Jan 16, 2021

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #28

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and Wednesday, Ben and Duy will look at a Spider-Man issue from the very beginning, in chronological order, and answer questions for various categories, inspired in large part by one of our favorite podcasts, The Rewatchables by The Ringer. Our goal is to make it to Amazing Spider-Man #200. Will we make it? Grab your Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus or crank up your tablet to Marvel Unlimited, and then tune in every Wednesday to find out!

MARVEL TEAM-UP #28
by Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney, and Vince Colletta

As if the Tarantula weren't enough, Spider-Man now has to deal with The Punisher!


POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first and only appearance of the City Stealers.

DUY: Conway returns as writer.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: This is ridiculous in every way possible, but I still like it.


DUY: That panel is glorious. Glorious.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: By now, the death of Gwen Stacy backlash had surely become so intense, that Conway felt the need to absolve Spider-Man of any fault in her death.


DUY: Which represents a complete backtrack on what the editorial on the letters page of Amazing Spider-Man #125 had said.



BEN: This is further contradicted somewhat by the What-If story, which shows he could have saved her.

NITPICKS

BEN: I doubt that robot could knock Hercules unconscious.

DUY: There's a nitpick in the whole thing (what happens to the infrastructure) that does get answered by the end, and the answer is "call the Fantastic Four," giving them yet another shoutout in this comic. But also kind of giving me the impression that too many things in this universe can be solved just by calling the Fantastic Four.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:




DUY: GLORIOUS:



BEN: It should never even be a contest, but yes.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Hercules, clearly.

BEN: Construction companies in New York City.

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Paolo Fabregas Interview

 Paolo Fabregas, creator of The Filipino Heroes League, dropped by The Comics Cube to talk to Duy about the inspiration behind the comic, Philippine politics and society, gender roles in the Philippines vs. other countries, a bunch of other topics that'll get us cancelled, Alan Moore and Frank Miller (40:30), and what he's working on next (53:00). 


Geoff Thorne Interview

 In this interview, Geoff Thorne, new ongoing writer of Green Lantern, talks about how he's approaching John Stewart in Future State, his thoughts on Hal Jordan and the other Green Lanterns, and the history of John Stewart. 

In part 2, Geoff Thorne has him talking about his Vixen story for Truth and Justice (1:18), his work for the King in Black, notably Black Panther (27:36) and Planet of the Symbiotes (33:20), and his Winterman Comics (45:25). But really, you should just watch it, because the conversation is fun and you should listen to his stories about Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, Method Man, and more.


Jan 8, 2021

Best of 2020, Predictions for 2021

 From the Mandalorian to some indie comics, Joe, Ben, LaMar, Justin, and Duy take a look at the best of 2020 and make some predictions for 2021!

Dec 31, 2020

Calvin and Hobbes: Happy New Year

 It's 25 years to the day that Bill Watterson ended Calvin and Hobbes, and the strip seems as relevant as ever. Listen to a variety of creators talk about Calvin and Hobbes, including Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Paul Gilligan (Pooch Cafe), the Philippines' Ian Sta. Maria (Salamangka), Grant Snider (Incidental Comics), and Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants, Elektra: Assassin). Happy New Year and we hope 2021 brings you awesomeness.


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Dec 27, 2020

Superman: Peace on Earth: A 2020 Retrospective

 In 1998, Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) and Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) put out Superman: Peace on Earth, an oversized Superman illustrated prose book where the Man of Steel takes on the problem of world hunger. It takes place on Christmas. And today, Christmas Day 2020, Paul, LaMar, and Duy are here to tell you how it reads 22 years later.


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