On today’s episode, we explore the rare Non-Gritty Reboot. I assure you, they exist. At the very least, one example exists: Archie. In 2015, Mark Waid and Fiona Staples brought Archie back to mainstream comics. And it’s nothing like Riverdale.
We checked out the first six issues and then continued our read of Marvels: Eye of the Camera with issue #2.
Next Time: The Origins of Batman villain Ra’s Al Ghul with Batman 232, 243, and 244!
We’ve got more Moore than you can handle, as we take a double dose of Alan Moore’s Superman from the 1980s!
First up, Alan Moore teams up with his future Watchmen collaborator Dave Gibbons with 1985’s “For the Man Who Has Everything”, where Batman & Wonder Woman try their darndest to find a good birthday present for Superman, while Superman imagines a world where Krypton did not explode and he never came to Earth.
Then, we check out the final story of the pre-Crisis Superman with Alan Moore and Curt Swan’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” As Bill Hader’s Stephon would say, this book has everything: Krypto the Superdog, superbabies turning coal into diamonds, Jimmy Olsen & Lana Lang getting superpowers, and Superman defending his friends against all his foes. It’s a classic story you don’t want to miss!
And finally, we conclude Phil Sheldon’s journey through the early days of the Marvel Universe with Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross’s “Marvels #4”! (That’s not really true, we start the sequel “Marvels: Eye of the Camera” next episode.)
Next Time: Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds by Gail Simone (Birds of Prey #56-61) + Marvels: Eye of the Camera #1
The holidays are upon us and you know what that means: Ducks. Specifically Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck. We take a look at the very 1st appearance of Scrooge McDuck in “Christmas on Bear Mountain” from way back in 1947 and then “A Christmas for Shacktown” in 1951, both written and drawn by “the good duck artist,” Carl Barks.
And the it’s on to the mutant scare in Marvels #2!
Next Time: The (Original) Death of Thanos from Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2 (1977)
It’s time to continue Marvel 1602! In the last 4 issues of the miniseries, we make our way to America and find out how this universe connects to our regular 616 universe.
But will Gaiman’s 1602 survive? (Spoiler alert: nothing ever dies).
And we also get our long read of Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross really rolling with issue #1.
Next Time: Donald Duck in “Christmas on Bear Mountain” (Scrooge McDuck’s first appearance) and “A Christmas for Shacktown”
Back in the 1600s, there were apparently superheroes in England. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but I will take Neil Gaiman’s word for it.
He wrote about Marvel 1602 in an 8-issue miniseries that very strangely seems to parallel the Marvel Universe we are already familiar with. We read the first 4 issues and then we started our long read of Marvels with issue #0, which takes place in the 40s.
So much history! My head hurts.
Next Time: Marvel 1602 #5-8 + Marvels #1
It’s (after) Halloween! And we continue our tradition of releasing a late episode about late, spooky comics with Jughead: The Hunger!
We read the first volume to see if this is another clever take on classic comics like Sabrina was or just an excuse to tell a werewolf story with Archie characters.
And we also finish off All Star Superman with issue #12!
Next Time: Marvel 1602 Pt. 1 (#1-4) and Marvels #0
What’s up, spooks? Time for some scary comics for the spookiest month of the year. First up is Locke & Key by Joe Hill who for some reason reminds us all of Stephen King. Hmm, wonder why that is.
Anyways, it’s a book about the scariest thing in existence: KEYS. We read the 1st volume: Welcome to Lovecraft.
And we’re so, so close to the end of All Star Superman with issue #11.
Next Time: Jughead: The Hunger, Vol. 1
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating our neighbors our neighbors up north by reading about their premiere superhero team, Alpha Flight!
We checked out their 1st appearance in Uncanny X-Men #120 and then read issues 1-4 of their ongoing series written and drawn by John Byrne.
Listen as we try to figure out how Vindicator / Guardian / Captain Canada is an even more milquetoast version of Cyclops. And then Clark Kent gets the scoop of a lifetime in All Star Superman #10!
Next Time: Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
And here’s the Ant-Man hiding in Guardian’s box that Vince saw at Walmart!
There’s a spy in the Teen Titans… and she works for Deathstroke! Dick Grayson drops the Robin mantle to debut Nightwing! There’s a new team member named Jericho, a sweet little mute boy!
It’s the Judas Contract from Tales of the Teen Titans #42-44 and Teen Titans Annual #3.
And over in All Star Superman #9, Clark deals with some real assholes!
Next Time: We celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with Alpha Flight (Uncanny X-Men #120 + Alpha Flight #1-4)
Whoa, Carnage is so Maximum it’s taking us two episodes to get through it. Spider-Man seems to be having a tough time getting through Maximum Carnage as well, because in parts 8-14 he really just can’t deal anymore.
All Star Superman also rolls on with issue 8. Booooooo!!!!! (Don’t worry, that’s a Bizarro Boo.)
Next Time: The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (Tales of the Teen Titans #42-44, Annual #3)