Comic Book Central – Episode #178: Steven de Souza

ACTION! This week, I’m hangin’ out in the Lair with writer/producer/director Steven de Souza, the man behind the stories of some of our favorite characters including the Six Million Dollar Man, the Bionic Woman, the Spirit, Sheena, and many more!
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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.

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Comic Book Central – Episode #145: TerrifiCon, Part Four – Sam Jones

FLASH! Ah-ahhhh! The savior of the universe, Sam Jones greets the fans at TerrifiCon for a revealing Q&A in this bonus TerrifiCon Week episode! http://traffic.libsyn.com/comicbookcentral/CBC_Ep_145_TerrifiCon_Part_Four_Sam_Jones.mp3 http://comicbookcentral.net #TerrifiCon #SamJones #FlashGordon #TheSpirit #Ted #Ted2 #LifeAfterFlash #ComicBookCentral #Comics #ComicBooks Subscribe to the show in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/comic-book-central-podcast/id737621226?mt=2 Subscribe to the show on Blubrry: https://www.blubrry.com/comicbookcentral/ Listen to the show via Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/comic-book-central "Like" Comic Book Central on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/comicbookcentralnetwork Follow Comic Book Central on Twitter: https://twitter.com/comicbookctrl email: joe@comicbookcentral.net

FLASH! Ah-ahhhh! The savior of the universe, Sam Jones greets the fans at TerrifiCon for a revealing Q&A in this bonus TerrifiCon Week episode!
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Comic Book Central – Episode #125: Nana Visitor

She sings! She dances! She fought crime alongside Will Eisner's The Spirit! This week, Deep Space Nine's Nana Visitor visits the Lair to help me celebrate 50 years of Star Trek!  http://traffic.libsyn.com/comicbookcentral/CBC_Ep_125_Nana_Visitor.mp3 http://comicbookcentral.net ‪#NanaVisitor #Kira #StarTrek #DeepSpaceNine #‎ReneAuberjonois #Odo #TheSpirit #EllenDolan #WilEisner #SamJones #SethMacFarlane #Ted2 #Comics #ComicBooks Subscribe to the show in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/comic-book-central-podcast/id737621226?mt=2 Subscribe to the show on Blubrry: https://www.blubrry.com/comicbookcentral/ Listen to the show via Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/comic-book-central "Like" Comic Book Central on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/comicbookcentralnetwork Follow Comic Book Central on Twitter: https://twitter.com/comicbookctrl email: joe@comicbookcentral.net

She sings! She dances! She fought crime alongside Will Eisner’s The Spirit! This week, Deep Space Nine’s Nana Visitor visits the Lair to help me celebrate 50 years of Star Trek!
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Comics in the Golden Age Podcast Episode 26: The Suspicious Stirrings of the Spirit!

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Chris and Mike explore Will Eisner’s The Spirit!

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Comics Alternative, Episode 146: Reviews of Will Eisner’s The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years and Blazing Quantum

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Action * Mystery * Adventure

Spirit75On this week’s episode, Andy and Derek take a look at two very different titles. They begin with a long, extensive look at Will Eisner’s The Spirit: A Celebration of 75 Years (DC Comics). In fact, their discussion of the new Spirit collection takes up the vast majority of the show, lasting for almost and hour and forty-five minutes! So there’s a lot of ground that the guys cover with this book, although in many ways they only just scratch the surface. Both Derek and Andy are huge fans of Will Eisner, and The Spirit in particular, so the conversation never flags. They highlight a variety of the stories that are collected in this volume, pointing out why they are important in The Spirit‘s history. But they also mention some of the notable Spirit strips that aren’t included in the book, wondering why a few were excluded. They also speculate on why, and lament theBlazingQuantum fact that, there wasn’t a new introduction (or even a new afterword) written for this anniversary volume. The Neil Gaiman piece that is included in the book was originally written for 2005’s much shorter The Best of The Spirit. Derek, in particular, feels that this important collection would have benefited from a new introductory essay that would have provided more context, especially for those unfamiliar with Eisner’s legendary figure. Still, the 75th anniversary volume is one of the guys’ highlights of the year so far and deserves a place on every comics reader’s shelf. Next, they shift gears for a completely different kind of book, William Keops Ibañez’s minicomic Blazing Quantum. This is a collection of short stories created between 2005 and 2011, at times (apparently) autobiographical and at times historical, that lead to an unlikely and potentially fantastical ending. Most of the pieces revolve around a young high-school student named Billy and his everyday interactions, and frustrations, with family and friends. This is a promising self-published title that has both Andy and Derek anticipating the next installment. And they are sure to keep visiting Ibañez’s’s website for the latest updates on his art and when they can expect a new issue of Blazing Quantum.

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Comics Alternative, Episode 145: Reviews of We Stand on Guard #1, Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1, Archie #1, and Leisure

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This week on the podcast, the Two Guys with PhDs take a close look at a few #1 issues and one minicomic series. However, before they get into the nitty gritty of their reviews, they share some of the listener mail and attention they’ve been receiving — including a very cool call-out from the Kyle and Drew at Comics for Fun and Profit — and then go into some news out of SDCC. In particular, they discuss this year’s Eisner Award winners, most of which the WSOG1guys are familiar with and/or had expected (or hoped) to win. However, there were some surprises as well as some disappointments in this year’s Eisners, but such is the game of awards systems such as this. After highlighting a little more news out of San Diego — e.g., the announcement of new Vertigo titles, the return of Lady Killer, Fantagraphics to publish the next Kramers Ergot — Andy and Derek plunge into the titles that they’re discussing this week. First, they look at Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce’s We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics). This is one of the most anticipated new series of the year, and the guys waste no time in underscoring not only BKV’s storytelling abilities, but Skroce’s meticulous art. Next, they look at the latest attempt to bring The Spirit back to reading audiences. With Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dynamite Entertainment), Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade capture not only the spirit — bad pun intended — of the original, but also introduce Eisner’s crime-fighting world in such a way that brand new readers can easily get on board, even without much knowledge of the original. The same can be said of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’s Archie #1 (Archie Comics). ComrieFHBThe creators’ take on the comics icon appears both fresh and reverential, making this new series accessible, yet in a familiar way. Still, the guys wonder who exactly the audience might be — or might end up being — for these new spins on Archie Andrews and Denny Colt. Finally, Derek and Andy turn to a minicomic series from Tim Comrie, Leisure. This is an autobiographical, very personal, series with three issues so far. Comrie lays bare both his pleasures and his turmoils, and in a genuine manner that never comes across as calculated or discomforting. The guys also bring in a discussion of Comrie’s other series (along with Mike Heneghan), Five Hour Comics, and compare its style and tone to Leisure. If you’re not familiar with Tim Comrie’s work, then now is the time to check it out!

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Comic News Insider Episode 595 – And the Oscar For Best Podcast Goes to…

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Comic News Insider: Episode 595 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Adventure Hour Presents Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars #1, Pirate Eye Exiled From Exile #1, Secret Identities #1, Stray #1

The podcast wife Erica Schultz returns! She and Jimmy chat briefly about the nerdy bits from the Oscars, the Jason Momoa as Aquaman picture and Spielberg being on board for Chris Pratt to play Indiana Jones. News includes: Dynamite announces Swords of Sorrow series and The Spirit revival,  Invader Zim is back in comic book form, Archie Comics to end with issue #666, a man is dressed as Green Lantern at his wake and lots of TV/film casting news. 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic Book Central – Episode #59: Sam Jones

GORDON'S ALIVE! And so is the Spirit. Actor Sam Jones takes a rocket cycle to the Lair this week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Flash Gordon...and talk about bringing Denny Colt, aka The Spirit to life! http://comicbookcentral.net/episodes/ #ShareTheLair "Like" Comic Book Central on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/comicbookcentralnetwork Subscribe to Comic Book Central in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/comic-book-central-podcast/id737621226?mt=2 Follow Comic Book Central on Twitter: https://twitter.com/comicbookctrl email: joe@comicbookcentral.net

GORDON’S ALIVE! And so is the Spirit. Actor Sam Jones takes a rocket cycle to the Lair this week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Flash Gordon…and talk about bringing Denny Colt, aka The Spirit to life!
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Zone 4 #279: SDCC & I.V. Frost

The crew returns to discuss San Diego Comic-Con news and Ron’s new comic book.

This week, it’s Brant, John, Gordon & Ron

First up, we go over some of the news that had been released from San Diego Comic-Con as of recording time, including news from Marvel, Dynamite, in film, television, etc.

For Topic Time, we discuss Ron’s brand new comic book, I.V. Frost, Scientific Detective, the first full-color comic from Redbud Studios.

And we close out the show with announcements.

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Comic News Insider Episode 552 – SDCC Bound!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 552 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1, Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International San Diego #1, Life With Archie #36, Squidder #1, Snowpiercer

Producer Joe joins Jimmy before he heads off to San Diego Comic Con! They chat about what Jimmy will be covering in the show and the madness that will ensue all week. News includes: Thor will be female, Sam Wilson aka Falcon will be Captain America, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Powers and The Flash TV shows get casting, Duane “The Rock” Johnson may have let slip that he’s playing Shazam, Dynamite gets The Spirit, Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong heading to big screen, Archie’s Dark Circle Comics annunces first titles, Geoff Johns confirms that the DC film and TV universes will remains separate, and the Harvey Awards nominations are out! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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The Undecideables Podcast: Skynet!

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This week on the Undecideables Dan and Jimmy are missing their regular news girl, but have found a replacement on short order.  Also, the guys give you their top 5 for this month, as well as talk about Moon Knight, Detective Comics and all sorts of nonsense!

Comic News Insider Episode 451 – Yes, Virginia, There is a Comic News Insider!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 451 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Avengers Arena #1, Cable And X-Force #1, Crow Skinning The Wolves #1, To Hell You Ride #1

Jimmy flies solo after Raven-Symone cancels on him at the last minute. That’s so Raven. He is doing the podcast on the fly without normal segment music so he just plays some Christmas tunes instead. Jimmy starts off w/ some congrats to pals Jonathan Ross for his chat show deal to air in the U.S. and to Blair Butler for her many years doing Fresh Ink on G4TV. News includes: DC Nation returns to Cartoon Network, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 coming in January, DC loses rights to The Spirit and others, Archer goes on tour, Harry Potter cast reunites for more filming, The Walking Dead TV show in black and white and Jackie Chan joins Expendables 3. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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