This week we remember the life and work of Stan Lee. Nuff said!
Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer, art director, publisher, promoter, and icon, died November 12 at age 95. While he is loved by many, and undoubtedly had a hand in some of the greatest stories of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and more, he was also known to aggravate disputes over story credit and art ownership with the likes of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. In this episode, Tim, Kumar, and Tom Spurgeon wrestle with the legacy of Stan the Man.
It’s time for another on-location episode recorded at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC. In this first of two planned September visits, Michael and Derek talk with customers — Zyg, Brian, and Alonzo — and discuss some recent releases that strike their attention. Focusing on the mainstream, Michael highlights Fantastic Four #1. He discusses Marvel’s former flagship title’s return, and he goes on to speculate on the significance of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s creation…not only with the Marvel Universe, but for all comics. Derek focuses on a few non-superhero titles, including Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus’s House Amok #1 (IDW/Black Crown), Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos’s Border Town #1 (DC/Vertigo), and the first two titles in DC’s new Sandman initiative, The Sandman Universe #1 and The Dreaming #1.
With this episode, The Comics Alternative’s on-location series joins the Queen City Podcast Network!
Happy NCBD! Ryan reviews Fighting American #1 from Titan Comics solo-style this week, while Allen is on a secret mission. This book almost deserves the second discussion to hear where the guys line up. Dive in to hear some comic book rants on a Joe Simon & Jack Kirby creation.
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Reviews: Damage Vol 2 #1, Harley Quinn Vol 3 #35, Black Lightning series premiere
Jon Hoche is back again as co-host! They talk about the genre Oscar nominations and what was snubbed. News includes: Superman gets his red trunks back, Dan Slott is leaving his Spider-Man gig, Titan Comics will publish some “lost” Jack Kirby The Prisoner comics and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
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\This week in Episode 304, I feature a great chat I recently had with comics creator Zach Davis, who is bringing out a new Crimson Rider comic. Zach shared several pages from the premiere issue, and I really liked this excellent “crime western” comic. You’ll hear us discuss the fascinating origin to this concept, which really intrigued me, as well as how he brought the team together to work on this series, what we can expect from Crimson Rider in the near future, and how the concept’s past may influence its future! To learn more about Zach and this comic, be sure to go to his website and click on this link. It’s another fun conversation about comics and creating them, so don’t miss it!
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- 00:00:28 – Introduction
- 00:03:16 – Comments on hiatus
- 00:05:33 – Righteous
- 00:28:44 – Zen and the Ephemeral
- 00:48:36 – American Barbarian
- 01:15:35 – Wrap up
- 01:16:43 – Contact us
The Comics Alternative‘s monthly webcomics series is back, and for October Sean and Derek discuss three intriguing titles. They begin with Righteous, written by Kevin Sheller and with art by Joseba Morales and colors by Gab Contreras. This is a narrative with a curious premise: What would happen if suddenly, everyone decided to do the right thing? The story focuses on Daniel, a risk analyst who is “touched” by a mysterious entity and then realizes that his work demeans human life and decides to commit himself to helping others. And his attitude becomes infectious.
Next, the Two Guys discuss a very recent webcomic (beginning in May), Laurence Dea Dionne’s Zen and the Ephemeral. It’s the story of Moé, a young woman suffering from depression who decides to spend ten days at a meditation retreat. The narrative is in its early stages — as of this recording, we’re still in the first chapter — but it reveals the various experiences and feelings that Moé goes through as she becomes acclimated to the retreat and its other participants.
Finally, Sean and Derek wrap up with an already completed webcomic, Tom Scioli’s American Barbarian. One of the first things that grabs the guys’ attention is the heavy influence of Jack Kirby on Scioli’s art. Both the character illustration and the kinetic action in the comic bear the stamp of the legend, and not in a derivative way. Scioli utilizes this influence in a way that propels the action forward, providing a story that is reminiscent of Kamandi and Conan the Barbarian. The guys spend a lot of time discussing Scioli’s art, but they also mention other webcomics on his website, such Princess, Final Frontier, and his brand new biography of Jack Kirby.
DC recently launched a new Mister Miracle series, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. Well and good, thought Emmet, but then he saw a certain CBR headline that set him off. “King and Gerads have redefined comics”? Hyperbolic much?
So Emmet recruited Kumar to review both Mister Miracle #1 and the hype surrounding it. Is the use of suicide in the story meaningful? Hackneyed? How accessible is this comic to readers who don’t know the character? And, why does everything in comics have to be super-hyped nowadays?
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I wanted to celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday by talking about my favorite Kirby Characters/Concepts. What are your favorites? Please listen to Comic Geek Speak’s Episode 1633 – Spotlight on Jack ‘King’ Kirby Part One to find out more about Kirby’s life and career.
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Reviews: Elektra Vol 4 #1, Highlander American Dream #1, Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal #1, Justice League of America Vol 5 #1, Agents of SHIELD
Jimmy returns to his home town of Jacksonville, FL and reunites the Jax Beach posse of Ashley Lanni and Ted Carruba. They chat about the nerd wins at The Oscars and Jimmy and Ashley go on about their love for both Zootopia and Moana. News includes: IDW is publishing a Jack Kirby artist edition book, Matt Reeves WILL direct the solo Batman film, Chris McKay is in talks to direct a solo Nightwing movie, Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood returns to Image Comics in May, American Gods will debut on Starz in late April, Siri will pretend to be the Batcomputer from Lego Batman, and Logan will be the last hurrah for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in their respective roles. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
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