Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Favorite Coluan: Adventures of Superman Annual #2 & L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 Annual #1 (1990)

My favorite Coluan is by far the Legion of Super-Heroes' Brainiac 5 - and I love reading stories about his adventures in the far future.  But if there's anything better than reading about 1 Brainiac, it's reading about 2!  Brainiac 5's infamous descendants, Vril Dox I, better known as one of Superman's greatest enemy, Brainiac & Vril Dox II were central to a 1990 x-over between the Man of Steel and the interstellar peacekeeping organization, L.E.G.I.O.N.

Please join me as I recap and comment on this story featuring two Doxes and lots of  'daddy issues' - as it's not only a great read, but also has some special significance to the super-future teens of the Legion of Super-Heroes!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ms. Tree Theatre: Eclipse Magazine #s 1 - 3 (May-Nov. 1981)

I've been thinking hard, lately, about reviving this neglected feature - and now it's time to put thought into action!  In this new Ms. Tree Theatre, I'll be recapping & commenting on the 1st 3 installments of the Eclipse Magazine story arc that introduced Max Allan Collins' & Terry Beatty's iconic private investigator, Ms. Michael Tree! 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ITG's ABCs: Phantom Lady Action Comics Weekly #s 636-641 (Jan. - Mar. 1989)

On this episode of ITG's ABCs (which is short for Anthology & Back-up Comics Stories), I'll be taking a look at the 6-part Phantom Lady serial from Action Comics Weekly #s 636-641!

This series introduced a new legacy hero to the DCU, as recent college grad Dee Tyler attempts to fill the singular one-piece of Golden Age great, Sandra Knight!  I think Dee showed some potential, and writer Len Strazewski packed this series with ideas that I think could have supported an ongoing series, had the public demanded it.  Still, we're left with what I think is one of the more enjoyable Action Comics Weekly features, so please have a listen to my recap!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Where's the Trade? Angel & the Ape (1968)

On this episode of Where's the Trade?, I'll be taking a quick look back at DC's late 60s humor title, Angel & the Ape, and then the Christmas spirit hijacks the show, as I recap the A&A story from Limited Collectors' Editon C-34, Christmas with the Super-Heroes cover dated March 1975!

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Thanks for listening, and I wish you the absolute best 2017!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ITG's ABCs: Flash 80-Page Giant #2 (Apr. 1999)

On this episode of ITG's ABCs (which is short for Anthology & Back-up Comics Stories), I'll be taking a look at a little 10-page gem from the collection, The Flash 80-Page Giant #2, cover dated April 1999!

Worlds collide as the final fate of the (Wally West) Flash is seen through the perspective of the 30th century, home time of the Legion of Super-Heroes!  I'll be recapping this Tom Peyer/Steve Lightle short story, and also dive a little bit into my own 'Flash-story' talking about my history with the character.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shanna Showcase 17: Marvel Fanfare #s 58-59 (Aug.-Oct. 1991)

This time out, I'll be finishing up coverage of a 4-part Shanna solo serial, from Marvel Fanfare #s 58-59!  In this adventure, writer Steve Gerber attempts to redefine the conflict between the jungle queen's civilized nature and her wild side. To me, this is Shanna's most fascinating aspect - was Gerber successful?  Find out and -

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reboot Review Bonus! Q & A w/ Tom Peyer

It's Thanksgiving week, and one of the things I'm thankful for recently was the opportunity to have some questions answered via email by former Legion writer, Tom Peyer!

Tom began writing the Legion in 1994 at the dawn of the post-Zero Hour reboot, and was one of the architects of a new future and helped develop a new vision for the 30th century.  Please check out the Q & A below, in which Tom talks a little about his time on the Legion.

Also, be sure to check out Tom on Twitter, and his latest work, co-writing (along w/ Mark Waid) the fantastic Captain Kid, published by Aftershock Comics.


How did you come to write the Legion/Legionnaires? You were working on REBELS at the time, correct?  Were you always a Legion fan?

I was a kid in the Silver Age, so I'd read a million Legion stories. But part of me held it against the Legion that their series replaced "Tales of the Bizarro World" in the back of Adventure Comics. That "Bizarro World" was the far superior series should have been obvious to everyone--but people are fools. They refuse to see. ​Many years later, in writing the Legion, I was finally able to make my peace with them. Bringing me aboard was Mark Waid's idea; it was the start of a writing collaboration that continues to this day with Captain Kid.

Was the idea of a fresh start for the Legion appealing? Any regret not working on versions of the Legion characters you may have read & enjoyed in the past?

Like I said, I was a Silver Age kid. To me, those are the real comics  and most of what came after is karaoke.​ I would have enjoyed calling the Legionnaires by their 60s code names--This Lass and That Lad. The rocket clubhouse, Superboy, Proty--I missed all of it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ITG's ABCs: Weird Western Tales #48-49 (Oct.-Nov. 1978)

On this episode, I'm debuting a new feature called ITG's ABCs (which is short for Anthology & Back-up Comics Stories).  On ABCs, I'll be recapping the short tales (typically 8 pages in length) found in titles like World's Finest & Adventure Comics or in the back of comics like Unknown Soldier or (in this case) Weird Western Tales. 

I've been looking forward to this feature, as it will allow me to broaden the number of characters and types of stories I'll be able to cover on this podcast.  First up, getting the ABCs treatment, is DC's western character Cinammon!  This determined firebrand made only 2 lead feature appearances (both covered here) before fading into obscurity at the dawn of the 1980s.

If a wild western adventure is up your alley, and you think 9 pages of story is just too much, I invite you to:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Shanna Showcase 16: Marvel Fanfare #s 56-57 (1991)

Shanna Showcase is back with a look at the 1st 2 chapters of a Shanna 4-parter 13 years in the making!  Dusted off to help wind down the anthology series, Marvel Fanfare, an unearthed Steve Gerber Shanna script (ca. 1978) with completed pencils for only the 1st chapter was given to artist Bret Blevins to finish up - with mixed results.

Join me as I recap the 1st 1/2 of this Shanna solo story, from Marvel Fanfare #s 56-57, providing commentary & context along the way!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Happy Halloween, Dr. Thirteen! Adventure Comics #428 (Aug. 1973)

Another Halloween means another look back at an adventure of the 'physician of phenomenology,' the 'surgeon of skepticism' (my phrases), Dr. Terrence Thirteen!  Last year around this time I spoke a bit about the good Dr.'s publishing history, and recapped a couple of his adventures - including his 1st appearance, and his confrontation with the Spectre - this year, I'll be taking a look at one of Dr. Thirteen's solo stories (in the issue of Adventure Comics that debuted Black Orchid) gorgeously illustrated by Tony Dezuniga!

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