CC 01 Episode 208: DC Cosmic Cards

I have done episodes in the past about trading cards because comic book trading cards are awesome.  This time out I decided to focus on one particular set and that set was the DC Cosmic Cards series that was released by Impel in 1991.  Joining me to take this trip down memory lane is the Irredeemable Shag because he likes these cards as much as I do.  After a brief conversation about Dr. Who we dive head first into the card set.  In two and a half hours we go talk about the heroes, villains and events that made DC an awesome place to be in 1991.  I only point out the length of the episode because for Shag and I two and half hours is pretty good, especially with all of the stuff we talk about.

Below is a gallery of pictures showing off things Shag and I talked about during the episode.

Want to follow along with Shag and I as we go through the cards.  Click on this link to check out all of the awesome (and not so awesome) art and text!

I’d like to thank Shag, as always, for coming by to talk comics with me.  Be sure to check out Shag’s blog Firestorm Fan, the podcasts he hosts with Rob Kelly and others through the Fire and Water Podcast Network and the super group blogs he is a part of The Legion of Super-Bloggers and The Ultraverse Network.

Next time: No idea but I have some stuff in the pipeline.


unemploymentEpisode 207: Unemployment

So…this one is a little different.  There is a theory that hosts should not make the show about themselves but I do that all of the time so this won’t be much of a surprise to regular listeners.  This time out I talk about the fact that the store I worked for has closed.  It’s a very off the cuff episode with no notes or editing.  I don’t really talk about comics either except for a small part at the end.

Basically I am giving you a heads up now.  If you don’t want to hear me talk about my life and all that you might want to skip this episode.

Next time: The Irredeemable Shag and I talk about DC Cosmic Cards.


Star Wars 031Trailer: Views From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Hey, everyone!  As a lot of you know there is a brand new Star Wars movie hitting theaters this December.  To mark this occasion and to scratch a fannish itch (they really ought to make an ointment for that) I am dedicating the month of December to Star Wars in a series of episodes I am calling Views From A Galaxy Far, Far Away.  Depending on how things work out there will be five or six installments (maybe more) of this series and the guest list includes the likes of Scott Gardner, Scott Ryfun, Steve Glosson, Tom Panarese, Andy Leyland and Jon M WIlson in addition to my wife if she feels like talking about the new movie after we see it.  I cut together a trailer to promote this “event”, which you can listen to by clicking on the link under the image.  If you have a podcast of your own feel free to use it but let me know so I can return the favor at some point.

For those of you thinking that this series may not happen I can only assure you that I have too much time on my hand at the moment thanks to the store I was working at closing and not having a job right away.  So…yeah.  Lots of time between looking for work and all that.

The fun starts December 1st either here or at iTunes if that’s how you get your podcasts.

And if everything works out just right there will be a few episodes before then.

Stay tuned!


SpawnEpisode 206: The Lost Spawn Conversation

Whoops I did it again…I recorded some episodes…and never released them.

No excuses.  No explanations.  It happened.  I’m moving forward.

Anyway, this time out Jon Wilson (co-host of Avengers Inspirations and hosts of a bunch of other shows like Golden Age Superman, The New 52 Adventures of Superman and other great shows which may no exist anymore) joins me to talk about the first 13 issues of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.  This was supposed to be part of a larger series but that never happened.  However, this conversation was so good I didn’t want to leave it in the hopper so sit back and listen to Jon and I talk about the history of Spawn, his powers, his enemies, the major beats of the first 13 issues, why I hate the Dave Sim story and more.  We even touch on the animated series and the live action movie.  It was fun and maybe Jon and I will get around to talking about another Image book down the road.

Next Time: No clue.  It could be some DragonCon related audio.  It could be something else.  I haven’t decided yet.


Episode 205Episode 205: Spider-Man Chapter One Part 2

Andy Leyland  (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame) and I are back to finish out our conversation about Spider-Man: Chapter One.  We look at the back half of the series and talk about things like onenote villains, what huge jerks Foggy and Karen are for taking their supposed blind friend to a circus and why it was probably for the best that Byrne didn’t adapt Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.  As you can guess our opinion of this story did not change all that much on the re-read but we had our reasons which makes this episode worth listening to.

Next Time: A “lost” episode of the show featuring Jon M. Wilson and I talking about Spawn.


Episode 204Episode 204: Spider-Man Chapter One Part 1

There are certain comics that for various reasons are tainted.  Maybe the book was late.  Maybe the story is controversial.  Maybe the idea behind the book was wrongheaded.  Maybe the book was that freaking bad.  Whatever the case comics fandom declares the series to be terrible and forevermore the series is considered to be terrible.  Sometimes the hivemind of fandom is right.  Sometimes they’re wrong.

This time out my permanent semi-regular co-host Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame) and I look at one such book.  Spider-Man: Chapter One hit in late 1998 and was heralded as new beginning for the wall crawler.  Writer/artist John Byrne was going to take the first 18 issues of the original Amazing Spider-Man and streamline them in a larger effort to fix what he and others saw as a broken character.  Reaction to the series was mixed and over the years it has gotten a pretty bad reputation.  Andy and I spend this episode talking about this era of Spider-Man in general and then looking at the first few issues of the series.  Do they hold up?  Is the hivemind of fandom right?  Was all of this even necessary?  We answer all of those questions and more.

Next Time: Andy and I finish up Spider-Man: Chapter One.



Episode 203: Eight Years and Holding…

This time out my semi-regular co-host The Irredeemable Shag joins me to not only commemorate the fact that this show has been around for eight years but also talk about the fact that I recently got an iPad and how it has fundamentally changed the way I read and look at comics.   We also follow up a previous conversation where Shag and I talked about how we were finding our joy in a world where modern comics aren’t speaking to us the way we used to.  After that we look at the comics that came out in June of 2005, 2000, 1995 and 1990 and discuss what we were reading back then which is another way of saying we discuss the way we used to spend money we didn’t have to buy comics.

I’d like to thank Shag, as always, for coming by to talk comics with me.  Be sure to check out Shag’s blog Firestorm Fan, the podcasts he hosts with Rob Kelly and others through the Fire and Water Podcast Network and the super group blogs he is a part of The Legion of Super-Bloggers and The Ultraverse Network.  I’d also like to thank everyone that has listened to this show over the years.  It means a lot that people are willing to listen to me and sometimes my friends ramble on about comics.

Next Time: Andy Leyland stops by to start a two part conversation about Spider-Man: Chapter One.


Avengers_Age_Of_Ultron-poster1Episode 202: Avengers Age of Ultron Review

Back in Episode 102 I sat down with Van Allen Plexico to discuss the Avengers.  It’s kind of fitting that one hundred episodes later I once again talk about that team.  It’s also a sign that I have been really lazy about doing this show  because episode 102 was released about five years ago.  That works out to about twenty episodes a year.


Anyway, Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit theaters and as I was really excited to see it my wife Rachel and I went opening night.  A day or two later we sat down to talk about what we thought about the flick.  Actually we kicked things off by talking about the trailers we saw for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fantastic Four and Ant Man, which led to a few tangents about those films and characters.  Then we get into the movie by talking about the stories and the characters involved.  Rachel asks a lot of questions that I just didn’t have the answers to but it was a fun conversation anyway.  The language gets a little blue so if you’re at work you might want to throw on some headphones.

Next Time: An episode recorded months ago that I haven’t gotten around to editing yet.


10698631_10204823957348298_8475674055346344996_nEpisode 201: Twenty Year Reunion

And so starts the next hundred episodes of Views.

Back in episode 101 I waxed philosophical about the direction I wanted to take the show in for the then foreseeable future.  For this one I wanted to do something a bit different.  In October of 2014 my wife and I traveled from Georgia to my homelands in Pennsylvania.  The reason; my twenty year high school reunion.  It was an incredibly emotional trip for me so I thought I would spend an hour and a half or so talking about it.  Comics are mentioned so I don’t deviate too far from the show’s mandate but the bulk of it chronicles our trip there and back again.  Here all about our stopovers in Virginia, hanging out with old friends, an awesome Batman video game, the reunion itself, the trip back and the horrible hotel we stayed in for a night that had a cheap rate for a reason.

Check out below the cut for some pictures from the trip.

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Episode 200

Episode 200: The Red and The Blue at 200

Another milestone has been achieved!  Episode 200 is here!

Sure it’s not the 200th episode of the show.  That happened awhile go and was a lot of fun but as far as the numbering goes this is episode 200 and I thought it was something worth celebrating.  Joining me this time out is my permanent semi-regular co-host Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame) and we get to do something we’ve been kicking around for some time now.  See, Andy and I talk a lot over Facebook and in between talking about The Greatest American Hero and how awesome Leverage is and what we are currently reading we discuss ideas for podcasts that because both of us are rather busy will probably never happen, at least in an ongoing fashion.  Andy, being the smart guy that he is, suggested we take some of those ideas and do them as episodes of Views and thus this episode was born.

One of the ideas we kicked around was called The Red and The Blue, which was nothing more complicated than Andy and I picking a Superman comic and a Spider-Man comic and talking about them.  We gave this idea a test drive by talking about Superman (Vol. 1) #200 and Amazing Spider-Man #200 and boy did we have a lot of fun doing it.  Superman #200 was an imaginary tale where Jor-El and Lara and all of Kryptonoplois are spared the destruction of Krypton by a kinder, gentler Brainiac.  They have a second son and through a series of events come to Earth.  One of those sons will be Earth’s Superman…but which one?  Then over in Amazing Spider-Man #200 Peter confronts the man that made him who he is today…the burglar that shot Uncle Ben!

Next Time: A solo show that is completely devoid of notes and barely has anything to do with comics but was something I wanted to do anyway.