Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Comic Book History- Stan Lee An Unauthorized Bio With Writer And Comics Historian Fred Van Lente


Stan Lee RIP . Fred Van Lente joins me to look at Stan's life and career. Fred is the co-author of The Comic Book History Of Comics from IDW with artist Ryan Dunlavey so he is a perfect guest to talk about all the facets of Stan's career.



We also talk about Fred's new mystery novel set at a San Diego Comic Con called The Con Artist from Quirk books, with illustrations by Tom Fowler



Comic Books History Archie 1941 & The Birth Of DC Elseworlds With Brian Augustyn


Brian is here to talk about his new drama Archie 1941. It's a poignant realistic look at The Riverdale gang dealing with the onset of WW2. Written by Augustyn and Mark Waid and drawn by Peter Krause, its a great story. 

We also discuss the creation Gotham By Gaslight which became the first DC Elseworlds title, featuring a 19th century Batman taking on Jack The Ripper. Brian takes us through the whole creative process including encticing a pre-Hellboy Mike Mignola to the project. Great stories about DC Comics in the late 80s. 

Comic Books History 100 greatest moments of DC Heroines and The Justice League


Comics Writer Editor and Pop Culture Historian Bob Greenberger has begun a series of Comic Book Histories for DC. The first is The 100 greatest moments of The Justice League , The 2nd is the 100 greatest moments of DC Heroines. These are great histories that  not only give you the reasons why these are the great moments but also loads of comic book scenes in full that  feature the best moments 

We also talk about his work on magazines such as Starlog and Comics Scene , his time at The Weekly World News and his thoughts on Star Trek. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Comic Books Eric Esquivel Talks Border Town From Vertigo and Latinx Culture



Eric's new comic book explores Mexican myths and the ongoing culture wars of everyday life . Border Town is a bold new comic from Vertigo that explores the polarizing world of life on the Arizona Mexican border. That Border is also on the supernatural plane between our world and the mythological Mexican Hell. 

Comic Books Sanford Greene Harvests Bitter Root from Image Comics



Sanford Greene joins us to talk about his latest collaboration with David Walker and Chuck Brown. Bitter Root is a new monster hunting book featuring a family team exploring monster hunting during the historical backdrop of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. It's a fantastic concept with unique characters and solutions to the "Monster Problem" 

Comic Books Inktober Wrap Up With Artist Shawn Crystal



Shawn Crystal is here to talk about his comic books and his excellent interview podcast Ink Pulp Audio, featuring great one on one interviews with comic book artists . We compare our styles of interviews and talks about Shawn's art process. 

Comic Books Outlier Paul Jenkins on The Future Of Storytelling



Great to welcome Paul back to talk about his many After Shock Comics. The current treasure hunt/conspiracy adventure Beyonders. The controversial superhero saga Alters and The Sci-Fi comedy Replica. We also discuss his POV of where creators and genre content are going in today's entertainment market. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Comic Books Adventures With Kickstarter Greg Pak & Jonathan Coulton


Greg and Jonathan are back with their latest childrens book collaboration The Prince Who Saved Her Friends. 
The two discuss the book, and their tips in terms of kickstarter, and how to sustain creator owned careers in the comics and music business. 

Comic Books - Age Of Bronze and Oz talk With Eric Shanower


Great to welcome the incredible Eric Shanower . His Age Of Bronze was one of the hallmarks of late 90s comics. Now it's back and in full color. The new Volume 1 from Image collects the first nine issues and Eric will be releasing all the other 3 volumes . Plus next January Eric continues the saga with issue 34, his first new issue since 2013.
We also get into Eric's passion about The Wizard Of Oz books and the Oz fan culture, plus other current projects and more 

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Comic Books Birth Of Venom a talk with his creator David Michelinie



Venom's dad gives us his strange origin. David Michelinie gives us the behind the scenes story behind Eddie Brock and Venom. 

Comic Books Superman at 80-a roundtable with Stern Ordway Kupperberg and Tomasi



The writers cover Superman stories from the 1970s-today. Featuring a roundtable chat with Roger Stern Jerry Ordway Paul Kupperberg, and Peter J Tomasi. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

Howard Chaykin's Secret History Of Comics and Adam & Aidan Glass and The Lolipop Kids



First, a fresh take on teens fighting monsters in The Lollipop Kids from father and son writing team Adam and Aidan Glass, drawn by Diego Yapur from AfterShock. The main character, Nick, has dyslexia, a conditon he shares with Aidan, but it's more of a superpower than a hinderance that Nick uses to detect and fight a slew of monsters in New York . Nick also discovers a group of fellow teens whose ancestors brought the monsters with them when they came for old world Europe and other places to the US. Adam also talks about his current work on Teen Titans for DC, television writing on shows like The Chi for Showtime, and 4 years on Supernatural.

Then Howard Chaykin is back talking about his new Image series Hey Kids! Comics, a look back at the post WW2 Mad Men era of comics with real life stories from the industry . We also talk about the current comics market and Howard's place in it, conventions and fans, superhero TV and film, and a full recommended TV viewing list from Chaykin.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Comic Books- Robin and The Men Who created him/them



From Terificon, an incredible conversation. From Dick Grayson to Jason Todd to Tim Drake and Damian Wayne the men who helped evolve the character discuss and debate the strengths and even weaknesses the "Boy Wonder" brought to the Batman Mythos and The whole DC universe

We hear from Dennis ONeil, Mike W Barr Jim Starlin Peter J Tomasi and Tim Seeley

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ben Blacker On Hex Wives Chris Moreno on The Comic Book Story of Pro Wrestling



First Chris Moreno taks about The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling co written with Aubrey Sitterson

Then Ben Blacker is back with a great new Vertigo series Hex Wives/ We also talk about his comedy co-creation The Thrilling Adventure Hour and his Writers Panel Podcast

Friday, September 21, 2018

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund President Christina Merkler



Newly appointed CBLDF President Christina Merkler tells us about the current challenges facing the CBLDF in today's comic book marketplace. We also discuss Banned Books week which starts this Sunday and runs through the 30th and the comics community's role in the Libraries involved.

Comic Books Ashley Robinson on Her Kickstarter Science ! Star Trek Thoughts and More



Ashley Robinson is back to discuss her 2nd Kickstarter Graphic Novel "Science! ", co written with Jason Inman.

The Colider Video co-host talks about the book that she describes as Harry Potter Meets Starfleet Academy

This also causes us to discuss all the recent news and changes in the Star Trek TV universe, from Discovery's season 2, to the coming Patrick Stewart Jean Luc Picard series , the new actor playing Spock and more.

Funny stuff

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Boxing History-Gene Tunney A Closer Look With Tunney Biographer Jack Cavanaugh

Listen to "Boxing History-Gene Tunney A Closer Look With Tunney Biographer  Jack Cavanaugh" on Spreaker.

Imagine if we thought only about Joe Frazier when talking about the Ali Frazer fights? Ali won the 2nd and 3rd fights. Gene Tunney lived that sort of frustration. He won both matches against Jack Dempsey decisively yet we mostly remember Dempsey's 7th round knockdown of Tunney that produced "The Long Count Moment" .

Tunney biographer Jack Cavanaugh is here to set the record straight and remind of Gene's overall greatness beyond those 14 seconds on the mat against Dempsey.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Boxing Big Bout Episode 2 Canelo Vs GGG 2 Review With Mike North



We review Saturday Night's Main Event With Chicago Sports Talk Legend Mike North

Listen to "Boxing PPV Review Canelo vs GGG 2 With Chicago Sports Talker Mike North" on Spreaker.



New Podcast Debut-The Big Bout Podcast


For 17 years I covered the sport of Boxing for magazines like Ring Magazine and Boxing Illustrated on TV for PBS Chicago and Fox Sports, and as a radio reporter and host at WMVP, WSCR The Score in Chicago and The Sporting News Radio Network from 1989-2006.

I've started The Big Bout Podcast, which focuses on current bouts and historic fighters and matches. The first episode is an audio documentary on the rivalry
between Heavyweight champions Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney

This Saturday Sept 22nd marks the 91st anniversary of The Dempsey-Tunney "Long Count Fight held at Soldier Field in 1927. Along with being one of the biggest sporting events of the 1920s,it was controversial. Demspey was losing the fight but knocked Tunney down in the 7th round. The referee took a long time to start the 10 count and Tunney stayed down for 14 seconds. Many sports reporters have to this day debated if Tunney could've continued had the referee started the count as soon as Tunney  hit the floor .

The documentary features interviews with Studs Terkel (who listened to the live radio
broadcast as a 14 year old) Screenwriter/Sportswriter Budd Schulberg (On The Waterfront 
The Harder They Fall) Dempsey biographer Roger Khan Tunney Biographer and Jack Cavanaugh, Boxing historian Bert Sugar and David Zivin who wrote a feature about the bout for Chicago Magazine 

Subsequent episodes feature the full length interviews with Schulberg Sugar and Cavanaugh, plus a talk with actor Max Baer Jr (Jethro of The Beverly Hillbillies) about his late father, former 1930's heavyweight champion Max Sr .