Episode 184: Green Lantern Rebirth
This time out Scott Ryfun (one quarter of the hosts of Dinner 4 Geeks) stops by to talk about a series that is about to turn ten years old. In late 2004 Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver brought Hal Jordan back from the dead and back from being the Spectre and started a journey that would see Green Lantern and his world become one of the most successful franchises in comics. This was not without some controversy. Some fans were a bit miffed that Hal had come back and thought that their Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, was being sidelined to satisfy some weird need on the part of DC to bring back their more iconic characters. Scott and I talk about that, the series as a whole and a bunch of other things that have nothing to do with Green Lantern because this is Views From The Longbox and that’s how we roll here.
I’d like to thank Scott for coming on the show and let him know he is welcome back every time.
Next time: It’s part 2 of a 3 part podcasting crossover so be sure to head on over to the Relatively Geeky Network and listen to Episode 18 of the Shortbox Showcase to listen to Alan Middleton, his daughter Emily and I talk about a very awesome western maxi-series called The Kents. I mean you could skip it and listen to the second installment first but their show is awesome and a lot of what we talk about will make a lot more sense if you hear the initial installment first.
Episode 183: The “Lost” Justice League Story
Rob Kelly (he of Aquaman Shrine and The Fire and Water Podcast fame) returns to the show to talk about the Justice League. Last time we did this Rob and I talked about the League in the more general sense. This time we dive into a specific three issue storyline that was, in reality, an unpublished Treasury Edition. Justice League of America issues 210 through 212 tell the story of an alien race that is out to scam the Earth and one average man holds the key to the planet’s salvation! Will the League succeed? Well, yeah. They kind of have to, but there’s a lot that goes on during the course of three issues and some fun side conversations happen too.
We talk about the covers in some detail during our talk. Here they are in case you wanted to see them.
Next time: First time guest Scott Ryfun (he of Dinner 4 Geeks fame) joins me to talk about Green Lantern: Rebirth!
Episode 182: Superman in the UK
This time out Andrew Leyland (of Hey Kids, Comics and Fantasticast fame) joins me to talk about three issues of DC Comics Presents (issues 27, 28 and 29 to be exact) plus a random Superboy story. Now I know what you’re thinking…and you’re right. “But, Mike,” you say, “That cover you posted doesn’t look like the cover to any of the comics you just mentioned.” Instead of digging those issues out of my collection and reading them one at a time I read the stories in question in the 1983 Superman UK Annual. If you are also thinking that I had Andy on just because he is from the UK you are only half right. I happened to have this book in my collection, Andy happened to post the cover on Facebook and I thought it would make a fun episode.
And it did. Andy and I covered just about every aspect of these stories like the fact that this was the first appearance of Mongul. And the fact that this was a rare (for the time period) Martian Manhunter appearance. And the fact that Superman is a really big jerk in the first chapter. And the fact that Steve Lombard sucks and wears a wife-beater shirt. And the fact that Supergirl looked pretty dang good during this era. And how the Superboy story would have made a fine episode of Smallville. Oh, and the fact that apparently I can’t read because despite the fact that the cover artist signed the cover I just couldn’t see it and looked rather foolish.
This episode was also part of something I called “Comics By Candlelight” as I read this book by candlelight back in February when the power was out for three days. It’s not the best bit but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Next time: Rob Kelly (of the Aquaman Shrine, the Fire and Water Podcast and a half a million other blogs) returns to talk about a “lost” adventure of the Justice League of America.
Episode 181: Ultimate Richard Rohan
Returning to the show this time out is actor/director/adapter/producer and all around nice guy Richard Rohan. Richard was kind enough to give me about an hour and a half of his time to talk about the newest comic book adaptations from Graphic Audio. We touch on Wayne of Gotham and It’s Superman, but the bulk of the episode is spent talking about Ultimates: Tomorrow Men and Ultimates: Against All Enemies. Around all of that Richard and I have a number of fun digressions, including a long talk on the pros and cons of digital comic books. We wrap things up with a handful of listener questions that lead to a fun conversation about the super-hero animation of the sixties and the seventies.
I would like to thank Richard for being so generous with his time. These interviews are always fun and I hope to have him back on the show down the road.
Next time: UK Annuals with Andrew Leyland!
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!