Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Bouncer, Western, and Lucky Luke: The Ballad of the Daltons and Other Stories

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This month’s Euro Comics episode is later than usual, due to scheduling conflicts and accessibility issues. But Edward and Derek are back just in time to wish their listeners a happy holiday season and to present their first theme-based show of the monthly series. For December the Two Guys (almost) with PhDs discuss three works in the Western genre. They begin with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq’s Bouncer (Humanoids). This new edition collects the first seven volumes of the Jodorowsky’s series, comprising three intricate and involved storylines. The guys focus a lot on Jodorowsky’s spaghetti western style of storytelling and the unconventional twists therein, including physical grotesques and dominatrix executioners. They also spend time discussing some of the cultural and racial stereotypes found in the narratives, a topic to which they will return later in the episode.

Next, Edward and Derek look at two releases from a publisher that’s not yet been discussed on The Comics Alternative…an unfortunate oversight, up until now. The UK publisher of Franco-Beligan albums, Cinebook, provides the guys with Jean Van Hamme  and Grzegorz Rosinski’s Western and the latest release in René Goscinny and Morris’s Lucky Luke series, The Ballad of the Daltons and Other Stories. In the former, Rosinski’s beautiful sepia-toned water colors creates a gritty postbellum world that is not unlike Boucq’s efforts in Bouncer — and both revolve around antiheroes with a missing arm. Both guys enjoyed Western, although Derek plays Monday morning quarterback in his thoughts on the book’s abrupt shift in narration during the last two pages. With Lucky Luke, Edward begins by focusing on the popularity of the series, but then he mentions the need for more socio-historical context in way of an introduction. The ethnoracial representations in these stories may leave some readers uncomfortable, but they speak to both the time in which they were written and the cultural positioning of the creators.

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Arc Reactions – 44 – Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth

A story from 1978 that introduces many elements into the Judge Dredd canon that endure to this day. It is also the first long form story for the character. We talk about the story, the social commentary, and the possible origins of the Jurassic Park novel in this episode.

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BAD THINGS
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The Plot (15:09)

 

GOOD THINGS
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Atmosphere (19:34)
World Building (21:25)
Alien Riders (26:46)
Social commentary (29:26)

 

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Jurassic Park comparison (54:10)
Favorite sub-story (57:45)

 

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Arc Reactions 41 – Who Is The Black Panther?
Michael Crichton lecture on Yellowstone
Insular Cases

 

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Critiquing Comics #068: “Bang Bang Lucita” and “Snake”

lucitasnakeNimProd.com has sent us the first issues of two Western books, “Bang Bang Lucita” and “Snake”. Both are fairly heavy on fan service for 21st-century straight guys, anachronisms be damned, with lots of skin showing on the shapely titular (pun intended) heroines. Both ladies are drawn with care, but what’s getting short shrift here?

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#350 “The Sixth Gun”

If you haven’t read The Sixth Gun, by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, you may think it’s just a Western. Well, it’s a 19th-century western U.S. setting, but the crux of the story is less “High Noon” and more “Hellblazer”. Tim is joined by Eugenia to discuss this ongoing Oni Press series. We also take note of Brian Hurtt’s source of photo reference, Shorpy.com.

We’ll also hear about what Eugenia‘s doing lately, and this weekend’s Comicdom Con!

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Book Of The Month – Cow Boy

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The Book of the Month for May 2012 is none other than Cow Boy (Archaia) written by Nate Cosby and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos.

An all ages cattle rustlin’ good time!

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Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast – Episode 8

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“Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke” — The Jonah Hex Podcast RETURNS!!

Scott H. Gardner is back for another exciting episode, the eighth in our series, covering Weird Western Tales #17!!

Also — listener feedback!! 

 

Join us as we continue exploring the weird and thrilling tales of the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter ever to roam the Old West…

Jonah Woodson Hex!! 

 

NEXT TIME:  Weird Western Tales # 18!

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Gutter Trash – Episode 87: The Proposition

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The Proposition. Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Johnny Cash & Nick Cave

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Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast – Episode 6

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Scott H. Gardner goes solo for the latest, exciting, NEW weekly program from the “Two True Freaks!” network of fine internet radio shows!

Presenting —

“Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke” — The Jonah Hex Podcast

In this sixth episode, Scott throws out a few more suggestions for some Jonah Hex related items you may be interested in, makes a few corrections, and tells a tale of — Roy Rogers?!  WTF?

Also — more awesome listener feedback!! 

And then it’s on to Weird Western Tales #14 —  featuring Jonah Hex in the sad and ominously titled story — “Killers Die Alone” by John Albano, Tony DeZuniga, and Joe Orlando. 

Hear all this and more as we continue exploring the weird and thrilling tales of the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter ever to roam the Old West…

Jonah Woodson Hex!! 

 

NEXT WEEK:  Weird Western Tales #s 15 AND 16!

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Thank you for listening and come back every Thursday for more of “Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast”

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Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast – Episode 5

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Scott H. Gardner goes solo for the latest, exciting, NEW weekly program from the “Two True Freaks!” network of fine internet radio shows!

Presenting —

“Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke” — The Jonah Hex Podcast

In this fifth episode, Scott acknowledges some debts, gives thanks for all the excellent listener feedback, and even throws out suggestions for some other worthwhile western comics — plus offers up a movie recommendation! 

And then it’s on to Weird Western Tales #13 — and the story entitled “The Killer’s Last Wish” by John Albano, Tony DeZuniga, and Joe Orlando. 

Who is Windy Taylor?  Why has he sent for Jonah Hex?  What strange connection does he have to our anti-hero’s past?

Find out all this and more as we continue exploring the weird and thrilling tales of the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter ever to roam the Old West…

Jonah Woodson Hex!! 

 

NEXT WEEK:  Weird Western Tales #14!

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Thank you for listening and come back every Thursday for more of “Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast”

Feedback for this program may be sent to: jonahhexpodcast@gmail.com

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Gutter Trash – Episode 85: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Public Enemy

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Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast – Episode 3

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Scott H. Gardner goes solo for the latest, exciting, NEW weekly program from the “Two True Freaks!” network of fine internet radio shows!

Presenting —

“Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke” — The Jonah Hex Podcast

In this third episode, Scott takes an in-depth look at the second appearance of Jonah Hex in the pages of ‘All-Star Western #11’!!

What is “The Hundred Dollar Deal“? Will it make Jonah Hex… or DESTROY him?

Listen to find out as we continue exploring the weird and thrilling tales of the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter ever to roam the Old West…

Jonah Woodson Hex!!

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Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast – Episode 2

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Scott H. Gardner goes solo for the latest, exciting, NEW weekly program from the “Two True Freaks!” network of fine internet radio shows!

Presenting —

“Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke” — The Jonah Hex Podcast

In this second episode, Scott wastes no time at all delving right into the very first appearance of Jonah Hex in the pages of ‘All-Star Western #10’!!

“What SHOCKING TRUTH Made The Town He Saved FEAR Jonah Hex?”

Listen to find out as we begin exploring the weird and thrilling tales of the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter ever to roam the Old West…

Jonah Woodson Hex!!

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Gutter Trash – Episode 70: Serenity

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We review Joss Whedon’s Serenity. Music by Legbone and Black Wolf Fight.

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Back To The Bins! #47

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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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