On December 14, 2018 Sony released their 2nd Spider-man related project called Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse.
Now, Venom was Sony’s first Spider-man adjacent movie and it was…okay. Now, Sony is going to do a Miles Morales Spider-man movie…and it’s animated. At the time, my hopes were not too high on this one.
My tune would change though as the lights dimmed in the theater and I was pleasantly surprised by this new animated Ultimate Marvel universe that had Miles Morales as its center. The story was well written. The characters behaved similar to their comic counterparts. The animation was unique enough to make your head turn but one thing that stood out…color.
The vivid…eye catching…color.
WOW! This movie is a visual feast! I did not know how much color existed in the universe until I saw this movie. I guess my eyes were dimmed by the DC monotone tints.
Also, there was plenty of humor in the story as well. This movie had its share of melodrama but it also balanced it with some jokes and good old fashioned slap stick.
Listen to the podcast. Jon and I will tell you a hundred and one reasons to see this movie. Just because it’s an animated movie, don’t let that deter you from seeing it. It is well worth your time. Once you leave, you will be a fan of Miles Morales and Sony Animation.
In October 2018, Sony pictures released Venom – a Marvel property that is not directly connected to the MCU. It stars Tom Hardy and received modest reviews. It made over $800 million world wide, but is it worth watching? Especially if you grew up reading the Amazing Spider-man comic from the 90s?
Well, I can only speak for myself so it you are a fan of David Michelinie and Todd MacFarlane‘s run on Amazing Spider-man…
You may not be a fan of the movie. I was underwhelmed at Eddie Brock’s character in the movie. Jon on the other hand, did not read the 90s Spider-man comic and he thought the Venom movie was great!
Listen to the podcast to find out why our opinions are so disparate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For me, there were a lot of great things happening in the 90s. There was great music like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Great Cinema like Dances with Wolves, Silence of the Lambs and Unforgive – actual Oscar winner movies that you wanted to watch! Bill Clinton was in the White House and everything was right in the world…at least for a little bit.
The worst thing we had to worry about was terrible comic story lines. Tonight, for our 100th podcast – we will share with you one of the 90s worst story lines – Spider-man’s Clone Saga.
I don’t remember much about the story. There was some of this…
and then I remember some of this…
I think this happened…
And some other stuff. We go over some details in the podcast. To be honest, the Clone Saga was not that interesting of a story idea. I was more interested in the office politics and stories that they threw away than the actual one that they used.
I think the 90s and this story can be summed up with this cover:
From the gaudy computer graphic font to the specialized, laminated cover – this comic embodies all that was wrong with Marvel and story telling in the 1990s. There is more computer generated stuff on the cover than actual art work! I am glad that this fad passed and we are getting back to story telling again. Mostly getting back.
Jon and I had a blast misremembering this story and recording this podcast. We hope to do 100 more and beyond and we hope you enjoy listening to them.
Image Comics will be celebrating 25 years in comics this month. Hard to believe that a fledgling studio founded by “rockstar” artists who would go on to make millions of dollars would still be around today.
Image was founded by Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Erik Larson, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and… Todd McFarlane.
Our podcast will be focusing on Todd’s comic creation, SPAWN!
This 1st issue went on to sell 1.7 million copies. Sure that seems like a lot but that could have been a fluke! It was was thanks to the plucky spirit of the creators that Image studios persevered.
Jon and I go over a brief history of Todd McFarlane’s career prior to Spawn and then we will talk about the meager begins of the demonic anti-hero.
Press play for a little history lesson on one of the founding fathers of the Image Universe.
Your Comics Pal,
Comics Misremembered Podcast 89
I found the farting Violator video clip on YouTube. This a the highlight of the movie so if you never saw it… you’re welcome.
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.
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.”