VIEWS ON… EPISODE 3: TRUMBO

Episode 3: Trumbo

The most irregular show on The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network is back and this time I am heading back to the cinema.  Recently I watched the 2015 movie Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, and John Goodman.  It’s an amazing movie that dramatizes the story of writer Dalton Trumbo, one of the writers that were blacklisted in the fifties due to his communist affiliations.  Joining me to discuss the film is Rob Kelly (he of The Film and Water Podcast, Fade Out, Pod Dylan, Superman Movie Minute, Treasurycast, and more) and we spend about an hour going through what we liked about the movie, what performances stood out to us, the Hollywood blacklist in general, and Diane Lane.

During our discussion, Rob mentioned a documentary about Dalton Trumbo called Trumbo.  It’s an interesting documentary because it is a mix of footage from the time, interviews with Trumbo, interviews with his son, and dramatic performances of Trumbo’s writing.  It is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.

And if you are interested in the Hollywood Blacklist, you can find several articles here, here, and here.

The theme to Views On… is “Open Those Bright Eyes” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Views On… is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: No clue.  As usual, the next episode has not been recorded yet, but this is an irregular show, so it will return at some point.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 2: “PILOT” OR SAM LANE’S PUNCHABLE FACE

Episode 2: “Pilot” or Sam Lane’s Punchable Face

In their second episode, Bethany, Alison, and Michael talk about the pilot episode of Superman and Lois, which was titled, “Pilot” and aired on February 23, 2021.  With all of the introductions wrapped up in the last episode the BAM crew jump right into their thoughts about the episode.  Bethany gives us a lesson on what a “fruit salad” is in terms of the military, Alison does the math on how old the kids were when Kara got to Earth, and Michael feels old at the mention of Clark going to a Soul Asylum concert.  Bethany reveals who has the most punchable face of the episode (it was a battle between Kyle and Sam) and Michael goes through the direct and indirect Easter Eggs tucked away in the episode and delivers the first Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 Lesson.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The theme for the show is “On My Way”  by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 1: PLEASE ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES

Episode 1: Please Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves

Welcome to the first episode of The Superman and Lois Tapes, a podcast dedicated to the CW series Superman and Lois.  Most episodes will be devoted to the latest episode of the series where the hosts (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) will talk about what they liked, what they didn’t like, and any Easter eggs that they happen to spot.

First episodes of podcasts are hard, so Bethany, Alison, and Michael overcome this by spending about an hour and change talking about why they wanted to do this show and what their backgrounds with Superman are.  Alison tells Michael all about Tyler Hoechlin’s acting career (because Michael doesn’t watch much television), Michael gives a few mini TEDTalks about Superman in the comics, and Bethany expands on the pros and cons of Clark and Lois having two sons instead of a son and daughter.  Other topics include the previous CW super-hero crossovers, the evolution of the DC CW shows, and Nightwing and Wally West are brought up as well.

This show is very new, so there won’t be any links to where you can subscribe to the show outside of the main Fortress of Bailetyude Podcasting Network feed.  The show does have an email address, which is [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The theme for the show is “On My Way”  by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

Next Time: The BAM crew talks about the pilot episode and the 30 minutes special that will follow it.

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 19 – THE SUPERMAN PODCAST NETWORK REUNION

Episode 19 – The Superman Podcast Network Reunion

And lo there came a day…a day unlike any other…when a bunch of Superman Podcasts banded together from remote galaxies (okay…remote cities in America) to form The Superman Podcast Network.

That was ten years ago and while the Network is no longer a thing, I thought it might be fun to get the founders together and discuss how the Network came to be, how we all started our podcasts, and about Superman and what he means to us now.  Joining me are…

We had a lot of fun getting together, and I want to thank the guys for taking time out of their lives to join me for this conversation.

Next Time: I’m not sure, but I have some plans for later in the year)

VIEWS ON…EPISODE 2: COBRA-KAI

Episode 2: Cobra-Kai

This time out my interests turn to television, specifically binging television on Netflix.  I, like many kids raised during the eighties, have an affection for the Karate Kid series of films.  I like them all, to one degree or another.  I even like The Next Karate Kid, which had some problems, but was an enjoyable entry into the series.  So, when YouTube decided to start running original programming and one of those shows was a continuation of the Karate Kid universe called Cobra Kai I wasted in no time watching the first two episodes of the first season and…not signing up for the service to watch the rest.

I’m kind of lazy when it comes to watching television series.

Anyway, even after watching the free preview of the first episode of the second season, I still didn’t watch the show.  It took the series coming to Netflix, which I have a subscription to, and a vacation during a pandemic for me to binge the entire series.

And.  I.  Loved it.

My good friend The Irredeemable Shag (he of The Fire and Water Podcasting Network and the Justice League International: Bwah-Ha-Ha Podcast) also binged the show and we sat down for nearly two hours to talk about the series.  What did we like?  What characters gave us the feels the most?  How does Shag as a parent feel about how the kids are portrayed on the show?  Is Stingray annoying or awesome?  Listen and kind out the answers to all of these question.

Views On… is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: No clue.  The next episode has not been recorded yet, but this is an irregular show, so it will return at some point.

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 272 – TALES FROM THE LETTERS PAGE

Episode 272 – Tales From The Letters Pages

At the risk of sounding like and old man and talking about when I wore an onion on my belt (which was the style of the time) there was a time when the letters pages of a comic was a big deal.  They’re still around today, but the mystique of them has been replaced with the various ways talking about comics is done on the Internet.  In their day, the letters pages were a window into what the audience was thinking about the books they were reading and if you could get a letter printed it was a big deal.

From 1999 to 2002(ish) I wrote (or e-mailed, I guess) into a bunch of comics and some of those missives actually got printed.  In fact, one of those letters was printed in an issue of Martian Manhunter, where another letter by a fellow podcaster was also printed.  And that’s why Paul Hix (co-host of Waiting For Doom, DCOCD, and The Gary Show) and I are teaming up.   Not only do we talk about why the letters pages mattered but we read a handful of the ones that we got printed with some fun digressions along the way.

Below is the cover and the letters page from the book where Paul and I first “worked” together.

 

Views is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can also like the official Views From The Longbox Page over on Facebook.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: No idea, but it will be about comics.  Yeah.  I’ll stick with that.

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 271 – 100 BULLETS: FIRST SHOT, LAST CALL

Episode 271 – 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call

Views is back and I have a case of Vertigo.

(In all seriousness, I have suffered from vertigo from time to time over the past fifteen years.  It’s not fun.  That has nothing to do with this episode, but I felt like sharing.)

Anyway, this time out I am joined by Professor Alan to talk about the first trade paperback collection of the Vertigo series 100 Bullets.  Well, that’s only half the episode.  During the first part, we discuss the idea of The Lifetime Pass.  Does something a creator does that you love give that creator a lifetime pass when it comes to other projects that aren’t as good or are problematic.  Examples discussed are Brian Azzarello and J. Michael Straczynski.  It’s a fun conversation that is full of nuance and the occasional cheap joke.

After that, Alan and I discuss the first two story arcs of 100 Bullets.  They are linked by a mysterious man offering a gun and 100 rounds of untraceable bullets to get the revenge the person being offered deserves to exact, but are set in very different worlds and there is a mystery afoot.  Alan is the one that turned me on to this series after talking about it on one of his shows and I’m glad I not only read these issues but that I got to talk to Alan about them.

Here are the covers and select (and potentially NSFW) pages from the comics discussed on this episode.

Alan is the host or co-host of some fantastic shows over on The Relatively Geeky Podcasting Network.  Those shows are The Quarter Bin Podcast, Shortbox Showcase (which he hosts with his progeny Em), and Doomspeak.  On a separate but equally awesome feed, he co-hosts (again, with Em) Dorkness to Light, which is where theology and pop culture meet.  All of these shows are amazing and I cannot recommend them enough.

Views is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can also like the official Views From The Longbox Page over on Facebook.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: Paul Hix stops by to discuss writing letters to comic books and actually getting them published.

VIEWS ON… EPISODE 1: THE FILMS OF 1990

Episode 1: The Films of 1990

Welcome to the first episode of a new(ish), mostly sporadic show here on The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network.  Views On…is going to be a catch all show.  A place where I can come and talk about stuff other than comic book.  It is replacing Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents for…reasons.  Books.  Movies.  Television.  Music.  It’s all on the table.

This time out I am teaming up with Tom Panarese for the second part of a two part “crossover” with Views From The Longbox.  On the most recent episode of that show, Tom and I talked about the comics of 1990, since that was 30 years ago.  On this episode we are going to talk about the movies of 1990.  Not all of them.  Just the ones that stood out to me and stood out to Tom.  So we cover Dick Tracy, Robo-Cop 2, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before going through a lightning round of other movies.  I also reveal my very controversial opinion of the original Total Recall.

During the course of the episode, I mentioned that if you wanted to hear more about the Dick Tracy film and the comic strips, check out these episodes of The Film and Water Podcast and TreasuryCast, where host Rob Kelly discussed them with the late (and very much missed) Xum Yukinori.

Be sure to check out Tom’s shows over on The Two True Freaks Network.  Pop Culture Affidavit (which he hosts with the occasional guest) and Required Reading With Tom and Stella (which he hosts with Stella).

Currently this show does not have its own feed, so hopefully that will be all sorted out with the next episode.  For the moment it’s on the main Fortress feed.

FCTC EPISODE 245: APRIL 1996 PART 2

Episode 245: April 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-fifth episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Mike and Jeff close out cover date April 1996 with only one regular Superman book.  So, this episode is a bit different.  As such, the boys kick things off with some announcements about an upcoming Post Crisis collected edition before moving into a handful of emails that, shockingly, are not three years old.  After that they talk about Superman #110, where the discussion is less argumentative (at least compared to the last episode) and more nuanced in terms of the characterization of Lois and Clark.

Then the boys get into the Hey, Wha’ Happened segment, which is a little longer than usual because they are making up for something they didn’t cover last time.  First up are three more episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanI Now Pronounce You…, Double Jeopardy, and Seconds form a trilogy of episodes that not only feature the return of John Shea as Lex Luthor, but also features frog eating clones.  It is a wild ride where you get two Lois Lanes, Lex with a death ray, and the Lois and Clark premiere of Bibbo!

But seriously…these episodes are the turning point for the show.  A tipping point that goes down, not up.

After that Mike and Jeff cover the Superman Family related comics, but some other select books from elsewhere in the DC Universe.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics we covered on this episode.

And here is that awesome jam piece discussed in the email section.

And here is the Jerry Siegel eulogy page from Superman #110.

Shows promoted in this episode include:

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: The boys begin their look at the cover date May 1996 books with Adventures of Superman #534 and Action Comics #721 in addition to asking Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world with a look at two episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark as well as the major news event that happened and movies that came out the month the comics they are covering came out.

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 270 – THE SUMMER OF 1990 REVISITED

Episode 270 – The Summer of 1990 Revisited

The summer of 1990 was thirty years ago and while it wasn’t the most important year for me and comics it was a pretty big summer for me.  So, I thought it would be fun to trip hammer through the books I read that summer and into the fall (and maybe earlier in the year, because it’s 2020 and rules have no meaning) and get into why I liked them so much.  I also thought it would be fun to bring a friend along for the ride, so Tom Panarese (he of Pop Culture Affidavit and Required Reading With Tom and Stella fame) joins me on this journey through time and nostalgia.

We cover a lot of comics.  Nothing in great detail, but we go through the comics that we read and that meant the most to us.  Topics include; the Robin mini-series, the return of the Joker, Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man #1, the Alan Grant Demon series, the Superman books that came out that summer, Comics Scene magazine, the Flash, Aliens vs. Predator, and much, much more.  There are also memories of traveling to El Paso, Texas and plenty of tangents along the way.

Below is a gallery of the covers to some of the covers we talked about in this episode.

Thanks again to Tom Panarese for coming out to play.  Be sure to catch the premiere episode of a new/old series on the Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network  called Views On…, which will be coming out soon.

Views is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can also like the official Views From The Longbox Page over on Facebook.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: Alan Middleton stops by to talk about the first five issues of the Vertigo series 100 Bullets.