Fri, 30 March 2007
Superboy #180. As any listener of the show knows, I have a weakness for the old Superman/Superboy comics. This is another one of the first 100 or so comics I owned (and still do, of course). It was bought at a yard sale with a handful of others. This comic is a thrilling 48 pages (no small amount when you're a kid), with two fun Superboy tales and a Legion of Super-heroes reprint (probably the first Legion story I ever read, featuring the origin of Bouncing Boy). Definitely sunshine-n-smiles memories over this one...
Category:favorite comics -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT
Fri, 30 March 2007
I'm sure you've all heard by now that Arnold Drake, of Doom Patrol fame, and Marshall Rogers, noted for Batman and many more, have died. Quite a few comics creators have passed away in the last 6 months. Each time I hear of another, I tend to feel more sadness about them than a thousand Anna Nicoles.
Category:blog -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT
Sat, 24 March 2007
In this episode, I talk about Conan Annual #11, Wonder Woman(1st) #211, Spidey Super Stories #2 & #5, Pep #283, Ghost Manor #22, and All-Star Comics #68. Plus, some recent buys. (35:26) All cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.
Sat, 24 March 2007
March's 30 comics have been read. It has been terribly easy... Here's the final 10:
21. Silver Surfer(3rd) #37
22. Silver Surfer(3rd) #38
23. New Avengers #28
24. American Virgin #12
25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #1
26. Ultimate X-Men (Free Comic Book Day Edition) #1
27. Free Comic Book Day 2006 (X-Men/Runaways)
28. Birds of Prey #61
29. 52 #46
30. The Mod Squad #3
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT
Mon, 19 March 2007
I answer some questions you never asked. There's a ComicsConfusion segment on Marvel Boy. Also, I talk about Plastic Farm #7. (22:59) All cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.
Sat, 17 March 2007
Wow, I'm really knocking down the comics for March. 30 this month will be no prob-o. Here's another 10:
11. Silver Surfer(3rd) #34
12. Pep #283
13. Spidey Super Stories #2
14. Spidey Super Stories #5
15. Ghost Manor #22
16. All-Star Comics #68
17. (New) Invaders #1
18. Silver Surfer(3rd) #35
19. Silver Surfer(3rd) #36
20. 52 #45
And the little pic attached to this post should be the "album art" for the show on iTunes if I set it up right. It's simple, but better than zilcho.
Category:blog -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT
Thu, 15 March 2007
The 30 comics-a-month challenge! Here's the first 10 books I read:
1. Eternals('06) #7
2. 1963 Book 3: Tales of the Uncanny
3. Ballistic Imagery #1
4. Wildstorm Chamber of Horrors #1
5. Golden Comics Digest #34
6. Plastic Farm #7
7. Conan Annual #11
8. Wonder Woman(1st) #211
9. Plastic Farm #8
10. Plastic Farm #9
Category:blog -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT
Thu, 15 March 2007
This episode: Cool buys, introduction of the 30 comic plan, talk about Golden Comics Digest #34, request for questions, podcast & blog mentions, and a song by Adam Taylor. (26:14) All cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.
Comic Book Resources: http://www.comicbookresources.com/
Golden Age Batman site: http://www.goldenagebatman.com/
Trade Secrets: http://collectedcomicslibrary.blogspot.com/
Comic News Insider: http://www.comicnewsinsider.com/
Comics Talk Cafe: http://www.comictalkcafe.com/
Comics Radar: http://comicsradar.com/
Tue, 13 March 2007
Having technical difficulties with a new recording program on a new computer. I can't seem to get the same quality sound... Have no fear, there will be a new episode soon. All my notes are ready, but the 'puter's not. =sigh=
Category:blog -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT
Sat, 10 March 2007
Avengers #275: The first issue of Avengers I bought fresh off the stands. The Masters of Evil siege of Avengers mansion was an exciting storyline that I fell right in the middle of as a youngster. This era of Avengers history is one of my favorites-- probably because it was a starting point for me, right? Nevertheless, the key kick to the artwork for many years of the Avengers was the inking of Tom Palmer. His finishes put a realism overtop anyone's pencils. Buying this while young was a key reason why I am a huge Avengers fan today,
Category:favorite comics -- posted at: 12:47am EDT
Fri, 9 March 2007
Alert: rant to follow. I mean to offend no one. I didn't want to waste my podcast time going on about this... but I had to write this somewhere. ...In fact, you know what, don't even read this. Go walk in the sun. Go read a novel. Go watch a black and white movie.
Okay. Apparently, you'd rather not walk in the sun... I warned you. I have gone on about Civil War many times... I have tried to leave it alone. But it has occurred to me that I could dream that Marvel is trying to make a statement about the tyrannical nonsense of the Bush administration. Except they don't have the guts to admit anything definite, and they leave it ambiguous. They let us watch the happy fascist Iron Man (defense contractor businessman buddy of the doofy fascist president) win the Civil War, and they let Captain America die. If this was indeed a shot at (and a symbolic comment on) the current political conservative bullfeces, then I could live with it. But is Marvel too afraid to tick off the rightwingers? Or worse: do they actually believe in the Iron Man era of "heroism?" I can't conceive of such a mindset. Captain America and his crew were the only folks fighting for freedom here. To me, the civilians who tackled Cap in Civil War #7 were no heroes, despite being portrayed as firefighters and policemen(well, I don't usually consider popos heroes anyway...). If I were a costumed fellow in the Marvel Universe, I would be standing proudly beside Cap, eager to kick Iron Man's teeth in...assuming, of course, I had adamantium feet or something... Look, I am no patriotic man. I do not blindly follow any ideal. I'd be the first to tell Cap that being draped in the flag is a little much. However, he was the only one advocating the freedoms of those with powers and/or costumes. Iron Man and most of the hero population were willing to give up freedoms and answer to the government. Hello?! BAD THING THERE!!! And we watched Iron Man pull all sorts of rotten politician moves, even cashing in on the situation. The end of Civil War was a lame, disappointing, anticlimactic mess. Cap wimps out, looks around, cries, and drops his shield. The reasons he gives are oblique in intention and motivation, and noble in all the wrong places. Even if there's some message to be had here, it left me angry. If I ever wanted to rip a comic in half, I felt like it here.
Bottom line, Cap's death was just a dumb idea. Brubaker wrote a good story, but it was completely unneccesary. Of course, Cap will come back in some form... what worries me is WHAT form that will be. I'm waiting for someone to fix the MU, beat down Iron Hitler, and wake up the population of the MU America. Meanwhile, I've given up on Marvel. They make me tired.
Category:blog -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT
Mon, 5 March 2007
This episode: Some old comic purchases. A new review of The Brave and the Bold #1. Odds and ends. A song. (21:10) All cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.
Links to shows mentioned:
Podcast X http://podcastx.blogspot.com/
The Uncanny X-cast http://uncannyxcast.libsyn.com/index.php?post_category=podcasts
Raging Bullets http://ragingbullets.libsyn.com/
Comics Podcast Crossover http://comicspodcastcrossover.libsyn.com/
Mon, 5 March 2007
The last lost episode! Material recorded in 2006 and not "aired." I review then-new Captain America #20, Uncanny X-Men #477, Civil War: Frontline #4, Amazing Spider-man #534, New Avengers #22, 52 #10, 11, 12, 13, Fantastic Four #539, Agents of Atlas #1, and The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles #1. Also, back issue reviews of Sensational She-Hulk #27 and Adventures of Big Boy #357 & 360. (33:28) All cover images are copyright their respective copyright holders.
Sun, 4 March 2007
Have you read the first issue of the new Brave and the Bold series? It conjured memories of fun old 70s DC team-up comics and appropriately so, I suppose. It's the most fun I've had reading a comic in a while. To celebrate the new Brave and the Bold series, I selected this issue (#197) of the old series, which is one of my favorite comics from childhood. It contains a wonderful story about the golden age Batman and Catwoman. Although I don't remember the details of the issue (and I can't go look at it; it's stored away), I remember it being quite moving at the time...
Category:favorite comics -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT
Sat, 3 March 2007
To accompany the last show, here's a nice batch of western comics owned by Rod.
Category:blog -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT