CM Podcast 197 – Giantkiller with Dan Brereton

Normally on Comics Misremembered, we start the podcast off with a small piece of music and then explain how that clip of music relates to the topic of the podcast.

This week we did not get a chance to go over the music track – which is David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (Super Creeps) because we wanted to devote all our time to out very special guest – Dan Brereton!!

Dan joins the podcast this week because he wants to talk about a very excellent kickstarter project he is promoting: The 20th anniversary collection of his Giantkiller comic.

You can see the kickstarter here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nocturnals/dan-breretons-giantkiller-monster-edition-hardcove?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=dan%20brereton

Dan goes over why he is choosing to work with Kickstarter.com for this and many future projects. We also go over the history of Giantkiller – it started as a DC comic. DC offer to put his main protagonist, Jack in some of the other DC comics like JLA and Dan said “No”. Why you ask? Well, he tells all in the podcast.

Dan goes over why he is choosing to work with Kickstarter.com for this and many future projects. We also go over the history of Giantkiller – it started as a DC comic. DC offer to put his main protagonist, Jack in some of the other DC comics like JLA and Dan said “No”. Why you ask? Well, he tells all in the podcast.

We go on to talk about the future of his Giantkiller characters and I even pitch him an “original” idea for a future story.

It was a great time and we look forward to talking with Dan on his future projects.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 196 – The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer comic series, much like a rocket itself, burned fast and bright and then seemed to disappear into the cosmos never to be seen again. Why does a short lived comic from 1983 still have so many fans today?

In this week’s Podcast we are talking about the original run of the Rocketeer comic that was created by writer/artist Dave Stevens.

We start out with the convoluted printing history of the story itself – it started as a back-up story to a Pacific Comic called Starslayer and then gain popularity to be released as it’s own comic. It will go from Pacific Comics to Comico Comics to Dark Horse and eventually find it’s home at IDW Publishing. The comic only has a total of 6 chapters and then Dave Stevens stopped writing and drawing it. It would have later versions and stories by other artists but it never lived up to the popularity of the original.

Jon and I then talk about the comic and it’s fantastic artwork. Dave Stevens did a great job on this comic with the Pre-World War II aesthetic artwork and it’s snappy dialogue. There are many iconic images in the comic but the one that Jon and I remember the most was the Betty Page “shocker” scene

From left to right: The scene was it looked in the original 1983 comic, the art from the Eclipse Special Edition of the comic and Terry Dodson’s homage to the original scene. The page that sold a thousand posters, comics, t-shirts and more.

We end the podcast talking about Dave Stevens himself, some of the real people that he used in the comic like Betty Page, Noah Dietrich, Ken Marcus and Howard Hughes.

This was a great time and fun look back on a comic that was very influential to comic creators today.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 195 – The Walking Dead Season 9 Mid-Season Premier

On Sunday 2/10/19 – AMC had the Season 9 Mid-Season Premier of The Walking Dead. There were several question that were left at the end of the Mid-Season Finale: Is Jesus really dead? Negan‘s cell door is open! Will he take revenge on Michonne and the others at Alexandria? Who are the Whisperers and what do they want? Will Henry ever get out of jail?

We learned the answer to some of these question at the end of the premiere but there are even more questions that will come as the season progresses.

Since I follow the comic, I have a good guess on what will happen with the rest of the season (and will be spoiling it at the end of the podcast). Jon does not read the comic, only watches the show so I ask him questions and see if he can guess at what will happen. Jon talks on how fans will react to Jesus’ death. What will happed with Negan and has he truly changed his ways? Are the Whisperers a major threat and if so, are they worst than Negan and the Saviors? How does he like the new recruits: Magna, Kumiko and Luke?

***MAJOR SPOILERS IN THE PODCAST!!***

After our discussion on the premiere, I will be spoiling the rest of Season 9 based on events that unfold in the comic. Do not listen if you do not want to know the fates of some major characters. Here are a couple of covers from the comic…

Some of these images have already happened – like Negan escaping. But what about the other 2 covers? What does it mean? If you are curious then listen the the whole podcast.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 194 – Reign of the Supermen Movie

1992 was a very eventful year in comics. It was the death of Superman. What will Metropolis do? Who will protect the city from the forces of evil?

4 new challengers enter the fray…

Actual comic covers from “Reign of Supermen”

The weeks that followed, readers of the Superman comics were introduced to 4 new defenders of Truth, Justice and The American Way. These 4 new heroes were (from left to right): Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and Eradicator.

Fast forward to 2018, Warner Bros Animation release the Death of Superman movie and several months later, we receive the follow-up:

Reign of the Supermen Movie!

Jon and I have recently watched the movie and we go over how well the movie does to try to tell 4 origin stories and then try to introduce a major villain while giving a surprise reveal all within 90 minutes!!

Jon and I agree that overall, the movie is pretty good with its story and animation. I have some minor complaints about the origin of one of the Supermen but its not a deal breaker.

Here is a close-up of Cyborg Superman

Is he the real Superman?

As you watch the movie, Cyborg Sups seems like he is the real deal but is he hiding a dark secret from Lois Lane and the viewers? If you listen to the podcast, you will find out.

Lastly, we do have some Spoilers regarding the plot of the movie. I don’t consider spoilers since the movie is based on a comic that came out over 25 years ago. You have been warned!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 193 – Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven GN

Are you a comic fan? Are you a wrestling fan? If you are both then we have a comic for you!

This week we are reviewing the Graphic Novel – Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. It is a biography about real life wrestler: Andre the Giant.

It is written by Brandon M. Easton with Art from Denis Medri. It was published by IDW in 2015.

The GN does a great job about following Andre from his hometown roots in Paris, France all the way up to his WWF career and beyond. It is a great read with some fantastic art. Here are some examples from the GN:

This is a great read if you are a fan of wrestling because you get some insight to one of the most famous wrestlers of all time, Andre. If you are not a fan of wrestling, it is still a great read because you learn about a man who felt alone in the world due to his freakish height and turned it into a positive, life changing event. It is okay to be different.

Jon and I had a great time with this comic and we hope you get a chance to pick it up.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 192 – New Comic Review

There are new titles coming out every month so Jon and I are taking some time in 2019 to tell you about a few of them. We will be reviewing 4 new books that came out between December 2018 – January 2019.

I do 2 reviews and Jon does 2 reviews. I thought we enjoyed all 4 books but Jon surprised me and slipped in a last minute replacement of a book he bought and did not enjoy. This week it’s 3 recommendations and a pass.

I will list the books in the order of the reviews and who is doing the review:

Review #1 – Jon (recommendation)

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 and 2

  • Writer: Tom Taylor
  • Artist: Juan Cabal
  • Publisher: Marvel

Review #2 – Jim (Recommendation)

The Warning #1 – 3

  • Writer and Artist: Edward Laroche
  • Publisher: Image Comics

Review #3 – Jon (pass)

X-Men: The Exterminated (one shot)

  • Writers: Chris Claremont, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson
  • Artists: Neil Edwards, Ramon Rosanas
  • Publisher: Marvel

Review #4 – Jim (recommendation)

Marvel Comics Presents #1

  • Writers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak and Ann Nocenti
  • Artists: Paulo Siqueira, Tomm Coker and Frederico Blee
  • Publisher: Marvel

Please listen to the podcast to see why we recommend (and pass) on these new comics. Go to your local comic shop (or online) and check them out now!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 191 – Xmen God Loves, Man Kills

I love doing comic reviews and I especially love it when it’s a comic that I have heard about but never had the opportunity to read until now. This is one of those podcasts.

X-men God Loves, Man Kills is the 5th comic in the Marvel Graphic Novel series that came out in 1982. The original is hard to find but, thanks to reprints – you can get a cheap version of it today and, depending on which version you get, you’ll get bonus art and interviews with the creators.

On the left is the original copy of the comic that came out in 1982 and on the right is the current reprint that I purchased. The story was written by long time X-men scribe, Chris Claremont with art by Brent Anderson.

What also makes this a unique podcast – Jon actually read this comic originally when it came out. HE ACTUALLY READ A COMIC THAT I HAD NOT READ! This is a rare feat.

In the podcast we talk about what makes the Marvel Graphic Novel series so special and what was happening in the world during 1982 that actually influenced the comic. There is some reminiscing and shouting – you know, our usual comic talk.

Then we get into talking about the comic. We are introduced to Reverend William Stryker. He is a televangelist that loves God but is not found of mutants.

Stryker apostatizing humanity over mutants

Stryker, in fact, hates mutants with all his might…

I like how Nightcrawler is like “What did I do?”

As you can see in 2 panels that Reverend William Stryker is a very bad, no-good, terrible person and you will find out just what lengths he will go to to eliminate mutants from the face of the earth. If Stryker seems familiar to you, that is because the story from this comic was used in the movie X-men 2 AKA X2. William Stryker is the name of the main villain in the movie.

We talk about the story, its message and our thoughts on Stryker and his army called The Purifiers. We do spoil the story but if you saw X2, you already know how the story goes.

That’s it for this week.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 190 – Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse Review

On December 14, 2018 Sony released their 2nd Spider-man related project called Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse.

Now, Venom was Sony’s first Spider-man adjacent movie and it was…okay. Now, Sony is going to do a Miles Morales Spider-man movie…and it’s animated. At the time, my hopes were not too high on this one.

My tune would change though as the lights dimmed in the theater and I was pleasantly surprised by this new animated Ultimate Marvel universe that had Miles Morales as its center. The story was well written. The characters behaved similar to their comic counterparts. The animation was unique enough to make your head turn but one thing that stood out…color.

The vivid…eye catching…color.

WOW! This movie is a visual feast! I did not know how much color existed in the universe until I saw this movie. I guess my eyes were dimmed by the DC monotone tints.

Also, there was plenty of humor in the story as well. This movie had its share of melodrama but it also balanced it with some jokes and good old fashioned slap stick.

Those who stayed for the mid-credits scene will get this joke.

Listen to the podcast. Jon and I will tell you a hundred and one reasons to see this movie. Just because it’s an animated movie, don’t let that deter you from seeing it. It is well worth your time. Once you leave, you will be a fan of Miles Morales and Sony Animation.

***SLIGHT SPOILERS IN THE PODCAST***

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 189 – Aquaman Movie

The Aquaman movie came out and it made a bajillion dollars. Many people have seen and seem to like this movie.

Now when people hear the name Aquaman, they will stop thinking of this…

And start thinking this…

Jason Momoa is a definite upgrade from cartoon Aquaman but is the movie good? Well…

We don’t pull punches here at Comics Misremembered. We will give you the brutal truth. Jon and I both feel that Aquaman is an okay movie. It isn’t terrible like Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice but it isn’t as good as Wonder Woman or most Marvel movies.

In the podcast we give our opinions on the movie and why we feel the way we do. We also talk about how it could have been a much better movie and give examples of what they could have done. Our hope is that whoever writes the sequel (and there will be a sequel), they heeds all the criticism that people have given (including us) and writes a smaller, more streamlined, character driven movie.

We then go on and talk about the convoluted history of Aquaman in the comics which illustrates how DC had to continue to rework Aquaman’s history in order to make him a great character.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 188 – 4th Annual Hazie Awards

We started a tradition 3 years ago on the podcast called The Hazies where we did a review show for that previous year but we disguised it as an award show.

We still give out the same Hazie as we did back then. Here is a photo of it:

Everyone does year end reviews about the “Best Comics” of that year but we already spend the whole year telling you what comics you should be checking out so why be boring and tell it to you again. Jon and I decided that since it is the Holidays, we want it keep it light and make the last podcast of the year just one big party. This was the inception of The Hazies. This is our 4th Annual Hazie countdown and we create some “Awards” aka jokes for the Comic Industry (more like, at their expense).

See who won the Hazies for:

  • I’m All About The Foreplay
  • Circle of Jerks
  • That Not So Fresh Feeling
  • I Can’t Feel My Brain

and more! Grab a beverage of your choice, sit in your most comfortable chair and have a laugh with us at The Hazies.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 187 – Venom Movie

In October 2018, Sony pictures released Venom – a Marvel property that is not directly connected to the MCU. It stars Tom Hardy and received modest reviews. It made over $800 million world wide, but is it worth watching? Especially if you grew up reading the Amazing Spider-man comic from the 90s?

Well, I can only speak for myself so it you are a fan of David Michelinie and Todd MacFarlane‘s run on Amazing Spider-man…

You may not be a fan of the movie. I was underwhelmed at Eddie Brock’s character in the movie. Jon on the other hand, did not read the 90s Spider-man comic and he thought the Venom movie was great!

Listen to the podcast to find out why our opinions are so disparate.

Your comics pal.

Jim

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CM Podcast 186 – CW’s Elseworld Crossover Event

The 4 main superhero shows on the CW (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow) have been doing crossover events for the last 4 years.  We have covered the last 2 crossover events on our podcast for Invasion! and Crisis on Earth X.

For 2018, they are doing a crossover event for Elseworlds but it includes Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.  Legends of Tomorrow was not involved this time around.


In the podcast this week, we go over the concept of Elseworlds and were it came from in DC comics continuity.  We talk about a couple of the very first comics to actually have the Elseworlds imprint: Batman – Gotham by Gastlight and Batman – Holy Terror.


After we talk about DC’s history with Elseworlds, we then talk about the crossover event and how they used this concept of alt-reality on Barry Allen and Oliver Queen.

Jon and I then go into a discussion on the show’s overall storyline and what we took away after the event ended.

If you watched the event but don’t know much about the comics, we give you some good suggestions on what comics to pick up.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 185 – New Comics Review

We have another fantastic new comics review round up for you this week.  There are literally dozens of new series that have started between November and December.  Jon and I have culled the wheat from the chaff to bring you 4 great books that you should be reading right now!

Here is the order of the comics and which one of us is doing the review…

Review 1 – Jon

Prodigy #1

Writer   Mark Miller  and Artist  Rafael Albuquerque

Image comics


Review 2 – Jim

Electric Warriors #1

Writer  Steve Orlando  Artist  Travel Foreman

DC Comics


Review 3 – Jon

Middlewest #1

Writer  Scottie Young   Artist Jorge Corona

Image Comics


Review 4 – Jim

Bitter Root #1

Writer  David F. Waller and Chuck Brown   Artist  Sanford Green

Image Comics


4 great review for 4 great books.  Listen to the podcast and see why you should go out and purchase these comics!

Your comics pal.

Jim

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CM Podcast 184 – The Walking Dead Season 9 Mid-Season Finale

Season 9 has been billed as the “finale season for Rick Grimes“.  AMC even started counting down the episodes for Rick’s final appearance.  Jon and I have seen all the episodes of Season 9 of TWD up to the mid-season finale and we will be talking about Rick’s final rodeo and other story lines in this week’s podcast.


We tackle questions like:

Do you like how the Sanctuary vs Oceanside story was tied up? 

What are our thoughts on Rick’s ‘final’ episode? 

How do you fell about the time skip and the introduction of Magna and her group?


Magna – sympathetic new character or just a female Rick Grimes retread?

We also opine on the newest adversary, The Whisperers – who are they?  WHAT ARE THEY?  How sane are you if you think wearing human flesh is okay?  Finally, we here Jon’s thoughts on Negan’s open door.

Finally, we wrap up the podcast by reviewing my Spoiler predictions based on the comic’s story and seeing just how accurate they were or were not.  This is a spoiler free podcast (unless you have not watched all the episodes up to the Season 9 finale.  If this is true, go watch them and then come back).

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 183 – The Legend of Stan Lee

Stan Lee founder and co-creator of a majority of the Marvel characters passed away on November 12, 2018.

Jon and I wanted to celebrate his life and legacy in this week’s podcast.

We go over his humble beginnings, why he changed his name from Stanley Martin Lieber to just Stan Lee, his military years, the artists he worked with and the characters he created, his philosophy on how to create comics and why he wanted to humanize his heroes, quick discussion on one of Stan’s favorite stories “The Galactus Trilogy” and his personal philosophy on how to treat others and why comics are a powerful medium.

We cover all this and more and we have a blast doing it.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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