CM Podcast 224 – Swamp Thing Show

Time Warner has a cool app called DC Universe that carries all the DC Heroes animated shows like Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League Unlimited, and more.

It also has new and exclusive live action hero shows like Titans, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing.

This poster gives away a big secret but you will have to watch the show to find out.

Jon and I recently subscribed to the DC Universe app to watch Doom Patrol (and we hope to review it soon) but we stated to like some of the other shows too. We both had little knowledge about Swamp Thing so we started to watch Season 1 and we both really liked it. We like it’s American Gothic setting and story. We like characters and the actors that played them. We like the special effects and the horror elements. We consumed all 10 episodes wanting more and we found out the Warner Media cancelled the series!!

In the podcast, we talk about what we knew about Swamp Thing prior to watching the show and what we really liked about the show itself. We also explain what Phantom Stranger and Blue Demon have to do with the show.

You don’t know about these 2 obscure characters are? That’s great because we share a little info on who they are and why they fit perfectly in the Swamp Thing show.

We lament on what could be with a Season 2 and other characters that would have been introduced like Anton Arcane.

We recommend checking out the DC universe app and the Swamp Thing show now before it is removed. Maybe if enough people watch the show, we can get a 2nd season!

Jim

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CM Podcast 160 – Superman Annual #11

Superman Annual #11?  That’s specific and yet random for a Comics Misremembered Podcast.  Why are we talking about this one?

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Glad you asked.  Last podcast (159), I started to talk about Action Comics issue #1000 and I felt that it was a missed opportunity to tell a tale involving Superman to celebrate his life but also give new readers a little history on the character.  It was a good issue but not a great issue.  The stories did not live up to the milestone that Action Comics achieved, in my humble opinion.

Then I remembered reading Superman Annual #11 that came out in 1985.  It was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons (the creative team behind The Watchmen) and I remembered how much I liked that story.

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Poor Kal-El.  He can never catch a break.

Jon never read the comic, which is also know as “For The Man Who Has Everything“, so he read it and I reread it and we decided to talk about it and then start breaking it down as to why it is a great story.  We also elaborate on why a story like this would be a great introduction to new Superman readers (even today).

We then breakdown how Alan Moore took stories that were happening in politics in the real world in 1985 and used this story as an allegory for Krypton.  The messages Moore was trying to get across in the story are as relevant today as they will be for years to come.

Listen to the podcast and do yourself a favor and get a copy of this annual to read.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 150 – The Watchmen

It’s our 150th podcast so let’s celebrate by talking about a comic that is over 30 years old!

It’s a special milestone podcast so I wanted to talk about a special comic mini-series that was influential and had an impact on the comics industry as well as Jon and myself.  That series is… The Watchmen.

Originally published by DC between 1986 – 1987, this seminal series was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.

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We were so excited about this series that John and I both flub our opening lines (it’s in the podcast – I barely ever edit anything).  This is what I was trying to read:

“How did a min-series about a superhero team comprised of a psychopath, a sociopath, a meglomaniacal  narcissistic egomaniac, an impotent self-doubting fanboy, a daughter trying to live up to a legacy’s expectations and an uncaring, indifferent god become one of the most awarded, beloved and reverent comics of all time?”

This is the question we ask and we do a pretty good job trying to answer it.  We enjoyed the comic and hope you enjoy the podcast.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 133 – Doomsday Clock

A few weeks ago, DC launch their most audacious comic yet – Doomsday Clock.  It is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Watchman miniseries and it will tie the Watchmen universe directly into the DC universe.  Quite a bold undertaking to say the least.

The writer of this series is Geoff Johns.  He has written some great story lines for Superman, Green Lantern and the JLA that have earned him critical praise.  If there was on person to pick up where Alan Moore left off, Geoff Johns would be on the short list.

The series is penciled by Gary Frank.  He is an  accomplished artist in the comic industry.  I have been a fan of his work since I saw it on Peter David’s run of The Incredible Hulk.  Gary Frank is the perfect person to pick to fill the shoes of Dave Gibson.

Together, they are taking on the thankless task of continuing the adventures of The Watchmen in Doomsday Clock.

The first issue is out so Jon and I read it and we give a review of it on the podcast.  We also speculate on how the identity is of the new Rorschach.  We go on to talk about what may happen in the upcoming series.  We had a good time with the comic and talking about its future.  Did you know if you initialize the miniseries it would be DC’s DC? Weird.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 95 – “Missed The Bus” Comics

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What does the title “Missed The Bus” comics mean?  It means great comic series that have been published but for what ever reason Jon and/or myself have never read.  The alternative title I have for this podcast is “Whats The Matter With You Dummies!?

Hard to believe that there are some comics that exist out there that Jon or myself have not read.  This is a true fact!  There are some many comics that exist that we cannot get to all of them so some of the gems get left in the mine.  Today, we talk about 3 of those series which are:

  • DMZ – Vertigo/DC
  • A Distant Soil – Image Comics
  • 100 Bullets – Vertigo/DC

We talk about why we missed reading them when they were first released, why we want to read them now and is it even possible to read comics that are no longer being published?

Just so you know, I have read DMZ and 100 Bullets.  It is only A Distant Soil that we both have not read.

Enjoy the podcast.

You comics pal,

Jim

CM Podcast 72 – Miracleman/Marvelman

We did a 2 part tribute podcast to Alan Moore a few weeks ago and in the podcast, I mentioned Marvelman (Miracleman here in the States).  I said that I did not want to just mention it as part of Moore’s body of work.  I wanted to do an entire podcast on the comic series.  Well, the time has come.  Jon and I sit down and talk about the first story arc “Book 1: A Dream of Flying

We do a brief history on who is Marvelman/Miracleman and how did Alan Moore get the opportunity to write him.

We then move into the story and discuss how a comic story that is over 30 years old is still extremely relevant to comics, TV and movies today.

Here are the characters  that we are introduced to: Marvelman (left) and Kid Marvelman (right).

We start to talk about how this story was mature and it dealt with scientific and philosophical topics that were ahead of its time.  We feel its influence can be seen in things like the movie, The Matrix and the Ron Moore’s version of Battlestar Galactica.

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Here is Evelyn Creme – Can you trust a man with sapphire teeth?

Moore took a cheesy, cartoon character from the 60s and modernized him into a realistic superhero of the 80s and the transition made sense (well for a comic story).

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Does this page represent a new beginning for humanity or its end?

At the end of the podcast, we theorize on stories and authors that may have influenced Alan Moore when he was creating Marvelman/Miracleman.

We had a great time recording this one and we hope you laugh and learn something new after listening to it.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 70 – Alan Moore Pt. 2

Our Alan Moore Tribute continues this week…

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We are chronologically chronicling the career of creator and comic composer (and cantankerous critic), Alan Moore.

We left off at The Watchmen and continue with the year 1988 and the comic Batman: The Killing Joke.

Other comics we touch on are:

  • From Hell
  • Spawn
  • Violator
  • WildC.A.T.s
  • Supreme
  • Judgement Day Miniseries
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Top 10
  • Providence
  • and more Moore!

Join us for a lively discussion and Dan Campbell Jokes (regional American Football humor).

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CM Podcast 69 – Alan Moore Tribute Pt. 1

Alan Moore, who has penned some of the greatest comic stories ever written, stated that he will be retiring from comics after all his current Avatar Press comics are completed.

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Jon and I are really big fans of his work so we decided to go over his body of comic work and discuss some of our favorite books.

This is not a complete list of everything that has been published by Alan Moore.  This is a list of titles that Jon and I compiled that we think are excellent reads and we highly recommend picking these up in trades.

This is a 2 part conversation.  In this podcast, we cover the following and more:

  • D.R and Quinch
  • Captain Britain
  • V for Vendetta
  • Watchmen

I also talk about the ground breaking Marvelman (AKA Miracleman here in the states).  Here is the page that I read that let me know that I was in for a great and epic tale:

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This is from the original run and not the recent Marvel reprints.

All the titles that we cover in this podcast are worth their own individual podcasts and we will be returning to some of them in the future.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 23 – H. P. Lovecraft Halloween Special

It’s close to Halloween so we decided to talk about H. P. Lovecraft – the early 20th century cosmic horror author.  We talk about the man, his works and some of the many comics he has influenced.

We cover the following comics in this podcast:

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From left to right: Ed Brubaker’s Fatale, Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, Grant Morrison’s Nameless, Alan Moore’s Providence and Lovecraft Graphic Novel.

Here is the companion link for Providence.  It’s full of insight to the references made in the comic:

Here is the H. P. Lovecraft archive:

http://www.hplovecraft.com/index.aspx

We talk about the Lovecraft themes that run through each book and the overall story.  All these books are great and you should check them all out.

That’s enough talking for today.  Let’s get right to the podcast.

Your Comics pal,

Jim

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