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:

 

Comic Book Central – Episode #53: Mark Evanier

From the Sweathogs to Superman...and adventures with Steve Gerber, Alex Toth and Jack "King" Kirby in between!  Writer/producer Mark Evanier is in the Lair to talk about bringing comic books to life!

From the Sweathogs to Superman…and adventures with Steve Gerber, Alex Toth and Jack “King” Kirby in between! Writer/producer Mark Evanier is in the Lair to talk about bringing comic books to life!

Back To The Bins – Episode 107

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Comics on Comics #12: Marc Guggenheim & ComedyFilmNerdsDotCom.com!

Comics on Comics is proud to be the latest member of The Comics Podcast Network!

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with us, Comics on Comics is a live show/video podcast recorded in Los Angeles, where we bring professional stand-up comedians and comic book creators together for a round-table discussion of the latest comic book news. Basically, it’s like Politically Incorrect for comics.

Worlds collide in our twelfth episode, as Comics on Comics teams up with the crew of ComedyFilmNerdsDotCom.com to wrap up our unforgettable first season!

Host Juan-Manuel Rocha welcomes screenwriter & superstar comic scribe Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man, Young X-Men, Eli Stone), Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, The Dork Forest), Chris Mancini (Myopic Visions) and Mike Schmidt (The 40 Year Old Boy) for another round of comics and comedy, filmed at Dream World Comics in Culver City, CA and sponsored by Pirate King!

This week, our panel examines the merits of the upcoming $3.99 increase for monthly comics, delves into Stan Lee’s TV adaptation of novelist Perry Moore’s Hero, Brett Ratner’s Conan film, the relocation of the X-men to San Francisco and wages the ultimate debate: Married Spider-Man vs. Single Spidey! Additionally, Guggenheim gives us a glimpse of his future projects, including the upcoming Green Lantern feature film …

Medium and high quality full screen downloads of this episode are available on iTunes.

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Comics on Comics Season 2 will be coming soon!

But in the meantime, you can catch all of our previous episodes for free on iTunes or at the links below:

Comics on Comics #11: Paul Dini & Misty Lee

Comics on Comics #10: Mark Sable Part 1 & Part 2

Comics on Comics #9: Richard Starkings

Comics on Comics #8: Mark Evanier & Gregg Hurwitz

Comics on Comics #7: Greg Weisman

Comics on Comics #6: Christos Gage

Comics on Comics #5: David Gerrold & Tone Rodriguez

Comics on Comics #4: Wendy Pini

Comics on Comics #3: Geoff Johns

Comics on Comics #2: Mike Wellman

Comics on Comics #1: Brian Lynch

Comics on Comics #1/2: Sacha Borisich

Comics on Comics #0: Joshua Dsyart.