This week’s episode is super jam packed with Social Media Madness, the guys pick for the #NerdMadness competition and a review/debate of Captain Marvel. Is it as good as some of the critics are saying? As bad as the trolls are claiming? or more middle of the road as some of the fans or saying? Did Brie Larson break out of her wooden shell? All these questions are answered and more, so please sit back and enjoy!
In this episode the guys discuss an ass hat that bashes the comic book industry yet cameoed in a comic book movie, that’s right Bill Maher is at it again! Plus they discuss the Birds of Prey teaser, if the Black Widow solo movie will be rated R and whether or not Black Panther will won the Oscar. All this and so much more, enjoy!
In the first episode of 2019 the guys rate, review and compare both Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and Aquaman! Which movie is better? Did Aquaman save the DCEU? And did Spiderverse live up to the hype? Some opinions might surprise you. So sit back, relax and enjoy, but be warned spoilers ahead!
Mike and Derek are back at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, NC, for their December show. It’s been a couple of months since their last visit to the shop — this past fall was difficult for everyone — but the guys are excited to sit down among customers and talk comics. And this being the end of 2018, they thought they’d discuss the year in review, the highlights, the news, and the notable titles that defined 2018. Among other topics, they cover the unfortunate passing of several comics legends over the past year, including Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, and Marie Severin. (They mistakenly bring up Bernie Wrightson, as well, although he died last year.) They also spend time talking about 2018 being the year that the imprints Black Crown and Berger Books really took off, the 1000th issue of Action Comics, the impact of Tom King this year, Grant Morrison’s new work on Green Lantern, and the past year in terms of the Marvel cinematic (and Netflix) universe. While Mike is free to share some of his favorite titles from the past twelve months, Derek is a little reticent because he doesn’t want to give away what he’ll discuss on next week’s year-end episode where he and Stergios reveal what each considers their favorites of 2018. Stay turned for that!
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We lost the legend Stan Lee 2 weeks ago. The comic book world mourned along with everyone else. The outpouring of love and support for Stan came in droves and still continues. Like many, we had a short experience with him. Back in 2006, Producer Joe and Jimmy interviewed him via phone and delved deep into his early years. An amazing conversation to be sure. And in 2012, Jimmy got to meet Stan in person and do a quick 2 minute walk and talk interview with him. While but a moment, it was an honor and privilege to be in the presence of such a genuinely kind, loving, and funny force of nature! Jimmy gives his thoughts on those interviews and Stan himself. As does Producer Joe. Plus, we thought we’d play those interviews again so you wouldn’t have to dig them up. We hope you enjoy this fond memory that we have of him as much as we did revisiting it. Thank you, Stan. For being such an important part of the comic book world and a pop culture icon. For being Marvel’s (and comic books in general) biggest cheerleader. For always finding a way to make us laugh. And for just being you. As always…EXCELSIOR! We’ll be looking for your next awesome cameo in our dreams!
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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.
This week the guys review Ant-Man and the Wasp with special guest host Steve Ekstrom! Was it as good as the first? What did they think of Ghost? How does it tie into Infinity War? And will Steve ever get a date with Evangeline Lilly? Plus Steve fills the guys in on what’s going on with the anthology comic Terminal. All this and more so sit back and enjoy!
This week we talk all about Avengers: Infinity War! This episode is spoilerific, as we give all the details on corn flakes, no-name villains, a giant dwarf, and much much more! No Eternals were harmed in the making of this episode.
This week Brian Lau returns to the podcast. He tells the guys all about what’s going on with his book Staunch Ambition, and the kick starter he’s currently running for issue 3. Plus they discuss Dave’s new obsession Paper Clip Universe and the current state of affairs with Stan Lee. All this and so much more, so sit back and enjoy!