Jack Kirby Created Some Amazing Romance Comics!
Amir and Jason were intrigued to read the romance comics of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, so they dug out their copies of the 2012 Young Romance anthology and read a couple of the stories from that volume. And the stories weren't just good - they were great! Hear the guys rave about these amazing comics and then come back next week for more fun conversation about the most suprising romance comics ever published.
November 28, 2022
Punisher: POV #4 is the '80s action thriller we wish we'd watched
Amir and Jason have had their complaints abou the first three issues of Punisher: POV by Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson and Bill Wray. But they loved issue four, with its totally awesome '80s action vibee and its superlative art by Wrightson. Come hear the guys analyze why the comic deserves to be read -- even if it doesn't quite rise to the level of Batman: the Cult, the comic it sort of its a sequel to.
November 21, 2022
With Issue 3, Punisher: POV seems to find its footing
Amir and Jason complained about issue 2 of Punisher: POV. But with issue 3, either the comic hits its groove or Amir and Jason just get attuned to it, because the third issue is like a John Carpenter film or a Nightmare on Elm Street film, a strange, spooky, occasionally scary monster movie from the early 1990s. The guys dig into that insight and have fun enjoying this comic's odd vibe.
November 14, 2022
It's by Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrighthson and Bill Wray. So why is Punisher POV So Disappointing?
Despite an all-star cast of creators - the same group who created the excellent Batman: The Cult - the later series Punisher POV is very disappointing. Jason and Amir look at this comic and call out some of the places it fell short - and some of the places the creators could have improved it.
November 07, 2022
Looking at Punisher: POV, the sort-of sequel to Batman: the Cult
Amir and Jason really enjoyed reading Batman: the Cult, so they had to move ahead and discuss the proposed sequel to that powerful mini, Punisher P.O.V., which juxtaposes a psychological horror story with an intriguing meditation on vigilantism. Join them for a very interesting discussion.
October 03, 2022
Is Batman: the Cult #4 a Great Conclusion to an Excellent Series?
This week, Amir and Jason wrap up their discussion of Batman: the Cult by Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson and Bill Wray, with a discussion of issue 4, which intends to wrap things up, but doesn't quite do the job perfectly. The guys bat around the brilliance of Wrightson's art, the superfluesness of Robin, and the small touches which might have made this final issue even more satisfying. Join them for 27 minutes of spirited discussion!
September 26, 2022
Batman: the Cult #3 ramps up the horror and makes us wonder how Batman and Robin can possibly win
Amir and Jason are back to discuss Batman: the Cult #3 by Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson and Bill Wray. This is anotehr dark, intense issue which makes the guys wonder how our heroes can possibly escape their horrible fate. Join Jason & Amir for a 28 minute chat about this comic - then make sure to seek Batman: the Cult out for yourself.
September 12, 2022
Batman: the Cult #2 is a brillaintly done, completely terrifying comic
Amir and Jason are back to discuss Batman: the Cult #2 by Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson and Bill Wray. Once again the creative team are hitting on all cylinders, delivering a shocking and great story about Batman beginning to reach his limits. Join them for a 22 minute chat about this comic - then make sure to seek Batman: the Cult out for yourself.
August 29, 2022
Batman: the Cult #1 is a wildly violent and exciting comic book
Last week, after they finished discussing The Infinity Gauntlet, Amir and Jason decided they wanted to review another comic written by the great Jim Starlin. They decided to look at the roughly contemporary miniseries Batman: the Cult, with art by Bernie Wrightson and colors by Bill Wray. They expected brillaint storytelling by Wrightson, but they didn't quite expect the hyper violent script by Starlin nor the exquiste colors by Wray. Join them for an interesting 26-minute exploration of this most unique comic.
August 01, 2022
Infinity Gauntlet 6 Sticks the Landing!
Amir and Jason have loved every issue of the 1991 Marvel limited series The Infinity Gauntlet. And the final issue, issue #6, gives readers a thoroughly satisfying climax, complete with a smart conclusion to several story arcs and some character beats that wrap the series perfectly. Join them for 28 minutes of discussion we hope wyou will think is as excellent as the comic itself. If you enjoyed the pod, please subscribe and leave feedback.
July 25, 2022
Infinity Gauntlet #5... or Why Jim Starlin is becoming Amir's favorite writer
Amir and Jason continue their read of Infinity Gauntlet, about as solid a set of early '90s Marvel Comics as anyone can hope to find. It's a brilliant cosmic epic, great enough for Amir to declare that Starlin is quickly becoming one of his favorite writers. Join us for 23c minutes to learn why. If you enjoyed the pod, please rate, share and comment!
July 18, 2022
Infinity Gauntlet #4 is... Wow, This Series Stays Great!
Amir and Jason are back and they're continuing their look at Infinity Gauntlet. With issue #4, things are starting to get rough and it seems like people are going to die. Lots and lots of people, starting with people with names like Wolverine, Hulk and Captain America. Join Amir and Jason for 25 minutes and hear them chat about how deftly the team of Starlin, Perez and Lim deliver this thrilling tale.
July 11, 2022
Amir and Jason are still thinking about George Pérez, so they dive into Infinity Gauntlet #3
George Pérez did some brilliant work in his long and amazing comics career, and he did some of his finest work ever on Infinity Gauntlet, with writing by the great Jim Starlin. Join Amir and Jason for a discussion of the amazingly great Infinity Gauntlet #3, a series that continues to be way better than we thought it would be.
June 13, 2022
Amir and Jason Love Infinity Gauntlet #2
Jason and Amir continue their look at the Jim Starlin - George Perez classic The Infinity Gauntlet #2 - yep, the comic that started it all - and find that it continues the awesomeness of the first issue and works as a wonderful tribute to everything Perez brought to his comics work.
June 08, 2022
In Honor of the Great George Pérez, Amir and Jason Look at Infinity Gauntlet #1
Jason and Amir were saddened by the recent death of the great George Pérez, so they had to look at one of his most classic comics. To their mutual surprise, both the guys really enjoyed Infinity Gauntlet #1, especially the brilliant art by Pérez. Come listen to their celebration of the art of one of modern comics' greatest masters.
May 16, 2022
In Memory of the Late Neal Adams, A Look at Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali
Amir and Jason were both saddened by the death of the great Neal Adams, so this was the perfect time for them to break out their copies of Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali and talk about perhaps the greatest comic Adams ever created. Give the episode a listen and enjoy the celebration of one of the most important cartoonists of all time.
May 02, 2022
The Last Ditko Dr. Strange Comics Are Brilliant!
Amir had never read Steve Ditko's final "Doctor Strange" stories -- or even any Ditko Strange tales - so when Jason suggested they disucss these classics, Amir readily agreed. But Amir was surprised by how great these comics were, and how wonderful Ditko's storytelling was in these stories. Listen in for a 35-minute chat as the guys discuss this truly classic comic work.
April 18, 2022
The Askew Brilliance of Eightball #8
Amir and Jason have been huge fans of the work of Daniel Clowes. So when Amir suggested they read an issue of Clowes's Eightball, they agreed it was a must-read. So they chose Eightball #8, from 1992(!), which finds Clowes at his most angsty, with a chapter of "Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron", backed by a half-dozen experiences in angst and pain. It's a great comic and a great listen and we hope you spend 25 minutes with us.
April 04, 2022
You know Miyazaki's anime, but have you read his manga of "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind"?
Like everyone, Jason is a fan of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. So Amir mentioned to Jason that Miyazaki had created a manga series of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the guys agreed they had to read it to discuss for Classic Comics Cavalcade. It was no surprise, then, that the manga is a masterpiece. Join them for a spirited discussion of this amazing work.
March 28, 2022
Concluding the Marvelcast with a Bang! Time for a Look at Spider-Man: No Way Home
Now that Spider-Man: No Way Home is finally out on PPV, it's time to wrap up this round of the Marvelcast with a perfect wrapup. Spider-Man: No Way Home is in some ways a culmination of the Spider-Man films, with all its guest stars and its tight integration with the MCU. Jason and Carlos dig deep into the movie and find a whole lot to enjoy. Warning: there are spoilers for this movie in the pod.
March 21, 2022
Paul, Shawn and Jason Visit a Dark Gotham in "The Batman"
The Batman has been getting rave reviews and is bringing people back to theatres. But is it a good watch? Paul and Shawn join Jason to explore the complexity of Matt Reeves's take on Vengeance, with a 90 minute, tangent filled conversation filled with insights, some laughs and some very smart takes. If you enjoy the pod, please subscribe and leave a review on Apple or Google.
March 18, 2022
Amir and Jason Delve into the Mysterious Beauty of "Stages of Rot"
One of Amir's favorite graphic novels is Stages of Rot by Linnea Sterte, an amazing surreal and thoroughly creative story unline any other. He persuaded Jason to give the book a try, and it turns out that Sterte's creation was Jason's jam. Join Amir and Jason for about 25 minutes' discussion about this intrigiung book. And if you enjoyed the conversation, please share the link with friends and subscribe,
March 14, 2022
Crying "More" When Reading "Cry Punch"
This week Amir wanted to talk about an anthology comic he picked up recently called Cry Punch, which includes stories and art by a slew of excellent younger cartoonists, including Cristian Castelo, Linnea Sterte and Al Gofa, as well as more experienced comics creators Nick Dragotta and David Brothers. Jason obliged, and both loved talking about this book which feels like an explosion of great art by young cartoonists on the printed page. Join them for a 30 minute chat about a few favorites from the book. If you enjoyed the episode, please subscribe and leave comments on iTunes.
February 28, 2022
Jason and Amir Love the '80s Action Melodrama of the 1987 Suicide Squad Series
After the guys discussed Copra last week, it seemed the right time for them to start a dive into the comic that inspired Michel Fiffe's masterwork. So they checked out Suicide Squad #1 and 2 from 1987, by John Ostrander & Luke McDonnell. They found a lot to love in that series - not just its awesome '80s action movie vibe (though they loved that) but also the excellent characterization and wonderful McDonnell art. Join us for a fun quick 20 minute chat about a great old comic!
February 21, 2022
Jason and Amir Explore Kevin Nowlan's Amazing Work on Moon Knight
With the new Moon Knight TV series on the horizon, it seemed like a good time to look at a few classic Moon Knight stories. And since Amir is a huge fan of Kevin Nowlan's artwork, we figured we should explore a couple of issues illustrated by Nowlan. Join us for 20 minutes of discussion about proper inking styles, dated authoring styles, and some immaculate artwork. If you enjoyed, please subscribe and leave us feedback on iTunes.
February 14, 2022
Amir and Jason Agree: Copra is Excellent Comics
This week Jason and Amir dig into Michel Fiffe's comic Copra, and are reminded just how great these comics are. They discuss how great Fiffe is at building character and story, how unique his artwork is, and how this comic never could have existed at any other time in comics history. It's 20 minutes of fun chat we're sure you will enjoy. If you did enjoy, please leave feedback on iTunes and subscribe!
February 07, 2022
Jason and Amir love the first volume of Saga
Just in time for the return of Saga, Amir and Jason revisit the first collected volume and find it to be amazing - brilliant in terms of plot, character, world building and so much more. Wow what a great story. Come listen to our thoughts on the book and celebrate its return with us!
January 31, 2022
Marvelcast: The Eternals is, Sadly, Mostly Awful
The Marvelcast continues as Jason and Carlos look at The Eternals, a controversial and mostly disliked film. The guys try to find some love for the film, but unfortunately they discover the movie lives down to its reputation. It's a quick and fun 12-minute complaint fest. Is this the worst Marvel movie? Tune in to see what Jason and Carlos say.
January 28, 2022
Prez, the First Teen President! Jason and Amir Look at the Classic Sandman #54
Neil Gaiman's Sandman is an acknowledged classic of '90s comics, and issue #54, telling the story of Prez, the first teen President, is one of Jason's favorites. Amir is a big fan of artist Mike Allred, and the pair of them look at this story of Clinton-era utopianism that goes right... and wrong.
January 25, 2022
Amir and Jason Read - and Love - another Jaime Hernandez Collection, "Is This How You See Me"
It's fair to say that Jaime Hernandez is one of the favorite cartoonists of both Amir and Jason, so both of them were excited to dig into Jaime's graphic novel Is This How You See Me. But neither of them was quite prepared for the emotional impact of the book, particularly since they recently read another Xaime classic, The Love Bunglers, recently. Goddamn, Hernandez is amazing. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave positive feedback on iTunes and subscribe. It really helps!
January 14, 2022
Ryan Claytor Talks About Collaborating with his Grandfather, Teaching Comics and much more
Terrific cartoonist Ryan Claytor joins Jason this week to talk about several topics. One is his very intriguing new kickstarter project, which is a kind of fascinating collaboration between Ryan and his grandfather, the bringing of a work of poetry into comics form. Ryan also teaches comics and comic art at Michigan State University, and he and Jason talk for a while about the boundless creativity the students bring to their comics work. It's a very interesting hour-long conversation we think you'll enjoy. If you did, please leave feedback on iTunes and subscribe!
January 10, 2022
Jason and Amir Dig into the Invisibles
Neither Jason nor Amir had ever read an issue of The Invisibles, so the pod seemed a perfect opportunity to scratch that itch. The guys read the first hardcover presentation of the epic Grant Morrison comic and were both intrigued and repelled by the main story - but both agree there are some gems in this book as well. Invisibles is obviously a comic that doesn't reward a reading of just one collection. Please give the pod a listen and then let us know what you think. Should we read more of this series or move on to something else?
December 28, 2021
Marvelcast: Jason and Carlos want to love "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 7 Rings", but, sadly, third act problems...
There are some definite patterns in the Marvel movies. One of them is that many films have a great setup, a mediocre middle, and a flat ending. Jason and Carlos agree that pattern fits Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 7 Rings, which starts out spectacularly, has an interesting middle, and a CGI-vs-CGI ending. But given that, is the movie worth watching? And do the fun elements overcome the boredom? Tune in to see what the guys say. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscibe and rate us on iTunes!
December 27, 2021
Damn, you know, a lot of people love "Spider-Man: Far from Home", but they just might be wrong.
Spider-Man and his amazing friends travel to Europe in the latest installment of the Spider-Man Sony/Marvel franchise. But does any of the plot make sense, and do people actually act in ways that any human would actually act? I guess you can tell from the episode title that Jason and Carlos didn't like the seemingly endless waves of dumbness included in this movie. Bummer! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave feedback on iTunes.
December 17, 2021
Marvelcast: Wow, "Avengers: Endgame" is actually really great!
Carlos and Jason went into Avengers: Endgame with a sense of dread. The movie is very long, very embedded in MCU continuity, and very tangled. But you'll hear their surprise in this episode when they decide that Endgame was just about the right length, with some good character details and compelling endings to MCU subplots. Somehow, some way, this actually is a pretty good movie which has enough human moments to punctuate its tremendously long length. Please tune in to listen to the guys discuss this movie, and if you enjoyed the chat please subscribe and leave feedback on iTunes!
December 10, 2021
Jason and Amir Discover the Amazing Comics of Sergio Toppi
Sergio Toppi is one of the finest cartoonists of his generation, but neither Jason nor Amir had ever read anything by him. The guys discover that they had been missing out over the intervening years, because the first collection of his work in America is incredible Amir and Jason read the first few stories in The Enchanted World and find them to be utterly unique and thrilling. Join us for 20 minutes of exploration, then be sure to check out these transcendent comics.
December 06, 2021
Steven Brower Talks "Crime Comics Confidential"
Jason is a big fan of crime comics, so he was excited when friend of the pod Steven Brower approached him, asking for a chat about Brower's new book Crime Comics Confidential. Of course Jason agreed, and what resulted was a free-ranging chat about comics, great comic art, their shared love for Jack Kirby, and even some music recommendations! It's a fun and entertaining 40 minute chat. Please let us know if you'd like to hear more interview style episodes, and if you enioyed please subscribe and leave feedback on iTunes.
December 03, 2021
"The Nao of Brown" by Glyn Dillon is gorgeous, but does the plot hold up?
This week Amir and Jason dig out another lost classic from their deep collection, Glyn Dillon's fascinating 2012 graphic novel The Nao of Brown. This realistic graphic novel tells the story of a woman with a form of OCD, the family and friends who surround here, and puts readers deep into her imagination. Dillon's art is immaculate, and Jason and Amir debate whether the story is as good as that artwork. It's a great 30-minute listen you should enjoy, whether you've read this book or not.
November 29, 2021
Corto Maltese is... Amazing! Amir and Jason are glad they finally read it
Corto Maltese is a legendary Italian comic. Jason and Amir had heard about it many times over the years but never read any of Hugo Pratt's famous creation. They finally di read it for the pod, and both of them were amazed by how great this comic was. Join them for 20 minutes whichj will presuade you to add a Maltese collection to your holiday wishlist! If you enjoyed this pod, please rate it on iTunes and subscribe.
November 22, 2021
Marvelcast: Ant-Man and the Wasp is... yeah, it's not great
Carlos is back to chat about Marvel movies with Jason, and the next one on their list is Ant-Man and the Wasp. They both entered this watch with... well, medium hopes anyway for something fun and entertaining. Well, yeah, the movie is pretty fun but it's also lacking some real basics with logic and common sense. So join us and listen to the guys trash this movie, then you can skip it on your Marvel movie rewatch!
November 19, 2021
Is Barry Windsor-Smith's "Red Nails" the most beautiful Conan story ever? Amir and Jason think it just may be...
Amir and Jason get together again to look at another classic comic that's in their collection. This time they look at Marvel Treasury Edition #3 from 1974, which features two classic Conan stories by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. In fact, this book is kind of a proto-graphic novel which features new coloring by Windsor-Smith over some exquite artwork by him. It includes the terrific "Rogues in the House" and the even more incredible "Red Nails", which has some of the most beautiful artwork in any Marvel Silver Age comic. Join us for a raptuous conversation about a great comic.
November 15, 2021
"The Love Bunglers" by Jaime Hernandez is... A Classic
For years, Jason has been telling Amir how incredible The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez is. Finally the pair get to get together and discuss the graphic novel and, if anything, they find it to be even better than they thought. Join them for a fascinating discussion of a work by one of the finest graphic novelists of his generation.
November 08, 2021
Marvelcast: "Avengers Infinity War" is loooong and kind of depressing...
It's finally happened. Jason and Carlos have arrived at Avengers: Infinity War in their Marvel movie watch. One of the longest, and absolutely the biggest downer of a Marvel movie, the guys ponder if this movie transcends its sadness with good character moments or if it is finally just too depressing to really enjoy.
November 01, 2021
Wow, "Prince of Cats" is a special graphic novel
Neither Jason nor Amir had read Prince of Cats before the decided to cover it in this episode - and they had heard great things about Ron Wimberly's graphic novel - so this was the perfect time to finally check it out. But the book ended up being even better than either of them expected, and their chat shows how great they both thought this wholly original yet wholly derivative graphic novel is.
October 25, 2021
Marvelcast: Is "Thor: Ragnarok" the best Marvel movie? Jason and Carlos explore
Jason and Carlos loved Thor Ragnarok when they first saw it, but was it indeed the best Marvel movie, as many critics have said? The guys explore that question, looking in detail at the complex world director Taika Waititi creates in this movie, a world much more complex than it seems to have on a first watch. Is it the best Marvel movie? Jason and Carlos answer that here. It's 42 minutes of some very interesting back-and-forth we think you'll enjoy.
October 18, 2021
Marvelcast Part Seventeen: Jason and Carlos really like "Dr. Strange"
Dr. Strange is both an oddball entry in the MCU and a completely traditional entry. On one hand, the story takes place in odd dimensions, outside of the world most other heroes experinece, and with a complex and hard-to-grasp cosmology. On the other hand, it's an origin story through and through, a classic kind of Marvel movie. Carlos and Jason explore the odd contradictions at the heart of this movie and decide it's really a pretty dang good film. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback and subscribe!
October 15, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk "David Boring" by Daniel Clowes
Amir is a self-professed huge fan of Daniel Clowes, but he's never read David Boring before. Jason had read it before but was puzzled by the book. So this read was a revelation for both of them, as they revel in the complex plotline Clowes created and the artful way he delivered the story. The guys get intrigued by the book's mysteries and enigmas, its artful embrace of ambiguity, and its plain excellent storytelling. This is the longest episode we've done so far, at 45 minutes, but we think it goes by in a flash. If you enjoyed, please leave feedback and subscribe!
October 11, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk "Lt. Blueberry: The Iron Horse", a Jean Girard (Moebius) Classic
Somehow, despite the fact they both owned copies of the story, neither Jason nor Amir had ever read any of Moebius's classic western comic Lt. Blueberry. They rectify that error here, reading "The Iron Horse", and discover - no suprise - that these are incredible comics.
October 05, 2021
Jason and Amir Go Quak Fu Fighting in "Howard the Duck" #4
Amir and Jason decided to take one more stop in their reading of Steve Gerber comics, so they decided to take a look at Howard the Duck #4 from 1976, a shockingly dark look at violence. It's a great comic and the guys spend 20 minutes discussing the complicated moral questions Gerber raises in this issue. Give it a listen and let us know what you think!
September 27, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk "Tintin in Tibet"
Amir loved the Tintin comics growing up, but Jason never read them. So Amir shares his passion for this classic series and sees Jason blown away by the artistry and plain fun of these volumes. Along the way the guys talk about great coloring, Herge's complicated lovelife, and unrequited monster love. It's a half hour of great listening.
September 20, 2021
The Brilliance of Carl Barks!
This week Amir and Jason go a little outside our normal Classsic Comic Cavalcade topics, with a discussion of the comics work of the brilliant Carl Barks. Amir and Jason discuss the classic story "The Fabulous Philosopher's Stone", a thrilling story about a treasure hunt to find a rock than transmutes metal into gold. Appropriately, the guys find gold in the brilliant storytelling and amazing cleverness of Barks's story and the way Barks delivers it. This one is a fun 25 minute listen we think you'll enjoy. If you did enjoy the episode, please rate on iTunes and subscribe.
September 07, 2021
Marvelcast Part Sixteen: No Love for "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
Spider-Man: Homecoming got extremely good reviews on its release, but Jason is full of complaints about it. Is he just being a contrary aspiring hipster or do his points make sense? Carlos tries to sort out Jason's take on the first Spider-Man movie in the MCU. What do you think of his take?
September 03, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #10
Amir and Jason wrapup their discussion of the brilliant Steve Gerber/Mary Skrenes/Jim Mooney comic Omega the Unknown with a look at the mysterious issue #10. The issue starts with a funeral, ends with a hero being shot down, and contains a slew of cryptic scenes in between. The guys try to make sense of the story and take guesses as to where the series would have gone if it hadn't been cancelled... and speculate if it was better off this way or if Gerber and Skrenes had been able to write their planned conclusion. It's a pretty compelling 41-minute listen we think you'll enjoy.
August 30, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #9
Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes are back on Omega the Unknown with issue 9, so it's a return to greatness. Their brilliant work spurs an interesting conversation by Jason and Amir, discussing children's wish fulfillment, the shallowness of comic book heroism, and the nature of vigilantism - among many other topics. It's a great listen which we're sure you'll enjoy. If you liked the episode, please subscribe and leave positive feedback on iTunes!
August 16, 2021
Ugh, yeah, Carlos and Jason had to talk about "The Suicide Squad"
After loving James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy films (especially Book 2), Jason was really excited to watch Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Carlos was excited, too, but not holding his breath. And after watching this new movie, Carlos and Jason are... kind of conflicted. Kind of happy, laughing along, at the same time they're frustrated by the movie. It's an ambivalent 24 minute conversation that we think is good listening. Please let us know what you think.
August 10, 2021
Jason and Carlos Agree in Marvelcast Part Sixteen: Black Widow is a Pretty Damn Good Movie
Yeah, Carlos and Jason both spent the 30 bucks to watch Black Widow on Disney+. But they both agree the expense was worth it because they agree the movie is fun, with some clever character moments and people to root for. Way to go Disney/Marvel! Join us for 20 minutes of happy discussion!
August 06, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #7 and #8
Omega the Unknown was an incredible Steve Gerber - Mary Skrenes project, but two issues were fill-ins. Amir and Jason dig into those fill-in issues, exploring where they succeed and fail, and how they might have gone differently if Amir or Jason had written the comic instead of Scott Edelman and Roger Stern. It's an interesting listen, worth 30 minutes of your time! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe and leave feedback on iTunes.
August 02, 2021
Marvelcast Episode 15 is Polarizing... Carlos Really Dislikes "Civil War" and Jason is Meh About It
The Marvelcast, our rewatching of the Marvel movies in chronological order, continues with our watch of Captain America: Civil War. Jason expected to love the movie and only kind of liked it. Carlos, on the other hand, has a hot take -- he thought it was pretty awful. Join us for 20 minutes of honest disappointment, a few laughs, and maybe a few signs of Marvel fatigue...
July 30, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #6
Omega the Unknown #6 is an odd issue - but then again, every issue of this comic is odd. Omega #6 starts with a spooky dream sequence that echoes trauma from earlier issues, has a few non-sequitur scenes, starts to explore tensions and trust issues between the Hell's Kitchen roommates, and features a villain who is odd, unerwhelming and yet terrifying. In short, it's a comic worth the discussion, and we hope you spend 28 minutes with us enjoying the discussion. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave positive feedback on iTunes and, of course, subscribe.
July 26, 2021
Marvelcast Part Fourteen: Are Jason and Carlos Anti-"Ant-Man" or Pro-"Ant-Man"?
Next up on the great Marvel movie rewatch is Ant-Man, a movie Carlos had never seen and which Jason barely remembered. Did they like it or hate it, or kinda fall inbetween? (Spoiler: bet in inbetween!) This pod is a 28-minute fun listen, so please listen and enjoy!
July 23, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #5
Amir and Jason are back with their discussion of the classic Omega the Unknown by Steve, Gerber, Mary Skrenes and Jim Mooney. The guys declare the comic is amazing, with one of the darkest moments of 1970s comics and a deeply strange villain. It's 30 minutes of interesting discussion about a brilliant, unique comic book.
July 19, 2021
Marvelcast Part Thirteen: Jason and Carlos Discover that Avengers: Age of Ultron is a Thing
Yeah, so Avengers: the Age of Ultron isn't the greatest Marvel film but it isn't the worst one, either. Join Carlos and Jason as they dive deep into sentient robots, complicated twins and the pointless destruction of a city in this 30 minute chat.
July 16, 2021
Marvelcast Part Twelve: Jason and Carlos Are Shocked How Much They Love Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Jason and Carlos knew they'd enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but they weren't ready for how much they enjoyed it. The ended up recording a 35 minute pod all about how fantastic this film was - and you should go watch it right now if you love fun. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a rating on iTunes.
July 08, 2021
Marvelcast Part Eleven: Is Guardians of the Galaxy the best Marvel movie?
Finally Jason and Carlos watch one of their favorite Marvel movies, Guardians of the Galaxy. Both of them love this fun, freewheeling superhero flick, so they trade off in a conversation about why it's so great. Join them for 24 minutes of purely pleasurable chat about a purely pleasurable film! If you enjoyed the show, please subscribe and leave a rating on iTunes.
July 01, 2021
Marvelcast Part Ten: Jason and Carlos Debate "Captain America: the Winter Soldier"
This week Jason starts out saying Captain America: the Winter Soldier is his favorite MCU film so far. But Carlos disagrees with that assertion. He feels it's just not as good as Jason thinks. Join us for 24 minutes of fun debate as well as some bashing of Robert Redford and some praise of Scarlett Johansson. If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes!
June 24, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #4
Omega the Unknown is a contemplative issue, full of thoughtful exposition that begins to illuminate the mindset of our mysterious hero as he is confronted with an experience completely outside of anything he even considered. Meanwhile, James-Michael is forced to grow some chest hair and go to a public middle school - a school that is a true living hell. Join Amir and Jason as they discuss the next Gerber/Skrenes/Mooney masterpiece.
June 21, 2021
Marvelcast Part Nine: Jason and Carlos Argue About "Thor: the Dark World"
Is Thor: the Dark World a great movie fantasy or a weird, dull tangent in the Marvel Universe? This time Carlos liked the movie, feeling it was a fun derivate take on Lord of the Rings trilogy, while Jason thinks there's just not a lot there to latch onto. It's 28 minutes of fun argument we hope you'll enjoy!
June 17, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #3
In the third amazing issue of Omega the Unknown, things start to evolve in ways we can barely expect. James-Michael has another weird meeting with his doctor before he enrolls in one of the most realistic and frightening middle schools in New York circa 1976. He also tunes into a telethon in which Electro, the old Spider-Man villain, is monologuing like crazy while he confronts our strong, silent superhero. Mysteries get deeper, few mysteries get resolved, and Jim Mooney's artwork continues to shine. Enjoy 30 minutes of Amir and Jason digging deep into this deepest of 1970s Marvel Comics. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave feedback on iTunes!
June 14, 2021
Marvelcast Part Eight: Jason and Carlos Argue About Whether "Iron Man 3" Sucks
Carlos hated Iron Man 3, but Jason has a hot take on the movie: it's actally not terrible. The guys argue a lot about whether Tony actually grows, if the end battle in this movie is worthwhile, and whether this is an appropriate conclusion to the Iron Man trilogy. They almost break their friendship based on this flick - or at least Carlos threatens that! Join us for a 20-minute chat that will force you to choose sides.
June 07, 2021
Marvelcast Part Seven: Jason and Carlos Talk "Avengers"
Jason and Carlos have made it to the end of Phase 1 of the MCU as they discuss The Avengers, which stars just about everybody in an awesome special effects blockbuster. Carlos was frustrated by the sketchiness of this movie, while Jason enjoyed the spectacle of it. Come spend 28 minutes listening to Carlos grouse and Jason kinda sounds happy about this flick.
June 03, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #2
Once again Amir and Jason look at Omega the Unknown, the masterpiece by Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes and Jim Mooney, and once again they find it is spectacular comics - smart, mysterious and beguilingly complex, with outstanding storytelling, compelling characters and a fascinating setting. It's 48 minutes of smart, thoughtful comics analysis we're sure you'll enjoy. If you did enjoy the pod, please subscribe and leave feedback on iTunes!
June 01, 2021
Marvelcast Part Six: Jason and Carlos Talk "Thor"
Finally a movie we love! Thor is animated by great performances by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, and directed with gravitas by Kenneth Branagh. Carlos and Jason agree Thor is a delight, with a smart plot that doesn't take itself too seriously, some good supporting characters, and some great godly battles. Join us for a 27-minute listen in which the guys are mostly happy for most of the show (well, alight, they do have questions about Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Rene Russo, but not necessaily in a bad way...)
May 27, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Omega the Unknown #1 - Jason's favorite comic!
Jason's all time favorite comic book is a classic Steve Gerber - Jim Mooney joint, Omega the Unknown, published by Marvel starting in 1976. This week Jason and Amir talk about Omega #1 and find an incredible amount of depth for a mere superhero comic, including some severe existential fear, some fascinating dichotomies, and a completely ambivalent set of lead characters. It's great comics and we hope it's also great listening!
May 24, 2021
Marvelcast Part Five: Jason and Carlos Talk "Hulk" and "The Incredible Hulk"
Next up in our rewatch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is perhaps the low point, at least so far: The Incredible Hulk, from 2008, a film that just doesn't quite work on any level and just ends up making Carlos and Jason fewel frustrated. And just for fun, they also look at Ang Lee's Hulk, from 2003, which also doesn't work, but doesn't work in a very different way. Despite our frustration, we think this pod is a great listen so please check it out.
May 20, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #24 and #25
Are these the best American mainstream comics of the 1970s? If not, they're close to it, as the team supreme of Steve Gerber, Michael Golden and Russ Heath deliver a superlactive comic book. Scott Free is free of the New Genesis/Apokolops dichotomy, as he moves to California, takes on an amazing escape, fights a mysterious woman, and, oh yeah, starts to become a messiah. Amir and Jason rave about the brillance of these issues, and that passion makes for a really interesting 40 minute listen. We hope you enjoy it too!
May 17, 2021
Marvelcast Part Four: Jason and Carlos Talk "Iron Man 2"
Welcome to week four of the Marvelcast. Every week Jason and Carlos watch a Marvel movie in chronological order by the timeframe of the film, then have a quick conversation about the movie. This week: Iron Man 2 (2010). Yow, what a POS! Hear Jason get all worked out by how stupid this movie is, and hear Carlos try to like it and (spoilers!) fail. Give this 20 minute pod a listen and let us know what you think.
May 13, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #22 and #23
Jason and Amir continue their reading of Mr. Miracle comics with a look at issue #22 by Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers, and #23 by Steve Gerber and Michael Golden. The guys agree that issue #22 is an odd issue, delivered quickly, and which doesn't contain great takes on the characters - "Steven Segal on a revenge story", as Amir says. The issue does, however, include gorgeous art by Marshall Rogers. Then issue #23 is Steve Gerber classic, a comic that is very true to the Gerber legacy with his customary humorous/introspective writing, which is perfect for this wild and fascinating issue. And the Michael Golden art in this issue is spectacular. This episode is about 45 minutes of listening we think you'll enjoy.
May 10, 2021
Marvelcast Part Three: Jason and Carlos Talk "Iron Man"
Welcome to week three of the Marvelcast. Every week Jason and Carlos watch a Marvel movie in chronological order by the timeframe of the film, then have a quick conversation about the movie. This week: Iron Man (2008). Carlos and Jason feel that the character of Tony Stark hasn't quite aged well, but that at least the scenes set in Afghanistan are interesting enough. Give this 20 minute pod a listen and let us know what you think.
May 03, 2021
Marvelcast Part Two: Jason and Carlos Talk "Captain Marvel"
Welcome to part two of the Marvelcast. Every week Jason and Carlos watch a Marvel movie in chronological order by the timeframe of the film, then have a quick conversation about the movie. This week: Captain Marvel. It's kind of a controversial movie in the Marvel series. Some people love the themes of the film, and love Brie Larson's portrayal of Carol Danvers. Other hate the confusing and slow first 30 minutes and feel the structure is confusing. We kind of represent both poles of the discussion here in this 25 minute quick chat.
April 29, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #20 and #21
Jason and Amir continue their reading of Mr. Miracle comics with a look at issues #20 and 21 by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers and Vince Colletta. The guys agree that Rogers's art is magnificent and fun (though the Colletta inks kind of take away from it) but that Englehart just does not get what makes the relationship between Barda and Scott work. So these are pretty good issues but not the best. Oh, and Jason the comics historian delivers a digression about how Marvel and DC both almost went out of business in the '70s. This episode is 35 minutes of fascinating, entertaining listening we think you'll enjoy.
April 26, 2021
Marvelcast Part One: Jason and Carlos Talk "Captain America: the First Avenger"
Introducing a new series of shows as part of Classic Comics Cavalcade: the Marvelcast. Every week Jason and Carlos watch a Marvel movie in chronological order by the timeframe of the film, then have a quick conversation about the movie. This week: Captain America: the First Avenger. Neither of them had watched the movie in a few years, so it was interesting to revisit it and see the connections to the Marvel Universe. It's a tight, quick chat we think you will enjoy!
April 19, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #19
Okay, we've read the Jack Kirby take on Mr. Miracle, and we've read the Tom King - Mitch Gerads take on Mr. Miracle, but what about the versions that came between those two? Today Amir and Jason start to fill that gap, as they begin a four-part look at the late 1970s look at the great hero of New Genesis with Mr. Miracle #19 by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers and a host of inkers. Amir and Jason enjoy the comic well enough but they miss Kirby -- and even more, they miss Barda. This episode is about 27 minutes of great listening which we hope you enjoy.
April 12, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
Mr. Miracle is one of the most acclaimed comic series of recent years, but how does it read after a reread of the Kirby run on Mr. Miracle and New Gods? Amir and Jason dive into King and Gerads' minestone work and see how it shapes up. We think this episode is a fascinating 50-minute listen for anyone who knows and has read the King work, the Kirby work or both.
April 05, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #18
Amir and Jason wrap up their discussion of Jack Kirby's Mr. Miracle with the underrated comic that might be the best issue of the run. "Wild Wild Wedding Guests" is a fun family reunion, a sad parting and a blessed event. It also contains a few keynote scenes that perfectly sum up this series in several perfect Kirby pages. It's 30 minutes of classic comics conversation about one of Kirby's most underrated series and comic books that we think you'll enjoy.
March 29, 2021
Jason and Eric Talk DC Comics' The Shadow, Part 2
Eric Hoffman and Jason Sacks have been fans of DC Comics' 1980s take on the Shadow for a long time. WiIn this second of a two-part look at that comic series, Eric and Jason ponder the anarchic, memorable brilliance of this unique and bizarre comic series. Andy Helfer and Kyle Baker's The Shadow is creatively unwieldy yet astonishingly charming. For good measure, Eric and Jason also look at Baker and Helfer's equally great - and totally different - Justice Inc. Join them for an hour and twenty minute exploration of some brilliant comic books.
March 26, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #16 and 17
The end of Kirby's New Gods saga has different surprises from the beginning of the saga, but even the down issues of Mister Miracle are pretty wonderful. Amir and Jason look at the rise of Shilo Norman as the new lead character in Mister Miracle 16 and 17 and consider whether late Kirby is still great Kirby (spoiler warning: it is!).
March 22, 2021
Jason and Eric Talk DC Comics' The Shadow, Part 1
Eric Hoffman and Jason Sacks have been fans of DC Comics' 1980s take on the Shadow for a long time. With an introductory four-parter by Howard Chaykin and a follow up series by writer Andrew Helfer and artists Bill Sienkiewicz, Marshall Rogers and Kyle Baker, the comic looked great for its time. But does it still stand up today? Eric and Jason ponder what evil lurks in the hearts of men in the first of a two-part look at that comic series.
March 19, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #15
Jack Kirby was such a master of comic book art that even his less inspired comics are wonderful exercises in comics storytelling. That's the case with Mr. Miracle #15, which on one hand feels a bit quiet while on the other hand delivers thrilling action, some smart character work, and the introduction of a new character into the roster of Scott and Barda's friends. Enjoy this 18 minute pod in which Amir and Jason wrestle with the crazy contradictions of mediocre Kirby.
March 15, 2021
Jason on the TwoHeadedNerd Book Club: The Vision and the Scarlet Witch
Jason had the pleasure of joining Joe and Matt of the TwoHeadedNerd podcast, along with their pal Brian Domingos, to talk about a couple of comic series that are not really classics, the Vision and Scarlet Witch miniseries. The group digs deep into the longboxes to discover the sheer insanity of the comics that partially inspired WandaVision and find them to be... surreal seems the best word. It's an hour of very fun listening! Check out THN for more great pods and comic material!
March 09, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #14
Mr. Miracle #14 isn't anybody's favorite issue of that Kirby klassic series, but it's still a fantastic, fun, incredibly well drawn Jack Kirby comic. Amir and Jason talk about why the comic is so wonderful and explore Kirby's lasting genius.
March 01, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #13
Amir and Jason didn't expect much from Mr. Miracle #13, but it turns out to be a stealthy great issue with interesting subtext about friendship, loneliness, self glorification and the greatness of Big Barda. Well, Barda's greatness isn't exactly subtext. Tune in for 25 minutes of great conversation about a surprisingly great comic book.
February 22, 2021
The Journey Show, Season 2, Episode 1: The World of Comics!
Today Jason blasts back 55 years to join an all-expert panel of international comics experts. Whether you want to Make Mine Marvel or you're a Detective Comics fan, or if you want to learn about the great comics coming out of the UK and Europe (including behind the Iron Curtain!) this is a don't miss show. For more information on The Journey Show and Galactic Journey, visit galacticjourney.org!
February 19, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #12
Mr. Miracle #12 starts the migration of the Jack Kirby masterwork away from its obsession with the Apokolips-Fourth World saga and towards its feeling as a family super-hero comic. "Mystivac" has a light, '70s action TV series vibe, and Amir and Jason groove on the comic from that standpoint, and have a great time exploring Kirby's more informal, loose world. This episode is less than 20 minutes so give it a quick listen!
February 15, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #11
Doctor Bedlam is back and he has a horrible scheme to drag Scott into space in a strange UFO! Meanwhile Scott, Barda, Ted and the Furies are trying a new stunt and Oberon is grousing about his clothes. Yes, it's another wonderful issue of Mister Miracle, with dynamic action, great art and some of the finest characters Jack Kirby ever created. Amir and Jason have a blast talking about this issue, and we think you'll have a blast listening to it.
February 08, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #10
Barda, Scott and the Female Furies are back from Apokolips but their problems continue as they stumble into the middle of a spy battle that... um... kinda makes no sense. But that nonsensical attitude what makes Mister Miracle #10 so glorious! Amir and Jason especially love the cybernetic head in a flying box who gets trapped on a spaceship... okay, you gotta hear how wacky this comic book is. Join us for 23 minutes of fun listening another wacky comic that emerged from the endless imagination of Jack Kirby.
February 01, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #9
Jason and Amir dig into the best issue so far of Mr. Miracle, issue #9, "Himon." Like the classic New Gods story "The Pact," "Himon" fills in some of the back story of Scott Free, Barda, Metron and many other new gods - and what an amazing back story it is. This conversation spans far and wide, from the nature of heroism to the importance of art. And Amir and Jason always pay close attention to Jack Kirby at the apex of his comics mastery. This is a slightly longer episode, at 40 minutes, but we think it's a solid listen.
January 25, 2021
Jason And Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #8
Jason and Amir are back to continue their reading of Jack Kirby's Mr. Miracle. This issue, "The Battle of the Id", shows us more of the Female Furies, who are in outright rebellion against Granny Goodness and her her troops who live in the pits. We also meet Tigra, Orion's mother, and learn even more about family politics on Apokolips. It's another great issue that we have fun discussing in a little over 20 minutes.
January 18, 2021
Talking Matt Wagner's Grendel, Part Five
Eric and Jason wrap up their discussion of Matt Wagner's classic Grendel Cycle with a look at the stories included in the Grendel Tales Omnibus volume 5. This includes a couple of great stories, one very good story and one flop. Enjoy the conversation, including a discussion at the end of the episode of our best and worst Grendel tales. It's an interesting 1:20 of discussion about some comics that are well worth checking out.
January 11, 2021
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #7
Visit Apokolips and Die! Mr. Miracle just keeps getting better and better each issue. Mr. Miracle #7 shows Scott and Barda returning to Apokolips, where they're captured by Kanto and have to escape his evil trap. That's all very fun and all, but what makes this issue really shine is the wonderful work Jack Kirby does with character this month. Join Jason and Amir for a 30 minute chat about yet another Kirby Klassik!
January 04, 2021
Talking Matt Wagner's Grendel, Part Four
Matt Wagner's Grendel Cycle is one of the longest running independent comic books in history. Eric Hoffman joins Jason to discuss Grendel Tales Omnibus Volume 1, which contains four interesting and complex short stories, including work by James Robinson and Steven Seagle. Those stories are great, but Jason and Eric are bigger fans of Devils and Deaths, a brilliant two-parter by Darko Macan and the late, lamented Edvin Biukovic. Those are outstanding comics and Eric and Jason dissect why those comics are so outstanding. It's 70 minutes of great discussion about some classic comics, and we think you'll enjoy.
December 31, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #6
Mr. Miracle #6, "Funky Flashman", is famous for being one of the most mean-spirited comics Jack Kirby ever created. Jason and Amir look at the issue and find it has a nasty satirical edge but also find it tremendously fun, especially the sections that feature Big Barda. Join us as we explore another very fun comic book by the king of comics!
December 28, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #5
"With Barda you can't go wrong" says Amir on this latest discussion of Jack Kirby's Fourth World saga and those words are definitely true. Our amazing Apocalyptan warrior is plain awesome in Mr. Miracle #5. Join Jason and Amir as they talk about Barda carrying cannons one-handed, Vermin Vunderbar's Napoleon complex, the amazing cover to the original issue, Mike Royer's sterling inks, and much more.
December 21, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #4
Mr. Miracle #4 is the best issue of this wonderful series so far because it introduces one of Jason and Amir's favorite Kirby characters, Big Barda. Barda dominates this issue, and provides a huge amount of fun, energy and female spirit. The guys dig into Kirby's surprising approach to gender, his brilliant storytelling chops and the ways he makes Barda truly larger than life. It's a very fun look at a very fun issue.
December 07, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #3
This week Jason and Amir continue their look at Jack Kirby's Fourth World with a review of Mr. Miracle #3, "The Paranoia Pill." There's a lot of interesting stuff going on in this issue, including the nature of a battle among the celestials, the weaknesses and strengths of Scott Free, and the brilliant storytelling of Jack Kirby. It's 20 minutes of great listening about a fantastic comic book.
December 01, 2020
Talking Matt Wagner's Grendel, Part Three
Matt Wagner's Grendel Cycle is one of the longest running independent comic books in history. Eric Hoffman joins Jason to discuss Grendel Omnibus Volume 4, which we agree is the best volume of the series so far because it includes the fantastic action movie on paper War Child, the intriguing novel Past Prime (written by Greg Rucka) and the disappointing Devil Quest. You won't be disappointed by this hour of interesting conversation about one of the finest comics of any era.
November 27, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk Mr. Miracle #2
Granny Goodness appears for the first time in Mr. Miracle 2, throwing off her cape like a pro wrestler ready for a fight. Jason and Amir glory in the debut appearance of one of Jack Kirby's, greatest heels, as well as celebrating Kirby's magnificent page layout and character building. This was a terrific issue!
November 23, 2020
Jason and Amir talk Mr. Miracle #1
Jason and Amir find the fascinating subtext behind Jack Kirby's brilliant Mr. Miracle #1, including praise for the inking of Vince Colletta(!).
November 16, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods: the Hunger Dogs
The Hunger Dogs is often called one of the worst comics Jack Kirby created. but Jason and Amir disagree. As they read this standalone graphic novel, they find some outstanding storytelling, some fascinating thoughts on the nature of knowledge, and a real sense of closure for many of the lead characters. Far from being bad, this is yet another exploration of Jack Kirby's rich inner life as channeled through the magnificent characters he created. We hope this 53 minute pod helps change your mind too.
November 03, 2020
Talking Matt Wagner's Grendel, Part Two
Matt Wagner's Grendel Cycle is one of the longest running independent comic books in history. Eric Hoffman joins Jason to discuss Grendel Omnibus volume 3, which includes the fall of a society, a giant gun powered by bananas (!) and vampires in Vegas, among much, much more. It's an hour of smart, in-depth analysis we hope you'll enjoy!
October 30, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods: "Even Gods Must Die!"
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods: "Even Gods Must Die!" This is one of the final New Gods stories by Jack Kirby, and it's a surprisingly poignant story about aging, technology, fear of the future and anger at the past. We dig into some of the subtext of the story and see how even late period Jack Kirby is sublime.
October 26, 2020
Classic Comics Cavalcade presents: Classic MOVIES Cavalcade
One of the most unique projects on the Internet is Galactic Journey, a website that recreates the world of 55 years ago, with a focus on science fiction, comics and classic movies. Jason is delighted to be part of the project. Galactic Journey also has a YouTube channel, on which Gideon Marcus, the mad maven of the site, hosts friends to discuss relevant topics. A few weeks ago, Jason was lucky to join Gideon along with the brilliant Natalie Devitt and the trenchant Lorelei Marcus to discuss classic sci fi, fantasy and post apocalypse films from 1950-65, from the standpoint of someone looking back at history from 1965. It's a fun, tight and delightful hour that we hope provides some respite during these challenging times. We'll be back to discussing comics very soon!
October 19, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods #11
"Darkseid and Sons" in New Gods #11 is yet another astonishing volume of Jack Kirby's masterwork. It deepens our knowledge of Darkseid's tragic past, explores the deep sibling rivalry between Orion and Kalibak and shows the devastating effects of his massive battles on Orion's anger. It's a way better comic than both Amir and Jason expected, and a fascinating conclusion to Kirby's original run on this epochal series.
October 12, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods #10
In New Gods #10, Mantis and his army of bugs invade Earth. Thankfully Forager comes to Earth to fight back, and enlists Orion and Lightray to help him. What ensues is a breathtaking Kirbyesque battle. There's typically breathtaking Kirby work here, with a lot below the surface about class structure, the futility of man fighting gods, and the nature of heroism. Jason and Amir dig deep into this one and find yet another fascinating, breathtaking issue of Jack Kirby's masterwork.
October 05, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods #9
New Gods #9 kind of lives in the shadow of the previous three issues, but "Bug!" shows Jack Kirby continuing his unparalleled vision for his comics. This issue is full of action, passion, smart storytelling, intriguing characters and some intriguing work building. In other words, it's typical Kirby! Jason and Amir bring the insights and fun in this 30-minute chat.
September 28, 2020
Talking Matt Wagner's Grendel, Part One
Matt Wagner's Grendel Cycle is one of the longest running independent comic books in history. It's about time we did a systematic reread of the series. Nick Hanover and Eric Hofffman join Jason to discuss the first several storylines, from the original black-and-white Grendel up to the much more sophisticated Comico series. It's an hour and twenty minutes of smart, in-depth analysis we hope you'll enjoy!
September 24, 2020
Jason and Amir Talk New Gods #8
This week, Jason and Amir Talk New Gods #8, "The Death Wish of Terrible Turpin" and discover yet more brilliant Jack Kirby comics mastery. In a way this issue acts as a kind of summing up of Kirby's career, because it includes moments which could have appeared in Kirby's crime romance and war comics whole transcending superhero comics. We think you'll enjoy this and more insights during this 35-minute show.
September 21, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #7
New Gods #7, "The Pact", is generally considered to be one of the greatest comics Jack Kirby ever created. in this 28-minute podcast, Jason and Amr talk about Kirby's technological sublime, the terrors of World War II, and the religious transformation of Izaya into Highfather. It's a great listen and we hope you enjoy.
September 14, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #6
New Gods #6 is one of Jason's all time favorite comic books, and he and Amir spend an hour talking about "The Glory Boat", its approach to transcendence and heroism, the nature of violence, and the meaning of true transcendence. Please join us as we discuss why this comic is so brilliant.
August 31, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #5
Jason and Amir are back to continue their breakdown of perhaps Jack Kirby's greatest comic book, New Gods. This week they discuss New Gods #5, "Spawn", the first issue inked by Mike Royer, the last issue with Orion's human sidekicks, and another issue with brilliant Kirby stage settings. It's a fun 45 minute chat this week that any Kirby fan will enjoy
August 24, 2020
Steve Gerber Classics: Hard Time, Howard the Duck v2 and Superman: Last Son of Earth
Eric Hoffman and Jason Sacks, 2 of the editors of Steve Gerber: Conversations (published by University Press of Mississippi) are joined by writer and critic Nick Hanover to discuss three of Steve Gerber's late '90s and early 2000s comics: Hard Time, the revival of Howard the Duck and a two-part Superman Elseworlds story by Gerber. The team delves deep into Gerber's work, exploring the ideas and motivations behind those often brilliant comics. This is the third part of a multipart series about Gerber, because Jason loves talking about Gerber! Steve Gerber: Conversations is available in ebook and print form via Amazon and other outlets.
August 17, 2020
Brett Dakin and 'American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason'
Lev Gleason was one of the most important American comics publishers of the 1940s and 1950s, releasing key comics such as Kid Comics, the original Daredevil and the legendary Crime Does Not Pay. But comics were only a small part of Gleason's life. As his nephew Brett Dakin discusses in his new book American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason (and on the podcast), Gleason was a man of many twists and turns - a maverick rich publisher who was an avowed socialist, among many things. I think the chat about Gleason makes for a fascinating listen, and a great read as well. The book is published by Chapterhouse Press and is available at Amazon and anywhere else you can find books.
August 13, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #4
"O'Ryan Gang and the Deep Six" is yet another amazing issue of Jack Kirby's New Gods. Jason and Amir discuss Kirby's amazing cosmology, the weird coloring choices between different versions of these comics, Kirby's passion for youth, the redemption of Claudia Shane and Victor Lanza, and much more.
August 10, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #3
"Death is the Black Racer!" But as Jason and Amir discuss Jack Kirby's New Gods #3, they ponder if a flying skiier is as cool and interesting as a certain silver skinned guy on a surfboard. Also, they talk much more about Jack Kirby's astonishing storytelling, the mysterious purpose of the Black Racer, and Darkseid's latest infernal plans.
July 20, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #2
The Fourth World is Jack Kirby's cosmic sublime. Amir and Jason continue their reading of Jack Kirby's New Gods with a discussion of New Gods #2, "O Deadly Darkseid!" It's a fun and lively conversation we think you'll enjoy!
July 13, 2020
Jason and Amir talk New Gods #1
Jack Kirby's New Gods is one of the greatest comic series of all time. Jason has read these comics many times but Amir is completely new to them. Together they decided to work their way through Kirby's sublime cosmic series together. Join them for part one of what we think is a very interesting discussion about this great comic.
July 06, 2020
Steve Gerber Classics: Foolkiller, Sludge and Nevada
Eric Hoffman and Jason Sacks, 2 of the editors of Steve Gerber: Conversations (published by University Press of Mississippi) are joined by writer and critic Nick Hanover to discuss three of Steve Gerber's 1990s comics: Foolkiller, Sludge and Nevada. The team delves deep into Gerber's work, exploring the ideas and motivations behind those often brilliant comics. This is the second part of a multipart series about Gerber, because Jason loves talking about Gerber! Steve Gerber: Conversations is available in ebook and print form via Amazon and other outlets.
June 30, 2020
Steve Gerber Classics: Morbius, Son of Satan, Shanna and the Guardians of the Galaxy
Eric Hoffman and Jason Sacks, 2 of the editors of Steve Gerber: Conversations (published by University Press of Mississippi) are joined by writer and critic Nick Hanover to discuss four of Steve Gerber's great 1970s comics: Morbius the Living Vampire, Son of Satan, Shanna the She-Devil and Guardians of the Galaxy. The team delves deep into Gerber's work, exploring the ideas and motivations behind those often brilliant comics. This is the first part of a multipart series about Gerber, because Jason loves talking about Gerber! Steve Gerber: Conversations is available in ebook and print form via Amazon and other outlets.
June 01, 2020
"Like David Lynch created Li'l Abner": Frank Young on the Dark Comic Genius of ELMO
This week noted comic historian Frank Young joins Jason to discuss ELMO, a classic lost comic strip which Frank describes as "like David Lynch created Li'l Abner. As the conversation reveals, ELMO was a unique comic full of dark humor and strange characters, a fascinating portrait of post-WWII America and a hell of a great read. Even if you haven't read it, I think you'll enjoy the conversation -- and then you'll want to rush out and buy the collection on Amazon.
March 30, 2020
A look at Stuck Rubber Baby, a classic in LGBTQ and Civil Rights depiction, with Robyn Chapman
First Second Books editor Robyn Chapman joins Jason this week to discuss Stuck Rubber Baby, one of the finest graphic novels of the 1990s and a brilliant exploration of LGBTQ awakening, the civil rights movement and much more. As Jason and Robyn discuss, this is a graphic novel of rare beauty and depth, the product of a brilliant cartoonist at the absolute top of his skills. Hope you enjoy and please leave feedback on Apple Podcasts if you do.
March 24, 2020
Comics Cavalade Book Club: House of X and Powers of X with Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva
The Comics Cavalcade Book Club is back in session as Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva join Jason to discuss a surprising choice for books: 2019's House of X/Powers of X. It's surprising because Daniel and Keith are not huge superhero fans, but like the pros they are, Daniel, Keith and Jason dig deep into Jonathan Hickman's magnum opus to tease out depth, symbolism and just what was up with Professor X's hat. It's 75 minutes of fun, fast listening I think you'll enjoy.
March 18, 2020
Talking Elvis with Seymour Chwast and Steven Brower
Legendary designers Seymour Chwast and Steven Brower have created a charming and fascinating graphic biography called The Mighty Elvis which celebrates the life and times of the King. They join Jason for about 35 minutes of conversation about the complicated life and legacy of Elvis Presley, the pleasures of working as a designer, the importance of education, their shared love for comics and much more. It was a thorough delight to get to speak with these men who have such obvious love for everything they do creatively. Hope you enjoy and be sure to leave a nice rating on iTunes if you do.
March 12, 2020
Talking the Comics and Career of Steve Ditko with Mark Oliver Stack
Steve Ditko was one of the most unique creators ever to work in the comics industry. You probably know him as the creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but a lot of his work is more obscure and much harder to find than the early appearances of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin. Jason and Mark talk Ditko's complex and fascinating career and approach to his work in this fun, breezy and fast-moving hour.
March 03, 2020
A Chat with Cartoonist Nate Powell
Nate Powell is one of the most insightful cartoonists in comics, a man whose honest and heartfelt work reflects his inner sensibilities, search for deeper meaning, and his deep connection to his past. In this 2015 interview, conducted shortly after his short story collection You Don't Say, we delve into all those areas as well as have a really pleasant and interesting talk.
February 19, 2020
Ken Meyer Jr Discusses Classic Fanzines
Continuing Jason's obsession with classic fanzines, writer/artist/columnist Ken Meyer joins Jason to talk about some of the classic yet under-known fanzines of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, including RBCC, The Collector and Ultrazine. They also talk about some of the classic fan artists of that era, which includes John Byrne, George Perez and Dave Cockrum as well as John Fantuccio, Don Rosa and the great Dennis Fujitake. Even people who don't know much about that era will find a lot to enjoy in this episode!
January 16, 2020
Tom Peyer on Danger, Heaven, Vertigo, Jimmy Olsen and More
My guest today is Tom Peyer, longtime comics writer and editor. In the coming hour, we discuss his Ahoy Comics Hashtag: Danger, High Heaven and The Wrong Earth, the way heroes are perceived in different eras, the birth of Vertigo Comics, his acclaimed (but under-known) series Hourman, a strange and little-known proposal to revise Superman, the late '90s version of Magnus Robot Fighter, future plans for Ahoy Comics, a classic issue of Jimmy Olsen, and much more.
January 08, 2020
Stuart Moore on Cats in Space, Ducks in Manhattan and Preachers Seeking God
My guest today is Stuart Moore, longtime comics writer and editor. In the coming hour, we discuss his Ahoy Comics Bronze Age Boogie and Captain Ginger as well as his love for 1970s style comics, his transition from the book press to comics, the pre-history and birth of Vertigo Comics, the birth of The Invisibles and Preacher, Steve Gerber's Howard the Duck, Stuart's own writing, including his series thru Penny Farthing Press and his Marvel novels, and much more.
January 01, 2020
Jim Shooter, Comics Maverick, Part Six
In part six of the epic interview Dominick Grace, Eric Hoffman and I conducted with famed comics writer/editor Jim Shooter, we discuss why John Byrne hates Shooter, Chris Claremont's commitment to characters, the corrupt practice of lapping, freelancing later in life.
December 25, 2019
Jim Shooter, Comics Maverick, Part Five
This is part five of the epic interview Dominick Grace, Eric Hoffman and I conducted with famed comics writer/editor Jim Shooter. This time we discuss Frank Miller's meteoric ascent as comics' greatest artist, the way Walt Simonson explained to Shooter that Thor would be turned into a frog, the secret origin of Epic Comics, the evolution of Marvel between different generations, Shooter's time at Disney, and much more
December 18, 2019
Jim Shooter, Comics Maverick, Part Four
In part four of this epic six-part interview with Jim Shooter, the legendary writer and editor tells the behind the scenes story of the birth and rise of VALIANT Comics, VALIANT's strange beginnings publishing Nintendo comics, the reasons Shooter left VALIANT, the strange stories of DEFIANT and BROADWAY Comics, Secret Wars II, the power of paying attention to fundamentals, and much more. Come back next Wednesday morning for next part of our fascinating conversation.
December 11, 2019
Jim Shooter, Comics Maverick, Part Three
In part three of this epic interview with Jim Shooter, the legendary writer and editor discusses Shooter's favorite work of his own, the reasons VALIANT had a consistent universe which changed in real time, the death of the New Universe, behind-the-scenes stories of Marvel's 1980s financial problems, the birth of VALIANT Comics, Shooter's failed bid for Marvel Comics in 1989 and much more. Come back every Wednesday morning for the next several weeks to hear the next parts of our fascinating conversation.
December 04, 2019
Jim Shooter, Comics Maverick, Part Two
In part two of this epic interview with Jim Shooter, the legendary writer and editor discusses how he received the editor-in-chief job at Marvel, the 1970s Comics Guild strike against Marvel, the time Stan Lee thought Shooter was an idiot, Marvel's work-for-hire contract, the secret origin of the "Secret Wars" series, the reasons behind "Crisis on Infinite Earths", the idea behind the VALIANT "Unity" crossover, Shooter's criticisms of modern comic writing and much more. Come back every Wednesday morning for the next several weeks to hear the next parts of our fascinating conversation.
November 27, 2019
Jim Shooter, Comics Maverick, Part One
Jim Shooter is one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in comics history. Loved by some, hated by others, and misunderstood by many, Shooter stands alone as one of the most complex figures ever to work in comics. Several years ago, in preparation for Jim Shooter: Conversations, Eric Hoffman, Dominick Grace and Jason Sacks had the chance to interview Shooter for several hours. We will share that interview over the next several weeks. In part one, Shooter discusses his childhood, his traumatizing experiences working for the legendary Mort Weisinger, and Shooter's rise to the editor-in-chief role at Marvel. Come back every Wednesday morning for the next several weeks to hear the next parts of our fascinating conversation.
November 20, 2019
Jonny Harvey on "Ghost Empire: The Forgotten Story of Harvey Comics"
For many years Harvey Comics were perhaps the premier publisher of kids' comics in America, with characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Richie Rich providing wholesome entertainment for elementary school kids. But since Havey went under in the mid-1990s, this "little company that could" has largely passed out of the imaginations of readers and fans. I was joined by Jonny Harvey, director of an upcoming documentary series about Harvey Comics and a member of the Harvey family, to discuss the fascinating life and times of this very unique family business.
October 30, 2019
Comics' Greatest Biographer, Bill Schelly, Part Three: Jeff Gelb
In part three of our three-part celebration of the great comics historian Bill Schelly, Bill's good friend Jeff Gelb. We talk about the "golden age of fanzines" in the 1960s, Bill's rediscovery of comics fandom in the 1990s, what made Bill a special historian and all that good stuff about history. What makes this episode special, though, is that it's a portrait of the deep bond between these two friends, a sweet and sad look at what made Bill a special person and why his loss is so deeply felt. This is one of my favorite episodes I've ever recorded of this show because it feels so true to the spirit of what Bill created: facts and emotions in good balance, providing great insight into the person being profiled. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
October 23, 2019
Comics' Greatest Biographer, Bill Schelly, Part Two: Frank Young
In part two of our three-part celebration of the great comics historian Bill Schelly, Bill's good friend, fellow historian Frank Young joins Jason to reminisce about Bill, sharing stories about Bill's commitment to greatness, his love for film, and the unique challenges of having a friend who wrote a book about which you are an expert. This was another wonderful episode of the show. You can hear Frank's deep love for his friend in everything Frank says, and I really enjoyed hearing more about Bill's methods, process and life well lived.
October 15, 2019
Comics' Greatest Biographer, Bill Schelly, Part One: Gary Groth and John Lustig
In part one of our three-part celebration of the great comics historian Bill Schelly, Bill's close friends Gary Groth of Fantagraphics Books and John Lustig of Last Kiss join Jason to reminisce about Bill, sharing stories about Bill's interesting life and happy late career. We discuss Bill's outstanding writing, his strong motivations to do his work, his unique life and approach to the world, and how neither Gary nor John ever heard Bill use profanity. This is one of my favorite episodes I've ever done of this show. Gary, John and I agreed this was a wonderful chance to celebrate Bill's life, a kind of wake in which we had a chance to trade stories and share our sorrow. I sincerely hope you enjoy it as well.
October 08, 2019
Gideon Marcus Talks Rediscovery and Galactic Journey - Two Fascinating Science Fiction Projects
Editor and writer Gideon Marcus joins Jason to talk about two fascinating science fiction projects: Rediscovery, his new collection of science fiction by women, and Galactic Journey, a website which explores the world of pop culture from 55 years ago. Jason is an excited contributor to Galactic Journey and reader of Rediscovery, and enjoys talking about these passion projects with him. It's a fun conversation which covers some very interesting ground about an important corner of science fiction history. We hope you enjoy it
September 25, 2019
Classic Comics Cavalcade Book Club: Ezra Clayton Daniels's Upgrade Soul - Plus an Introduction to Fieldmouse Press
Welcome to the first episode of the Classic Comics Cavalcade Book Club, as Keith Silva and Daniel Elkin join Jason for an in-depth discussion of a fascinating graphic novel sure to become a classic, Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels. It's fair to say that Daniel, Keith and Jason found the book to be fascinating, and they spend an interesting hour discussing it before they move to the exciting announcement by Daniel of his new Fieldmouse Press, a collaboration with some of his friends devoted to bringing some great indie comics to life.
September 18, 2019
An Interview with Lynn Johnston, Creator of the Classic 'For Better or For Worse'
Every once in a while you get to meet one of your heroes and they turn out to be even more wonderful than you expected. Lynn Johnston is one of the great newspaper cartoonists of her era. The creator of the classic "For Better or For Worse:", a most delightful and humanistic strip, joined me for a most delightful and humanistic chat which left me smiling for hours after we spoke. I don't want to spoil this at all but suffice it to say that Lynn was one of my favorite interview subjects ever.
September 11, 2019
Legendary Fan Artist and Editor David Heath Jr.
David Heath Jr. was a legend among the fanzine and small press movement of the 1970s and early 1980s. In his long-running sci-fi fanzine No Sex (as in "All Violence and No Sex"), Dave published stories, comics and art by some of the greatest young talents of the time, including a very young Daniel Clowes and Jaime Hernandez. Dave was a fascinating character and a larger than life figure for many of us at the time, a bug, burly, Army Captain who loved to hang out with his friends and draw Vaughn Bodē-style spaceships and aliens. We recorded this chat about ten years ago and planned to do many more but weren't able to get any more done before he sadly passed away. I had to share this with my listeners because it's one of my favorite interviews I've done.
September 05, 2019
Chris Claremont at the Washington State Summer Con
One of the highlights for me at this year's Washington State Summer Con was a chance to see Chris Claremont as the subject of a panel and to ask him a question during the panel. Of course, Claremont being the consummate storyteller that he is, he couldn't stop telling interesting stories and sharing speculation and comment about subjects like the X-Men movies, the MCU, the X-Men in comics, his beloved series Sovereign Seven, the time Spider-Man met John Belushi and much more. It's a delightful hour of mostly Claremont free-associating -- and thoroughly entertaining the crowd who watched it.
August 28, 2019
Terry Moore on Strangers in Paradise, Echo and Feeling Like an Outsider
Terry Moore is one of the greatest indie cartoonists around. His work on series such as Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising and Motor Girl is consistently entertaining: smart, powerful and incisive. My interview with him fit all those adjectives, along with a healthy dose of interesting reflection. Moore was an interesting and honest interviewee, and I think that makes this half-hour interview a compelling listen.
August 14, 2019
An Amazing Conversation with Jerry Robinson, Creator of the Joker
Several years ago I had the opportunity to talk with Jerry Robinson, legendary creator of the Joker as well as many other iconic comics and comic characters. Though he was in his eighties, Robinson was sharp and spellbinding, bringing to life stories from comics history that my co-interviewer Alex Rodrik and I thought were fascinating. Listening back on it now I'm struck by the man's incisive memory and his delight in telling stories. This may be my favorite episode of Classic Comics Cavalcade so far, and after listening to it you might agree with that assessment.
July 31, 2019
Bob Burden talks Mysterymen, Marble Comics and Much More
Bob Burden is one of the most idiosyncratic comics creators of all time. Jason interviewed Bob at the 2011 SDCC and had a great time listening to Bob's unique plans for his oddball roster of comics.
July 24, 2019
Breakfast with Jon Bogdanove and Friends: On the Death of Superman, the superhero's circus roots, and more
I had the chance to eat breakfast with Jon Bogdanove, one of the legendary artists responsible for the death of Superman, at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Jon and his family and friends shared stories about that legendary tale, as well as discussing the circus roots of many superheroes, his deep love for Jack Kirby, and the pleasures of getting outdoors while living in LA. Though the Kickstarter project we discuss didn't get funded, the behind the scenes story of its ideas are fascinating and make for interesting listening.
July 17, 2019
"Steve Gerber: Conversations" Roundtable with Co-editors Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman
Dom Grace and Eric Hoffman, Jason's co-editors of Steve Gerber: Conversation (now available at Amazon and many other outlets) join Jason to talk about the life and fascinating career of one of comics' most original and unique creators.
July 10, 2019
Jim Shooter and Roy Thomas at the Washington State Summer Con
This week we deliver a bonus episode of Classic Comics Cavalcade. Jim Shooter and Roy Thomas appeared on a panel at the Washington State Summer Con in June 2019, and I recorded the session. The two men share interesting and fun stories from their three decades in comics and present portraits of some of the most interesting men in comics history, including Stan Lee and Mort Weisinger. I thought it would be fun to share the chat since I didn't see it come up in any other podcasts. I'll still have a new Classic Comics Cavalcade episode on Wednesday as usual.
July 07, 2019
Jonathan Baylis on Original Art, Working for Jim Shooter and Self Publishing
Jonathan Baylis of the mini-comic So Buttons joins Jason to talk about following the autobiographical traditions of Harvey Pekar, the experiences of working for seminal '90s publishers Valiant and Topps Comics (as well as pre-bankruptcy Marvel), and the joys of collecting original art. Jonathan's stories start with, "My first day at Marvel, Jack Kirby died"... and the stories go from there!
July 02, 2019
Dan Gearino on Comic Shop: the Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture
Dan Gearino, author of Comic Shop: the Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, joins Jason to talk about the evolution of the culture around comics retailers in America. The conversation makes for a surprisingly fun, interesting and entertaining hour.
June 26, 2019
Keith Dallas and John Wells Talk DC Implosion, American Comics and Much More
John Wells and Keith Dallas. who co-produced the Eisner nominated Comic Book Implosion, join Jason to discuss that book, their work on The American Comic Book Chronicles, why Archie Comics needs a good book about their history, and much more.
June 19, 2019
Aaron Kashtan Takes Users from Pen to Pixel
This week Jason is joined by Aaron Kashtan, author of the Eisner Award-nominated Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future. Aaron and Jason have an interesting discussion around comics theory and practice, focusing on work by Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Alison Bechtel and more, around questions of the power of physical books, the ways to simulate hypertext in print, and the ways digital versus print books work for readers. It makes for an interesting and multifaceted discussion we think you'll enjoy.
June 12, 2019
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Part Two: the 1986 Black and White Bust
Carlos Rodela joins Jason again to talk about one of the biggest impacts of the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the epic 1986 black and white comics boom and bust.
June 05, 2019
Sim-pathy for Dave Sim, with guest Keith Silva
This week Jason is joined by Comics Journal writer and reviewer Keith Silva to discuss the complicated legacy of Dave Sim, the controversial aueturist creator of Cerebus. Sim is generally acknowledged as one of the finest cartoonists of his era but the subject of his alleged misogyny continues to haunt his legacy. Jason and Keith discuss that legacy and attempt to help find Sim's place in the pantheon. Jason and Keith wrote about Sim before in 2013. That article is available on Comics Bulletin. Show notes at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com
May 29, 2019
Chatting About Mark Waid's Flash Run with Chris Kiser
Jason's old pal Chris Kiser joins Classic Comics Cavalcade to discuss one of his favorite comic runs, Mark Waid's epochal run on The Flash.
May 22, 2019
Kurtis Findlay on "For Better or For Worse", the Library of American Comics, and some classic comics picks
Vancouver-based editor, podcast host and fellow comics lover Kurtis Findlay joins Jason this week to discuss Lynn Johnston's brilliant classic comic Strip For Better or For Worse, which Kurtis is assembling and editing for the Library of American Comics. Jason and Kurtis also discuss his work for the LOAC before launching into a discussion of some comics they will have to trade with each other someday when they finally meet up.
May 15, 2019
J. Michael Catron On What Made EC Comics Great and What Makes Publishing Comics Fun
This week Jason speaks with J. Michael Catron, a senior editor at Fantagraphics Books who is responsible for the E.C. Comics and Disney Comics libraries, among others. Jason and Mike talk for around an hour about what made E.C. the greatest company of their time, celebrate some great cartoonists and some rather subpar lettering. They also delve into Mike's history as a publisher at his own Apple Comics. Show notes at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com
May 08, 2019
Eddie Campbell on Great Cartoonists, Establishing Shots and more
This week Jason chats with one of his favorite cartoonists of all time about many topics, including Campbell's remarkable work of comics history "The Goat Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics." It's a very fun listen. Show notes at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com
May 01, 2019
Jon B. Cooke on 'Weirdo', one of Robert Crumb's Longest Lasting and Most Impactful Creations
Jon B. Cooke has once again delivered a definitive comics history. "The Book of Weirdo" is an amazingly in-depth history of one of the most important comics anthologies of the 1980s and 1990s, featuring work by such prominent cartoonists as R. Crumb, Peter Bagge, Bill Griffith, Kim Deitch, Ace Backwards and many more, as well as by some of the most obscure and fascinating talented creators of that era. I had a great time talking "Weirdo" and its impact with Jon and I think you'll enjoy the chat too. For more on Weirdo and Jon's book, click here. Jon's podcast is called Subterranean Dispatch -- and the first episode includes an interview with R. Crumb. Show notes at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com
April 24, 2019
The Birth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
We've all forgotten how strange the phrase "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sounds. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Turtles, Carlos Rodela joins Jason to discuss the creation and amazingly rapid rise of the Turtles, to a point where the two creators were earning $50 million a year from the Turtles. Show notes -- including some vintage photos from Eastman -- are posted at https://comicscavalcade.tumblr.com/
April 17, 2019
Bill Schelly on James Warren: Empire of Monsters
Jason interviews award-winning comics historian Bill Schelly about his new book James Warren: Empire of Monsters. Warren was a fascinating and important character in comics history, and Schelly shares some fascinating stories about this unique and often person. Show notes are at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com
April 10, 2019
Translator Zack Davisson on the Art of Translation
Jason talks with Zack Davisson, translator of classic manga by creators such as Go Nagai, Mizuki Shigeru, Satoshi Kon and Leiji Matsumoto , about the art of comic translation and what happens when you finally achieve everything you've dreamed of.
April 03, 2019
Kurt Mitchell on the Greatest Comics of the 1940s
Jason chats with Kurt Mitchell, author of The American Comic Book Chronicles: the 1940s, about some of the most important and exciting comics from that era. We talk Simon & Kirby, Eisner, Lou Fine and a slew of more obscure creators and comics. Kurt's book is available at tomorrows.com or amazon.com, or through Diamond at your local comic shop. Show notes, including pages from some of the comics we mention are available at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com.
March 27, 2019
The Life and Great Comics of Steve Gerber
Jason is joined by Daniel Elkin of My Chicken Enemy and Nick Hanover, esteemed critic, for a discussion of some of the fascinating life and career of writer Steve Gerber. Nick, Daniel and Jason discuss the chilling feel of the Foolkiller comic, how writing six comics per month can change one's attitude, and the importance of having the right artist to match a story. Show notes at comicscavalcade.tumblr.com. Please leave us a review on iTunes and tweet us @jasonsacks!
March 20, 2019
The Crazy History of American Comic Book Distribution in the 1980s and 1990s
In part two of his history of the crazy American comic book distribution system, Jason talks about the 1980s comic book boom and bust and about the 1990s comic book boom and its terrible bust, which led to bankruptcy for many businesses and a single national distributor of comic books. How did we get to the bizarre place in which only one company distributes comic books to American comic stores? Find that answer -- and a lot more -- in this week's Classic Comics Cavalcade.
March 13, 2019
The Corrupt and Crazy Beginnings of the Comic Book Direct Market
We're all used to Diamond Distribution being the only company that distributes comic books to the American direct market. But how did we get that way? We look at the corrupt and complex beginnings of comic book distribution and learn about a crucial lawsuit that changed everything. Part one of two.
March 06, 2019
Comic Books and TV Shows: From Umbrella Academy to Superman
This week Jason joins Carlos Rodela of the ALOTOFTHINGS podcast to talk about comic book TV shows. They start with a lively chat about Doom Patrol and The Umbrella Academy before talking about every single comic book based TV show ever produced. Yeah, it's a tough job but who better to handle it? Show notes are available at https://comicscavalcade.tumblr.com/
February 27, 2019
An interview with Tom Mason About Malibu Comics, Image Comics and Much More
Tom Mason was in the front line for some of the most interesting events in comics history, from the black and white boom of the 1980s to the creation of Image Comics to Malibu Comics' purchase by Marvel. Tom shares some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories of his long career in this very fun episode.
February 20, 2019
DC Brutalized Heroes in the 1990s
Broken backs. Madness. Hands eaten by piranhas. A job at Taco Bell? DC abused their mainline heroes in the 1990s -- and were rewarded with great sales.
February 13, 2019
1993: Craziest Year Ever for Comics? Part 1
1993 was a weird, wild year for comic book fans. On one hand, traditional super-heroes seemed to be drifting away from what fans loved about them. On the other hand, a befuddling number of new comics lines were created. We begin exploring that crazy year in this episode.
February 06, 2019
Interview: Gahan Wilson
For many years, Gahan Wilson has been one of our smartest and darkest cartoonists, with brilliant work appearing in the pages of The New Yorker, Playboy and other magazines. It was a thrill to get to speak with the master creator as he launched a kickstarter project.
January 30, 2019
Profile of Jim Shooter
Jim Shooter is one of the most controversial creators in comic book history. But is that controversy justified? I explore that topic in my latest episode.
January 23, 2019
Interview: Mark Schultz
Reviving an interview I conducted with the great artist Mark Schultz in 2011 to discuss his amazing Xenozoic Tales, Prince Valiant and artistic independence.
January 16, 2019
A History of Valiant Comics
Valiant Comics was one of the most important and influential comic book companies of the 1990s. In this episode, I trace Valiant's long and winding history.
January 09, 2019
Steve Englehart's Justice League of America
Steve Englehart's run on Justice League of America is a lost classic. We explore it here.
January 02, 2019