Hello and welcome back to Comics Misremembered. I wanted to take a moment and post about the passing of a comics legend, Stan Lee. He was a man of vision. When he began writing in the 50s and 60s, a comic writer was considered an embarrassing job, but Stan saw it as an opportunity. With the help of some great artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan was able to create some of the greatest stories of all time that have gone on to be loved by generations.
Normally, we record our podcast on the weekend but due to schedules this week, we recorded the podcast as week early so we did not have the opportunity to talk about Mr. Lee’s passing. We will rectify this in our next podcast.
Speaking of great stories and creators, this week’s podcast ran through the Spider-man comics of the 80s. It is considered to be the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and it’s goes by the title – Kraven’s Last Hunt.
Kraven’s Last Hunt was a 6 issue miniseries that ran through the Spider titles in 1987. There were 3 books then which where: Amazing Spider-man, Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-man and Web of Spider-man.
The Story was written by J. M. DeMatteis with cover and interior artwork done by Mike Zeck (pencils) and Bob McLeod (inker).
Here are some of the covers:
Jon had never read this comic before and I only read it in a trade I picked up back in the early 90s. We explain in the podcast why this is a great comic and why anyone that is interested in Spider-man should pick it up and read it. It is a well crafted story about one of Spider-man’s lest known villains.
I teased that we will be reviewing a Punisher story this week. We decided to go back to his 1986 roots and review the 1st Punisher mini-series which will be later be collected and known as Punisher: Circle of Blood.
One of the things that make this mini-series great was Mike Zeck‘s artwork. His distinctive style will always be associated to the Punisher character. Most of the artwork from this series has been used on merchandise like posters, shirts, packaging, etc. In fact, here are some of the covers of the mini-series and a page from the interior work. You probably have seen this reproduced on other merch:
The other part that makes this a great story is the writer, Steven Grant. He started writing while working at Marvel and this was one of his first stories. He started strong with this series and would continue to write other Marvel titles like the Avengers and The Incredible Hulk.
Jon and I talk about what real world events influenced the creation of the Punisher and also where did the did he come from and who actually created the character.
We hope to talk about more Punisher stories in the near future.
Boston Comic Con is a 3 day event (Fri – Sun) where fans can meet comic artist, writers and comic book related celebrities. Jon and I have gone to it in years past and have always had a good time.
We went to it Sunday and we share our experience meeting establish artists and writers but also talking with independent artists. It was mostly good and a little bad and we will go over how it all went down.
Boy, am I beat. I was up early this morning to get drive down from Boston to Providence, RI to attend the RI Comic Con 2016.
This is my 1st time attending this specific show and I had a great time. I was there to meet 2 of my all time favorite artists: Mike Zeck and Michael Golden. I was lucky to meet both of them and bought some of their art work/books they had on sale.
Jon and I take a moment to reflect on the impact that both of these artists had in the 80s and beyond.
After that, Jon and I focus on the main point of this podcast: Doctor Strange. Both the comic and the recently released movie.
I have a very limit knowledge of Dr. Strange from his former comic series and Jon is only familiar with him from the current (and very excellent) series written by Jason Arron with art by Chris Bachalo.
We cover a brief history of the Dr. Strange and his known allies and enemies. Then we move in to talking about the movie.
We try to keep the movie discussion spoiler free and we do have 1 point where we warn you of possible spoilers.