CM Podcast 271 – The Golden Age (1993 comic review)

We have been watching the CW show: Star Girl – which is set on Earth-2 and references the heroes and villains of the Golden Age of DC. The show does a good job of using the Golden Age villains and heroes without being too hokey or corny.

While watching the show, I was reminded on how I got to know the Golden Age characters as a comic reader. It was back in the early 90s, DC has a JSA comic series and I was enjoying it. Getting to become familiar with the Golden Age version of Green Lantern and Flash while learning about new characters like Hour Man, Wild Cat, Starman and others. Remember, we had no internet back then so I only had back issue and new comics to give me backstory.

In 1993, a relatively unknown writer, James Robinson pitched an Elseworlds story (The What If? equivalent for DC) about most of the JSA heroes called The Golden Age. It would feature art by the awesome Paul Smith and had colors by Richard Ory. DC would publish it as a 4 part prestige series between 1993 – 1994.

The Golden Age is an awesome mystery story that helped me learn a lot about the Golden Age Heroes. Did you know there was a Robot Man before Cliff Steele? Did you know there were multiple speedsters in the Golden Age like Jay Garrick, Johnny Chambers and Libby Lawrence? Did you know the Golden Age Atom was called that because he was small not because he became small? All this and more will be revealed to you.

This series does a great job at making these Golden Age characters feel believable while introducing them the the problem and politics of the real world in 1940 – 1955. It takes on issues like World War II, Communism and McCarthyism (Not McCartneyism – that has to do with Rock n Roll and screaming teenage girls).

***Spoilers Ahead***

Jon and I talk about the history on how this book was made and then go over plot points and characters. We don’t spoil the final act of the book but we do go over most of the story.

We highly recommend reading this story. It has some ties to the Star Girl series and will bring you up to speed on most of the Golden Age heroes.

Comics Misremembered Podcast 271

CM Podcast 115 – New Comics Review

Another new comics review is here.  There are new comics and new series that start each week and it is our duty to inform you on what series are worth your time and money.

This week Jon and I have 4 comics that we will be reviewing and the podcast follows this order:

Comic 1 – Jon Review

Robotech # 1 – Titan Books

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Writer: Brian Woods

Artist: Marco Turini

A British publishing company is producing a comic based on an American anime that originated in Japan.  Jon gives the details on the update on a fan favorite series.

Comics 2 and 3 – Jim Review

Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting – DC

Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV

Artists: Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr.

These 2 books are the prelude to the Dark Multiverse series: The Metal.  Jim reviews them and lets you know why they are must reads for new and long time DC fans.

The final review is…

Comic 4 – Jon review

Felix Leiter – Dynamite

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Writer: James Robinson

Artist: Aaron Campbell

Ian Fleming’s American take on the super spy.  Jon reviews the first issue of this new series from Dynamite.

See you next week.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 115