Deconstructing Comics #528: Lenny Schwartz: Comics and the Theatre, Act III

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While we’ve talked before with Austin Tichenor and John Roberson about adapting comics to the stage, we’ve never talked about (or even thought about!) adapting the lives of comics creators to that stage! But Lenny Schwartz has done it, and more than once, writing and directing “Co-Creator” (about Bill Finger and his claim to the Batman legacy) and “The Man Who Saw Snoopy” (about Charles Schulz, of course!). And he has another in the works on Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko.

This week Lenny tells Tim about writing these plays, just how much credit Bob Kane and Stan Lee may actually deserve, how Schulz used Peanuts as his diary, and much more.

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Arc Reactions 61 – Doctor Strange: The Oath

Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin is our topic work for this oversized episode. We are joined by our friend Tobiah Panshin to talk about wizards, magic, the great Steve Ditko, and more.

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Night Nurse Film Noir Trope (13:07)

Doctor Strange (43:24)

The relationship between science and magic (59:54)

Final Battle (1:17:15)

Recap pages (1:23:18)

The Elixir (1:25:45)

Our next podcast will be Bat Books For Beginners 148 – Batman: Hush on Tuesday, November 15th. Our next Arc Reactions episode will be Rogue One (film) on December 18th.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 157: Steve Ditko’s Self-Published Comics

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On this special episode of the podcast, Andy and Derek take a look at a variety of Steve Ditko’s self-published comics. Since 2008, Ditko, along with Robin Snyder, has been putting out original work on a fairly regular basis. These comics are created and distributed independently — and for the past few years have been crowdfunded by Kickstarter campaigns — and as such, they have fallen below the radar of most comics readers. Beginning with The Avenging Mind, Ditko has sporadically produced superhero stories, crime/noir narratives, psychological allegories, and comics that reflect his socio-political ideas and philosophies. Among the ongoing serials in these self-published comics, Derek and Andy discuss “Miss Eerie,” “The Cape,” “The ?!,” “The Grey Negotiator,” “The Madman,” “Outline,” and “E (e) and I (i).” There are several themes that rise to the surface of these stories, such as traditional heroics, the use of masks, and the tenants of Objectivism. And of course, there are the Mr. A. strips that have come to define much of Ditko’s later work. Of particular interest to the Two Guys are those comics that reflect Ditko’s complicated attitudes toward, and perhaps relationship with, his fans. At first glance, the stories that revolve around Eye Inquire and The Anti-s (AKA, Fan Man and Fan Boy) may seem dismissive and even condescending, but Andy and Derek point out that there is a deep history underlying the tone of these comics and part of their allure are the industry-based questions they open up.

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Of special note: this is the 300th episode of The Comics Alternative that the guys have produced. Although, and as the title suggests, this may be the 157th weekly show — those regular review episodes that come out every Wednesday — it is part of the larger body of podcasting work that has included over three-year’s-worth of interviews, on-location shows, specials, and monthly series devoted to webcomics, manga, and young adult/children’s comics. Celebrate the occasion by telling others about the podcast!

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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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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #167 With Joe Keatinge

Wayne's Comics, Wayne Hall, Joe Keatinge, Shutter, Adventures of Superman, Ultron, What If, Robert Kirkman, Walking Dead, Steve Ditko, Spider-Man, Kate Kristopher, Tech Jacket,

You’re in for a fun discussion I enjoyed with comics pro Joe Keatinge, a creative force behind the excellent Shutter and also the scripter for Robert Kirkman’s Tech Jacket, both from Image Comics.

As we were in the process of setting up this interview, Joe asked if I had read Shutter. I told him I had not, and that sent me after the series, all of which made me a big fan of this dynamic and intriguing comic. If you haven’t read the story of Kate Kristopher and her adventurous family, you can catch up quickly by picking up the first trade and the subsequent issues before the #10 arrives on Wednesday, March 11. We also discussed Tech Jacket and what it’s like to work with Mr. Kirkman, something Joe compares to working with Steve Ditko on Spider-Man. We also briefly chat about a project he completed for Marvel as well as another he did for DC Comics. Don’t miss it!

 

Super Hero Speak – #91: Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz

This week the Dave and John sit down with one of the best creative teams to ever work in comics, Tom Defalco and Ron Frenz! They talk about some of the highlights and best moments of their careers. They tell us all about Spider-Man, Thor and  of course Spider-Girl. Ron shares with us about how he came up with the design of Superman Blue and Tom shares with us the tale of how the Clone Saga came to be. Don’t groan at that last part, because without the Clone Saga the idea of Mayday Parker, Spider-Girl, would have never been born. Plus Tom gives us a new way of looking at Thor we never thought of before. So sit back, relax and enjoy one of the best conversations ever with 2 comic book giants!

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#stumpthegeekspeak question of last week: In the mid-70s Marvel had a strange rule about wolverine involving hair. What was it?

Answer: He couldn’t have arm hair while in costume.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Still More Craig Yoe

Happy New Yoe!

Yoe5-heads2It’s a brand spanking new year, and it’s sure to be another great twelve months for interviews on The Comics Alternative. In fact, Andy and Derek start things off with a bang! this month with another visit from the always-friendly, always-funky, and always-fun Craig Yoe. This is the third time he has been on the show, and this time around the guys not only talk with Craig about his latest releases, but they also discuss the past, present, and future of Yoe Books. It’s the 5th anniversary of the imprint, and starting off a year-long celebration marking the occasion, Craig reveals his new Yippie Yi Yoe Society. Derek and Andy were fortunate to get their complimentary membership package in the mail last month, complete with a snazzy welcome letter, an official membership card, a society sticker, a cool “I Belong to the Yippie Yi Yoe Society” button, and a DVD with videos and music…including the club’s song, “The Merry Yippie Yi Yoe Society Marching Song.” Is that cool, or what?

Then the guys get into the nitty gritty of Creepy Craig’s latest efforts, the two new books Ditko’s Shorts and Howard Nostrand’s Nightmares (Yoe Books/IDW Publishing). They spend a lot of time talking about the new Ditko effort, talking with Craig about the genesis of the project, the research he and Fester Faceplate (AKA Mark Knox) conducted for the volume, and YYYS-sticker2behind-the-scenes shenanigans that should excite any true Ditko fan. Next, they delve into the new Nostrand collection, the latest in Craig’s “Chilling Archives of Horror Comics” series, discussing an artist who is sorely overlooked yet so vital to the horror genre. As the great forelocked one points out in the book’s introduction, had Jack Davis and Wally Wood had a love child, it would have been Howard Nostrand. Derek and Andy try to get Craig to discuss any future and yet-to-be-announced Yoe Book projects — he never spill the beans — but he does talk a little about books that will be released early this year, including Tom Sutton’s Creepy ThingsThe Untold History of Black Comic Books, and Milt Gross’ New York. In fact, the guys want to have Craig back on the podcast to talk about the new Milt Gross book, so listeners probably won’t have to wait too long to get a another shot of Yoe.

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Comics Alternative Interviews: Craig Yoe

Humor, Horror, and Horniness

CraigYoeCaricatureOn this episode of The Comics Alternative Interviews, Gene and Derek talk with editor, archivist, comics historian, and pop cultural Renaissance Man, Craig Yoe. The interview gets off to a wild start YoeBookswith a discussion of  Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster, a book that Craig says helped to put him on the publishing map. From there they highlight several of Yoe’s more recent releases, including his Haunted Horror seriesJack Cole’s Deadly HorrorStrange World of Your Dreams, The Art of Archie: The Covers, and the Ditko Monsters books. The Two Guys also ask Craig about his time with Disney, Nickelodeon, and especially his close association with Jim Henson and his experiences working on the Muppets. One of the most moving parts of the interview, in fact, is when Craig discusses his last meeting with Henson, the day of the legend’s untimely death. But the overall tone of the conversation is upbeat. It’s a free-flowing conversation filled with humor, horror, and erotic references. And it’s one of the most enjoyable interviews the guys have ever conducted!

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Back To The Bins – Episode 108

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Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, Paul Spataro, Bill Robinson, and Scott Gardner 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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Comics on Comics Episode 15: Jim Krueger

Comics on Comics takes you inside the hottest comic industry event in Los Angeles: Comic Book Sunday!

 

Host Juan-Manuel Rocha is joined by Jim Krueger (Avengers/Invaders, Project Superpowers, Justice) and fellow Comic Book Sunday founder Ben Jackendoff along with comedians Tom Franck (Comics and Comics) and Tim Babb (Tancast.com) for a wild hour of comics and comedy!

 

In this episode, our panel looks at Marvel & DC’s return to the 90s storylines in X-men,Superman and Batman before debating the “Breaking of the Marvel Universe” from the perspective of Joe Quesada and Steve Ditko, then takes a look Daniel and Charles Knauf’s reimagined Phantom for Syfy and the impact of comic fanboys on the industry before looking back at the history of Comic Book Sunday and the current and future projects of Jim Krueger!

 

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