Sep 30, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #16

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 #125
by Len Wein, Gil Kane, and Jim Mooney

Spider-Man and (sigh) Captain Marvel vs. Basilisk.


POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first appearance of Basilisk!

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Peter trying to see a movie.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Ugh, Basil Elks? Wein wasn’t even trying.



DUY: Basil Elks looks like Vincent Price. Or Egghead from the Batman 66 show.



BEN: Is cretin a fancy word?


DUY: Also, Mar-Vell.

BEN: Mar-Vell is the absolute worst.

NITPICKS

BEN: Would a museum security guard have a gun?




DUY: Wouldn't he?

BEN: Ben Stiller didn't get one.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Outwitted?



DUY: I will say this is kind of clever of Kane to kind of maximize whatever space he had to work with here.




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: No one wins reading a Mar-Vell comic.

BEN: Rick Jones, because he never can be in the same place as Mar-Vell.

DUY: Yeah, but imagine having Mar-Vell in your brain.

BEN: I don't want to. In a medium where every character gets revived, Mar-Vell never has. That should tell you something.

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Watch: Paul Jenkins Interview

 Paul Jenkins drops by the Cube to talk about starting his career with the creators of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, how he got into writing, his approach to characters, editing Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz's Big Numbers, and his and Humberto Ramos' comic, Fairy Quest!

Fairy Quest on Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fairy-quest#/ Fairy Quest on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1803036765/fairy-quest-3-over-under-and-through The Inhumans: https://amzn.to/3czj8ja

Sep 28, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #127

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 #127
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

The Vulture is back, Harry Osborn is mad at Peter Parker, and the Human Torch helps Spider-Man make the Spider-Mobile!




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Vulture: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 3
  • 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
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
DUY: The saga of the Spider-Mobile continues. I love when they work together.


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Funny.


BEN: They say failure is the best way to learn.



DUY: This is pretty clearly the Ross Andru look for MJ: tank top, bellobottoms, platform sandals. And for the record, it's a good look.



BEN: I’m not complaining. I think it’s actually my default MJ, over Romita even.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Regarding that last panel, never refer to yourself as Uncle Petey again.

DUY: I can't tell if "She can never BE Gwen, not for me...!" has aged well or badly, but I'm putting it here.



BEN: Oh Peter, no.



DUY: Is he... is he chewing the webbing?


NITPICKS

DUY: If shock is all it takes to make Flash go unconscious, he must not have been a very good soldier, huh.




BEN: He spent all his time in secret Asian villages.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: But really this is my favorite panel. Ross Andru is good, guys.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: I walked away wanting to know this girl's story, so I'm gonna say her.



BEN: Anyone but Peter, who was on one this month.

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Watch: Rob Schamberger (WWE Artist in Residence) Interview

Today we talk to Rob Schamberger, WWE's Artist in Residence! Learn how he got into the business, who his top sellers are, who his favorites are to paint, and his personal experiences with some of the wrestlers! Visit Rob at www.robschamberger.com.

Sep 24, 2020

Watch: Paul Gilligan Interview - Pooch Cafe, Return of the Mole People

 Paul Gilligan visits the Cube today and talks to Duy about his cult hit comic strip, Pooch Cafe, and also talks about his books, King of the Mole People!


Read Pooch Cafe on a daily basis here: https://www.gocomics.com/poochcafe

Sep 23, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #15

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 #15
by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Don Perlin

Spider-Man and Ghost Rider vs. The Orb!


POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: First appearance and origin of the freaking Orb!



DUY: In other news, whether he's Peter or Spidey, Spider-Man remains the only guy in the universe capable of making riding a motorcycle uncool.



WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Not only does this comic have the best co-star yet, one of Marvel’s greatest characters the Ghost Rider, but it has the Orb. The Orb!



DUY: Peter having unconscious sexist biases is a thing even in Into the Spider-Verse. Why is there SJW propaganda in my modern comics.... in the 1970s???




BEN: Plus, the Orb!

DUY: I'm surprised they didn't call him The Eyeball.

BEN: That's racist.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Johnny performs in his stunt show as the Ghost Rider?

DUY: Is mind control a thing? I feel we saw it once in Stan's entire run (the Ringmaster) and now we've seen like 10 of it.

BEN: I wonder what was in the zeitgeist about mind control.

NITPICKS

DUY: The cover. His name is Ghost Rider, Peter, he's not going to "die".

BEN: Yet another cover that doesn’t reflect anything from inside.

DUY: I'm really getting annoyed at how quickly the endings come in these issues.

BEN: I’m guessing not a lot of time was spent on them, in any capacity.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: I don’t know why Mary Jane is standing like that but I find it appealing:



DUY: The image of Ghost Rider holding a contract is hilarious.


BEN: Sign here for termite insurance.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: All of us, because of the greatness of this comic. Pure unfiltered greatness.

DUY: Ross Andru, whose art I think is starting to come together.

BEN: You accidentally forgot to mention how great it all was.

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Sep 21, 2020

Watch: The Death and Return of Superman

 Paul, Duy, and LaMar look back at one of the greatest comic events in history: The Death and Return of Superman! How did we feel as kids reading it? Was he really dead? Who was our favorite replacement Superman? How do we feel about it now?


Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #126

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 #126
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Jim Mooney

Jonas Harrow gives the Kangaroo a power-up.




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 3
  • 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
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
BEN: In a weird coincidence, Jonas Harrow and the Kangaroo, the only two villains who have only appeared once, get their second appearances.

DUY: I'm in shock, SHOCK, that Harry Osborn is revealed to be the shadowy figure that took the Goblin costume off his father, Norman. It was so unobvious.


BEN: Was it, or have we just always known it so it seems so?

DUY: So it's a weird thing about serial comics. Under conventional storytelling, between 122 and now, it could have only been Harry, because he's the one whose behavior totally changed. No one else made sense. But in serial storytelling, you could have randomly said it was, say, Mysterio, and just make sense of it after.



DUY: Also, The Kangaroo dies. Not counting Richard Raleigh, this is now the second villain death (after Norman) in Conway's run.

BEN: It's like he, as a former fan, wanted to make sure the Kangaroo never appeared again.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Spider-Man is hired by Corona Motors to build a Spider-Mobile. I believe they are modeled after Stan Lee and Roy Thomas.



DUY: Spider-Man has learned from the incident in ASM#1 when he tried cashing a check. This is how you can tell Gerry was a fan of the book before writing it.



BEN: The first wave of fans turned writers tried to make sense of things, while Stan and the artists were just focused on making new stuff every month. Professor Warren is about to become more important.




WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Here:


NITPICKS

DUY: It's always bugged me when stuff like this happened. In my experience, people WILL notice footwear when it's out of the ordinary.


BEN: Especially if it’s up to your knees.

DUY: If Jonas Harrow can build anything, why would he just help the Kangaroo jump higher? Why doesn't he build him.... armor? Or other things?


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: I love the perspective on this.


BEN: I bet you do.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Conway again, for the second issue in a row. Masterfully balancing out everyone, working the Torch in there, getting rid of the Kangaroo.

BEN: I like the way Conway almost immediately brought back Spider-Man’s supporting cast on a much more regular basis.

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Sep 19, 2020

Watch: Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman Are Engaged

On June 14, 2019, Ashley Van Sickle and Deanna Mascia broke comics internet when Ashley as Captain Marvel publicly proposed to Deanna as Wonder Woman. How did it feel taking the internet by storm? When's the wedding? And how, just how, can a DC fan and a Marvel fan possibly stay together???

Sep 18, 2020

Watch: Roger Langridge Interview on Bill and Ted, Popeye, Thor, and Fred the Clown

 Roger Langridge talks to Duy about drawing Bill and Ted Are Doomed with Evan Dorkin, his creator-owned Fred the Clown, why he loves Popeye, Thor: The Mighty Avenger with Chris Samnee, and other books he'd love to work on! (Give him Plastic Man, DC!)


Support Roger Langridge heRoger Langridge talks to Duy about drawing Bill and Ted Are Doomed with Evan Dorkin, his creator-owned Fred the Clown, why he loves Popeye, Thor: The Mighty Avenger with Chris Samnee, and other books he'd love to work on! (Give him Plastic Man, DC!) Support Roger Langridge here: http://www.hotelfred.com http://www.patreon.com/hotelfred And you can get some of his books here: Fred the Clown: https://amzn.to/33iTsmY Fred the Clown: The Iron Duchess: https://amzn.to/33AV0cb Thor: The Mighty Avenger: https://amzn.to/2GU9QCM Popeye: https://amzn.to/3kdgFxo re:

http://www.hotelfred.com

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And you can get some of his books here:

Fred the Clown: https://amzn.to/33iTsmY

Fred the Clown: The Iron Duchess: https://amzn.to/33AV0cb

Thor: The Mighty Avenger: https://amzn.to/2GU9QCM

Popeye: https://amzn.to/3kdgFxo


Sep 11, 2020

Watch: Leah Moore Interview on The Doors and Alan Moore

Leah Moore talks about her new anthology on The Doors: Morrison Hotel (out November 10, 2020: https://amzn.to/3h7nvmn), Wild Girl (31:19), Sherlock Holmes (39:53), and setting the record straight on her dad, Alan Moore (50:15). 

Sep 10, 2020

Tell Me I'm Wrong About the X-Men

Duy hasn't read many X-Men comics. Not a big fan! Joe, Justin, and Ben have - and they're here to tell Duy he's wrong about the X-Men.

Here are some classic X-Men stories:


Sep 9, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #14

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 #14
by Len Wein and Gil Kane

Spider-Man meets Namor the Sub-Mariner, who is not the Man-Fish this cover calls out, for some reason!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: So they completely switched Kane and Andru on the titles, huh?

DUY: It doesn't really matter. Amazing is going to look better as long as Romita is the inker.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: A villain named Dorcas is all I’ve ever wanted from life.



BEN: I love diagram-like pictures.


BEN: I don’t know where to put the Men-Fish. So bad they’re good, or just bad?


DUY: Star Trek references.


BEN: Early Trek references too.

DUY: Look at this Watchmen-like panel transition.




BEN: That’s the first and only time Marvel Team-Up will be compared to Watchmen.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Nope, too easy.



DUY: Namor's face is looking like he actually enjoyed getting punched.




NITPICKS

BEN: The cover says Man-Fish, but the title page says Men-Fish.



DUY: Seems like the people in charge of the cover copy thought Namor was the Man-Fish. Anyway, look at this really rushed attempt to add poignancy out of nowhere in the last panel.

BEN: The ending really sneaks up on the writers in this series.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: Immediately after. Spidey looks so sad.




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Namor's head, apparently.

BEN: Namor is one of my favorite guest-stars. I don’t like him enough to read his comics, but he’s a perfect side piece.

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Sep 7, 2020

Watch: Denys Cowan Interview

Denys Cowan, Milestone co-founder, partner, producer, and artist, talks to Duy about the origins of Milestone, creating Icon and Rocket and Hardware and Static, producing the Static Shock animated series, the return of Milestone, working with Reginald Hudlin and Dwayne McDuffie, adapting Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks to animation, The Question, being inked by Bill Sienkiewicz, some stories about growing up in the comics scene in the 70s, and collaborating with Stan Lee.

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #125

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 #125
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, John Romita Sr, and Tony Mortellaro

Spider-Man vs. the Man-Wolf, who is John Jameson, JJJ's son!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 3
  • 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
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
DUY: Time is slowing down: we're four issues past the deaths of Gwen and Norman, and it's only been a week. Given this and all the stuff in Marvel Team-Up, that's a lot of stuff.

BEN: Gil Kane and Andru seem to be switching off between Amazing and Team-Up.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Peter noticing a friend’s pain is personal growth from him.



BEN: And "That's really helping" made me chuckle.


DUY: Mary Jane wanting to help but then stopping herself is in line with her eventual retconned characterization. A retcon that was written by Conway, to be clear.



BEN: So maybe it’s just her characterization.

DUY: It's hard to say any of her personality is retconned this early on, because we've barely actually seen anything of her. Any appeal she had was projected on by the reader.

BEN: Do you think she is looking to be with Peter in the future?

DUY: She doesn't strike me as anyone who wants to commit to anyone, actually.

BEN: Conway is definitely planning it, and he’s trying to get Peter through this grieving process as fast as possible.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Oh Flash, no.


DUY: Don't just randomly tell women to smile, kids.

BEN: John should really stop going into space.


DUY: I don't know if you should call Robbie "Boy Editor."


BEN: His son is as old as you.

DUY: .....Also yeah, you probably shouldn't call Robbie "Boy."

BEN: If you’re out there reading this, that term of address is racially charged. Now you know.

NITPICKS

BEN: I’m no expert, but that moon doesn’t look close to setting.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: There's a poignancy to the way this story ends. The hero has won, but there's an overall feeling of loss. It's only ruined by the end copy. Also, a lesser writer would have Spidey going "This blond girl reminds me of Gwen."

BEN: The cover did that.

DUY: I learned just yesterday that the cover copy a lot of the time is the domain of the editors, so I'll give Gerry a pass.


BEN: I like how “over it” Spider-Man is in that exchange.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Gerry Conway, I think, has written a really good issue here.

BEN: Conway gets remembered mostly for The Death of Gwen Stacy, but his entire run is really good. The best the comic has been since early Romita.

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