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Promotional Comics Spotlight #5

Happy Holidays!  Promotional Comics Spotlight podcast returns with a look at The Christmas Adventure, a 1963 promo comic from McCrory's.  (10:09)

Direct download: promocomicsspotlight5.mp3
Category:Promo Comics Spotlight -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #153

Comics of My Youth Part 3 of 100.  I take a look at some of the first Iron Man issues I bought as a kid, issues #213-217. (24:45)

Direct download: comicbookattic153.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #152

Comics of My Youth Part 2 of 100. In this installment, I look at some of my first Marvel kid comics, including Peter the Little Pest #3 and five first issues from the Star imprint: Planet Terry #1, Heathcliff #1, Strawberry Shortcake #1, Top Dog #1, and Wally the Wizard #1. (22:34)

Cover of Peter the Little Pest here.

Direct download: comicbookattic152.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Comic Book Attic Extra #6

My annual account of Black Friday comic buying. (11:25)

Comic pictured is one of a heap of back issues purchased on Black Friday.

Direct download: cbaextra6.mp3
Category:Comic Book Attic Extra -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #151

Comics of My Youth Part 1 of 100.  In this episode, I talk about the influence of the four "secret story" books: The Fantastic Four: The Secret Story of Marvel's Cosmic Quartet, Spider-Man: The Secret Story of Marvel's World-Famous Wall Crawler, The Incredible Hulk: The Secret Story of Marvel's Gamma-Powered Goliath, and Captain America: The Secret Story of Marvel's Star-Spangled Super Hero.  Then, I talk about three Big Little books: Spider-Man Zaps Mr. Zodiac, The Incredible Hulk Lost in Time, and The Fantastic Four in the House of Horrors. (21:44)

I'm releasing this episode early due to the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday comic shopping that will consume this week.  Have a great holiday, everyone.


Direct download: comicbookattic151.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 1:17pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #150

With minimal fanfare, I reach episode 150.  I talk about my origins in the actual practice of collecting comics, as well as my current collecting system, with a spotlight on the book Collecting Comic Books by Marcia Leiter.  Also, I talk about what I've been reading in November, with a super-quick review of Asterios Polyp and Grant Morrison's book Supergods.  Oh, and Dan and JJ say hello... (30:29)

Direct download: comicbookattic150.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Comics on Wheels #9

I talk about comics I bought that were released Nov. 5... while driving. (13:42)

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Category:Comics on Wheels -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #149

Some observations on four ways comic series have ended up missing issue numbers.  My comic reading in October. (24:37)

Direct download: cba149.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

Far-Out Sounds from the Six-Panel Grid #5

A happy Halloween to everyone.  I have for you a series spotlight on The Witching Hour, including a look at #46. Also, scary comic-related sound bits concluding with the scariest of all: a news report of a comic shop's closure. (31:25)

Direct download: sixpanelgrid5.mp3
Category:FOSFT Six-Panel Grid -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #148

In this episode, I take a look at True Comics #48 from 1946. (17:58)

Direct download: comicbookattic148.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

The Comic Book Attic #147

I ramble through what I read in September, including a look at Justice League of America #203-205.  Also, I talk about All in Color for a Dime. (25:11)

Direct download: comicbookattic147.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #146

An important announcement. A look at the recent comics posted on the Some of My Favorite Comics blog feature: Web of Spider-Man #1, Spectacular Spider-Man #139, and Marvel Tales #206. A rundown of what I read in August. (23:00)

Direct download: comicbookattic146.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

What I read in September 2014 138 comics:


2014 comics:

1. Amazing Spider-Man #6

2. Hawkeye #20

3. All-New Invaders #9

4. Guardians of the Galaxy #18

5, 6. All-New X-Men #31, 32

7-9. Avengers 34, 34.1, 35

10. Original Sin #8

11. New Warriors #9

12. Captain America #24

13, 14. Fantastic Four #9, 10

15. Uncanny X-Men #25

16. Spider-Man 2099 #3

17. Astonishing Spider-Man (Panini) #13

18. Edge of Spider-verse #1

19. Amazing X-Men #8

20. Iron Man #25

21. Origin II #1

22. Spongebob Comics #36

23, 24. Atomic Robo and the Knights of the Golden Circle #2, 3

25-27. G.I. Joe: A Real America Hero #204-206

28. Miracleman #9

29. Superman Unchained #8

30. Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man #1


 Older comics:

31, 32. Mysterious Strangers #1, 2

33-59. Iron Man #208-211, 234, 237-241, 248, 249, 253, 255, 256, 259, 260, 262-265, 271, 283, 288, 291, 292, 297

60-63. Fantastic Four #321-324

64-69. Conan the Barbarian #172-176, 178

70. Conan Annual #8

71. Woody Woodpecker #186

72. The Miss Adventures of Jello-Man #1

73. The Kid-Its #1

74. Blood Syndicate #1

75-83. Detective Comics #648, 684-691

84. Newuniversal #3

85. The Human Powerhouse #1

86, 87. Classic Popeye #11, 13

88. Huey, Dewey and Louie, Junior Woodchucks #12

89. Pitt #1

90. Spider-Man Noir #3

91. Spider-Man: Reign #1

92. Spider-Man: The Official Movie Adaptation (Wal-Mart Edition) #1

93. Guardians of the Galaxy (’90) #2

94-100. Spider-Man 2099 #11, 12, 18, 30, 33, 40, 44

101. Ravage 2099 #3

102. Adventures of Superman Annual #1

103. Winter Soldier #19

104. Spider-Man: Redemption #1

105, 106. New Mutants #85, 86

106, 107. Marvel Comics Presents #49, 52

108. The Story of Inflation #nn

109. Our Army at War (’10) #1

110. Doc Savage: Devil’s Thoughts #1

111-121. Avengers #301, 303, 309, 331, 332, 349, 354, 357, 358, 362, 367

122. Adventures of Superman #446

123-127. Justice League of America #201-205

128. Supergirl (’96) #3

129, 130. West Coast Avengers/Avengers West Coast #7, 68

131. Savage Hawkman #2

132. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 #nn

133. Manhunter (’04) #2

134.  newuniversal 1959 #1

135. Nevermore #4

136. Team Titans #2

137. Deathstroke the Terminator #15

138. Tex Taylor: Draw or Die, Cowpoke! #nn

 

Category:blog -- posted at: 7:53am EDT

Far-Out Sounds from the Six-Panel Grid #4

A special just-prior-to the Death of Superman episode, looking at Action Comics #684 and Superman: The Man of Steel #19 with news reports from the event.  Also, a report of my visit to the Baltimore Comic Con. (30:17)

Direct download: sixpanelgrid4.mp3
Category:FOSFT Six-Panel Grid -- posted at: 8:39am EDT

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

What I read in August 2014, 133 comics:

 

2014 comics:

1. Robin Rises Omega #1

2. Multiversity #1

3. Hawkeye #19

4. The Superior Spider-Man #32

5. Batman and Robin #33

6. Iron Man Special #1

7, 8. Spider-Man 2099 #1, 2

9. Trees #4

10. Nova Special #1

11. Guardians of the Galaxy #17

12. Fantastic Four #8

13, 14. All-New X-Men #29, 30

15. Amazing Spider-Man #5

16. Star Trek #36

17. Avengers #33

18-20. Original Sin #3.3, 3.4, 7

21. Nova #20

22. Uncanny X-Men #24

23, 24. Spongebob Squarepants Comics #34, 35

25. Captain America #23

26. Rocket Raccoon #2

27. New Warriors #8

28. Legendary Star-Lord #2

29. Justice League United #4

 

Older comics:

30. Archie’s Activity Comics Digest Magazine #1

31. Dark Reign: The List-Hulk #1

32, 33. Superman Annual #2, 3

34. Saga #13

35. Charlton Bullseye #1

36. The Battle for Survival #nn

37. All-Star Squadron Annual #1

38. Starman (’88) #1

39. Solar, Man of the Atom #1

40-43. Star Trek: Voyager: Splashdown #1-4

44. Star Trek Year Four: Enterprise Experiment #1

45. Star Trek/X-Men #1

46. The Marvel Family #83

47. Conan The Cimmerian #0

48. Blasters Special #1

49-51. Justice League of America #193, 194, 198

52. Iron Man/Captain America ‘98

53. Star Trek: The Next Generation (mini) #3

54-58. Starman #16-20

59-61. All-Star Squadron #4-6

62-68. Alpha Flight #2, 4-8, 11

69, 70. Valor #5, 6

71, 72. Untold Tales of Spider-Man #8, 14

73-78. Superman: The Man of Steel #1-5, 19

79-90. Action Comics #658-660, 665-671, 684, 879

91-95. Batman #493, 502, 505, 506, 703

96-102. Superman/Adventures of Superman #472, 475, 479, 484, 498, 682, 684

103-112. Superman #42, 49, 50, 53, 56-61

113-133. Detective Comics #649-651, 656-659, 661, 664, 667, 668, 670-674, 677, 680-683

 

Category:blog -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic #-20

In this episode, I include the segment I did for the Podcast X podcast on Reagan's Raiders #1.  I also talk about some comic shops visited in Baltimore.

Links:

For the review of Reagan's Raiders #2, visit episode 199 of Podcast X: http://podcastx.blogspot.com/

Cards, Comics and Collectibles

Alternate Worlds

Alliance Comics in Federal Hill is unfortunately no longer in business.

(27:56)

Direct download: comicbookatticneg20.mp3
Category:The Comic Book Attic -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

The Comic Book Attic's first official podcast was released eight years ago on August 11, 2006. While the output has slowed and evolved and branched out, I'm happy to still be recording my humble little audio bits.  Thanks to everyone who listens.

Category:blog -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Far-Out Sounds from the Six-Panel Grid #3

It's a Spider-Man-themed episode, with a look at The Amazing Spider-Man #156 from 1976, plus a few words about reading lots of Spidey comics, and-- hey! I've moved to Baltimore!  (25:50)

Direct download: sixpanelgrid3.mp3
Category:FOSFT Six-Panel Grid -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

some of my favorite comics 26

Spider-month Part 3 of 3: Marvel Tales #206

So yes, this is a reprint book-- mostly.  And, to their shame, in years prior to this issue, Marvel often abridged their stories for reprint titles without the public’s knowledge. (This happened all over in Marvel Tales, Marvel’s Greatest Comics, Marvel Double Feature, Marvel Super-Heroes, etc.)  By the time I started buying this title, fortunately, that awful practice was left behind.  Why collect a reprint title and not the current Spidey books?  Because they were old stories.  I loved the old comics even then.  Much of that was because I liked them, much of it was because I didn’t have access to the older stories on my negligible income at the time, and much of it was because I was such a fan of Marvel Saga, a book that chronicled older Marvel.  This is probably the first issue of Marvel Tales I bought off the rack, continuing a few issues later when they were running a bunch of Punisher appearance reprints.  I also enjoyed that they would often run new material in the form of a Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham back-up feature, which this issue did.  What drew me to this issue, however, was a grand tale reprinting Marvel Team-Up #70 about the struggle of the X-Men’s Havok with The Living Monolith (both of whom I love).  Throw in Thor and art by John Byrne, and it’s a party.  The most memorable thing about my experience buying this comic was that I bought it on a family shopping outing to another county one night.  On the drive home, when I would normally re