We live in a time when men claim to be great in their rhetoric but their actions say otherwise. And even though they claims for these men are confirmed false, they still have thousands of die hard supporters. If only we had a silver alien from another planet to testify to humanity and call out these false saviors.
Unfortunately, this is the real world so we won’t get the Silver Surfers help but we have the next best thing: Silver Surfer: Parable – the collected trade by Stan Lee and Moebius (Jean Giraud) published originally by Epic Comics and later collected in trade by Marvel. Maybe if we can convince everyone on the planet to read this comic, we will have less strife in the world.
Silver Surfer: Parable is a really great read. The immediate attraction is the great Moebius art. His unique and detailed take of Galactus and the Silver Surfer are fantastic. You also are getting Stan Lee writing a comic in almost 20 years. Stan Lee is at his peak with the dialogue through the 2 issues. This was written in the late 80s were the rule of the land according to Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko was “Greed is good.” Lee and Moebius put out a book that stated beware false idols that espoused avarice and power because they will lead to your downfall.
I am reviewing it 30 later and the message still needs to be broadcast to all people and is as relevant as ever. If you have never read this, go out and purchase it. It is a book you will be revisiting many time over.
In the podcast, I go over the history of the Silver Surfer and Galactus from Fantastic Four #48 and how it relates to this updated version in Parable. I talk about how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Silver Surfer using the Marvel Method and how Stan pitched the Marvel Method to Moebius for Parable and how Moebius was stunned at this process. I then go into talking about the story.
I continue celebrating my birth month with comic related items that I don’t think Jon would be interested in reviewing, and to be honest, I didn’t have much interest in this week’s item but I did have fun reviewing it…
Man-Thing: The Movie
The purpose of this podcast is to help promote comics and other items like movies and shows that are related to the comic industry and that are fun to read and watch. This week, I am making an exception.
Man-Thing: The Movie is bad. Really. It is a terrible film and should never been release or even made. If it’s so bad, why am I talking about it? Well, it is a perfect example of how Hollywood gets its mitts on a comic property and instead of taking some time to read the backstory of the character and incorporating that history into the movie, they decide to make a typical Hollywood movie that is a comic book movie in name only.
Movies like The Shadow, The Phantom, the 80s Captain America movie and the Dolph Lundgren Masters of the Universe and Punisher movie are all prime examples of how Hollywood got comic book movies wrong.
Look at the designs of Man-Thing. Here is a comparison of the comic versus the movie creature:
On the left is what the comic version is supposed to look like. The picture on the right looks more like Swamp Thing than Man-Thing. Also, the movie has Man-Thing have these jittery tendrils. Do you see any tendrils in the picture on the left? Not really. Maybe the things on his face but that is it. The movie has him loaded with tendrils. So much so, that you may mistake him for Cthulhu.
Here is the end scene of the movie. It shows how wrong the movie got the design of Man-Thing and also sums up the entire plot in 2 minutes…
Even though this movie is a hot mess. I have a good time going over the history of the character, talking about the terrible acting and throwing out ideas for good Man-Thing projects for the future.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
Back in 1986, Marvel was celebrating 25 years of comics. Jim Shooter (Editor In Chief at Marvel) decided he wanted to do something special to commemorate Marvel comics so he and a few other writers and artist put their heads together and created the Marvel New Universe.
The New Universe would be different than the existing one. It would be even more realistic. Actions would have consequences and it would not rely on Myth, hidden alien races and supertechnology to tell a story.
One of the launch titles in the NU would be D. P. 7 which stands for Displaced Paranormals 7
(From left to right: DP7 premier issue, the great Wampus cover of issue 4, the final issue of a 32 issue miniseries – hilarious and the cover to the trade)
DP7 was written by Mark Gruenwald with art by Paul Ryan. Since this universe cannot have mutants, they would get paranormals – a small group of the population would receive powers thanks a world event called The White Event.
I read some of the original DP7 comics back in the day but Jon has never seen them. I picked up the Trade Paper Back called DP7 Classic which collected the first 9 issues and thought it would be a great, goofy ride of nostalgia and I was right.
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.