Apr 25, 2021

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #33

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 #33
by Gerry Conway, Sal Buscema, and Vince Colletta

Spider-Man and Nighthawk vs. The Looter!






POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Holy shit it’s the Looter. Or Meteor Man, whatever.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Not only is his costume great, he has a balloon in his backpack. He’s Ditko’s greatest villain creation.



DUY: To be fair, TO BE FAIR, that silent sequence with the balloon reminds me of "Silent Interlude," the legendary silent issue of GI Joe.

BEN: Nighthawk is a Batman analog, so this is basically a team-up with Batman.

DUY: This is in fact very Batman.




BEN: I’m pretty sure if I ever got powers I’d immediately become a supervillain, just like Ditko’s greatest villain.



WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Buscema has done better work than this, so I’m blaming Colletta, who is a controversial inker as it is.



DUY: For those unaware, Vince Colletta was one of the go-to inkers of the legendary Jack Kirby, and was known for taking shortcuts.

BEN: Colletta imposing his own style on Buscema’s Spider-Man is... odd.

NITPICKS

BEN: I think if you’re capable of thinking about how groggy you are, you can also move your fingers to save yourself.




DUY: Spider-Man jumped Nighthawk because his spider-sense was triggered. Why was his spider-sense triggered?

BEN: Nighthawk is lame?






FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: I love that balloon:


DUY: That's mine too, you know I'm a sucker for those layouts.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: Ditko’s greatest creation, the Looter, or Meteor Man, whatever.

DUY: Here's Ditko's greatest creation punching out Batman.



BEN: The Looter is like combining Snake Eyes with Ditko and he’s punching Batman.

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The Comics Cube Channel Recap: April 25, 2021

 Robb Pratt is an animator who has worked on Elena of Avalor, New Looney Tunes, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Hercules, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and more! But the character he really loves is Superman, and he's even made two Superman shorts, Superman Classic (https://youtu.be/T2WVlmNqMMs​) and Bizarro Classic (https://youtu.be/lSIlr2-mw-w​). In this interview, he talks to Duy Tano about what makes Superman so special, what he thinks of Christopher Reeve and the other actors who have played Superman, the Fleischer Superman cartoons, and more!



On Night 1 of WrestleMania 37, Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair made history by being the first two black women to compete in a one-on-one match for a championship, and being the first two black people to main event a WrestleMania. In this interview, WWE Artist in Residence Rob Schamberger talks to Duy Tano about WrestleMania. At 12:50​, we talk about the historic main event and the painting he made to celebrate it. You can buy prints of the painting (and more) at Schamberger Labs: https://schambergerlabs.com/products/sasha-banks-vs-bianca-belair-wrestlemania-37


Paul, Justin, Duy, Ben, and Lizzy talk about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier!

The Comics Cube Channel Recap: April 18, 2021

 Mark Russell has only been working in comics for 6 years, but he's already established a unique voice with his subversive takes on the Flintstone and Snagglepuss, as well as his work on Ahoy Comics, such as Second Coming! Hear him talk about his influences, his journey of faith, how much he loves Superman, and his plans for Fantastic Four: Life Story.




Tony Schiavone is a longtime pro wrestling commentator, having worked in WWE and WCW and now in AEW, who has a comic coming out about his life in comics! Butts in Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story, is written by Dirk Manning and can be backed at http://www.buttsinseatscomic.com​. In this interview, Duy Tano asks them how they worked together, how stories from life can be adapted to comics, what Tony's most memorable call ever was, and also, Duy marks out, just a liiitttle bit.




Mick Gray has inked some of the greats of the comics business, and talks to Duy Tano about working with Jack Kirby on Phantom Force (7:07​), Ron Lim and Mark McKenna on Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies (18:11​), JH Williams III on Promethea (30:25​), Ryan Sook on Seven Soldiers: Zatanna and more (53:54​), Barry Kitson on The Liberty Brigade and more (56:26​), Lee Bermejo on Joker (1:00:40​), and Patrick Gleason on Batman and Robin and Superman (1:09:30​). He also talks about how he'd ink Gene Colan (1:15:45​), what he's up to now - hosting KMIC Radio and doing a comic about The Who's Pete Townshend (1:17:17​), and interviewing musical guests on The Deep Cut Podcast (1:22:45​)!



Paul, Duy, and Ben talk about the greatest team from 1000 years into the future: The Legion of Super-Heroes! Then we picked our favorite members. Long live the Legion!

Apr 10, 2021

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #144

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 #44
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

Spider-Man wraps up his trip to France against Cyclone, and... Gwen Stacy returns?




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
  • Mysterio 2: 2
  • Cyclone: 2

DUY: Cyclone could be a legitimate villain with the right push.

BEN: No, he got beat by an industrial fan.

DUY: But look how dangerous he looks before that!

BEN: He looks like a Masters of the Universe character!

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

DUY: The cover is amazing. The worm's eye view. The closeup of the stuff in the gutter. The way you know it's Gwen and it's just her leg. Spider-Man's pose, clearly contrived so he fits just right under the title logo and yet so distinctly Spider-Man. The Clone Genesis TPB that came out in the 90s didn't have covers (or blurbs and credits) so I didn't see this until much, much later, so that's not confirmation bias.

BEN: It’s a great cover and the only bad thing I’ll say about it is that you have to wait until the next issue to see how what it’s teasing plays out. The way they teased out the return of Gwen was masterful abc storytelling.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: He knows what "Yes" means, Parker.


BEN: I was struck by how stressed out she was by the phone ringing.



DUY: After Far From Home and its usage of the Nightmonkey, Spider-Man not using another identity in a foreign location is weird.

BEN: I also thought of the Nightmonkey.

NITPICKS

DUY: I don't know that being patriotic is the first thing you should be defending in a situation like this.



FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: I kind of hate that Gwen's death outfit has become her signature outfit, but how many supporting characters can you really identify from a silhouette?



BEN: That's mine too.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: I'm going to say this for the first time in a while: Gwen. Stacy.

BEN: I’m giving it to Jonah for telling Peter that nobody cares about his scatter-brained girlfriend.




DOES ROBBIE KNOW?

DUY: They completely skip over how Peter explains why Spider-Man is also in Paris, and Robbie is not stupid.




BEN: That little tape recorder he used to fool Jonah had the best speaker ever.



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Spider-Rama: Giant-Size Spider-Man #4

 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 #4
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito

Spider-Man teams up with the Punisher!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The third appearance of the Punisher. Fourth, if you count that last page cameo.

DUY: Let's just decree now that when we say appearance we mean a full appearance. It's the last time Punisher's creators work on him, too.

BEN: First appearance of Moses Magnum, who would go on to become, at the least, a reliable journeyman villain across the Marvel Universe.


DUY: The first appearance of the Punisher's van and the fact that he keeps a "War Journal", which is a narrative excuse to get him to talk to himself.





WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: I loved the thick spine on these old oversized comics.

DUY: Punisher's battle van is simultaneously fun, in character, and a precursor to a bunch of 80s merchandise.


BEN: Spider-Man’s hatred of windows is contagious.




WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: This is almost definitely not a "kidnapping."




BEN: I’m pretty sure this is the first time we see the Punisher actually kill someone. Spider-Man would usually give Frank a lot more shit about killing someone, even while saving him, but he doesn’t mention it at all.

DUY: Matt Dillon is a 90s actor who was in There's Something About Mary and Wild Things.




BEN: That’s a reference to Marshall Matt Dillon, from the TV show Gunsmoke.

NITPICKS

BEN: For goodness' sakes Frank, get some sleep before a big raid against a criminal empire.



DUY: Where'd Peter get the comb?





BEN: You know how vain Peter is.

FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: Ross Andru and motion. Pretty good:



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: The Punisher.

BEN: The Punisher is getting closer and closer to becoming the Punisher everyone knows.

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The Comics Cube Channel Recap: April 4, 2021

 Urban Animal has nearly 500,000 subscribers on WebToon, and creators John Amor and Justin Jordan join Duy Tano on the show to talk about Joe Gomez, the seemingly normal high schooler who turns out to be a powerful chimera, caught in the middle of a whirlwind that dates back ages. They talk about coming up with the story, the supporting cast, designing comics for WebToon, the differences between the direct market and the online market, and how comics are comics, regardless of where they're read.


 

 Richard Pace talks to Duy Tano about Second Coming with Mark Russell and Leonard Kirk (15:41​)! Before that we talk about what sparked his love of comics and the greatness of the 80s (00:30​) and after that we talk about a webcomic he did about Miles Morales and the importance of diversity and representation (41:00​). 
   

 And then I flipped through a newly acquired copy of Brought to Light: Shadowplay by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz, with an anecdote by Bill as I flip through: