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.
Remember that Flintstones episode where Fred gets the cops to sing the “Happy Anniversary” song to Wilma for their anniversary? What do you mean you don’t know what ‘Flintstones’ are? Well, go on Youtube and watch it. I’ll wait.
You’re back! Good. And you heard the song? Great. That song runs through my head every time someone mentions the word ‘anniversary’ and it’s happening now that I am going to talk about 3 recent anniversary issues:
Invincible Iron Man #600
Amazing Spider-man #800
Action Comics #1000
Jon and I reminisce about what we remember regarding anniversary issue back in the day and then we dive into talking about these 3 issues. The stipulation I give Jon on these comics is: If I was a new reader and this was my first issue reading about these characters, would I enjoy it?
I know that there are other anniversary issues that came out recently (Captain America #700 and Deadpool #300 to name a few) but these 3 issue illustrate what I think all milestone comics do: 1) the are the ending to an epic story line or 2) they are a starting on point to a new story line, direction or character (sometimes all 3).
I will tell you this regarding the 3 books: 1 is not very good, 1 is very excellent and 1 is a missed opportunity. Listen to the podcast to find out which is which.
In our last New Comics Review, we did mostly independent titles so we decided to do some Marvel and DC new comics this time around.
There are 4 reviews this week and here are the titles:
Writer Jason Aaron with Artist Ed McGuinness for Avengers #1 (Jim review)
Writer Charles Soule with Artist David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira for Hunt for Wolverine (Jon review)
Writer Tom Taylor with Artist R. B. Silva for Adamantium Agenda (Jon review)
Writers Joshua Williamson, James Tynion and Scott Snyder with Artist Francis Manapul for Justice League: No Justice (miniseries) (Jim review)
The downside of some of these books is that Marvel and DC are renumbering their flagship titles again (Marvel’s Avengers #1 and DC will relaunch Justice League at the end of No Justice as a #1) but the creators on these books and the stories that they are telling make this change a little easier to swallow.
The upside is that Avengers #1 is a great starting point for non-comic readers who saw Avengers: Infinity War and want a jumping on point for the comics. Same thing for Justice League: No Justice. Both books introduce you to the core members of each team and show you what else is hiding in the shadows of their perspective universes.
The Wolverine books bring you up to speed on what has happen to Wolverine since the evens of Death of Wolverine and Legacy. These books bring back familiar faces of villains and heroes of the mutant universe.
Jon and I were both very excited about the books we picked and hope that you find some new reading material.
PS – Sorry to Justice League: No Justice – I referred to the enemy characters as “Doom Titans” but they are actually called “Omega Titans“. That’s why we call the podcast Comics Misremembered.
You know summer is in the air when the blockbuster movies start to make their way to the movie theater and there is no bigger summer movie than Avengers Infinity War!
This is a big movie, with a big story and even bigger cast. I can say without any hype, there has not been a movie so many years in the making with a bigger pay off than this. You may think the Star Wars movies have an epic storyline – Avengers Infinity War’s story is even bigger! The stakes are huge and the heroes are desperate to “save the day”.
Now, I will not give any plot points away in this post but I can guarantee you that there are plenty of spoilers regarding the movie in our podcast.
So this is your first and last spoiler warning – we talk about the movie and go over critical plot points.
If you have not seen the movie and don’t want anything spoiled – DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST YET!!
Go see the movie (which we advise you to do) then come back and hit play on the podcast.
We will be talking about the epic 16 part weekly Avengers storyline that begins with issue #675: No Surrender!
The story is so humongous in scope that it need 3 writers and 3 artist to tell it:
Writers: Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub
Artists: Pepe Larraz, Paco Medina and Kim Jacinto
The only issues available so far are part 1 (675) and part 2 (676). We decided we wanted to get on this early so you don’t miss the boat on this story.
Jon has never been an Avengers fan so this is his first dip into their universe. In issue 675, we are introduced to Valerie Vector AKA Voyager…
You remember Valerie Vector! She was one of the founding members of the Avengers!! What do you mean you don’t remember her? Well, that is because she was just created this year and retconned (we explain what this term means in the podcast) into the Marvel Universe. This threw Jon for a loop because he thought she really was an older character. Besides introducing a golden age character we never met before, you also find out that the Earth has been stolen and it’s up to the Avengers to figure out who did it.
This is a great starting point for those that have never read this title and, with only 2 issues out, it seems that it will be a ripping yarn.
Here is a quick reference guide to the different Avengers teams that exist today:
Listen to the podcast and if you find it entertaining, then go out and pick up all 16 issues of the Avengers: No Surrender.
It was 25 years ago this year that DC started the story line that would become a major media event – The Death of Superman.
Jon and I start the podcast talking about what we remember when those issue that came out leading up to the actual death of Superman and the subsequent “Reign of Supermen” comics that would follow in it’s wake (is this a pun? Maybe.).
After that, we focus on the recently released Marvel Comic Event – Legacy #1. This was written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, Steven McNiven and many more!
Jon and I review that story lines of the first issue and prognosticate on the future of this miniseries and what Marvel is planning to do with all the Avenger/Spider-man family of books.
At the end of the Podcast, we give a shout out for Nick Spencer and his swan song to Captain America with the Generations: The Americas one shot.
It’s July and the start of big blockbuster movie season. This year, Marvel and Disney release Spider-Man: Homecoming which welcomes Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jon and I were determined to see this movie come Hell or high water! We had several road blocks which we describe in the podcast but we finally were able to see it and boy, did we like it!
We do a breakdown of the movie: Tom Holland’s performance, his high school co-stars and the motivation of the villain, Vulture. We also share some Easter Eggs from the movie. Very few spoilers in this podcast.
Once of the things we both agree on, The Scorpion from the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man comic run did not look like a scorpion…
I say he looks kind of like a green squirrel man. It was just an odd costume design.
Listen to the podcast to find out why we even begin to talk about the Scorpio.
Happy New Year, folks! Welcome to 2017 and I hope it is a peaceful and prosperous year for you.
We are back talking comics this week and the item on the table tonight is Civil War II or as I like to call it Civil Wat The Sequel. Jon and I have a lively and frank discussion on the story and it’s impact in the Marvel Universe.
There will be **spoilers** so if you have not read it (and think that you may want to read it in the near future) then go read it and come back once you are done.
We will answer the question:
Is Civil Wat II a battle between differing ideology of heroes on the concepts of fate and free will that at the conclusion of the series, the impacts of our heroes’ actions will be felt by the Marvel Universe for years to come?
Is Civil War II just a cash grab based on a popular miniseries?
Listen to the podcast and find out. Also, we mention that we were going to talk about Marvel’s other miniseries Death of X(and we were! Honest!) but we go so caught up in talking about Civil War Dos that we ran out of time. We will talk about Death of X next week.
Marvel and DC crossover comic events are very rare nowadays but that was not always the case. In fact, 20 years ago was one of the best Marvel/DC comic events that ever happened and it was called the Amalgam Universe!
These Amalgam comics were the result of a battle between the Marvel and DC universes…
The champions fought each other in a limited series called DC Versus Marvel (or Marvel Versus DC depending on which issue you were buying). The heroes battles each other and it caused such a mess that is smashed the 2 universes together in 1 amalgamated universe.
Jon and I reflect back on the events that lead up to the Amalgam Comics to be published. This will be a 2 part podcast so tune in next week for part 2.
There was this new movie that came out May 5th 2016 called Captain America: Civil War. Have you heard about it? This may be the biggest grossing Marvel Movie and it immediately became one of our top 3 comic book movies of all time and we will tell you why.
We have a 3rd party joining our podcast today – his name is Rick and he is a comic enthusiast. He is a fan of the podcast and lives locally so we gave him an opportunity to contribute to the podcast this week. I feel that he gave a unique perspective to the discussion and we hope to have him on future podcasts.
Before we start…
Major Spoilers Ahead!!
We will go over what we liked and what we would change. In order to give you a the best possible deconstruction and reasons why you should see it, we need to go over all the elements of the plot so if you have not see the movie, we recommend – see the movie (it’s really good) and then come back and listen to the podcast.
We also try to compare the movie to the comic equivalent but for a thorough review of the comic Civil War, go listen to our CM Podcast 40.
We talk comics, politics and movies in this one and we hope you enjoy it.
We like video games. So much so that Jon and I attended PAX East this year and saw a lot of great games that will be coming out through 2016. This got me thinking that there are many video games that feature superheroes and this would make for a good podcast.
We start off the show talking about the classic Konami arcade game – X-men: Children of the Atom. This was a standard ‘Beat’em Up‘ that features X-men characters beating up on well know villains like Juggernaut, The Toad and Magneto. What was unique about this game is that a special cabinet was made that allowed 6 people to play at once. Here is a pic of how it looked:
This is one of the first (if not only) arcade that allows 6 people to play at once. I had a great time playing this one back in the day.
WE spend some time going over the other great arcade games and eventually move on to some awesome console games like: Ultimate Spider-man, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-men Legends.
These games are great because they all have fantastic stories with dozens of Marvel characters (both heroes and villains). The more we talked about them, the more I want to go back and play the games.
We end the podcast talking about the greatest superhero video series: Batman – Arkham Series: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight. This series is the pinnacle of how all video games featuring heroes should be made.
Also, we are celebrating out 1 year anniversary of Comics Misremembered this month so thanks for listening and looking forward to another year of making podcasts!
Imagine if Marvel allowed for all of their comics to be “hacked” for 1 month and dozens of jokes and parodies were loaded into all their comics and then everything would go back to normal the following month.
This special, magical moment did happen in April of 1984 when Marvel allowed the Assistant Editors to run the books.
If you are not familiar with this time in comics, the premise is that all the regular Editors needed to leave the Marvel offices and attend a Comic Con. While away, the comics would be supervised by the Assistant Editors to ensure the comics would get out on time. And as the saying goes “While the cat is away, the mice will play.”
Assistant Editors Month was just a month long April Fools joke that resulted in some great parody stories and artwork. I was a young punk in 1984 so I relive my memories of buying some of these hilarious books and wish that Marvel would do a similar stunt with today’s comics.
Here are the covers to some of the comics I reviewed:
click on the thumbnail to view the comic cover – trust me, it’s worth it.
The stars aligned in order to make Assistant Editors Month happen – In 1984, Marvel was not owned by a billion dollar corporation and not bogged down in endless crossover events. They came up with a silly idea and hit a home run with these books. Will we ever get another version of Assistant Editors month? As the magic 8-Ball might say “Chances look cloudy.”
We are putting on our nostalgia glasses and looking back in time to the beginning of the 80s. Comic books stores were starting to gain popularity and the comic industry was going through a renaissance. Jim Shooter, Editor In Chief for Marvel during the 80s wanted to make comics that had mature themes (like religion, philosophy and politics among others) and could be sold through the direct market of the comics stores so that these comics would not have to go through the Comics Authority Code association. Through this idea came the Marvel imprint company called Epic Comics.
Jim appointed Archie Goodwin to be the editor of the Epic line of comics and that imprint put out some of the best comics that exist. Titles like:
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Alien Legion, Dreadstar and original graphic novels like Iron Man: Crash.
This podcast comes in 2 parts: Episode 43 where Jon and I talk about why Epic Comics existed and we go over some of the earlier titles like the ones mentioned above.
Episode 44 – part 2 -This will post next week, Jon and I do a deeper dive in to 4 specific Epic miniseries.
Epic put out some great stuff and most of it can be bought in trade paperbacks. We hope that by listening to this podcast, we turn you on to some intelligent and well written comics.
This week is something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The Old is that we are reviewing Marvel’s 2007 Civil War miniseries. The New is the brand new Marvel’s Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill comic that came out. The Borrowed is that Standoff will lead into Civil War II which is a retread of Civil War. Finally, The Blue is the blue curtain that holds back the new DC Comics Rebirth and it is not going to be fun.
Part 1: Civil War
Jon and I go over the 2007 Civil War miniseries – How a group of careless heroes’ prime time TV adventure leads to one of the biggest atrocities in the Marvel universe. This event triggers government action and starts the Super Hero Registration Act. Heroes choose sides: to register and work for the government or rebel and protect your own free liberties. It is a great story and we are looking forward to the movie.
Then we move on to Part 2…
Avengers: Standoff – Welcome to Pleasant Hill.
We both liked this stand alone comic and the surprises that it holds so instead of spoiling any of the stories, Jon and I talk about 2 TV shows that are similar in concept and theme to the comic.
Finally, we move on to part 3…
DC’s Rebirth– We dislike Rebirth. I mean, we really, really don’t like this. This project is so unnecessary and we both feel DC will turn off many long time fans of their comics. This will be the beginning of Reboot Blow Back. This is bad for comics and we explain why.