Episode 180: Me and Batman, Batman and Me
So last year I did this whole Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend thing. If you are familiar with it then you probably heard a low pitched voice saying them with a bit of an echo thrown in for good measure as you read those bolded words. My apologies to Rob Kelly for the flashbacks this no doubt caused.
Last year I devoted the bulk of Views to Superman related shows to celebrate his anniversary and as the year was winding down I was pretty sure that Batman wasn’t going to get the same treatment. I didn’t make a vow but a few gags were created to joke about this. The thing is I recently got on this huge Batman kick and it made me realize I did want to mark the Dark Knight’s 75th birthday in some fashion and thus this episode was born. This is one of those long, ramble filled episodes where I just talk and talk about why I like Batman and even wax nostalgic regarding my history with the character. No notes. No real planning. The fact that I managed to sound somewhat coherent is a minor miracle.
Quick note: I have no idea when the next Batman related episode is going to happen. I really don’t want to make any promises. Something is coming down the pike but I don’t have any firm plans.
Next Time: Andy Leyland comes by. We talk about something. It was fun.
Episode 179: E-Mails 2014 Edition
For the first episode of 2014 I thought it would be a good idea to clear the e-mail decks. I don’t respond to them enough so I figured this would be a good time to go through the feedback before moving on to the comics I plan to cover this year. Before those e-mails I talk about 2013 a bit and how I feel about new year’s resolutions. I also explain why I won’t tell you what I have planned for Views in 2014. After that it is about forty-five minutes of e-mails where I talk about past episodes, what I did over the holidays and even answer a question from Sean Koury’s Captain Carrot’s Burrow.
I want to thank everyone that wrote in. It made for a fun episode.
Next time: Well, that’s going to be a surprise from now on as I won’t be telling you what I’m covering in the next episode anymore. You’ll be able to find out here when you see the show notes but I have decided that it might be fun to keep the subject of the next episode a surprise until its release. If you really hate this let me know.
Episode 178: 2 & 1/2 Hours of Smallville
In the summer of 2011 I “sat down” with Big Honkin’ Steve (you know, of Geek Out Loud fame) to talk about Smallville. It was a good time for it too. The series had just wrapped and the show was fresh in our minds. Due to some technical problems that six hour conversation (yes, it really was six hours) disappeared. Now, over two years later Steve and I got back together to talk about a show that defined Superman or at the very least Clark Kent for a generation. To the shock of…well, everyone after they find out…we managed to keep our conversation to about two and a half hours. So join Steve and I as we close out Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend by covering Smallville from beginning to end. We cover Clark, Chloe, Lana, Lois, Jonathan, Martha, Tess, Dr. Hamilton and everyone in between. It was a fun conversation and I am glad Steve and I were able to get together to record this episode.
Towards the end of the episode I mentioned an old WB promo thingie that Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum appeared in. I also said that I couldn’t find it on YouTube and Steve immediately found it on YouTube. So here’s the video for your viewing pleasure.
Next Time: I kick 2014 off with an e-mail episode. Seems like the right thing to do.
Episode 177: Happy/Merry Christmas 2013
Merry Christmas/Happy Yule/Happy Holidays/Happy Christmas/Merry Whatever You Celebrate, One and All! Welcome to the somewhat traditional holiday themed episode of Views From The Longbox. This year I decided to tie the holidays into my year long birthday card to the Man of Steel which I have been calling Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend and cover two Christmas themed Superman stories. With me (because co-hosts on Christmas episodes are awesome) is frequent guest of the show Andrew Leyland, he of Hey Kids Comics and the Fantasticast fame! In the first part of the episode we discuss Christmas Around the World from Action Comics #93 (February 1946), which is a fun story that has Superman teaching Lois about Christmas…around the world…it’s right there in the title. After a handful of my favorite Christmas music we take a long look at DC Comics Presents #67 (March 1984) where the Man of Steel teams up with SANTA CLAUS! Along the way we talk about He-Man, the New 52, our Christmas plans for the year and much, much more!
In all sincerity I hope that you and yours have a nice and safe holiday season. Having listeners like you makes doing this show a labor of love and I hope that we can continue getting together every once in a while to talk funny books.
Next Time: BIG. HONKIN’. STEVE. SMALLVILLE. Be here.
Episode 176: Views From The Fiery and Watery Longbox Part 2
Quick heads up before I really get into this thing…if you have not listened to Episode 73 of the Fire and Water Podcast do so now. Why? Because this episode of Views is the second part of a two part podcast crossover. So head on over to The Aquaman Shrine and/or FIrestorm Fan and check out that episode (again, if you haven’t done so already) and then come back over here to finish the startling saga!
WELCOME TO THE 200TH EPISODE OF VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX!
Yes indeed, dear listener, this is technically the 200th episode to bear the name Views and to celebrate that fact I thought it would be fun to crossover with another show! Over on Episode 73 of the Fire and Water Podcast Rob “Rainmaker” Kelly, the Irredeemable Shag and I talked about DC Comics Presents #5, the first issue of that series where Superman teamed-up with Aquaman. Over here at Views the Fire and Water guys and I take a good, long look at the first time Firestorm, the Nuclear Man teamed-up with the Man of Steel. DC Comics Presents #17 features Firestorm battling for his life against a mind-controlled Man of Steel! Who would want Firestorm dead? Well…it’s right there on the cover. They really don’t bury the lead on this one.
Anyway, not only do my guests and I talk about this amazing story written by former guest of this show Gerry Conway and drawn by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (praise be his name) but we talk about the ads. I even scanned a handful of them so you could follow along at home.
At one point during the ad discussion I went on and on about the ad for the New Adventures of Superboy and Legion of Super-Heroes re-purposing some art from an older Superboy comic. Here is the ad followed by that back cover we talked about.
I’d like to thank Rob and Shagg for joining me on this episode. I would also like to thank you, the listener, for all of the years of support and patience. It means a lot to me that people seem to like me rambling on about comics, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. It really does mean a lot.
Next Time: It’s a Happy Christmas here at Views as I welcome a special guest to talk about some Superman related Christmas stories!
Episode 175: Superman Takes A Wife!
December 14th is my wedding anniversary and because I like to talk about comics and tie them to my personal life I thought I would use that as an excuse to continue my Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend series with an episode focusing on Superman’s love life and trips down the aisle. In the first part of the episode I do a fairly extensive look at Action Comics #484, which contains the classic story Superman Takes a Wife! After the break I am joined by a very special guest to discuss the various women that Superman has been involved with. Topics covered are how Superman dated a mermaid, Lana Lang, the history of Wonder Woman, sexism in comic books, why Teri Hatcher’s Lois was not my guest’s favorite, Erica Durance, Amy Adams, and who Superman should ultimately end up with.
During the first part of the episode I mentioned that I would post scans from Action Comics #484. So…here’s the cover.
And here’s the final page.
And the text page.
Next Time: If you are reading this before or on December 16, 2013 head on over to either Firestorm Fan or the Aquaman Shrine and download the episode of The Fire and Water Podcast from that day because that episode is the first part of a two part crossover with Views! My semi-regular co-host the Irredeemable Shag, Rob “Rainmaker” Kelly and I teamed up over the two shows to discuss two issues of DC Comics Presents that co-starred Aquaman and Firestorm! So check out Fire and Water first and then head over here on the the 17th to check out the second part which is also a very special episode of Views. Why? Come back next time to find out!
Episode 174: Superman at Fifty!
Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend continues today with a look at when Superman turned fifty! In 1988 DC and the WB celebrated Superman’s golden anniversary in fine style and they did enough that I could actually spend an entire episode talking about it. After a quick digression to tell a story that really has nothing to do with Superman I start going through my memories and the artifacts from 1988. Hear about the Smithsonian exhibition, the videos, the comics, the television special, the Time article, Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend and a handful of other awesome things that happened during that year.
As I mentioned above I spent some of the episode discussing the Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds exhibition that went on at the Smithsonian. My good friend Alan Leach, Jr. sent me scans of the pictures he took way back when and I posted those over that the Fortress back in 2012. You can check those out by going here.
In case you were curious here is the cover to Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend.
Next time: SUPERMAN TAKES A WIFE!
Episode 173: The Firsts Part 2
The story continues…probably longer than it should have but here it is. Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend also continues but that should be pretty obvious. Last time out I talked about some of the first single issue Superman comics that I read when I was a kid. This time out I talk about the comics that started me down the path to become the fan and addict I am today. Well, two of these comics started me down that path. One of the them was given to me by a good friend back in the summer of 1985 but didn’t quite grab me. The other two I found on my own. Between the comic book talk you will learn (or perhaps re-learn in some cases) about my mother’s attitude towards camping, how the Aerialbots comic blocked me, why the waiting room at the doctor’s office sucks when you are a kid and how my jacked up grill led me to finding Superman as a life long hobby.
Next time: Superman may be turning 75 this year but twenty five years ago he turned fifty because that’s how math works. I have many fond memories of that anniversary so I thought I would share
Episode 172: Firsts Part 1
Sometimes life gives you lemons and you do your best to make lemonade. A few weeks ago I sat down with my good friend Andy Leyland and recorded two episodes worth of material. It was all planned out, the recording went great and a fun time was had by all. Somehow the audio from those recordings got all kinds of messed up. Andy was totally cool about it and even gave his blessing for me to go ahead and do this thing on my own. So instead of having a guest on for this show I am going solo for the first part of a two part look at the Superman comics that started me down the path of the hopeless addict I am today. In this first installment I talk about my early days of getting comics as well as going through DC Comics Presents issues 21 and 55 in addition to the New Adventures of Superboy #40. As you may have guessed this is all part of my Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend series and is completely raw as in I had no notes going into this recording.
Next time: The other three Superman books that started me down these mean streets of not only being a comic book fan but a Superman fan as well.
Episode 171: Superman From The ’30s to the ’80s Part 2
Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend continues as does the coverage of Superman: From The ’30s To The ’80s, a hardcover collection of Superman comics that came out in 1983. Joining me once again is Charlie Niemeyer, the host of Superman in the Bronze Age, Charlie’s Geekcast and co-host of The Starman Observatory (along with Jon Wilson and J. David Weter). In this installment we wrap up our look at this amazing collection of Superman stories by moving into the fifties, the sixties and the seventies. The first appearances of Brainiac and Supergirl are discussed as is the Silver Age origin of Lex Luthor and the confrontation he and Superman had under a red sun. Things move into the Bronze Age with an out of control Superman tearing up the joint (briefly) followed by Superman getting swept into the future where he is informed that he is dead, dead, dead. Between all of that you have other assorted Superman talk and a few fun tangents in the mighty Views manner.
I’d like to thank Charlie for being on the show. We had a fun time but the merriment doesn’t end with this episode. Stay tuned for an upcoming episode of Superman in the Bronze Age and listen to Charlie and I talk about the last two comics from this collection in depth. The Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent gets the full on synopsis and notes treatment over at Charlie’s show, so click on the link and make sure you listen to the episodes when they hit if you are not already subscribing.
Next time: Andy Leyland is back with a the first in a two part discussion about the first Superman comics we ever read!