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.

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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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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Reboot Review 18: Legion of Super-Heroes #75 & Legionnaires #32 (Dec. 1995)



On this episode of Reboot Review, I'll be providing a recap and commentary to the 2 Legion-related issues tying into DC Comics' 1995 line-wide x-over event, Underworld Unleashed!

21 years ago, the villains of the DCU were unleashed (as the name suggests) on the earth - and on the timestream!  This event - where heroes took on some unfamiliar foes - provided some interesting match-ups, not the least of which was the Legion facing off against old Atom enemy, Chronos!

In these issues we also see the (near) return of the timelost XS, and the introduction of a couple of important supporting characters.  If you're so inclined:

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy 75th Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1 (Sep. 1991)


On this episode, I wanted to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of one of comics' most important characters, Wonder Woman!  About a year back I recorded a 75th birthday special for Green Lantern (it was very early in my podcasting career, so listen at your own risk), in which I looked back at how GL's 50th anniversary was celebrated.

I wanted to do something similar for Diana, so I'll be having a look back at War of the Gods, which was not only a 50th anniversary celebration, but was also meant to crown George Perez's groundbreaking 5 year run on the character.  I don't consider the event to be a success, but it still does hold a special place in my heart.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reboot Review 17: Legion of Super-Heroes #74 & Legionnaires #31 (Nov. 1995)


This time out, I'll be providing a recap and commentary to parts 2 & 3 of the 3-part x-over between Superboy and the Legion titles, from November, 1995!

Will Valor finally be released from the Stasis Zone?  Which old Superboy villain has survived 1000 years only to confront his foe and the Legion on a distant planet?  How will Superboy and the Legion fare against the Philosopher's Stone?  Believe me, this ain't Hogwarts!  To find out the answers to these questions and more, you can:

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Air Fighters: Steve Savage, The Balloon Buster - All-American Men of War #112 (Dec. 1965)


In this episode, I'll be circling back to one of the main inspirations for this show, Steve Savage the Balloon Buster!  Despite the very few appearances made by this obscure DC war hero, some of the top names in comics worked on his feature, and it really produced some top notch genre stories.  Check out a recap of the Maverick Ace's very 1st adventure and,

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reboot Review 16: Superboy #21 (Nov. 1995)


In this episode of Reboot Review, I'll be providing a little recap to the 1st of a 3-part x-over between Superboy and the Legion titles, from November, 1995!

Plus, I'll be providing a very brief character overview of Valor, a central figure to this special x-over, and arguably the 'most important hero in the universe!'

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