CM Podcast 215 – The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 2

Welcome back to the 2nd half of our discussion on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s seminal X-Men storyline: The Dark Phoenix Saga.

In this podcast, we pick up were we left off: The X-Men escaping the clutches of the Hellfire Club and heading back to the X-Mansion. During their flight back, Jean Grey loses control of the Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix emerges…

As you can tell from these covers, the X-Men do not have a good time when the Dark Phoenix is around. The Dark Phoenix attempts to kill all the X-Men, then she goes and snuffs out a galaxy and finally the X-Men have to fight for their lives and the fate of Jean Grey…on the moon. There is a lot of story and we try to cover all of it and more in the podcast.

We also take a look behind the scenes to find out what decisions Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and co-plotters: Chris Claremont and John Byrne made to come to the epic conclusion of the X-Men story.

Towards the end of the podcast, I explain why the Legion of Superheroes (group on the left) look a lot like the Shi’ar Imperial Guard (group on the right).

If you have never read the Dark Phoenix Saga, we highly recommend checking it out. You can read it digitally through Marvel.com or buy a trade paperback like we did. Thanks for listening and we will see you next week.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 215

CM Podcast 170 – John Byrne’s 2112

In last week’s podcast, I mentioned that I met Tom King at the Fax Expo Boston and he saw me carrying a copy of John Byrne’s 2112 graphic novel.  King asked if he could look at it and I began to tell him the history of how this book was made.  I did not get to meet John Byrne but it gave me an idea.

This was the impetus for this week’s podcast.  Jon has never read the graphic novel 2112 and I always like covering old comics so I thought we will do a review of it…

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Here is the cover.  Pretty cool, right?  It has dinosaurs there and tall futuristic towers in the back.  I know what you are thinking…”Dinosaurs are from the past!  How did they get into the future?!”  Well, we will find out together.  Also, there is the image of a masked man.  Who is this mystery man?  Well, that would be…

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Sathanus!  The main antagonist in our story.  You knew he was going to be a bad guy.  How many guys in masks with red eyes turn out to be humanitarians?  His mutant power…er, I mean – Halfling power (not mutant) is that he sucks the life out of people like a vampire.  He was born to be the bad guy and he has ‘anus’ in his name so that makes him an a-hole.

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Here is an image of Sathanus…uh, sucking.  Pretty brutal.  But who will be brave enough to take down this heel?  Why that would be…

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Agent Red – our main hero.  This scene is early on in the comic and as you can see here is a tough and stoic man.  Jon mentions in the podcast that Agent Red reminds him of Judge Dredd and that is an apt description.

Jon and I go over the graphic novel and let you know if this is something to be on the look out for next time you are at your local comic shop or flea market.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 170

CM Podcast 169 – Boston Comic Con 2018

This year, the Boston Comic Con officially changed it’s name to Fan Expo Boston 2018 but I will always call it Boston Comic Con.

It was was held at the South Boston Convention Center (SBCC) for the 2nd year in a row and I hope it stays there going forward.

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This is a picture of the outside of the SBCC

Fan Expo was going big on the celebrities this year with features like: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Billy Dee Williams, Evangeline Lilly and many more.

I was not interested in those celebrities.  Our main draw were the comic creators.  They had John Byrne, Jim Lee, Tom King, J. Scott Campell and many more.

Jon and I spent last Sunday there.  We let you know who we met and what we saw…

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 169

CM Podcast 15 – John Byrne retrospective part 3

The final part in our John Byrne Trilogy  – The Week 15 podcast part 3.

In this podcast, Jon and myself talk about Byrne’s work in the late 80’s into the 90’s.

Superman: Man of Steel – This was Byrne’s 1989 reboot of the Superman franchise.  Jon and myself don’t really care for Superman so we both have not read it but we go over a couple of facts I found on the internet.

After a few years with DC, Byrne comes back to Marvel and takes over West Coast Avengers.  The first change he makes is to call it Avengers West Coast and then goes no to write and draw on of the most epic Vision stories titled Vision Quest.  We talk about the bizarre love triangle (apologies to New Order) between Vision, The Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man.  Jon gives the best line in this discussion “Kids, practice safe hex.”  This will one day become a T-Shirt.  Bryne is also responsible for the creation of a 3rd Avengers team called The Great Lake Avengers.

We end this discussion with John Byrne’s independent work with Dark Horse.  He creates John Byrne’s Next Men.  I go over how this project was almost a DC then a Marvel property but it ultimately goes to Dark Horse.

If you want to see some of John Byrne’s excellent pencils and inks then check out this tumblr account – John Byrne Draws.  It is not run by John Byrne:

http://johnbyrnedraws.tumblr.com/

John Byrne’s official sitehttp://www.byrnerobotics.com/

Here is a funny cover featuring The Great Lake Avengers:

And finally, here is the Master Pandemonium cover that I told you will give you the night terrors:

Thanks for listening,

Jim

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CM Podcast 15 – John Byrne retrospective part 2

Welcome to the mid-week comic post.  The topics is still the creator, John Byrne.

Part 2 of the podcast continues the discussion of Byrne and Claremont’s run on the Uncanny X-men and Byrne’s final story arc: The Dark Phoenix Saga.

Then we focus on the next book Byrne takes over: The Fantastic Four.  He takes over writing and drawing the book starting with # 232 and ending with issue #295.  This was a 5 year story run and it has some of the greatest Dr. Doom stories ever.  I go into detail on some of these stories.  This run was also a change in the dynamic of the team.  Traditionally, the Fantastic Four was always: Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Girl, The Human Torch and the Thing.  Byrne’s new line up is: Mr. Fantastic, changing The Invisible Girl into The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and adding She-Hulk in place of the Thing.  At this time, The Thing has left the Fantastic Four and goes on his own solo adventures in his own book (which was also written and some issues drawn by John Byrne).  Also, I meant to say “The Trial of Reed Richards” and not “The Trial of Galactus”.

Jon (not John Byrne) then gets started on Alpha Flight, a book Byrne drew and wrote at the same time as the Fantastic Four (who does this?  No one anymore!).  We learn about Guardian, Snowbird, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Sasquatch.

I add in this podcast that John Byrne does a short art run on the Avengers prior to the Fantastic Four and one of the characters he helps create (with Roger Stern) is Scott Lang – The 2nd Ant-Man.

Here are some of the covers that we talk about:

1) The infamous and often duplicated Uncanny X-Men #141.

2) The comic cover that turn me on to John Byrne and the Fantastic Four – Fantastic Four #268

3) The very funny Fantastic Four #275 when a adult magazine gets a photo of She-Hulk topless and how she handles the publisher at the end of the issue is classic.

Enjoy the second part of this 3 part discussion on John Byrne,

Jim

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CM Podcast 15 – John Byrne retrospective

Hello and welcome to Week 15 – Comics Misremembered Podcast 15.  Today Jon and myself pay tribute to a writer and artist that left a creative imprint on comics and it grew into other media like TV and movies.  That creator is John Byrne.  John Byrne started as an artist in the comic industry and became one of the most influential writers/artists in the comics industry.

Jon and myself review the history of John Byrne’s career with part 1 of this multi-part podcast.  We start with his humble beginnings with Charlton Comics and how this lead to a starting artist position on Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men.

Listen to us start the tale of one of the greatest artist/writers in the comic industry.  I will try and get the second part published mid-week.

Jim

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