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.


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Episode 199: Man of Steel…The Roundtable

Prevailing wisdom tells us that you don’t talk about politics or religion in polite company.  Given how things have gone down since June of 2013 I think it is fair to say that you could add the film Man of Steel to that list as well.  Contentious is one of the more benign words you could use to describe the reaction to this movie and it seems that for the most part you can’t have a conversation about Man of Steel without having a street fight break out.  It’s not a given but at the same time I have seen it happen enough to shy away from most conversations about the project.

Back in 2013 I was fortunate enough to be part of a roundtable discussion of the 1950’s Adventures of Superman television series over at Two True Freaks.  It was a lot of fun and the four of us that were on that episode were itching to get together to talk about something else Superman related.  We all agreed that there was a civil conversation to be had about Man of Steel and several months ago we all got together to prove that such a thing could happen.

Joining me in this mammoth episode are Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame and my permanent semi-regular co-host), Paul Spatro (of Back to the Bins and Listen to the Prophets fame) and Bob Fisher (of Superman Forever and Long Play fame).  We spend over three hours discussing Man of Steel in depth and deal with the more controversial aspects of the movie including the depiction of Jonathan Kent, the amount of destruction seen in the movie and the final battle between Superman and General Zod.  It’s a long conversation but I think it proves that you can talk about this movie with people and still walk away as friends.

Quick note: the audio quality gets a little dodgy in places.  Apparently Skype didn’t like us talking about this and there are places where words drop out.  It might be slightly distracting but I don’t think it ruins the episode.  I just wanted to let you know.

Next Time: EPISODE 200!  With Andy Leyland!


Episode 198

Episode 198: Views From A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…

I like Star Wars.  I am not the Star Wars fan some of my friends are but holy crap do I love that franchise.  Back in October of 2014 I went through one of my periodic check ins with the property and started watching the moves and reading the books and generally having a good time reconnecting with an old friend.  Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame) picked up on this and since he likes him some Star Wars too we sat down and spent nearly three hours putting our thoughts on digital paper.  Through those two plus hours we go through our personal histories with Star Wars, what toys we had, our thoughts on all six movies and the expanded universe.

Special thanks to Andy for not only coming on to the show again but also for tracking down the graphic you see above.  One of the things we talked about was how Star Wars was presented in the UK and I thought this made a fitting episode graphic.

Next Time:  Andy Leyland.  Bob Fisher.  Paul Spataro.  Me.  Man of Steel.


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Episode 197: The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue!

For the final episode of 2014 I wanted to talk some Superman.

I know…shocking.  Why would I ever want to talk about Superman?  It’s happened so rarely on this show.

All kidding aside I have, for some time now, been wanting to get Trentus Magnus (he of Trentus Magnus Punches Reality fame) on Views to talk about Superman and considering he has had me on his show twice now to talk about imaginary Superman stories it seemed fitting to ask him to come on over and sit a spell.  The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman Blue is quite possibly the greatest of all the Silver Age imaginary Man of Steel stories and Trentus and I spend a good hour talking about why that is.  Sure I am a tad snarky in my synopsis but the love Trentus and I feel for this story comes through.

After that we get into a conversation about, for the lack of a better way to describe it, the state of Superman fandom.  This talk was inspired by an e-mail Trentus sent me some time ago so it seemed like a good idea to address it while he was in the room, so to speak.  What is with Superman fans these days?  Why can’t we seem to get along?  Why do we hurl such vitriol at each other?  Trentus and I have a very even tempered discussion about the subject and I hope you enjoy it.

Next Time: To kick off 2015 Andy Leyland is back and the subject is one that is near and dear to both of our hearts.  Star Wars!