Some of My Friends Read Comics 086 – Steve Ditko’s Blue Beetle and Question + Crisis 7


In this episode, we honor Steve Ditko’s memory by reading one of his rare solo creations as both writer and penciller with Charloton Comics’ Blue Beetle #1-5 from 1967.

These issues also featured backup stories with The Question, so we take the time to talk about some of these early Charlton characters before they made their way to the DC Universe.

Also: Crisis on Infinite Earths heats up with the double-sized Issue #7! We finally get a backstory, stakes, a villain with an understandable motive, and emotional payoff! Spoiler-alert for what happens on the cover: Supergirl dies!


Next Time: The 2018 Eisner Award winner for Best Single Issue “Hellboy: Krampusnacht”!  And we’ll revisit the Beasts of Burden when they crossed over with Hellboy in 2010’s “Beasts of Burden/Hellboy: Sacrifice”.


Some of My Friends Read Comics 037 – Justice League International


This week, we go back to the late 1980s — a time when most comics were trying to imitate that Frank Miller & Alan Moore were bringing with Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen.


Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis attempt to re-form DC’s flagship book as a humorous, light-hearted funny book. Is it successful?  Help us decide as we read JLI 7-13!