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.

FCTC EPISODE 244: APRIL 1996 PART 1

Episode 244: April 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-fourth 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.

This time out Mike and Jeff get deeper into 1996 with the cover date April books.  First up is Action Comics #720, which is a huge issue because this is the book where Lois ends the engagement.  It’s right there on the cover.  This book went into several printings.  It was a thing.  The boys have a lively discussion with Mike taking exception to several things Lois says during the course of the issue and Jeff not agreeing with them and while it may sound like they’re fighting, they really aren’t.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #55, the break-up continues and a side character that Mike and Jeff have HATED FROM DAY ONE meets his final fate.  Also, Mike and Jeff are more in agreement over this issue compared to the Action issue.  Then, the boys ask, Hey, Wha’ Happened in the real world and discuss the movies that came out the month these books were published.

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

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.  You can  follow us on Twitter if you’re into such things!  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 heartbreak continues in Superman #111, which is the only main book the boys will be covering because of how the books were released in 1996.  After that they ask Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU with the Superman family books and select DC Comics from cover month April 1996.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 44 – STARLIN’S BATMAN RUN PART 6: THE CULT PART 2

Episode 44 – Starlin’s Batman Part 6: The Cult Part 2

Welcome to the forty-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.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

Once again, speaking of Batman: The Cult

After two months off Andy and Mike are back to continue their look at the Jim Starlin run on Batman and to finish their look at Batman: The Cult with the third and fourth issues of that series.  The guys talk about the action scenes, the fact that Blackfire is using religion as a means to an end, how the story continues to have the now feeling and why Mike liked the part where Batman beat Blackfire like Blackfire owed him money.

Oh, and there is a fair bit of political talk during the episode.  So…content warning and all that.

Below are the covers and select pages of the comics discussed in 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.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the Apple Podcast link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next time: Andy and Mike’s coverage of the Jim Starlin run continues with a fantastic two-parter with a definite eighties vibe.

FCTC EPISODE 243: MARCH 1996 PART 2

Episode 243: March 1996 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-third 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 wrap up cover date March 1996 (which also served as an unofficial team-up month) by looking at three…count them…THREE books.  In Superman #110, the Man of Steel teams up with Plastic Man to solve the mystery of siblings (Tiger and Treasure Hunt) trying to get Superman and Plastic Man to help them stop the other from stealing a weapon.  Turns out this isn’t the real reason and the issue ends on a gag.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #532, Superman teams up with Impulse on a world spanning chase involving a villain that normally fights Superboy.  After that, in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4, Superman and Captain Marvel team-up to fight against people that took the demon drug, which was really a means to distract the Wizard Shazam from the fact that his son, Lord Satanus, is in Metropolis.  Finally, in Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU, the boys talk about the other Superman related books published this month, as well as select books from the overall DCU.

Fun fact…one of those Elsewhere books talks about a major story beat before the comic it happened in came out.

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

And here are the two Superman related house ads from these issues.

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: Team Up Month continues with Plastic Man and Woozy Winks in Superman #110, Impulse in Adventures of Superman #532, and Captain Marvel and the Wizard Shazam in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4.  After that, they get into the Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU segment where they talk about the Superman Family books that came out this month and select books from the larger DC Universe.

FCTC EPISODE 242: MARCH 1996 PART 1

Episode 242: March 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and forty-second 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 kick off their coverage of the books with a cover date of March 1996, which was a team-up month that saw Superman teaming up with another hero in each of the five Superman titles.  It was sort of like a then modern version of DC Comics Presents, the Pre-Crisis Superman team up title.

It was a neat concept.

The first book they cover is Action Comics #719, where Superman teams up with Batman to save Lois Lane, who is on the brink of death thanks to the Joker.  Mike has a serious problem with this story for a variety of reasons.  Jeff liked it a lot more than Mike, and the boys go back and forth on this through the whole segment on that issue.  Then, in Superman: The Man of Steel #53, the Spectre comes to Gotham to take care of a Native American spirit that is mad at the Daily Planet because of technology and the Alpha Centurion and his ship might be to blame for this.  Oh, and the Lois is having problems with Clark sub-plot, much to Mike’s chagrin.

After that the boys get into the Hey, Wha’ Happened: Real World segment, starting with three episodes from the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  Those episodes include Never on Sunday, The Dad Who Came in From the Cold, and Tempus Anyone?  Then Jeff goes over what was going on in the real world and what movies were in theaters when this month’s comics were published.

Technical Note: There is a chirping about halfway through the episode that comes and goes.  Mike did everything he could to get rid of it, but he couldn’t quite get all of them.  So…listener beware and all that.

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

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: Team Up Month continues with Plastic Man and Woozy Winks in Superman #110, Impulse in Adventures of Superman #532, and Captain Marvel and the Wizard Shazam in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #4.  After that, they get into the Wha’ Happened: Elsewhere in the DCU segment where they talk about the Superman Family books that came out this month and select books from the larger DC Universe.