Comics Alternative, Episode 229: Will Eisner Week 2017 – Uses of The Spirit since 2005

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Capturing the Spirit of The Spirit

Every year for Will Eisner Week, always the first seven days in March, the Two Guys with PhDs like to do something special and Eisner-related for the podcast. This year is no different, and for the current episode Andy and Derek have decided to discuss the many uses of The Spirit since Will Eisner’s passing on January 3, 2005. And there are a lot more manifestations of The Spirit than you might think. The guys compare and contrast the various uses of this seminal crimefighter, highlighting those examples that attempt to capture the original tone of The Spirit, that deviate from the original in curious ways, and that cross over into other narrative worlds. The many titles and creators they discuss include:

  • the one-shot Batman/The Spirit, by Joef Loeb and Darwyn Cooke in 2007 (DC Comics)
  • the 32-issue run of The Spirit between 2007 and 2009, by Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and many others (DC Comics)
  • Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales’s 6-issue miniseries First Wave, published between 2010 and 2011 (DC Comics)
  • the concurrent-running The Spirit: First Wave series by Mark Schultz, David Hine, and others, going for 17 issues from 2010-2011 (DC Comics)
  • Mark Waid’s 4-issue miniseries Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction, illustrated by various artists and released in 2013 (IDW Publishing)
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade, running for 12 issues between 2015 and 2016 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • the recent first issue of Francesco Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • and Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’s current Dick Tracy strip and its team-up with The Spirit (Tribune Company).

There is a lot packed into this episode — you’ll hear plenty about Ebony White, Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Silk Satin, Mister Carrion, Sand Serif, The Octopus, and, of course, P’Gell — but, thankfully, almost no mention of the disastrous 2008 film. It’s all about the comics.

Check out the various The Spirit titles discussed in this special episode:

 

Super Hero Speak – #125: Charlton Comics: The Movie!

What do Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, Joe Staton, Joe Sinnott, Paul Kupperberg, Bob Layton, Frank McLaughlin and José Luis García-López have in common, besides being comic book legends? They’ve all worked at Charlton Comics and will all be featured in the up coming documentary Charlton Comics: The Movie! This weeks the guys sit down with the creative team behind the film Keith Larsen and Jackie Zbuska. They talk about how excited they were to create this documentary and talk to some incredible comic legends, all about a company they didn’t know existed a year before. It’s a fun and amazing story so sit back and enjoy!

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Back To The Bins – Episode 107

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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!!

 

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #36

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ONCE AGAIN, THE MOST AWESOME THING TO HAPPEN TO THE INTERNET (SINCE FREE PORN ANYWAY) IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE!!

 

TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA is back and Scott and Mike are both tanked up on Jolt cola and Hostess fruit pies, so this is going to be a good one!

 

First up, the guys talk about ALL-STAR SQUADRON #7, which is set during the Christmas of 1941 leading Scott and Mike to talk about the whole Christmas in July experience from when they were younger and lived in the north.  They have predominantly positive things to say about the issue as a whole, mostly because it contains one of THE BEST Nazi themed super-villains ever — BARON BLITZKRIEG!  We even catch up on how the JSA is handling military life and are treated to a TRULY AWESOME sequence of Robotman beaching a Nazi submarine!!  Does it get any cooler?! 

 

Well, there’s also the usual historical notes and commentary.  There aren’t much in the way of ads this week and, sadly, the guys discuss their (gasp, choke, sob) FINAL HOSTESS AD for this series!! 

 

But it is a doozy , folks, and features the Dread Avenger hisself — The Batman — fighting a guy in a dog costume.

 

Not the Dark Knight’s finest moment, I’ll grant you, but it is made of 100% COMEDY GOLD!

 

After a quick break, the guys return with the Huntress back-up from WONDER WOMAN #277.  It’s a pretty basic story with the Huntress considering her options on what to do about the fact that D.A. Sims knows her secret identity — and one of these options is… MURDER!!  Also, we get the “big reveal” on just what is up with that secretary from Helena’s law firm — and this is where Mike really starts disliking the story, leading to one of the few big disagreements between Scott and Mike that was finally settled in The Thunderdome!

 

Two men entered and… well… two men left because Scott and Mike are really out of shape and got tired and decided to go have Mexican at El Ranchero in Peachtree City, GA (which is surprisingly close to Bartertown).
Anyhoo, you get all of that!!  AND some e-mails before the guys ran out of time — but they promise to read even more e-mails next time!!  How about that, huh?!

 

NEXT WEEK:  ALL-STAR SQUADRON #8

 

ALSO!!  Be sure to tune in to “Back to the Bins!” Next Wednesday as the guys discuss STEEL: THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN just in time for his introduction into the ALL-STAR SQUADRON!  That’s STEEL on Wedneday’s “BACK TO THE BINS!” and All-Star Squadron #8 on Friday’s “TALES OF THE JSA!”

 

YOU GOT THAT?!!  GOOD!  CUZ IT WILL BE THE MOST EPIC THING SINCE EVER! 
 

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #29

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THE TREK THROUGH THE SIDELINE JSA EARTH-2 STORIES CONTINUES THIS WEEK ON “TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA”!

Yes, indeed, cats and kittens!! Scott and Mike are back this week — slightly late because Mike has HORRENDOUS time management skills! Never fear, though. Scott hired some big guy who’s middle name is “The” to… explain… yeah, explain, that’s the best way to put it… “explain” to Mike that the listeners NEED their TALES OF THE JSA!!

Hopefully Mike will recover in time to record the next episode…

In any case — this time out, the guys turn their attention once again to The Huntress and look at The Dark Knight’s Daughter’s butt… er, I mean, appearances! Her appearances! …in BATMAN FAMILY!!

Starting with BATMAN FAMILY #17, The Huntress meets the Earth-1 Batman and Robin for the First Time (where she promptly knocks the Teen Wonder on his ass)!! Seems the Huntress wants some advice from the Caped Crusader on how to deal with this whole double-life thing. And so, the kindly Batman promptly passes her off to somebody else! Specifically, the Earth-1 Batwoman! Then proceeds to take on a bad guy with SERIOUS body image issues.

In the next story, we flash back to a sixties-style adventure in which bad girls Madame Zodiac, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy team-up and only the heroic trio of the Huntress, Batwoman, and Batgirl can handle them!! Your intrepid hosts have problems galore with this particular story, mostly because it’s goofy as hell, but also because Helena Wayne discovers the truism that — if an Earth-2 character goes to Earth-1, they will surely be as mistreated as a red-headed step-child!! For example… remember how Batman dumped Huntress off on Batwoman? Well, Batwoman immediately turns around and pawns Huntress off on Batgirl!! And Batgirl, also the daughter of a Gotham City Police Commissioner, is SO freakin’ condescending to the Huntress!! Seriously! What the HELL is THAT all about?!!

So then, the guys turn their attention lastly to BATMAN FAMILY issues 18 through 20, in which Helena graduates to her own feature for the last three issues of the series. And boy, is it a really good story!! Seriously! Sure it kinda feels like a television super-hero pilot from the late ’70s, but that actually makes it all the more awesome. In this one, The Huntress takes on an arsonist setting fires in a Gotham neighborhood, all while having to put up with a co-worker that deserves the ass-kicking to end all ass-kickings. Scott and Mike really dig into this one and even end up talking about vigilantism and speculating about just how many people the Golden-Age Batman and Superman may’ve let die during their early days. The guys also debate The Huntress’ fate post “CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS”. Those “fascinating” conversations are followed by some ads and…

We are VERY pleased to announce… THE RETURN OF THE HOSTESS AD!!

Yes, indeed!! The ads hawking high calorie, low nutrition snacks are back, baby!! And this time, it is Aquaman and Aqualad in an adventure that once again, stunningly, makes a good deal of sense — much to Scott and Mike’s chagrin.

Believe it or not, the five stories (and two panels) covered this episode equal only about two regular issues, so this episode comes in at a normal running time for a change (well, at least as normal as these blabbermouths can manage anyway)!!

Next Week — The guys cover some adventures of Alan Scott, The Earth-2 Green Lantern, in both GREEN LANTERN and THE FLASH! See you then!!

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #28

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Hey there, Cats and Kittens! We are back with racks and racks of the best on wax, so hows about another groovy sound-spin on WJSA because it’s BOSS?

No? Awright, awright, so maybe we DON’T have racks and racks of the best on wax, but we DO have The Origin of Power Girl in Showcase Comics 97 through 99 this week and BOY.. is it “meh”!! Compared to the Huntress Origin, which the guys LOVED so much, it’s pretty disappointing. Mike and Scott were expecting PG’s origin to be just as good. Sadly, not the case (queue the sad trombone). Now, the issues aren’t terrible or anything, but there is a LOT of goofy going on in them (some of which makes Mike just scratch his head and wonder “What the hell am I lookin’ at here?!”).

Afterwards, the guys come back with a bit o’ e-mail from THE BEST LISTENING AUDIENCE IN THE KNOWN MULTI-VERSE! Subjects include: “Guy Gardner — The Awesomesauce or Captain of the Douche-Bag Brigade”?; Scott’s curiosity over where the JSAers were during the Space Race; Why one listener REALLY likes the show (the check is in the mail, Justin); How Power Girl is a very “healthy” girl and some women just need to eat a frickin’ cheeseburger now and again; And the irony of the JSA’s faithful service to their country all during World War II, yet they were called on the carpet by the guv’ment in the Fifties!

Oh, and Mike goes off on a rant. A political one, which made Scott happy because he was tired of being the only one to do such a thing!

Next Week: The Huntress In BATMAN FAMILY! BE THERE!! Ahoha.

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Back To The Bins! #53

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Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, 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!!

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #23

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Welcome to Episode #23 of “TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA“, which sadly sees the closing of the first era of this podcast as we cover the last two JSA stories from ADVENTURE COMICS. At least 27 minutes of audio had to be cut because Michael couldn’t stop crying like a big baby. Before that happened, though, Scott and Mike read some more of YOUR e-mails and the usual subjects of the JSA appearance on SMALLVILLE and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD came up in addition to other musings from the BEST PODCAST-LISTENING AUDIENCE IN THE KNOWN MULTI-VERSE!!

Then, the guys get right into ADVENTURE COMICS #s 465 and 466! In #465, Mike and Scott scratch their heads a lot at the general goofy nature of the story and ask seemingly unimportant questions like — WHY IN THE HELL IS A HOSPITAL DEVELOPING A POISON PILL THAT’LL DISSOLVE IN FIVE HOURS AN KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE?!! In issue #466, they discuss the REAL reason the JSA disbanded in 1953! The guys love this story despite a few nit-picks (but what else is new, right?).

Also in this episode — THE ADS RETURN! Whoo-hoo!! THERE’S EVEN A HOSTESS AD — THAT DOESN”T INVOLVE BASEBALL! Plus, Mike and Scot catch up on the “Elsewhere in the DC Universe” segment (including some issues they missed last month, the fools!).

So, :sniff, sob: The JSA’s ongoing adventures may be over (for now), but there is still A LOT of awesome to come!! “Required Reading” for next week — JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (Vol. 1) #s 135-137, 147 & 148, and 159 & 160. That’s right, folks! You asked for it and they’re bringing it! Scott and Mike WILL be tackling the JLA/JSA crossovers that took place AFTER the release of ALL-STAR COMICS #58.
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Tales of the Justice Society of America #22

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Scott and Mike are back once again to discuss the greatest super-hero team to ever grace the printed page, The JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA! This week we have another episode jam-packed with comic book-y goodness!

First off, the e-mails from the most amazing and AWESOME listening audience in this or any other universe! The talk is fast and furious and includes more discussion on such varied topics as BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, what sort of metal music Hawkman would listen to (Scott thinks Carter would be a Winger fan), how a meeting of the JSA might go if the Flash got called out for his… er, self-indulgences… and much, much more!!

Then it’s on to Adventure Comics #461 and 462 (which feels a lot like the ALL-STAR COMICS #76 it was probably intended to be). In 461, the JSA seek vengeance for the Death of Batman, but man is this a wonky story!! It feels like there must’ve been some scenes cut out of it, so hopefully there’ll be a special edition DVD at some point. Oh well, at least we get an explanation as to how Dick and Helena get their secret identities back.

After that, in 462, Wildcat goes out for a night on the town with a teenage boy…. uh, waitaminute… that sounds bad. All right, let’s try that again. Wildcat declines an invitation to hang out with Robin, Power Girl and Huntress and ends up meeting a teenage boy on the street. Ummmm… That’s not much better. Okay, here it is… Wildcat goes out to clear his head and ends up having a conversation with a teenage boy that is totally on the up and up and NOTHING INAPPROPRIATE HAPPENS! WE PROMISE! The fact that Wildcat quits the Society after this is a TOTAL COINCIDENCE! Yeah, that works…

No ads again this week, dammit, but they will return next week as does the Hostess ad! Whoo-hoo! And, as always, Mike and Scott take a stroll through the other books that came out from DC at the same time.

So go on… listen already!

Enjoy!!
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Tales of the Justice Society of America #21

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This week…the Death of a Legend!

No, we’re not talking about Scott finally losing at the Loudest Belch In America contest, which he has won for the last five years in row, or Mike stepping down as the official “I Can’t Believe I Ate The Whole Thing!” mascot for Papa Johns. This time out — one of the original heroes of Earth-2 dies!

Before that, though, Scott gives you the 411 on the marriage of the Earth-2 Superman to Lois Lane in the pages of ACTION COMICS #484, which leads to some lively conversation between the hosts. Then it is time for the e-mails. Thrill to the readings of feedback in which two participants climb up on the soapbox leaving Scott and Mike to delightedly cheer them on!! Truly, Tales of the JSA has THE BEST LISTENERS EVER!

It’s been proven by science, I tells ya!

Afterwards, the guys move into issue 461 and 462 of Adventure Comics and boy, did they like this story! Oh, sure they have their fair share of pithy comments and Mike offends every listener with an overbite!!

(Seriously, just because the guy had a really bad overbite when he was a kid, now that his teeth aren’t all jacked up he feels like he can make fun of others??!

Mike can be such a jerk sometimes.)

The guys also tackle the tough issues… like how Jay Garrick is an insensitive ass or Wildcat’s politically incorrect opinion on “a woman’s place” or how everyone wears their costume even when they’re eating or why Chief O’Hara is an out and out coward or how Bill Jensen is a big fat whiner or, sadly, how a legend can die.

It’s really very sad. Yes, it is. Bring your hankey.

Lastly, the guys go over the Daily Planet page from Adventure Comics #462 before catching you up on “Elsewhere in the DCU”. Man, there some fantastic covers discussed! Epically awesome covers! Plus, Mike gets to bitch about something that has ALWAYS bothered him about the movie THE LOST BOYS and discover why Scott still wants a comic book adaptation of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and ponders the dream team that should produce it.

No Hostess ad this week. Yeah, the guys are pretty bummed about it too…

Enjoy!
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Tales of the Justice Society of America #20

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Welcome back to the best thing to happen to comics since… well, since ever! TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA is back and this week Scott and Mike are all business, turning in a lean and mean episode as the show reaches its first bittersweet milestone — the final issue of All-Star Comics!!

Yes, you read that right, folks. Sadly, ALL-STAR COMICS reaches the end of its run with issue #74 and while the cover proclaims this issue “an EPIC JSA story”, the contents seem to indicate otherwise. Not that it’s a bad story, mind you! Mike and Scott have just a few problems with it. Ok… maybe more than just a few problems with it… :sigh: okay, okay… a whole lotta problems with it!! Like, for example, how Dr. Fate is a big ol’ hypocrite. Or Hawkman’s massive ego. Not to mention the fact that… you guys are so not gonna believe this… the JSAers sit on their hands and do nothing! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! This issue was a super-sized mixed bag of messed up, but Mike and Scott cover it all including — the ads (which have a ton of info about the very short lived DC Explosion)!!

No e-mails or Hostess ads this week, but this episode is still sixteen different flavors of awesome!! Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!! Offer not valid in Tennessee. Void where prohibited. Tales of the Justice Society of America is not responsible for improper use of this podcast. Side effects may include: runny nose, tears streaming down face, aching side muscles, the condition known as doubled-over back syndrome, and assorted other maladies associated with laughing too frickin’ hard. Seek immediate medical attention for smiles lasting more than four hours.

So go ahead… give it a listen already!
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Tales of the Justice Society of America #19

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CALLING ALL JSA FANS! CALLING ALL JSA FANS! The time has come once again for us all to come together and celebrate as Michael Bailey and Scott H. Gardner proudly present the nineteenth episode of the best thing to EVER happen to the Internet — TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA! Whoo-hoo!!

It is a packed ninety minutes this week, but every bit is guaranteed to leave you spellbound with intrigue or your money back! Scott and Mike begin the show by revealing not only the winner of their first contest (you know, the one they talked about once and then never mentioned again?), but also the super-secret identity of just where the heck the show’s main theme comes from!

Then Scott goes through a couple of recent finds and once again they are reminded just how messed up Dr. Fate’s origin and marriage are. Next up are the ever-awesome e-mails where YOU the listener get to have your say and the guys once again go off on a number of tangents, but manage to contain themselves somewhat better than they usually do!

It’s down to business as they get into the penultimate issue of All-Star Comics with issue #73. This epic tale concludes the Thorn storyline and sees the Huntress (no, the other one!) locked in mortal combat with the Huntress (no, the OTHER one!) while the rest of the JSA battles with both Thorn and the Sportsmaster all while Wildcat fights for his life! Mike doesn’t have too many problems with this issue, but Scott (as usual) has quite the list of quibbles — all of which are pure comedy gold!

Finally, we have the ads and there are some good ones this week, including a Hostess ad featuring the Man of Steel hisself…

PLUS — A BONUS AD!! One that inadvertently set many a young boy on the path to a life of crime…

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Best.Show.Ever.” — listener Jaak Purres

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #18

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Remember last week when we said that episode 17 was the greatest thing to happen to the Internet EVER? Well, frankly… we lied!! Because THIS EPISODE IS THE GREATEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE INTERNET EVER!!!! Mwwwwaahahahahahahaha!!!

Scott and Mike kick things off with e-mails and there is more talk of the JSA on the TV, which includes more on what problems Scott has with the BRAVE AND THE BOLD, a discussion on what sport produces the best athletes (hint: there are skates and a lot of fighting and no, the guys don’t talk about Tonya Harding!), and a few minutes on whether or not Earth-2 should come back!! Also, Mike challenges Scott to a no-holds barred, over the top, best of the best, roadhouse style debate on Guy Gardner! Finally, a listener brings up the geek elitism topic again and Mike is reduced to tears!

Actually that doesn’t really happen, but it’s still a darn good e-mail at any rate.*

Then the guys jump into ALL-STAR COMICS #72, which sees the JSA fighting the deadly Thorn! Commentary on this rather good issue includes, among other things, the wonky artwork, Flash’s inappropriate behavior at the group meeting, the Huntress being one of those obnoxious new people at work that ten seconds after being on the job starts trying to tell everyone what’s what, an odd tangent on Dick Grayson’s fighting ability, and whether or not Jay Garrick dyes his hair.

And BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!! — Mike and Scott cover the ads! And what awesome, awesome ads they are. Ads for a Star Wars club. Ads for cool looking comics. Ads that show how dysfunctional the Marvel Family was. Also the fantastic DAILY PLANET page with more ASK THE ANSWER MAN questions! And of course… the Hostess ad. Sadly, Scott and Mike have to actually work hard to point out the messed up things in this one because oddly enough it actually makes sense!! Well… mostly.

* Note: Mike does the editing on this show, so the thirty minutes of Mike sobbing like a five year old whose blanket was taken away has “mysteriously” disappeared. Take that however you want to.
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Tales of the Justice Society of America is a production in association with Two True Freaks! which is a proud member of BOTH The Comics Podcast Network and The League of Comic Book Podcasts

Visit our forum at TheComicsForum – Two True Freaks Forum!!

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Tales of the Justice Society of America #17

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Another Friday, another EXCITING and UTTERLY AWESOME Episode of TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA! We present to you a more normal-sized episode this time out, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO THE INTERNET… well, until next week’s episode anyway!

Scott and Mike lead things off with more of the fantastic e-mails that just keeping pouring in, which drives their unpaid intern to distraction but makes the guys happy as pigs in slop. EPIC discussion topics generated by your feedback include: non-sports trading cards; whether or not the original Bruce Wayne is corrupt; aging on Earth-2; the body odor of Swamp Thing and Solomon Grundy (those guys STINK!); the iPad and how may impact the future of the paper comic book; and even some more BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD and SMALLVILLE: ABSOLUTE JUSTICE talk!!

Then the fun really ramps up with a look at ALL-STAR COMICS #71. Thrill to how Mike and Scott talk about the many faces of the Huntress! Thrill again to the reasons why the Earth-1 characters don’t get called in as back-up! Thrill a third time to why Superman and Wildcat are mean drunks!

Finally, the ads come fast and furious and, in addition to hearing about which version of the future Scott wants to live in, there is the Hostess ad!! Surprisingly, this is the most coherent one yet.

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Best.Show.Ever.” — listener Jaak Purres

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

And be sure to catch Mike and Scott every Wednesday on “Back To The Bins!”

Tales of the Justice Society of America is a production in association with Two True Freaks! which is a proud member of BOTH The Comics Podcast Network and The League of Comic Book Podcasts

Visit our forum at TheComicsForum – Two True Freaks Forum!!

Feedback for this show may be sent to talesofthejsa@gmail.com

Follow Scott on Twitter! and you can “Friend” him on Facebook!

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Tales of the Justice Society of America – Episode #16

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HEY, GUYS! (And gals, too). Here ’tis… yet another awesome, jam-packed, high-octane, four-on-the-floor, pedal-to-the-metal (Mike reeeeally likes these car analogies, which is kind of ironic when you consider he really doesn’t care all that much about cars) episode of TALES OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA!

This week we present another extra-sized episode as Mike and Scott deal with even more of YOUR excellent e-mails and boy-o-boy do Scott and Mike have some great ones this week!! The guys dive head first back into the hot-topic debate that they accidentally sparked regarding Geek Elitism. There are some tears and some laughter, a few cheap shots at Scott’s expense, and a good ol’ fashinoned two-men-enter, one-man-leaves trip to The Thunderdome to see who rules Bartertown! All of this a result of the awesome e-mails the show receives, so keep ’em coming, friends!!

Next it’s on to ALL-STAR COMICS #70, which once again features a cover boast of an appearance by the Huntress yet once again she is barely in the issue. There’s also some speculatory talk about what Santa Claus does in the off season and they also pose the serious question of what the hell is up with the Star-Spangled Kid and his piss-poor work ethic!

And, of course, there are ads!! Yyyyyyyesssssss!! And there are some really good ads this time ’round, too! Ads that threaten to bankrupt Mike because he wants all of the comics that are shown! These are the type of ads that lead to a strong desire to see the ultimate showdown of might versus magic in —Superman VS. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! It’s heat-vision versus a very shiny nose!! Be there! Ahoha!

Last, but never least, your favorite feature returns — The Hostess Ads. And, once again, said ad begs the question — “Just what the hell were the folks producing these ads smokin’ when wroting these things?!!”

Yes, Virginia, that is the Penguin with coo-coo clock/bird hybrid abominations as his henchmen!

You can’t make this shit up, I swear.

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Best.Show.Ever.” — listener Jaak Purres

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

Tales of the Justice Society of America is a production in association with Two True Freaks! which is a proud member of BOTH The Comics Podcast Network and The League of Comic Book Podcasts

Also be sure to visit our forum at TheComicsForum – Two True Freaks Forum!!

Feedback for this show may be sent to talesofthejsa@gmail.com

Follow Scott on Twitter! and you can “Friend” him on Facebook!

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