Comics Alternative, Manga: Reviews of Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler and Message to Adolf

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Another month, another healthy dose of manga! For November, Shea and Derek make it a themed episode, one whose binding tie is an unlikely and infamous historical figure. To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg Trials, the guys discuss two masters of manga and their takes on Adolf Hitler. They begin with Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler, released earlier this month from Drawn and Quarterly. Since 2011, the Canadian publisher has been introducing English-speakers to the incredible work of Mizuki, and this most recent translation is of a curious graphic biography originally published in 1971. Mizuki approaches Hitler’s life as more of a character-study than as a historical determinant. Over the course of the book’s first half, we see a very human, very pathetic — and very troubled — Adolf Hitler, a man whose failures far outweigh his triumphs. But both Shea and Derek note that as the text carries us into the 1940s, Mizuki’s narrative is more rapid-fire and historically episodic, and the man that we’re left with is the failed, unstable dictator most often depicted in popular media. Next, the Two Manga Guys turn to a more epic undertaking, Osamu Tezuka’s A Message to Adolf (Vertical). Originally serialized in Shukan Bunshun magazine between 1983 and 1985, this is a work of fiction that heavily incorporates the historical figure. In fact, the entire narrative — totaling over 1,200 pages in Vertical’s most recent edition — is driven by questions surrounding Hitler’s possible Jewish heritage. The gist of the story, however, is devoted to the lives of two other Adolfs, both living in Kobe, Japan: one a German Jew growing up in the East, and the other a half-Japanese son of a Nazi Party official. The two become fast friends, only to have history, and fascist ideology, disrupt that relationship. Another character, a newspaper reporter named Sohei Toge, functions as the binding element of these various storylines, and both Derek and Shea highlight — and marvel at — the many moving parts that make up this narrative. This is a massive work that shows Tezuka at the peak of his artistry and storytelling abilities. There may be a lot of Hitler in this month’s episode, but in the hands of both Mizuki and Tezuka, it’s the kind of Hitler that the Two Guys can definitely stomach.

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NOTE: This episode is dedicated to the memory or Shigeru Mizuki, who passed away in a Tokyo hospital the day that this episode went up.

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Back To The Bins – Episode 99

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“Are We Back?”

“We’re Back!”

Yes, we are!  With the first, new episode of 2013!  With an episode recorded the night before Scott left for Star Wars Celebration VI!!  Sorry we’ve been away so long, guys!!  But, yes… WE ARE BACK!!

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Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, Paul Spataro, Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey (of “View From The Longbox” and “From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast” fame) now ply the timestream in a never-ending quest to re-discover and re-connect with that unique brand of fun and excitement that can only truly be found in good ol’ fashioned randomly-selected Comic Book back issues!!  Journey with them now…back…Back To The Bins!!

 

“…this show is too good not to listen to.” — Luke Jaconetti, Being Carter Hall and El Jacone’s Comic Book Bunker 

 

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #45

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WE’RE STILL BACK!

The best thing to EVER happen to the Internet returns for the second week in a row of brand spanking new episodes guaranteed to entertain you or your money back!*

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This week, Scott and Mike continue their look at the EPIC Crisis on Earth-Prime storyline that ran through All-Star Squadron and the first volume of Justice League of America.  Part Two took place in All-Star Squadron #14 and, while it did not further the story all that much, it was still an entertaining read.  Following the synopsis and notes section, Mike reads a missive from the letters page that leads to a rather lengthy discussion on why Nazis pretty much suck.  After that, the guys take a look at what else was going on in the DC Multiverse at the time and even read one of YOUR e-mails.

WINSTON CHURCHILL HIMSELF SAID THAT THIS IS A GREAT PODCAST!

Or, y’know, he would if he wasn’t all dead and stuff…

Well what are you waiting for?  LISTEN ALREADY!

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Two True Freaks! Episode 177 – Star Wars Monthly Monday #28

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Another new month can only mean one thing — another AWESOME episode of Star Wars Monthly Monday, the BEST Star Wars Podcast on the innernets!! This time around, Chris and Scott take a look at issues 64 and 65 of Marvel Comics Star Wars run. Luke Skywalker helps a planet of lizard people and inadvertently creates Spaaaace Hitler!! Princess Leia impersonates John McClain and takes on the Imperials single-handedly! And much, much more!!

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Two True Freaks! Episode 175 – Comics Monthly Monday #27

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This month, The Freaks offer up a TREASURY-SIZED edition of Comics Monthly Monday!

The Stupid-Bowl is over (Thank God!), but at least we got some great trailers for upcoming comic movies — Thor, Captain America, and X-Men: First Class, among others – Hear what our goony trio thinks of them!

Mike Bailey attends a one-day comic convention and runs into a wall of CON FUNK. A public service announcement ensues.

Chris gives his book report on the MYSTERY SUPERHERO COMIC that Mike and Scott had him read.

Scott muses about whether Marvel and DC will ever be under the same roof and Michael muses about what Scott has been smoking.

And- FINALLY – THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE WALKING DEAD! This month it’s issue #31!

ALL THIS AND SO MUCH MORE!

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #42

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Because YOU Demanded It!! 

 

Tales of the Justice Society of America is back!

All righty…this show was rife with technical difficulties, so the usual posting fun has been suspended for the week. Just know that Scott and Mike talk about All-Star Squadron #12 and they didn’t like it much.

 

 

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We hope you enjoy our show and will join us each and every Friday for more Tales of the Justice Society of America!!

 

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Back To The Bins! #71

THEY’RE GONE AGAIN!!

Luke Jaconetti (Being Carter Hall, El Jacone’s Comic Book Bunker) takes over this week as Michael and Scott take a little breather.  Yeah, I know, you’d think they’d had a long enough break, right?  Don’t worry, they’ll be right back.  In the meantime, enjoy Luke’s fantastic episode!

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“…this show is too good not to listen to.” — Luke Jaconetti, Being Carter Hall and El Jacone’s Comic Book Bunker

Tune in each and every Wednesday for THE BEST Random Comic Book Back Issues Podcast on the Internet!!
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Tales of the Justice Society of America“!! “!!

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Tales Of The Justice Society Of America #41

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Because YOU Demanded It!! 

 

TALES is back and this time we come in at just under an hour. Why’s that? Well, this story isn’t exactly the greatest, let’s be honest. It’s not terrible! Not by a long shot. But, at the same time, Scott and Mike didn’t want to spend the whole time bashing it either because they really do love Roy Thomas as a writer… plus Mike had to meet up with his parole officer and he can’t be late for that. They tend to throw him in jail and stuff.
Anyway, we get more on the identity of the wacky alien what’s come to Earth to start a ruckus. There’s some fighting and, at the end, we find out who the ultimate bad guy is. Who is it, you ask? Well you’ll have to listen to the episode and find out! Duh.
Plus — the guys look at the ads, the letters page, and even read some of YOUR e-mails.
Next week: This story ends! Yaaaay!

 

 

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Tales Of The Justice Society Of America #40

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Because YOU Demanded It!! 

 

Michael R. Bailey and Scott H. Gardner RETURN with another hilarious installment of “Tales of the Justice Society of America”!!

 

So, what’re you waitin’ for?!!  Download it already!!

 

 

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #35

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“TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA” featuring The All-Star Squadron RETURNS!
 
Yes, the internet radio show you just can’t get rid of (and why would you want to?!) is back with EVEN MORE exciting World War II-era JSA adventures — plus a bonus or two thrown in just because Mike and Scott love ya!
 
This week, the guys start out with ALL-STAR SQUADRON #6, which wraps up the Feathered Serpent storyline. This is a weird one because Scott and Mike have some fairly positive things to say about it (gasp!), but the problems were pretty epic. For one thing, the truth behind the Feathered Serpent is the worst kind of wonky and showcased one of several of Scott and Mike’s least favorite comic book cliches (and, you know these guys, they spend a lot of time whining about it). 
 
However, there is much gushing over NEW ARTIST Adrian Gonzales and his dynamic stylings. Plus — The LISTENER-FAVORITE FEATURE — The Hostess Ad!! This week: Featuring the Fastest Man Alive — The Flash! With guest-villain Kenny Rogers as Dumbledore! 
 
Stand by after the break for MORE of The Huntress back-up stories from Wonder Woman #s 274-276. This exciting story, which was a vast improvement over the last storyarc, sees the Huntress team-up with gal-pal Power Girl to fights… The Thinker!  
 
This was a really solid story with a bit of a weak ending, and the art is a little odd in places, but STILL — it was Power Girl and Huntress teaming up!! Sadly, there are no ‘Cinemax-at-3-o’clock-in-the-morning’ moments.
 
…bummer…
 
You get ALL of this PLUS listener feedback AND ‘Elsewhere in the DC Multiverse’, too!! Not a bad deal for just 3 easy installments of $99.95 each!!
 
Next week: ALL-STAR SQUADRON #7 and MORE of The Huntress back-up feature!!
 
 
 

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