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VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 268: SEMI-RETIRED

Episode 268: Semi-Retired

Over the past few years I have been selling off the majority of my comic book collection and back in August I sold the final, giant chunk all in one lot.  At the same time, I have felt myself moving farther and farther away from the modern comic book marketplace.  Since Views is all about my history with and opinons on comics I thought it would be interesting to sit down and talk about those two developments.  I tried doing it solo, but it never worked.  Around the same time, Andrew Leyland (he of Palace of Glittering Delights and Listen to the Prophets: A Deep Space Nine Podcast) was going through a similar set of circumstances, so we got together and spent about two hours discussing our feelings on collecting and comics and how things are different now.

This is my anti-catharsis episode.  We’re not here to yell at clouds (though a little of that does happen).  We’re here to talk about how it is to be a semi-retired comic book reader, fan, and collector.  Discussions include my collecting history, the different reasons Andy and I have sold our books, adventures in eBay selling, what we’re currently enjoying, and why it’s okay to walk away.

Warning: There is political talk in this episode.  Not a lot, but it’s there.

Next Time: No clue.  I haven’t decided on an episode yet.  Stay tuned.

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VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 267 – JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR

Episode 267 – Justice League: Darkseid War

Hey!  It’s an episode of Views!  Wonders never cease.

Anyway, this time out I am joined by Stephen Lacey (of Fantasticast fame) to finish some business we started a few years ago.  Way back in episode 191 of this show, Stephen and I talked about Forever Evil in specific and the New 52 version of Justice League in general.  Now we finish that conversation by discussing the final three story lines of Geoff Johns’ run on Justice League.

We begin with the stories packaged in Vol. 6 of the trade paperbacks.  Injustice League continues from where Forever Evil left off with Lex Luthor joining the Justice League whether they like it or not.  We see the early days of Jessica Cruz, Lex confronting Bruce Wayne with the fact that he’s Batman and a zombie outbreak that ended up being really good.  Then, Stephen and I get into Darkseid War by looking at the two trades that collected that story and the trade collecting nearly all of the one shot specials that served as the mid-point of this epic as well as being a pretty decent cash grab.

Keep an ear out for the point in the show where I make a pretty big mistake and leave it in because that’s how I roll.

Special thanks to Stephen for coming back to the show.  We had a lot of fun discussing these comics.

Next Time: Andy Leyland joins me to do a state of the union of our comic collecting.

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I QUIT or MY THOUGHTS ON DC AND BENDIS TAKING AWAY CLARK KENT AS A SECRET IDENTITY

Back in 2010 I stopped collecting the Superman titles.  I think it was around August or so. I’m sure if I scoured Facebook I could find the exact date, but it really doesn’t matter.  I went from buying all of the various Superman titles to buying none of the various Superman titles.  

The reason was simple; I wasn’t enjoying the books.  I could go into the laundry list of reasons, but that would just bog this down even further, but I will mention the main reason, which was I just wasn’t enjoying the books like I used to.  DC went in a direction that I didn’t like and I was tired of hating everything I read, so I felt it was better for everyone if I just walked away.

It wasn’t easy.  I started buying the Superman books in 1987 and by 1996 I was getting everything associated with Superman on a monthly basis.  It was part of my identity. To a certain extent it defined me. I even had a running gag to explain why I bought stuff that might have been of less than stellar quality; I would say that I had signed a contract to be a Superman fan.  

Why did you buy all of those Elseworlds specials in the late nineties?  It was in the contract.

Why are you still collecting the books when they aren’t as good as they used to be?  It was in the contract.  

Superboy just isn’t a good title anymore, but I “signed the contract”.

The truth was I bought them because I wanted to.  There was a bit of feeling like I had to and when I did consider dropping the books it became a tug of war between stopping and keeping up with the collection.  This is something a certain contingent of fans deals with from time to time. I have such a long run. Why break that now?

From a thousand foot view it seems silly.  From the ground level, it feels very real.

When I walked away in 2010 it was hard.  Ultimately it proved to be beneficial on an emotional level.  I was spending all of my time being angry at this hobby that I supposedly loved and that wasn’t healthy.  I realized in my time away that my real problem was DC had moved away from what I considered to be “my” Superman.  I use quotes because the phrase “my Superman” or “my Batman” can be weaponized to justify terrible behavior. “That’s not ‘my Batman’, so I can call you names or worse because you disagree with me.”  Still, there was an era of Superman that I felt at home in, that defined my views of the character, and that I was a part of and that era had ended. It was freeing in a way. I came to terms that things end and had a better appreciation for the generation before me that left when John Byrne’s Man of Steel hit the stands.  Suddenly, I was in their shoes and understood where they were coming from.

Part of me wishes that I would have come to that conclusion earlier or through actual enlightenment.  I kind of feel bad that I had to go through their struggle it to know what the other side went through, but there I was.

When DC started promoting the release of Action Comics #900, I started to have second thoughts.  I kind of felt like Dallas towards the end of the movie The Outsiders (based on the S.E. Hinton novel, not the DC comic); there was no way they were going to have an anniversary issue of Action without me.  Not as dramatic as Dallas and his rumbles, but the theory held. I was there for 600, 700, and 800, so it only felt right to be there for 900. So, I came back.  I started getting the books I missed and catching up on Black Ring and Grounded and the Reign of the Doomsday stories. It was nice to once again be buying the books, but I told myself that the decision to come back was mine and that if I started to not like the books that I knew where the door was.

And then DC dropped The New 52 on us.

My timing with these things has always been spectacular.

The New 52 was a bad time for Superman.  Despite the occasional bouts of good writing and/or art it seemed like DC just didn’t know what to do with Superman.  Their idea to make him younger and edgier did not translate into better sales or a consistent audience and over a four year period they stripped more and more away from the character until finally they took away the Clark Kent identity and de-powered him for nearly a year.  You would have thought that this was the moment that would have made me walk away but, for some reason, I didn’t.  

I can’t explain why.  I was thinking about it and there would be months where I wouldn’t read an issue I wasn’t reviewing for The Superman Homepage, but right around the time I was thinking of leaving the books DC announced Rebirth and that the dynamic of Superman and Lois being married again was coming back.

It was glorious.

Rebirth was the opposite of The New 52.  Over the course of a year DC brought back everything I loved about the character.  Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi were producing four amazing books a month between the two of them.  It wasn’t exactly “my” Superman, but it was close enough that I was satisfied. 

I was so satisfied that when it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis was going to take over the writing of both Superman and Action Comics I was legitimately excited.  He was saying all the right things in the interviews. He was talking about how important Clark Kent was as a character. He was glowing in his praise of Lois. This seemed like a good fit.

And, for the most part, I liked what he was doing.  He aged up Jon, which was a little weird but I actually was behind the change because, while I liked the character I also saw the pitfalls of keeping him young.  Lois was kept away for awhile, but the explanation for why worked for me. It was all going so well.

Until it was announced that DC was once again getting rid of the Clark Kent as the secret identity for Superman.

At first I was annoyed, but decided to keep my cool until I read the New York Times article where Bendis went into why this was happening.  “On some level, this is what DC brought me here for,” he is quoted as saying. After reading that I had several very strong and angry thoughts all at once.

Thought #1: I was lied to.

Thought #2: DC brought Bendis to undo just about everything that had been done during Rebirth.

Thought #3: I WAS LIED TO.

I’ll go into Thought #2 first since Thoughts 1 and 3 are the same.  Looking back at Bendis’ run thus far, it suddenly feels like the best parts of Rebirth (the return of Clark Kent as Superman’s secret identity, Jonathan Kent as he and Lois’ son, and the marriage) were all being systematically undone.

Jon was aged and is now a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  That might be good for the Legion and the issues dealing with his aging were enjoyable, but it takes him off the table in the present.  While Lois and Clark will probably miss him, he’s not going to be part of the ongoing continuity. All of the stories of Clark and Lois raising their super powered son are no longer a thing.  At first I was onboard with the aging, but now that it was all a plot to get him to the future makes me feel like I was duped.

The marriage?  It’s still there, but Lois was away for a few issues and when she came back Bendis had her living in her own place.  They were still married, but it seems like Superman spent most of the Bendis issues away from Lois. Lois being one of the driving forces of Event: Leviathan was great, but she wasn’t much of a presence in Superman, so it suddenly felt like Bendis was trying to have his cake and eat it too.  They were still married, but they didn’t seem to be as much of a team as they were in Superman: Lois and Clark and the Rebirth issues.

And now Clark Kent as the secret identity is being taken away.  

“On some level, this is what DC brought me here for.”   

I have no proof of this and I could be wrong, but it now seems like when the Powers That Be at DC knew Bendis wanted to write Superman that they used that as their chance to once again strip Superman of the Clark Kent identity and all of the lip service Bendis gave to the character was just a smoke screen.

Do the Powers That Be at DC have something against Superman?  Maybe. It sure feels like it most of the time, but, again, I have no proof, so it remains a theory and nothing more.

Which leads me to Thoughts 1 and 3.

I was lied to.

At least, that’s how it feels.  DC didn’t have the guts to undo Clark Kent again right away.  Oh no. They let us think that it was still going to be a thing for a year and then hit us with this paradigm shift and because Bendis is behind it, we should be happy for it.  It feels like I’m talking about some vast conspiracy.  I’m probably wrong. But this feels like a huge slap in the face.  I defended Bendis again and again. I told people he liked Clark Kent, so he wasn’t going to pull a Daredevil and out Superman to the world.

And yet…here we are.

So, I’m done.  I’m dropping the titles.  I’m doing what I told myself I would do if I didn’t like what was happening in the books.  I know where the door is and I am going to use it. As of this moment I am no longer buying Superman or Action.  If DC publishes a Superman book that has what I want, I’ll buy it. If they issue a trade or omnibus from an era I like, I’ll buy it, but until Clark Kent is back as the secret identity in a meaningful way, I’m out as far as the regular titles are concerned.

It’s been a great three plus years of reading Superman.  It was a good run. I guess it had to end at some point. I hope that those that are enjoying the current run and don’t have the same feeling as I do continue to read and enjoy the comics. I am not calling for a boycott.  I’m not asking anyone to join me. I’m not here to yuk someone else’s yum.  

I’m also not quitting Superman.  He remains my favorite character.  I have hundreds, if not thousands, of stories that I haven’t read yet and I always have the books that I loved.  They aren’t going anywhere. I’ll continue to podcast about the Man of Steel and his world. I just can’t support a regime that isn’t giving me what I want to read.  I don’t owe them anything. It’s not in me anymore. I’m not so invested in the current DCU that I feel like I have to stay and I’m not going to support people that told me one thing and then, a year later, did the opposite. 

This doesn’t make me less of a Superman fan.  It just means I am a more discerning one. 

I’m just done.  

If you feel the same way, you can join me.  If you don’t, then don’t. But this is what I’m doing.

And I feel pretty good about it.

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R.I.P. BILL SCHELLY

Back in the early 2000’s I was shopping at Oxford Comics in Atlanta, GA and stumbled across a copy of a book titled The Golden Age of Comic Book Fandom.  Oxford had a great selection of non-fiction books about comics, but this one stood out.  I finished reading The Comic Book Book and All In Color For a Dime, which collected articles and essays from the early days of comic book fandom, and was eager to learn more about the era those articles and essays were written in.  Here was a history of those early days, so it seemed like the thing to buy.  I devoured the book in a day or so and was fascinated by the stories of my cultural ancestors.  See, I am one of those people that believes in knowing where you came from.  I considered myself a “serious” comic book fan with an interest in the history of the medium and that history extended to the fans that actually started this whole fandom thing.

The book was written by a man named Bill Schelly.  On a subsequent trip to Oxford I picked up another book by Bill called The Comic Fandom Reader, which contained samplings of stories and articles from comic book fanzines of the 1960’s.  It was another fantastic read and even though the bits of business printed in The Comic Fandom Reader weren’t all written by Bill, his name stuck in my mind.  This is why sometime in 2001 I was excited to see a solicitation for a book written by Bill called Sense of Wonder: A Life in Comic Book Fandom.  I ordered it and when it arrived eagerly read the whole book in a day.

It was (and is) a fantastic book.  Bill talked about his family and growing up in the sixties and becoming a comic book fan.  Through his writing I felt connected to Bill, especially since we had something in common; we both started seriously collecting comics because of Superman.  The book also detailed how he became involved in the comic book fandom of the 1960’s and the fanzines he produced.  I had recently started this website called Views From The Longbox, where I wrote essays similar to those I read in The Comic Book Book, so I felt like I was a kind of descendant of Bill and the other men and women that channeled their love of comics into articles, essays, and comic strips that they then made copies of and sent to like minded people.

Flash forward to 2016.  By this point I have nearly a decade of podcasting under my belt and one of the shows I was part of was called Radio K.A.L. Live, which was part of The Superman Homepage.  Steve Younis, the webmaster of The Homepage, messaged me that we were going to be doing another interview, this time with a man named Bill Schelly.  I think my reaction was, “REALLY?  We’re going to interview Bill Schelly?”  I was so excited.  Here was my chance to talk to a man that I respected.  A man that, as I previously alluded to, felt was one of my fore bearers in discussing comic books.

The interview went great and I connected with Bill on Facebook and two years later interviewed him on Views From The Longbox about a new edition of Sense of Wonder.  He had recently updated and expanded the book and was making the rounds of comic book websites and podcasts to promote it and I was lucky enough to be one of them.  He sent me a preview copy and right before the interview I read it.  The first edition ended with Bill in his early twenties.  This edition expanded on the previous chapters and then went forward through Bill’s life.  I learned about the comic shop he briefly co-owned, his life as a gay man in the late seventies and early eighties, the birth of his children, and more.

The interview (more of a conversation really) went very well.  We had a good rapport in the first interview for Radio K.A.L. Live and at the end Bill said it was nice to have a new friend in comics fandom.  I was hoping one day to meet the man face to face and shake hands with him.

Sadly, I’ll never get that chance.

I am glad I was able to interview him on two occasions and tell him how much his books meant to me.  History is important.  I am part of a community that discusses comic books and other pop culture nonsense through audio and video and occasionally in print.  We don’t agree about everything, but we’re all connected and through this community I have made friends literally all over the world.  Bill Schelly was part of the dawn of that community.  He was there when you communicated through snail mail, over the phone, and at conventions.  He created his fanzines before the advent of desktop publishing and when making copies was a laborious and often messy process.  He was part of a group that built the foundations of what we take part in today and he continued to write books about the giants of the comic book world.

It’s up to us to continue that legacy.

Rest in peace, Bill.  Thanks for calling me your friend.

If you are interested in reading the books I mentioned above as well as Bill’s other works, click on this link.  There isn’t a bad book in the bunch.

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FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS – MIKE AND RACHEL VS MARVEL PHASE 3 PART 4

Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3 Part 4 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Welcome to the fourth installment of a Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents mini-series… Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3!  The premise of this series was simple; Mike and his wife Rachel watch one of the Marvel Phase 3 films and then talk/argue about them.  This is all a part of the Fortress’ desire to catch a few new listeners based on the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War.

At least that was the theory.  Then real life got in the way.  But the recordings are still there, so I can release them whenever.

Like when a new Spider-Man film comes out.

This time out Mike and Rachel discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming and as opposed to the previous episode where things were wrapped up in a little over twenty minutes this one run well over an hour.

Apparently the Baileys had some things to say about this one.

One of those things was Iron Man’s involvement in the movie.  Mike has a very particular opinion about this and goes into detail about why he didn’t have a problem with it.  Rachel liked the movie but had some quibbles and most of those issues had to do with Peter jet setting around the world with little to no repercussions.  There’s also a discussion about how the movie Spider-Man came to be compared to his comic book roots and why certain problems people had with this film don’t matter in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The Baileys also gush over Michael Keaton’s performance.  Because it was awesome.

And there is a discussion involving self-love towards the end.  Heads up.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official Fortress 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: Thor: Ragnarok.  When I get to editing it.

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BAILEY’S BATMAN PODCAST EPISODE 26: THE KNIGHTFALL SAGA 25 YEARS LATER

Episode 26: The Knightfall Saga 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago (at least twenty-five years ago on the day this episode is released) Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #63 hit the stands.  That issue marks the official end of a saga (though there would be Aftermath issues and several follow-up stories) that began nearly two years before in the pages of a mini-series called Batman: Sword of Azrael and eventually spread out over all of the main Batman titles and even into the (at the time) new satellite books, like Catwoman and Robin.  KnightfallKnightquest, and Knightsend are the three acts of a story that explores what happens after the Batman is broken and replaced by a man that is much more violent than Bruce Wayne ever was.  Tom and I discuss this event from its behind the scenes beginnings (dispelling a myth along the way), to the Venom storyline in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, to Sword of Azrael to the Vengeance of Bane special (where I put my foot down about some people’s perception of Bane as a character) and then into the three movements of the story itself.  There are some tangents along the way, but this is an exploration of the quality of the story, what it meant for Batman, and what it meant for us as readers.

Hey, look!  Images tied to the episode.

First up is a gallery of the various collected editions associated with the story, including the first trades from 1993 and 1995, the next printings put out in 2000, the mammoth trades released in 2012 and the more recent omnibus covers.

Here are the covers to the trades and single issues of the stories that paved the way or led into the Knightfall saga.

Here are the covers to the novelizations of the story, plus the covers to the cassette and CD releases of the BBC adaptation.

Finally, Tom and I mentioned that an issue of Wizard: The Guide to Comics caused a bit of a dust up at DC.  Here is that cover, because it feels like you can’t talk about a big storyline in the ’90s without talking about Wizard.

Next Time: I’m not quite sure what the next episode will be.  I am working on a follow up to an episode I released five years ago and I have a few DragonCon panels that I can release, so it will be a surprise.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT PRESENTS: BATMAN 1989…30 YEARS LATER

The Overlooked Dark Knight Presents: Batman 1989…30 Years Later

Welcome to a special episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  Normally, this is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.  Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

But not this time.

This time Andy and Mike are completely abandoning the “overlooked” aspect of their mandate to discuss the 30th anniversary of the release of the movie that put Batman on the path to becoming DC’s most popular character and allowed him to step out of the shadow of the sixties series (which is a lot of fun, but there was a time it was considered by some to be silly) and into the light of pop culture.

30 years ago today, Batman hit theaters.

It was kind of a big deal.

The guys discuss this movie from every angle.  Mike goes over the development of the film and then they dig into the phenomenon that became known as “The Summer of the Bat”.  They talk about the movie.  They talk about the novelization.  They talk about the comic book adaptation.  They talk about the T-shirts and the trading cards and the action figures and the graphic novels that popped up on bookstore shelves and other assorted bits of merchandising.  Andy and Mike also discuss the score and the soundtrack to the film and the fact that this was one of the first movies to have two soundtrack release.  Towards the end Andy discusses his trip to the cinema to see a screening of the film from just a few months ago.

It’s a fun, nostalgia filled two hours, complete with sound samples from the VHS release of the film in late 1989.

Michael went a little overboard with the images this time, but during the course of the episode, he and Andy talked about a lot of different things, so he thought visual aids would be a good idea.

First up is the cover and selected pages from the Batman Official Movie Souvenir Magazine published by Topps. Take particular note of the lying ad for the action figures.

Next up is a gallery of covers from the official novelization as well as the covers to The Further Adventures of Batman and The Further Adventures of the Joker.

Next is a gallery that includes the covers of both the Prestige Format and Newsstand edition of the comic book adaptation and some pages from that comic as well, so you can see the amazing Jerry Ordway art.

Here is a sampling of the two trading card sets put out by Topps.

Next up is a random bunch of images that include subscription offers, ads for the special version of the Prince soundtrack and other assorted bits of business that Mike thought was cool enough to scan.

Here are the three covers to the version of The Untold Legend of Batman that came as a mail away offer from the Batman cereal that was sold during the summer of 1989.

Books about Batman that were either published that summer or a year or so earlier were all over the book stores during the time Batman was in theaters.  Here are some of those books. Included is the cover to one of the black and white reprints Andy talked about during the course of the episode.

Michael talked about an article he read in Comics Scene.  This was the article that told Michael that the movie was coming.

Next up is a gallery of magazines that were published before and during the film’s time in theaters.  Not only do they show how the publishers used Batman to try and get another sale, they are also a fun look back at that summer.

Finally, here’s an ad that appeared in many comics and comics related magazines during the summer of 1989.  This is a good example of the type of merchandise that came out associated with the film.

Before Michael wraps up these show notes, here are videos showing what the trailer looked like as well as the Diet Coke ad and Warner Bros. Catalog short that appeared before the movie on the first VHS release.

During the course of the episode, Michael mentioned an interview from Comics Alliance with the author of the novelization, Craig Shaw Gardner.  Check that out by clicking on this link.

Next Time: Some fun Batman comics as the 80th birthday celebration continues.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 34: BATMAN YEAR 3 PART 2

Episode 34: Overlooked Celebrates Batman’s 80th Birthday-  Batman Year 3 Part 2

Welcome to the thirty-fourth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.  Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

Andy and Mike are celebrating Batman’s 80th Birthday for the next year.  It’s going to be fun.  They are doing this by covering stories outside of their normal mandate.

Not that they have a mandate.  But they do.  It’s complicated.

This time out the guys finish up their look at the 1989 re-telling of Robin’s origin that is, for some reason, called Batman Year 3.  In the final two chapters things get really interesting.  Alfred thinks about killing a guy.  Batman works with the underworld.  Nightwing continues his trip down memory lane.  Tony Zucco’s story takes an interesting turn and Nightwing is forced to fight at an orphanage.  In addition to story commentary, Andy and Mike spend some time talking about the other comics that were on the stands when these books were first published.

Keep an ear out for a special appearance by Tom Panarese.

Here are a handful of images from the comics discussed during this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

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Next Time: A special retrospective of THE film of 1989…Batman!

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 12 – DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10…WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Episode 12 – Doomsday Clock #10…What Does It Mean?

Most of the time, when I read a new comic I go through it, decide if it was good or not, and move on quickly.  Occasionally I like a book so much that I just have to talk about it with friends.  Rarely does a new comic grab me and not let go, but Doomsday Clock #10 did just that.  I just couldn’t get it out of my mind.  Forty-eight sleepless hours and several re-reads later I finally realized why and decided to talk about what this issue did to me and what it possibly means.  What is Doomsday Clock?  What does it represent for the larger DC Universe?  What does it mean and say about Superman?  Do certain characters represent something in the real world?  Can background music serve as a running joke that only you, as the host, will get?  All of those questions (with the exception of the last one) are discussed and explored.

Below is a gallery of images from Doomsday Clock #10.

Also, here are some of the “Polaroids” I “took” for the cork board posted above.

Next Time: Again…no idea.  This show isn’t planned out.  But, something will be coming at some point, because vague is always good when it comes to podcasting.

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 11 – JLMAY 2019 – BLACKEST NIGHT: SUPERMAN

Episode 11 – JLMAY 2019 – Blackest Night: Superman

This time out is a surprise episode, both in terms of me surprising you by putting it out and me surprising myself that I did it in the first place.  In both 2016 and 2017  I was part of an amazing podcast crossover called JLMay.  I couldn’t come out and play last year but a recent tweet made me want to get in on the fun this time out.  This year’s JLMay is all about Blackest Night, which celebrates its tenth birthday this year.  A bunch of other great shows (full list below) covered the main series and some of the crossover books, so I thought it might be worth a lark to talk about the three issue mini-series Blackest Night: Superman.

What started out as your typcial, “here’s the series and what I think of it” commentary turned into a kind of hour long therapy session.  The episode starts with my thoughts on comic collecting, my own collecting history, and why Blackest Night was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back.  After that I get into what Superman was up to shortly before this mini-series and then I finally go into the series.  What did I think of it in 2009?  What do I think of it today?  Does it pass the Bailey Crossover Test?  Listen and find out.

Here is a gallery of the covers to the mini-series.

And here is a list of the shows that have taken part in this year’s JLMay.

Thanks to Chad Bokelman and everyone else that was part of this crossover.  It was a lot of fun.  Check out their shows.

Next Time: No idea.  But it might come sooner rather than later.

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