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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Top 5 Archie Artists! With Bill Walko

 Duy interviewed Bill Walko (full interview here: https://youtu.be/0kHzgYj9v5E) and here's a short clip where they rank the 5 most important Archie artists of all time!

Full interview here: Bill Walko talks to Duy about his creator-owned webcomic, The Hero Business, which basically asks the question, what if superheroing was a business run like a marketing agency? We also rank the most important Archie Comics artists ever, and then Bill talks about playing a part in a revival of Jetta Raye, Dan DeCarlo's sci-fi teen humor comic from the 1950s.


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The Top 12 Batman Artists Ever

 Ben, Paul, LaMar, and Duy talk about the 12 most influential, most important, greatest Batman artists of ALL TIME.

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Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California | Dave Chisholm Interview

 Duy sits down with Dave Chisholm, cartoonist of Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California, from Z2 Comics, to talk about depicting music and biography in comics, his influences for the book, and his graphic novel lessons.

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WWE's Rob Schamberger Launches Schamberger Labs! Interview

 WWE Artist-in-Residence Rob Schamberger launched Schamberger Labs, where all his catalog is available! Check it out here: http://www.schambergerlabs.com


Kaijus and Fantasy: Zander Cannon Interview

Zander Cannon talks to Duy Tano about getting into comics (00:30), his first creator-owned comic The Replacement God (5:40), working on Top 10 with Alan Moore and Gene Ha (11:48), his comic about kajus in prison, Kaijumax (37:24), Heck (48:40), and more!

  

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The Fantastic Four Are Headed to the MCU!

 The Fantastic Four are headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Duy talks to the two biggest Fantastic Four fans he knows, Paul and Peter, about why they love the FF and what they'd like to see. Are you guys excited? What would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!


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The Top 10 X-Men Writers Ever!

 Duy asks Ben, Justin, and Joe to name the 10 best X-Men writers ever! You could probably guess who number 1 is, but who are the other 9 and which order do they go in?



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(This was recorded way before Grant Morrison came out as nonbinary, and thus we used he/him pronouns.)


Will Eisner: His Life and Legacy, with Danny Fingeroth

Danny Fingeroth, chair of Will Eisner Week, takes us through a history lesson for one of comics' true pioneers, in four parts through the week. This is the complete episode. If you prefer to watch it in parts, click here:

Prologue: https://youtu.be/yz966u1cWJs
Part 1: The Early Years: https://youtu.be/t8e_S-CYGnU
Part 2: The Spirit: https://youtu.be/t8e_S-CYGnU
Part 3: The Graphic Novels: https://youtu.be/VhDXBPZFwv4

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Top 10 Moments: Jason Aaron's Thor Run

Join Roz Mosis and Duy as we name the 10 (actually 11) best moments from the Thor run by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Esad Ribic, and a host of artists! We love Jane Foster and we love Thor Odinson! From Gorr the God Butcher to War of the Realms, including a small digression on Angela, let's count this down!

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Dec 14, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #139

 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #139
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

The Grizzly. Yes.





POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first appearance of The Grizzly.

DUY: Peter gets a new apartment and a new super, Mrs. Muggins. She will sporadically appear through the series up until 1987.



BEN: Spider-Man will be part of a Faustian pact many years later.


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: At the risk of getting accused of having a blonde fetish, Liz has been fun since she returned. I wonder if they had romantic plans for her and Peter.



DUY: You have such a thing for blondes. It is weird because it's all fictional, and it's drawings, but Peter and Liz have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever.

BEN: You have no chemistry!

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: At this point they were probably looking through zoo books to find any animal that hasn’t been a Spider-Man supervillain yet. This time they landed on Grizzly bear. What they forgot is that bear costumes tend to look cute instead of menacing.

DUY: He looks ridiculous. Why does his suit have abs.



BEN: Can you imagine how hot that suit is?

NITPICKS

BEN: I know we have to ignore the fictional passage of time in comics, but it’s been “three weeks” since the previous issue, but only a “few months” since Gwen died. It’s the end of summer, but there has been a story that took place during Christmas since Gwen died. In short, the less specific, the better

DUY: My nitpick is the Grizzly exists.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:




DUY: Keep in mind that when he first showed up, the Grizzly was supposed to be stronger than the Rhino.



BEN: Who would win in a fight, a bear or a rhino?

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Here's the cliffhanger, so the winner is the Jackal.



DOES ROBBIE KNOW?

BEN: Does he tell Peter to run away, because he knows Peter needs an excuse to leave and put on his costume?





DUY: It's an easy out, especially since Betty could run away and get help.

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Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #27

 elcome 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 #27
by Len Wein, Jim Mooney, and Frank Giacoia

Spider-Man and the Hulk vs. The Chameleon!






POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The previous issue of Marvel Team-Up had The Human Torch team up with Thor against Jinku and the Lava Men. (I looked up Jinku to see if it was his first appearance and surprisingly, it was not.) It didn’t have Spidey in it, so we skipped it, as is our policy.

DUY: It was not long ago that The Hulk was just the antagonist in Amazing Spider-Man.

BEN: “Bird-nose” reminds me of Solomon Grundy on the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.



DUY: "Bird-nose" was an intentional choice in the JLU episode "The Terror Beyond". It was supposed to be a tribute to the Defenders, where Grundy was Hulk, Dr. Fate was Dr. Strange, Aquaman was Namor, and Hawkgirl was Nighthawk.. To a stretch, Wonder Woman was Valkyrie and either Superman or Amazo were supposed to be the Silver Surfer. I imagine one of them's supposed to be someone else, but I'm not too familiar with the Defenders. So yeah, at this point, Hulk is on the outs with the Defenders, a team known for being made up of superheroes who wouldn't normally be team members.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: I don’t know who made the cover but the Spider-Man is not good. I like the Hulk a lot more. Mooney did a quality job on the interior pages.

DUY: It's got a fairly good ending for a 70s comic.

BEN: The Chameleon’s face has always been a mixture of cool and creepy to me. Odd that this is only his fourth appearance considering he was Spider-Man’s first villain.



WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Nice Ned Leeds is going to go away soon, once he and Betty start having problems. I will miss nice Ned.



DUY: The cover is horrible. Is Spider-Man in front of that guy? Behind him? Where's the perspective on that thing?

NITPICKS

BEN: I’m not a Hulk expert, but would the Chameleon even know about Rick Jones?



DUY: Additionally, I know I keep complaining about the Chameleon's ability, but at this point, he's really just a master of disguise. How does he impersonate Rick Jones who is smaller than him?

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: Mine:




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: That Joey guy.




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Dec 8, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #138

 elcome 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #138
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and David Hunt

Here is Spider-Man, now, fighting the Mindworm, even as Peter Parker gets evicted from the apartment he shared with Harry Osborn!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first appearance and origin of the Mindworm!

DUY: Flash Thompson’s address and phone number:



WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Peter crashes with Flash and the transition to friendship between the two of them continues.


WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Yet another mind control villain, and one that looks ridiculous. Going for a creepy unsettling look is cancelled out by the striped tank top and sandals.


DUY: How the hell does Mindworm have a recollection on the day of his birth?



BEN: His mental powers are that great.

NITPICKS

BEN: I don’t know what the housing laws were in 1974, but maybe you could tear up a lease if the tenant destroys one side of your building.

DUY: Peter calls Flash his "old enemy", but at this point they haven't been enemies for a substantial period of time.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: This guy. THIS GUY. Looks like he came out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a late Will Eisner Spirit, or a MAD comic. And I love him.



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: The landlord.

BEN: Don't vote for corrupt landlords..

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Dec 4, 2020

Spider-Rama: Giant-Size Spider-Man #2

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!

GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #2
by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Al Milgrom

Spider-Man has to come to terms with the existence of Fu Manchu as he runs into Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu!




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first time Al Milgrom worked on a Spider-Man comic, it seems.

DUY: Shang-Chi is a character meant to capitalize on Bruce Lee, and is the son of Fu Manchu, who at the time Marvel had the rights to.

BEN: Bruce Lee was a famous martial artist in the 70s.

DUY: He may or may not be known best for his role as Kato in The Green Hornet.



BEN: What's The Green Hornet?

DUY: He may or may not be known best for his role as Kato in The Green Hornet.

BEN: What's The Green Hornet? Don't you mean Arrow?

DUY: During a Green Hornet/Batman crossover, Green Hornet vs. Batman as well as Kato vs. Robin ended in a draw. Legend has it that Batman was supposed to go over Hornet while Kato was supposed to go over Robin, but Burt Ward didn't want to lose to Bruce Lee.

BEN: Bruce Lee was in that Seth Rogen movie?

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Superheroes fighting each other over a misunderstanding is a Marvel staple, and they did a better job of manipulating it in this story than usual.

DUY: Shang-Chi will have his own movie in the MCU soon, so I guess he aged well.

BEN: Spider-Man does have a weakness to bricks, as we’ll see much much later.


DUY: Using captions to narrate the first person is a very modern technique, and would now be used without the corresponding quotation marks.

BEN: Shang-Chi got the honor of narration.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: These:



DUY: Another mind control device, and minions being killed after they’re defeated. Two prevalent tropes in comics at the time.

BEN: The frequent use of racial slurs. I know the bad guys are saying them, but I don’t know that slurs against other racial groups would be used as freely as these are.

DUY: This is not necessarily impossible, but sumo is a Japanese tradition and Japanese and Chinese are not interchangeable.




BEN: This is unlikely:





NITPICKS

BEN: "Too long."



FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:




DUY: The stiffness of Spider-Man in this panel is fascinating. Did he not bend his knees or his waist at all as Shang-Chi flips him?




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Uh, I guess Shang-Chi by default.

BEN: Bruce Lee, for landing a part in a Seth Rogen movie.

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Nov 30, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #137

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #135
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

Harry Osborn has kidnapped Mary Jane, Aunt May, and Flash Thompson!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 17
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Hammerhead: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Molten Man: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
  • Tarantula: 2
  • Green Goblin (Harry): 2
DUY: I just realized, Liz never met Gwen. We're only allowed one blonde each time.

BEN: Ironic she returns to the series during Harry’s big breakdown. (They get married later, spoilers.) Too bad she got saddled with him.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: This is a much smoother way to tell May to stop worrying, but I still appreciate Gwen telling her off before too.


DUY: MJ telling May off nicely was definitely a conscious choice by Conway.

BEN: This is actually a clever way to resolve the secret identity problem.


DUY: That's a great final panel too. Conway loved his ambiguity. But I get that everyone just thinks Harry is insane, yeah, but what if he actually provides proof?

BEN: What proof does he have?

DUY: "Check his closet, here's when he's not home." or "Check under his shirt."

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: Nope, so much for your good cover streak. Kane would provide some good covers, and I would guess they were heavily art directed and inked. This is not one of them.

BEN: Kane managed to be a part of some legendary Spider-Man comics, which is why he’s considered an important part of the character’s history. Unfortunately, he was the worst aspect of all of those comics.

DUY: I give all the credit of 121 and 122 now to Romita inking, since we've seen unfiltered Kane.

BEN: On another note... First of all, Jonah is smoking in a hospital. Second, he and Robbie took a whole morning off for MJ, who they barely know? Third, Liz looks great. Fourth, those should be marijuana leaves on her pants. 


DUY: Why is Flash on this list of people closest to Peter, and really, a nuclear bomb???



BEN: Nolan stole this for The Dark Knight.

NITPICKS

BEN: Okay, Conway has gone to this well way too often recently.



DUY: It's funny how the Goblin mask takes on the same shape regardless of whether it's Norman or Harry wearing it.

BEN: Why is Harry being carted away if he’s not in costume? As far as the cops know, Peter invaded his home.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Damn straight:



DUY: THUMP!




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Gonna go with Spider-Man himself. It's a good showcase for him.

BEN: Liz's pants.

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Nov 29, 2020

Bill Sienkiewicz 3-Hour Career-Spanning Interview

Bill Sienkiewicz and Duy Tano had a three-hour conversation that covered a lot of his career, including the influence of Neal Adams (1:05), breaking into Marvel with a portfolio of DC characters (13:15), putting Moon Knight and himself on the map (16:59), the alternate universe where he gets into DC instead of Marvel first (22:39), inking over Jim Aparo and Sal Buscema on Batman and Spider-Man (29:37), learning from Doug Moench (36:58), why Duy couldn't find more Bill Sienkiewicz work when he first discovered it on the cover of The Dark Phoenix Saga (45:40), changing the face of comics with the New Mutants (46:59), thoughts on Jim Shooter (55:35), working with Chris Claremont (1:03:20), and working with Frank Miller on Daredevil: Love and War and Elektra: Assassin (1:09:55), how he decides on which style to use for any piece (1:32:15), working with Alan Moore on the unfinished Big Numbers (1:40:25), whether he got in trouble with the government for Brought to Light (1:56:42), clears the air about him, Art Spiegelman, and the melting pot of comics (2:01:04), Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix, and how he was personally recommended by Will Eisner (2:12:00), his work for various musicians like EPMD, Kid Cudi, Bruce Cockburn, and Roger Waters (2:20:04), working with Neil Gaiman on the Delirium story for Sandman: Endless Nights (2:24:11), inking Denys Cowan (2:28:20), his portraits of people who have passed away (2:33:50), the butt challenge (2:39:19), how he is as a writer and what's up with Stray Toasters (2:44:17), how he thinks of his legacy in relation to other artists (2:50:56), and what's up for the future (3:03:50)
    


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