Thursday, May 5, 2022

Comic Reader Résumé Podcast #12

Recall (Winter 1984)


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ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey] noun 1. a summing up; summary. 2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike’s Amazing World of Comics to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a “work history” of my fandom through my active purchasing of (relatively) new comic books beginning in January of 1982, when my interest in the medium went from sporadic and unformed to routine on through compulsive accumulation. To streamline the narrative and keep the subjects at least remotely contemporaneous, I will not generally be discussing what we call back issues: books bought long after their publication date. Sometimes, I will cover a book published on a given month that I picked up within a year or so that date, and I give myself an especially wide berth on this aspect in the first couple of “origins” episodes. We’ll get more rigidly on point as my memories crystallize and my “hobby” spirals out of control into the defining characteristic of my life (eventually outpacing squalor and competing neuroses.) It’s part personal biography, part industry history, and admittedly totally self-indulgent on my part.

This episode includes Amazing Spider-Man #262, Conqueror of the Barren Earth #1, Fantastic Four #275, G.I. Joe a Real American Hero #31-33, G.I. Joe Yearbook #1, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #3-5, Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #10-12, The New Defenders #141, New Teen Titans #4, Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #99, Robotech Defenders #1, Thing #22, Uncanny X-Men #191 and more! Plus a look at Fall films & television of 1984...

“Transcripts” The Defenders, G.I. Joe, Kitty Pryde, New Teen Titans, Secret Wars, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, X-Men, Comic Reader Résumé

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Comic Reader Résumé Podcast #11

Sabbatical (Fall 1984)


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ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey] noun 1. a summing up; summary. 2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike’s Amazing World of Comics to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a “work history” of my fandom through my active purchasing of (relatively) new comic books beginning in January of 1982, when my interest in the medium went from sporadic and unformed to routine on through compulsive accumulation. To streamline the narrative and keep the subjects at least remotely contemporaneous, I will not generally be discussing what we call back issues: books bought long after their publication date. Sometimes, I will cover a book published on a given month that I picked up within a year or so that date, and I give myself an especially wide berth on this aspect in the first couple of “origins” episodes. We’ll get more rigidly on point as my memories crystallize and my “hobby” spirals out of control into the defining characteristic of my life (eventually outpacing squalor and competing neuroses.) It’s part personal biography, part industry history, and admittedly totally self-indulgent on my part.

This episode includes Buckaroo Banzai #1, Alpha Flight #17, Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8-9, Blue Devil #6-7, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-2, Thing #19, X-Men Annual #8, G.I. Joe a Real American Hero #29-30 and more! Plus a look at more summer films of 1984...

“Transcripts” Alpha Flight, Blue Devil, Buckaroo Banzai, G.I. Joe, Kitty Pryde, Secret Wars, Wolverine, X-Men, Comic Reader Résumé

Saturday, March 19, 2022

DC Special Podcast: DK Encyclopedia Diaries 12

Volume XII
The Drunken Guide To The Characters Of The DC Universe

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A
Air Wave 0
Iris Allen / Linda Park 2
Amazing Man 4
Amazo 9
Ambush Bug 11
Andromeda 25
Angle Man 28

B
Black Zero 8

D
Doctor Psycho (New 52) 8

L

The League of Ancients 11
Legion of Super-Heroes (New 52) 20

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Linda Park / Iris Allen 2

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Superboy Jonathan Lane Kent 11
Superboy Kon-El (New 52; cont.) 0

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Wild Girl 27
Wildsiderz 22
Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark (New 52) 3


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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

DC Films Special Podcast: Warner Bros.’ The Batman (2022)

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Meanwhile... Mr. Fixit, Illegal Machine, & Diabolu Frank ask, "...and where is The Batman?" While we couldn't omit all references to Nolan or Snyder, we more or less stick to the movie at hand, and keep the talk down to about a third of the, let's be honest, unreasonably long running time of the film. How do Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, and Paul Dano stack up in these iconic roles? Somehow, Andy Serkis' Michael Caine impression doesn't come up. Not much in the way of hot takes, with a disproportionate focus on director Matt Reeves, grunge appropriation and... tattoos?

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

DC Special Podcast: DK Encyclopedia Diaries 11

Volume XI
The Drunken Guide To The Characters Of The DC Universe

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G
Gen¹³ 31

J
J.J. Jakeem Thunder 11
Johnny Thunder 7

R
The Ravagers (cont.) 20

S
Static Shock 0

T
Teen Titans (New 52; cont.) 13

W
White Canary 17


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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

2021 “Primal Force” fanfic commission art by Brad Green

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Spinning out from “Lords of the Ultra-Realm” and continuing along similar lines as “Justice League Extreme #1”, I got so jazzed about playing with DC's obscure and unfamiliar sword & sorcery characters that I ask to expand to a diptych. Since I was more or less doing a comics adaptation of the Warlord toy line with the first one, this was a lot less formed of an idea. I hadn't realized when I made the ask that the artist wasn't even advertising commissions at the time, and I here I was asking for two without having a clear idea of exactly who I'd even want.

Thankfully, Brad Green put up with my nonsense (again) and delivered another dynamic piece (again again.) The main reason I wanted to do this was because I was so impressed with Beowulf's 1970s design, and I knew Anj would love to see the Dragon Slayer again. I was such a pain about art direction on the first commission that I tried to keep quiet this time, but I was pleased that Green recognized the same aesthetic appeal and fore-fronted the dude.

I kind of robbed Claw the Unconquered and skewed the premise, but I just really prefer John Chan's design over Valcan Scaramax's Conan repaint. I also was reliant on prexisting logos for the project, and Primal Force was a great fit. The Asian representation was a bonus, but more so, Green threw so much into Claw (especially his sick namesake extremity) that I'd argue this is the best drawing of the character ever. The original Starfire checked a lot of the same boxes, including stretching the gag, but I think including her just enriched it with the Moorcock vibe her co-creator David Michelinie strove for in connecting her to Star Hunters and Claw.

Stalker #1 was one of the first comics I ever owned, so this was my greatest sentimental favorite. Between the two pieces, I also got to revisit a bunch of characters I'd been tantalized with by the 1983 DC Sampler, so Arion helped to round out the lot. Aside from an insane artistic rookie season that included a young Bernie Wrightson, I never had much in for Nightmaster, but his premise and swordcraft sure fit this scene. The only real oddball is Anima, but her dual nature and dark fantasy ties kept drawing me to use her. She weirdly fits here, and with the Marvel Family, another player in my premise. She's even kind of a Johnny Thunder revamp, and you may have noticed that I have a spot for New Bloods.

I continue to admire Brad Greens ability to not only balance out bunches of diverse (and conversely somewhat repetitive) characters, but to find ways to give each their own spotlight while doing things that are visually interesting. Five of these people have swords, but they're all swinging in different directions, striking unique poses, telling you a bit about themselves as individuals. I like to change things up and work with different artists, but when Ive got the opportunity to get a piece from someone this good, it's hard to pass that up!

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