Feb 21, 2021

The Comics Cube Channel Recap: February 21, 2021:

 Busy week for the channel, and we started with the full JH Williams III interview:

 


 Karla Pacheco then came on to talk about her time writing Spider-Woman so far and what we can expect from Jessica Drew in the future:

   


 ChrisCross came on to talk about Milestone, Captain Marvel, Slingers, the Jason Rusch Firestorm, and his most recent Vixen story that starred the Global Guardians:

   


 Duy, Paul, Ben, and LaMar discuss Batman 1989 and Batman Returns, the universe of which was announced to continue in the comics:

   


 Danny Fingeroth then talked about Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk #1, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Spider-Man of the 90s. Along the way, we talked Spider-Man thoughts, Will Eisner Week, and Stan Lee:


   


 Duy, Ben, and Justin recapped King in Black 4 from Marvel this week:

   


 And we close it off on Dwayne McDuffie's birthday with a clip from Denys Cowan remembering Dwayne:


 

Feb 19, 2021

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up 31

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 #31
by Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney, and Vince Colletta

Spider-Man and Iron Fist vs. Drom the Backwards Man!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first appearance and death of Drom the Backwards Man.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: I like that the universe is still young enough that Peter can see a new hero and compare them to a hero he recently met.




DUY: Are they fighting Benjamin Button?




BEN: I wonder if Brad Pitt would sign on for a Benjamin Button vs Spider-Man movie. BBvS.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Brad Pitt would never dress like this.



DUY: There's really no reason they need to show us what Benjamin Button is saying. Just tell us to read it backwards.

BEN: Did they ... just kill him?




DUY: Isn't that the same as the Silvermane ending?

BEN: Yes, but with Brad Pitt.

NITPICKS

BEN: I don’t know that Iron Fist’s karate chops could break manacles that are holding Spider-Man and his superstrength captive. Also, a load of webbing?



DUY: I don't get it. They forget everything, but Peter recorded it. What's their memory of that night then? 





BEN: Everybody was kung-fu fighting.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:




DUY: Mine:





WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: The eventual Benjamin Button universe.

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Feb 14, 2021

The Comics Cube Channel Recap: February 14, 2021

Dave Chisholm came back to the Cube to talk to Duy and LaMar about Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California:

   

 We finish our interview with JH Williams III where he talks about Echolands with W. Haden Blackman, being inked by Mick Gray, and affecting lives, including a story about Batwoman. Also, does he really not do thumbnails?

   

 Kwanza Osajyefo came on to talk about Black, White, and the X-Men:

   

  And Paul, LaMar, and Duy ranked the top 10 Superman writers ever:


Feb 7, 2021

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #142

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 #142
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

Spider-Man vs. Mysterio! Except Mysterio is dead? And so is... someone else?



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The return of Gwen Stacy?


DUY: JJJ is revealed to be bankrolling the new Mysterio Daniel Berkhart (an old friend of Quentin Beck's) and he runs off to Paris. This is also not the last time Berkhart will replace an already established villain.

BEN: Wait, Ned and Betty weren't married yet?.



DUY: Why is MJ crying? They're not close.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Sizing each other up.



DUY: Love it. Good dynamics.


WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: Peter is really dumb sometimes. Batman wouldn’t fall for these tricks.




BEN: First of all, Danny Berkhart sounds like the name of a ‘70s teen idol. But what was it about Spider-Man villains that writers are always trying to replace the guy inside the cool costume?




DUY: The next guy he would replace isn't going to be as cool, but that's like, way later on.

BEN: The next guy Danny Berkhardt would replace?

DUY: Yes, he's gonna be someone else later on.

BEN: Does he replace Eric Forman on That 70s Show?

DUY: No, that guy didn't have facial hair.


NITPICKS

BEN: Two things. No way he doesn’t notice that camera on his chest sooner, and Mysterio would not know about Mindworm.



DUY: Yeah, there's no way Mysterio would know about Mindworm or even Morbius, really. Those aren't public enough. Were they trying to make Mindworm a thing? I will point out the Jackal is in there, and if I remember right, that's going to be a thing because Mysterio wouldn't know him either. But it's undercut by Mindworm being there.



BEN: Stop trying to make Mindworm happen.


FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: Okay, if Ditko was the master of motion and weirdness and Romita was the master of just putting out a classic Spider-Man image, Andru has been the master of perspective play.





WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: J. Jonah Jameson, because this is the funniest he's been the entire Conway run.




BEN: Seems like he finally got a handle on him.

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The Comics Cube Channel Recap: February 7, 2021

We're gonna be doing a weekly recap of what happened in our YouTube channel (to which you should subscribe) hopefully every Sunday instead of doing a post on each now.

To start, on January 23, Duy, Paul, and Ben each counted down our five favorite Spider-Man artists.

Then Maria Laura Sanapo joined the show to talk about drawing fierce women, like Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Betty and Veronica, and the revitalized Golden Age superhero Miss Fury, with Billy Tucci.

Michael Penick talked about the artistic process and also about his comic on Kickstarter, Recovery Inc., starring Mia Raven, the thief who became a detective who became a thief.



Then Sal Abbinanti talked about comic book art history and his comic on Kickstarter, The Hostage, about a medieval spirit in Brazil who gets summoned by children in poverty to take care of their problems.


Bruno Redondo, who is doing the new Nightwing run with Tom Taylor, discussed his visual approach to Nightwing and setting him apart from previous Nightwing runs (and from Batman).


Then Duy, Paul, and Lizzy reacted to the Sandman casting news.


And Ken Quattro joined the show to talk about his book, Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, perfect for Black History Month.

And finally, Ben, Joe, and Justin ranked the top 10 X-Men characters of all time.

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Jan 27, 2021

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #30

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 #30
by Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney, and Vince Colletta

Spider-Man teams up with the Falcon to fight Midas.




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first and only appearance of Midas. Per our policy, we skipped the previous Marvel Team-Up because it didn’t have Spider-Man. It featured Iron Man and the Torch against Infinitus, in his only appearance.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Good ole fashioned fan demand. And anytime you have a character that became a major part of the movie universe, like the Falcon, it’s going to age well.

DUY: Glory just got introduced and is already here, so this was definitely an attempt to make Marvel Team-Up "matter", because up to this point it definitely does not feel like it has. Sadly, tying in an urban racial story to drugs is still relevant today.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: The Falcon was great, but that costume is not. Picture that on a real person, there’s no way.




DUY: You may not be able to take that costume seriously, but no ladies would complain if Anthony Mackie wore it.
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BEN: Yes they would! 

DUY: We’ve never seen this before or since.



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BEN: Death traps, just shoot them while they’re captive. Also, how long did it take to bolt them down like that? These are practical questions people.





NITPICKS

BEN: I’m just always going to point out anytime Spider-Man gets taken by surprise.


DUY: I know it's drugs, but this is basically yet another mind control story.


WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Falcon.

BEN: Sam Wilson.

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Recap: King in Black 3

With Knull winning the fight against Earth's heroes, a certain Thunder God shows up! What'd we think?
   

 Get the lead-in to King in Black here: https://amzn.to/39zZZwD

The History of The Scarlet Witch (With Lots of Digressions)

 WandaVision premiered and here we are talking about the history of Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch! Of course, since it's us, there are a ton of digressions into The Vision, Wonder Man, The Whizzer and Miss America, Magneto, The X-Men, Cyclops being unpleasant, Marvel censorship, the science of mongoose blood (https://bit.ly/2LYRZwX), the Salem witch trials, and more! Oh yeah, we talked about WandaVision too.



Scarlet Witch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LYEgGD


Matt Lesniewski Interview: Isolation and Weird

Eisner nominee Matt Lesniewski dropped by the show to talk to Duy about The Freak, his upcoming book with Matt Kindt Crimson Flower (out January 20, 2021), and his upcoming graphic novel Static (out April 2021). 
 

 Matt Lesniewski on Amazon: https://amzn.to/39M4unV

Jan 19, 2021

Recap: The King in Black 1 and 2

Join Ben, Duy, and Justin for a quick recap on the Marvel event centered around Venom, King in Black, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman! What did we like? What didn't we like? What are we looking forward to? Why the hell does Knull have a spider on his chest?
   

 Get the lead-in to King in Black here: https://amzn.to/39zZZwD

Roundtable: Wonder Woman 1984

 Duy, Paul, and LaMar are joined by Cubers Lizzy, Sam, and Monica for a roundtable of Wonder Woman 1984!


Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #141

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 #141
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

Mysterio returns, and also kinda doesn't! 



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The first appearance of the second Mysterio, and the Spider-Mobile falls into the Hudson River.

DUY: Is this the first time the word “sex” has been used in a Spider-Man comic?


BEN: Jameson is up to something.


DUY: Quentin Beck is supposedly dead. This is not the last time Quentin Beck is supposedly dead.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: I think the transition from Gwen to Mary Jane has been handled well.


DUY: Same. That hand holding sequence is very well done. Well executed. It's the kind of sequence that works best in comics too, where the captions and the art come together to form the full picture. You could do it in film, but the narration would be weird to hear.

BEN: Speaking of effective storytelling:


DUY: That's not the last time they'd do that sequence:



BEN: Spider-Man stealing a guy's McDonald's was funny.


WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: That Goblin isn’t very good.


DUY: Crazy was a comedy comic that Marvel published, similar to MAD.




NITPICKS

DUY: Why doesn't this happen more often? He's definitely gotten drenched before.


BEN: Everyone has performance issues sometimes.

DUY: Spider-Man 2 sucks.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: This is good:


BEN: But this is better:


DUY: Just because it's the last time...


WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: Conway and Andru for producing a very good comic from start to finish.

DUY: What an excellent comic. Everyone wins.

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Spider-Rama: Giant-Size Spider-Man #3

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 #3
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito

Spider-Man teams with pulp hero Doc Savage to fight the Menace from Beyond Time.



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Doc Savage, known as the Man of Bronze, was a pulp hero that Stan Lee, among others, has called the precursor to modern superheroes. He is not a Marvel original and needs to be licensed.

DUY: Peter Parker, conveniently, has taken a course in comparative languages.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Nothing about this comic ages well.

DUY: I dunno, here's a precursor to Google Translate.


WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Where to begin, the nonsensical place that exists in time but not space?

DUY: This is trying too hard to be something different from the DC multiverse that it makes no sense.



BEN: Good thing she has those triangles or else she might look indecent.




DUY: If Dessina were colored the same color as skin, there's no way it passes the Code..

BEN: Doc Savage is a concept that just might not be relevant anymore. Like the Shadow, or Tarzan. He’s basically the Molten Man with clothes on.

NITPICKS

BEN: I thought they existed outside of time?


DUY: This is a team-up where they don't even team up. It's basicaly a Doc Savage adventure with Spidey doing something at the end. What was the point of this?


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Sexists everywhere.


BEN: I want my figurative 50 cents back.

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Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #140

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 #140
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

The origin of the Grizzly!




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
  • The Jackal: 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
  • Tarantula: 2
  • Green Goblin (Harry): 2
  • The Grizzly: 2

DUY: We do not need to know the origin of the Grizzly

BEN: I disagree. We definitely need an explanation for why he exists.

DUY: First appearance of Glory Grant, which I've never seen before. I always thought she was always a Bugle employee.


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

DUY: We know one thing for sure about Flash Thompson. Between Liz, Sha Shan, and Glory Grant, no one can really accuse him of being a racist.




BEN: Liz is as white as it gets.

DUY: I mean he likes Glory and Sha Shan, but he also likes Liz, so he's not just a colonizer.

BEN: It is a clear political statement, beauty is beauty, no matter the color.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

DUY: Wrestling is fake, Jonah.



BEN: Jonah never stopped believing.

NITPICKS

DUY: It really shouldn't take too long before you realize just by feeling it that you have a metal thing on your arm.



BEN: And I guess it’s good he took his costume completely off, apparently. The one time he ever did so.




FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: Exploring the entire house by walking on the ceiling is a clever visual touch.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Here is Spider-Man literally winning by stripping his opponent, almost like a bra and panties match in wrestling.




BEN: I like how offended villains get when he destroys their special outfit. Doesn’t he understand they need that suit to beat him?





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