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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