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A special Halloween edition!
Today on the program Batman: The Long Halloween – the classic story written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale.
There have been many iconic and influential stories in the history of Batman. It seems that every decade we get a new definitive take on the Dark Knight. And in the 1990s that definitive take was The Long Halloween.
The Long Halloween is a 13 issue limited series published between 1996 and 1997. It follows close on the heels of Batman: Year One and is set in the early career of the Caped Crusader as he attempts to track down a serial killer called simply “Holiday” who kills once a month and only on a holiday.
This is a classic and influential story that was acclaimed upon its release and continues to influence the Batman mythos right up until today. But that doesn’t stop Brian and Paul from having a few critical things to say about it, while at the same time acknowledging why it’s great.
Also, we we give our recommendations for horror comics you should be reading, including: Hellblazer, EC Comics (in general), Horror Manga (in general) Junji Ito and Hideshi Hino (specifically), Red Mother, Something Is Killing the Children, and Gideon Falls.
“New life breathed into old clay.
Wonder Woman was wonderful again.”
Today on the program we will be discussing the 2008 four issue Wonder Woman arc – The Circle. Written by Gail Simone with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson.
In 2008, coming off her acclaimed run on Birds of Prey, Gail Simone was given the chance to write for Wonder Woman – a character she admitted she had a great admiration and affection for and a desire to do right by. The result was The Circle. The opening arc in what would be a fantastic run and a modernization of a classic character.
With The Circle Wonder Woman saw a new beginning, while at the same time embracing and re-imagining the past. Combined with the stunning art of Terry and Rachel Dodson, Gail Simone created the template for Wonder Woman that all creators who would come after would follow.
Also, we ramble quite a bit about movies and the lack there of.
“Archie’s spirit is remains simple and sincere.
And that’s just kinda nice.”
Archie Comics is a mainstay of the comic book industry. It’s been plugging away for decades telling simple stories of the joys of youth and the teenage experience through a colorful cast of characters that have become infused into the cultural landscape.
The stories we will be discussing today are from the Silver Age – and they are a travelogue of the fads and fashions of that time – from the swinging mods and rockers of the 60s to the groovy hippies and disco dancers of the 70s. And it tackles hard hitting topics like: how to be a beatnik, the proper way to protest, and probably most important of all – what’s the deal with hot pants?
Also, we talk about Mark Waid returning to DC Comics and speculate on what Brian Michael Bendis will be doing in the future. And we find out Brian does not like Hamilton – which is just wrong.
“The ethereal vs the gritty…
the common vs the fantastic.”
On this episode we discuss the first volume of Kurt Busiek‘s magnum opus – Astro City: Life in the Big City. In these six issues we get to know the titular city, it’s super powered inhabitants, and the regular folk who have to deal with the day-to-day life of living with super villain shenanigans. With beautiful art by Brent Anderson and covers by the great Alex Ross, we are invited to get to know the people and the places that make up the bright, hopeful world of Astro City.
Also, we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of recent DC Comics news. From the firings to the anticipation of DC Fandome (this was recorded just before it started).
So join us for a rollicking conversation about a great, great comic.
Hello everyone and welcome to the Collected Edition. This is just a quick news episode to give everyone an update on what has been happening with the show. We haven’t released episodes in a while and that is going to change real soon – next week in fact. But in the meantime we put together a couple quick outtakes from previous episodes that got cut for time and just didn’t fit into the flow of the episode.
The first is out thoughts on the passing of Fred Willard that happened a couple hours before we started recording and the second is our thoughts – well Brian’s actually – on the firing of Dan Didio earlier in the year.
Also, we still want you recommendations for episodes!! So if you’d like Brian and I to talk about a particular series of character let us know and we will attempt to sound interesting as we discuss it. Let us know on Titter: @CollectedEdPod
Thanks everyone for your patience and we’ll be back next week with Astro City volume 1: Life in the Big City.
Today on the program we’re going to do a quick, short episode to talk about a sad topic – and that is the recent death of comic book icon – Denny O’Neil.
Denny O’Neil passed away recently at the age of 81. His contributions to comics are immense – and that is not an understatement. Denny O’Neil started writing for comics in the 1960s and continued working for Marvel and DC among others on through the 1990s and eventually became an editor on till his retirement. Known for his impressive and innovative run on Batman, the iconic storylines in Green lantern/Green Arrow, and so much more – not to mention the name Optimus Prime – Denny O’Neil was one of the most innovative and important writers in the history of comics, and was one of the architects of how the industry progressed and developed and matured. His voice will be missed.
On this short episodes Brian and Paul share their memories and thoughts on this giant of the comics industry.
Today on the program will be a short bonus episode to discuss some breaking news: DC has announced that it will be cutting ties with Diamond Distributors.
In a statement from DC”:
“After 25 years DC and Diamond Comic Distributors and are ending their long-standing relationship. Moving forward, comic book retailers can obtain their DC books from Penguin Random House, or their books and periodicals through Lunar or UCS comic book distributors.”
This is a incredibly complex and nuanced subject and Brian and I attempt to get to the bottom of it with a) very little information and b) a reluctance to actually take a side. So you know, a typical conversation for us.
This will be the first of several Bonus episodes to help bridge the gap between main episodes. Due to events happening in the world Brian and I have had our schedules shaken up a bit and because of that our free time does not quite sync up the way it used to and that has led to long gaps between episodes. We are very aware of this so in order to fill in those gaps we decided to do shorter bonus content like this just so there is some kind of content coming out – and not to mention we just like to chat from time to time. And I hope this is somewhat entertaining.
Hello everyone and welcome to the collected edition – a comic book podcast where we discuss the famous and infamous runs and story arcs throughout the history of comics.
Today on the program: Squadron Supreme, the 1985 12-issue limited series by Mark Grunewald, with art by Bob Hall and Paul Ryan.
The Squadron Supreme is of course the group of characters created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema as a pastiche of the Justice League. But in this ground breaking series Grunewald – aided by the art of Bob Hall and Paul Ryan – began the exploration into the implications of how super heroes could affect personal freedom and free will a full year before such titles as Dark Knight Returns and Watchman would put a gritty spin on these ideas. And you can bet a young Mark Waid was already taking notes.
Also on the program Paul and Brian discuss some of the back tiles they’ve been reading during lockdown.
So join us as we discuss the Justice League homage that is the Squadron Supreme.
Today on the program we will be discussing Doom Patrol: The Painting That Ate Paris written by Grant Morrison with art by Richard Case. This is our second listener request, this one was requested by Herman Louw of the Into the Weird and Longbox of Darkness podcasts – go listen to them they are wonderful. It’s been a while since the request was made so I hope this lives up to expectations.
This is the second volume in the acclaimed and influential and bonkers run of grant Morrison and we will be getting into all kinds of subjects like literary references, art theory, and philosophy. All the while gushing over the psychedelic fever dream of absurdity that is Doom Patrol.
Also, we discuss the possible ramifications to the comic book world in the wake of the lockdowns as well as the recent news BOOM! has signed a deal with Netflix. And a cat gets involved at some point.
So join us as we discuss the glorious insanity that is the mind of Grant Morrison!
Today on the program we will be discussing the Avengers classic and highly influential epic space adventure The Kree Skrull War. This is 70s comics at its crazy, goofy best. Plus there’s a smattering of political and social commentary for good measure. Written by written by Roy Thomas, with art by Sal and John Buscema along with Neal Adams (how’s that for a creative team?) the story was originally published in Marvel Comics comics and includes Avengers issues #89 thru 97. Just so much to talk about from androids in love, to cows secretly being aliens, a thinly veiled McCarthy stand-in, mandroids, and so much more!
Also, Brian is going through the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time (how did it take him so long to get around to these movies? Its a mystery) so we discuss his progress so far and initial thoughts.
So join us for a rambling discussion of wonderful 70s comics weirdness!
Today on the program we will be discussing Doctor Aphra Volume one – by Kieron Gillen with art by Kev Walker.
Dr. Aphra was the breakout character from the original Darth Vader run and became so popular a spinoff series was created. Doctor Aphra is an archeologist/adventurer – much like Indiana Jones, if Indiana Jones was morally fluid and ethically challenged – and is one of the most interesting and dynamic characters to come out of the new Disney/Marvel era of Star Wars. Plus she travels with murder droids and a Wookie bounty hunter so wacky highjinx will always occur.
In addition, since this is a Star Wars centric episode, Brian and Paul also discuss the most recent entries into the Star Wars cinematic/televisual worlds – The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian. Not exactly timely but what are you gonna do?
So join us for a rousing discussion of all things Star Wars!
And this week we are discussing King Arthur…in spaaaaaaaace!
That’s right we’ll be tailing about the first maxi series Camelot 3000 from DC Comics written by Mike W. Barr and Brian Bolland. This is a highly influential comic that paved the way for things like Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns and many others. It also deals with several controversial topics like sex and gender and race. Does it still stand up almost 40 years later? Well…I guess you’ll just have to listen.
Also, Brian and Paul give their top five picks for best/favorite comics of the year (2019 that is).
NOTE: This episode was recorded quite a while ago and was meant to be the end of year/holiday episode but do to illness things got delayed. But now all is well! And new episodes will start arriving next week.
So join us for a rousing discussion of knights in space! You’ll be glad you did.
Today on the program we discuss the 1996 Elseworlds event comic Kingdom Come. This is the classic mini-series written by Marc Waid with magnificent art by Alex Ross. It is an alternate future where old heroes have retired and new heroes are running amok. So an aging Superman needs to come back to get them off his damn lawn. This is an extremely influential comic that brings up some really difficult ideas. It can be problematic at times and cause some conflicting views. But there is lies the fun.
Also, since this is being release somewhere around Thanksgiving we talk about our favorite Thanksgiving moments in movies and TV.
Also, we have proclaimed Christina Ricci the patron saint of the program. Hallowed be her name.
So join us for a rousing discussion of an apocalyptic authoritarian revelation of an episode! You’ll be glad you did.
Today on the program we discuss the 1978 Judge Dredd story-arc The Cursed Earth originally published in 2000AD (the magazine not the year). Loosely based on Roger Zelazny’s novel Damnation Alley the story finds out titular anti-hero traveling across a nuclear fallout wasteland on a mission to save the citizens of Mega City 2 from plague. Along the way he meets mutants, outlaws, aliens, dinosaurs, Ronald MacDonald and living product mascots. And he deals with them in the way only a semi-fascistic one-man judge, jury and executioner can.
Also, we talk about the launch of Disney Plus and go a little overboard on the “Han Shot First” controversy. Yes, we have opinions on Star Wars, who would have thought?
So join us for a rousing discussion on post-apocalyptic wastelands and the people who live there. You’ll be glad you did.
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Today on the program we talk horror comics from the 1970s! Specifically the Living Mummy.
In the 1950s the Comic Book Code all but killed the horror comic. But in the 1970s restrictions were eased a bit allowing horror to come back to comics – Marvel was quick to capitalize on this and rushed into publication titles such as: Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Monster of Frankenstein and of course – The Living Mummy.
The Living Mummy first appeared in Supernatural Thrillers #5 but proved to be so popular that the character was brought back in issue #7 and stayed as the lead story in the book until its cancellation after issue #15.
Created by Steve Gerber and written at first by him and then later Tony Isabella, with suitably creepy art by Val Mayerik – the Living Mummy is an interesting and compelling glimpse into an industry that was just coming out of its own creative entombment and lumbering toward an unknown, uncertain future.
Also on the program we talk – well actually Paul talks about – the new character of Man-Slaughter, a Weapon X version of Man-Thing. Its…well its a thing for sure. We also briefly talk about the new X-Man run by Johnathan Hickman and if there is ever a good jumping on point in comics.
Listen in for a spooktactular Halloween episode! Actually its just a regular episode with a different intro – but its still good.
We’ve done 50 of these bad boys. There should be fireworks and John Phillip Sousa music or something.
I want to thank our listeners, those that have been with us from the start and new listeners just joining us – it is so great to have you all here and giving us feedback and encouragement. It’s always amazing to me that there are actually listeners. Because these are the conversations that you and I would have anyway. That’s how this started everyone. Brian and I would get on the phone and discuss and debate comic books or a movie or a book for an hour or so. And I thought wow, we should just record this and see if anyone comes around to listen – and you did! So thank you all for that and we do really appreciate you for being here.
And for this momentous occasion we will be discussing Alan Moore’s seminal run on Swamp Thing – specifically the Arc “Murder of Crows” that covers issues 43 thru 50 – serial killers, Satanists, ghosts and hallucinations! What more could you ask for?
Also we talk about DC’s new plan for legacy characters and the inevitable crisis that will happen because of it.
And thanks again for joining us on long journey of rambling conversations about our favorite medium. We’ve had a lot of fun so far and look forward to a least another 50 episodes.
First of all sorry for the delay! This was almost a lost episode. There were some technical difficulties and we thought possibly re would need to rerecord. But with some patience, diligence and a few late nights we were able to recover the files. So I hope its worth it.
On the program we will be discussing Moon Knight: From the Dead the 2014 6 issue arc written by Warren Ellis with art by Declan Shalvey and colored magnificently by Jordie Bellaire. This is a new beginning of sorts for the character of Moon Knight And Warren Ellis was able to consolidate all of Moon Knight’s varied and – let’s face it – confusing history into a compelling and intriguing narrative. Filled with beautiful, if disturbing, art this comic is a master class in sequential art. It also creates a template of sorts for the character going forward in comic and now TV.
Also we talk about the strange kerfuffle going on with the rights of Youngblood and Rob Liefield‘s very public breakdown.
In addition we are playing a song The Box based on Moon Knight by the band Deleter off their new EP The Othervoid. If you like the song consider buying it and supporting independent music. You will be glad you did! Do it here: BANDCAMP
On the program we discuss Superman Red Son – the 2003 Elseworlds mini-series written by Mark Millar and art by Dave Johnson. This three issue series imagines a world where Superman landed in a field in the Soviet Union realer than on a farm in Kansas. It is a fascinating idea and is held up as one of the best Superman stories ever written…but does it live up to the hype? You’ll find out the answer to this question and more!
Also we talk about the possibility of a black Batman *gasp* and we walk through our favorite Superman analogs (there are a lot). So join us – Paul Matthew Carr and Brian Reese – for a lively and rambling and hopefully entertaining discussion on comics and comic related material.
On the program we discuss Monstress – the fantasy comic from Image Comics written by Marjorie Liu with art Sana Takeda. It is filled with intricate world-building, complex characters and stunning art that is some of the best being produced in comics today.
It is set in a world of magic and war, populated by humans, immortal beings, hybrid creatures, and many tailed scholarly cats – Montress follows the story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage Arcanic girl that passes for human but also shares a psychic connection with an ancient demon as she sets off on adventure to find her true origins and her mother’s possibly nefarious motivations, as she comes to grips with the darkness inside her. All the while she is relentlessly pursued by the Cumaea, an order of sorceresses who consume Arcanics’ essence to fuel their power.
Just being and intricate and entertaining story is remarkable enough but what makes Monstress stand out from typical fantasy fare is the fact that it is populated almost entirely by women. Women are the heroes, women are the villains, women are the bystanders and common folk, Women are…everything really. It is a truly groundbreaking work.
In addition we talk about our favorite fantasy comics and digress (shocker!) into other topics including how genres are labeled.
So join us – Paul Matthew Carr and Brian Reese – for a lively and rambling and hopefully entertaining discussion on comics and comic related material.
Content warning: we want to issue a warning…we use some pretty harsh language on the episode both in describing the content of the comic as well as expressing our opinion of the material. This is something we try not to do but with this comic it was…it keeping with what was being discussed. In addition we also talk about some pretty sensitive subjects that might be disturbing to some so if you don’t want to hear that sort of thing free to skip this one. Totally understand. But if you’re cool with it give a listen and this one might be a little controversial – let us know what you think.
So in the introduction we always say famous and infamous – I think we finally hit upon infamous.
Today on the program we discuss The Boys. The Wildstorm then Dynamite series written by Garth Ennis at his most juvenile. It is Ennis’ attempt at superhero satire filled with sex and curse words. Its edgy in the way a 15 year old thinks edgy should be. (am I giving away what we think about this series?) It also has great art by Darick Robertson doing his best with the material given to him so there’s that.
In addition we discuss the sad news of the folding of Mad Magazine. This was a mainstay in generations of children and a fine purveyor of satire and parody. It will be missed. Also, we will talk about Jeff Lemire‘s two new upcoming books: Joker: Killer Smile by Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino and The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage with Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz. If you look at those collaborators you know that is noting else the art is going to be fabulous.
So join us – Paul Matthew Carr and Brian Reese – for a lively and rambling and hopefully entertaining discussion on comics and comic related material.