RBDHB: The Cult
Today we discuss a hidden gem among Batman stories, a traumatizing story of drugs, religious extremism and warfare. This is Batman: The Cult, by Jim Starlin (of Infinity Gauntlet fame) and Berni Wrightson.
If you’re into American comics at all, you undoubtedly know how Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others changed the industry with their work in the 1960s, and set the template for kinds of stories Marvel still publishes today.
That’s just part of the story that Sean Howe researched for his 2012 book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. Through interviews, research of media reports, and of course tons of comics reading, Howe uncovered the backgrounds of many comics stories and rumors that longtime readers may have wondered about. There’s plenty of intra-creator acrimony to be found in its pages, yet Howe found that the book helped some of those involved to move on from decades-old wounds.
This week Tim talks to Sean Howe about the research, the reaction, and what this book has to say to aspiring creators.
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Jimmy heads down to the My Damn Channel studios in midtown to record with Beth Hoyt (Host/Writer) and Molly Templeton (Director of Talent and Audience Development). The opening subject is something you wouldn’t expect…Jimmy’s birthday! Jimmy also gets some mad love from pal Heidi MacDonald’s site The Beat when he is picked as Person of the Day. They give their thoughts on the trailers for Star Trek: Into Darkness and Man of Steel. Plus, Jimmy and Molly are excited to see The Hobbit while he and Beth are excited to see Les Miserables. News includes: Gail Simone off Batgirl, Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick team up for DC, Jim Starlin returns to DC with unnamed project, Creator Owned Heroes ends with issue #8 and the new Fantastic Four film gets a release date. Jimmy checks in with Molly and Beth on just exactly what it is they do both at My Damn Channel and in the real world. Let’s just say they are super talented, funny, smart and charming women. SAY IT! And, a special movie trailer for a new Christmas movie starring Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
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