:54)

Direct download: comicbookattic29.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #28

In this non-Christmas episode, I begin with some corrections and apologies, then launch into a "lost episode" section reviewing DCU: Brave New World #1, Exiles #83, and Fantastic Four #538.  Finally, a new review of Action Comics #845.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (31:25)

Direct download: comicbookattic28.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic now has its own email account because I don't want to unintentionally delete any of your mails that could get delivered into the massive spam folder at the desolationbliss account.  The desolationbliss account was an old account that I was using for the show; however, The Comic Book Attic deserves its own address!  Here it is:

comicbookattic@yahoo.com

Simpler, right?

Category:blog -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

happy holidays from the comic book attic

As the holidays will most surely keep me busy, in case I don't have time to say so later, Happy Holidays from The Comic Book Attic.

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:07am EDT

Besides my normal new books, I got a stack of back issues during an all day comic shopping excursion with JJ.  Some of the booty:

The Mighty Crusaders (1980s) #3,4; Cerebus Jam #1; a pile of Superboy and the Legion of Super-heroes issues; a pile of old Justice League of America issues; The Comet #1,2; Marvel Superheroes #20; The Phantom (from King Comics) #20; and lots more than I want to type in-- about 30-35 comics in all. 

I was buying JJ comics as his Christmas gift, and I helped him pick out a few.  He got about 20-25 comics.  We drove to a comics shop we had never been to, and boy, did they have back issues... then we drove to a nearby antique/flea building to buy more comics.  Add a happy lunch at Friendlys, and you have one good day.  I also found a few X-mas gifts for the wife... which is good; I am woefully not prepared for the holiday...

Category:blog -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #27

An all-Mighty Crusaders episode with a Holy Crap! review of The Mighty Crusaders #2 & 3 from the 1960s.  All  cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders. (42:24)

Direct download: comicbookattic27.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

Nearly all the books I'm about to mention are superhero titles, which is not indicitive of my overall reading tastes.  I like everything from the most unheard of indie comics to Uncle Scrooge.  My heart just grew up with superheroes... and you may be able to tell that I grew up Marvel... but I did read an indie trade in the past couple weeks that I enjoyed: the first volume of Stylish Vittles.

Currently on my pull list: Justice League of America, Justice Society of America, X-Factor, Captain America, Fantastic Four, New Avengers, & Astonishing X-Men.  Limited series on my list: 52, Civil War, Civil War: Front Line, Agents of Atlas, All New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z, and Nextwave: Agents of HATE.

I recently dropped Thunderbolts and She-Hulk in order to add Comics Revue magazine, which reprints old newspaper strips.  I predict another drop or two as I want to buy more back issues from the golden and (mainly) silver age...

Comics I am currently buying off the stands for a short time only for various reasons: Amazing Spider-man (for Civil War), Eternals (limited series), Fables (I'm going to get trades instead), and Newuniversal (I just want to see what Ellis does with it-- especially Spitfire, my favorite of the old New Universe).

I've also picked up some random reads, like the Marvel Milestones: Ultimate Spider-man, Ultimate X-Men, Microman, & Mantor special (mainly for the 2 golden age reprints) and The Official Handbook of the Invincible Universe.  Also, I got Annihilation: Nova #4 because I heard it contains the death of Quasar, who I like.  Yes, it does contain that, much to my chagrin and dislike.

I regularly get Wizard and Comics Buyer's Guide.

Back issues I read recently: Legion of Superheroes #280 & 281 (from 1981). 

Currently in the middle of these books:  the second volume of Stylish Vittles, a stack of Plastic Farm issues, and the huge Incredible Hulk #100 (present series).

I am still forgetting a lot, but it's late. 

Category:blog -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

As Christmas nears, the radio has been invaded by Christmas music, and as the notes of "We Three Kings" fill the air, I am thinking of three kings of the comic industry who have passed away over the past weeks.  Jerry Bails, herald of comic fandom.  Dave Cockrum, artist whose contributions to the X-Men were integral.  Martin Nodell, golden age artist and creator of the original Green Lantern.  The heirs to these three kings owe them much.
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #26

Back issue reviews of The Bull Calf and Other Tales, Atom and Hawkman #42, Life With Archie #52, and The Original Shield #1 & 2!  Pat returns with a review of Action Comics #844!  Special review of Plastic Farm #2 &3!  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (24:06)

The Comic Book Attic is now on iTunes!

Direct download: comicbookattic26.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #25

The not-as-big-as-planned 25th episode: Comic buying in Georgia!  Premiere of the ComicsConfusion segment featuring the 40s/50s Captain Americas!  My friend Pat reviews A Tale of One Bad Rat!  My 2 Pennies segment on the tired subject of delayed books!  A few comics I wish weren't cancelled!  And a song from my band!  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders. (43:56)

Direct download: 01_cbattic25.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

what I bought this week 12/3

This is a new feature for the blog page to try to give it some original written content.  I will be running down my comics purchases for the day/week whenever I feel like sharing.  These are not reviews, but there may be notes of interest. 

On Wednesday, I stopped at Borders and bought Amazing Spider-man #536.  Somehow JJ (sometime guest of the show) had this comic days before it was out at my local comic shop.  Either my shop got a late shipment or whatever gas station/grocery store/bookstore he bought it from has good connections...  I also decided to sample the new Richard Donner co-written Action Comics #845.  I will review this on the show because new Attic correspondent Pat has sent me an audio review of the previous issue.

Today, I got my new books: The Official Handbook to the Invincible Universe #1, Newuniversal #1, Agents of Atlas #5, 52#31, and Justice Society of America #1.

I also drove to my favorite back issue store and picked up The Mighty Crusaders (the outrageous 1960s series) #3, Marvel Two-in-One #35 (Skull the Slayer! I've been looking for this one), and (insert drum roll) Detective Comics #359-- the first appearance of the Barbara Gordon Batgirl!  I got that in a tattered, but otherwise decent condition for $6.50.  That is why I love this store...

Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.

Category:blog -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

Still having trouble with episode 25.  I'm going to re-edit it; the problem may be in the larger file size.  I never claimed I was good with computers.  I just like talking about comics...

So, the show won't be an hour.  I will try to still make it as long as I can.  Bits that were edited out will appear in episode 26.  Stay tuned over the next 2 days.  I'd edit it now, but it's 2AM.  It's happy-sleepy time for this little narrowcaster...

By the way, interested in Archie Comics superheroes?  Look no further than http://www.mightycrusaders.net  It's a great site for fans of The Mighty Crusaders, including Who's Who/Marvel handbook style profiles, which I enjoy.  Episode 27 will tentatively feature a review of an old 1960s Mighty Crusaders comic. 

Category:blog -- posted at: 1:48am EDT

Episode 25 has experienced some trouble uploading, but it should be up soon.  Meanwhile, here's some of the links for podcasts mentioned in #25 and in previous episodes:

Around Comics: http://www.aroundcomics.com/

Meanwhile: http://www.ironhorsecomics.com/meanwhilepod/

Marvel podcasts: http://www.marvel.com/news

Quiet! Panelologists At Work: http://podcast.panelologists.com/

Comic News Insider: http://cni.libsyn.com/

Comics Pipeline: http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/?column=24

The Quarter Bin: http://indigofire2525.libsyn.com/

Category:blog -- posted at: 1:47am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #24

Another "lost episode" episode in which I discuss different comic shops that I have visited.  (The cover image posted with this episode is of a comic mentioned in a previous episode.)  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders. (20:55)

Direct download: comicbookattic24.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 8:59pm EDT

by request By request, here's a cover image of the Jerry Lewis/Superman crossover mentioned in a recent episode.  One of the first comics I owned.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.
Category:blog -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

first comic

Here's a cover pic of the first comic I ever owned (assuming that my memory isn't lying to me).  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.

Category:blog -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #23

This episode:  I talk about Limited Collectors' Edition #C-32 and my opinions on Marvel Essentials/DC Showcases.  An announcement about The Cinematic Attic blog.  Also, a song by Adam Taylor.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (20:57)

Direct download: comicbookattic23.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #22

In this episode, I share a few announcements, my account of NYC, an experience at a workshop to put trades in libraries, and a few words about older comics and those folks who dismiss them.  I also do two new reviews of Civil War #5 and New Avengers #25.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (30:39)

The Legacy Age: http://manglin_murdock.podomatic.com/

Direct download: 01_comicbookattic22.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 1:59am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #21

A "lost episode" episode featuring reviews of newer books Civil War: Frontline #2, New Avengers #21, X-Factor #8, Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #6, and Manhunter #s 15, 21-23 and older books Ship of Fools #3, Troll II #1, and Classics Illustrated #110(1st ed.).  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (28:15)

Direct download: comicbookattic21.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

Just when it started to look like Saturday was the normal upload day for The Comic Book Attic, I have to switch things up.  Beware of me; I'm unpredictable...Actually, in a few days I will have my internet restored at home, and you will get an episode whenever I get one done (providing I have space on my account, of course).  That still means a (usually) weekly show, just no set day. 

Right now my computer is dissassembled, much like the Avengers (or currently, New Avengers) due to the arrival of new carpeting to our home.  So, I can't record a new episode until I reassemble the machine.  Even if I had a new one recorded, we're going to NYC Saturday.  I plan to visit Midtown Comics for the first time.  It oughta be an experience--oh, and the museums will be nice too. I will be sure to report on the trip in the show.

Episode 21 will be a lost episode.  Episode 22 will be new.  I'm working up to #25, which will, I hope, be a special event.  More on that in the show...

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #20

In which JJ, the new comic reader, guests and gives his thoughts on Amazing Spider-man #535, Civil War #4, Ghost Rider #4, and Astonishing X-Men #17.  I comment on The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time #10(cover#1).  Jess makes background noise as crazy-insane-video-game-woman.  Also, some more snappy music.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders. (23:54)

Please visit Pendulum Stone and The Stereoplanetary Audio Construct on myspace.com

Direct download: comicbookattic20.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #19

A "lost episode" episode, featuring back issue reviews of Eternals (Kirby) #15; Paul the Samurai #1; Stranger Kisses #1; Underwater #2,3; and Final Night #3.  Also, I ramble praises of Jack Kirby and babble on about past comic reading experiences.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (35:14)

Direct download: comicbookattic19.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

Check out all the new cover images with each podcast post.  I tried to make each cover fit with something I was talking about.  As a rule, I have chosen covers of comics I actually own for podcast entries.  For blog entries, anything goes.  All cover images are from the Grand Comics Database at http://www.comics.org

And for those of you who want to see the feedback email address in print just to make sure you get it right, here it is: desolationbliss@yahoo.com

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #18

In this episode:  New review of Civil War: Choosing Sides #1, Warren Ellis news, Holy Crap! review of The Energy Kids, and a snappy bit of music.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (21:25)

Direct download: comicbookattic18.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

where my true loyalties lie banner by Timberoo
Category:blog -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #17

Shorter "lost episode" episode in which I talk about Marvel Handbooks; I also ramble on about some more past comic collecting experiences.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (20:33)

Direct download: comicbookattic17.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #16

In this show, I give a few more podcast recommendations, and I toss out a few podcast ideas.  I debut a new feature: My 2 Pennies, in which I talk about the looooong debated topic of trades vs. monthlies.   Also, I talk about the magazine Alter EgoAny cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (26:20)

Links to podcasts mentioned:

Talking History: http://talkinghistory.oah.org

Vintage Group Harmony Show: http://harmony.libsyn.com

History Podcast: http://historypodcast.libsyn.com

Comicology: http://comicology.net

Comic Geek Speak: http://www.comicgeekspeak.com

Comic Book Savant: http://www.comicbooksavant.com/cbs/index.cfm

Birds of Geek: http://birdsofgeek.libsyn.com

Tim's Quarter Bin (THOOM) and Rocky Mountain Comic Book Noise: http://www.comicbooknoise.com

Movie Noise: http://www.movienoise.com

Cinemaslave: http://www.cinemaslave.com

Direct download: comicbookattic16.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #15

A packed episode!  Wishlist results.  Freecycling results.  Comments on the wonderful thing called "small press."  A week of comic finds (which includes passing reviews of Flash Annual #3 and Incredible Hulk #227), including a book from the platinum age.  A review of Plastic Farm #1.  A Silver and Gold segment featuring Fawcett's Funny Animals #31.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (42:05)

Plastic Farm website: http://www.plasticfarm.com

Direct download: comicbookattic15.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #14

Another "lost episode" episode featuring more tales from my comic collecting past.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (40:19)

Links to databases mentioned last show:

The Grand Comic Book Database: http://www.comics.org

The Comic Book Database: http://www.cbdb.com

Link to freecycling:

http://www.freecycle.org

Links to other podcasts I enjoy:

Collected Comics Library: http://collectedcomicslibrary.blogspot.com

Golden Age of Comic Books: http://goldenagecomics.libsyn.com

I Read Comics: http://ireadcomics.blogspot.com

Mondo Movie: http://www.mondomovie.com

Direct download: comicbookattic14.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #13

A "lost episode" episode.  I briefly mention comic book databases.  There's a review for Giant Size Hulk #1, and I begin sharing my past comic collecting experiences.  Finally, I give a few thoughts on the third X-Men movie.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (28:12)

Direct download: comicbookattic13.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #12

I recommend and discuss podcasts.  I share a wishlist, some recent purchases(including Great American Comic Books book and 1979 DC comics TV specials), and info on freecycling.  Also, I give a trio of new reviews on Amazing Spider-man #535, Fantastic Four #540, and Captain America #22.  Any cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.  (32:23)

KomicsKast: http://komicskast.libsyn.com

Comic Book Noise: http://www.comicbooknoise.com