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July 1, 2019
CBH Podcast 44: Danny Fingeroth, Editor & Writer Part 1
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades, Danny takes us into his early life, being hired in comics under Larry Lieber, then working with various editors, Archie Goodwin, Louise Simonson, Jim Shooter, Tom DeFalco, and Sol Brodsky working on Captain Britain for Marvel UK, Marvel Reprints, Dazzler, Uncanny X-Men, Micronauts and the Amazing Spider-Man in the early 80s. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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54 min
June 15, 2019
CBH Podcast 43: Howard Chaykin, Dark Prince of Comics part 2 with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Howard Chaykin in part 2 discussing his work on American Flagg, the Shadow, Time Square, Blackhawk, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Black Kiss, his Television career, Legend with Russ Heath, Hawkgirl with Walt Simsonson, his Marvel career in 2012, Black Kiss 2 and the controversy surrounding the Divided States of Hysteria, and finally his ode to comic history, Hey Kids! Comics! Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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59 min
May 31, 2019
CBH Podcast 42: Howard Chaykin, Dark Prince of Comics part 1 with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Howard Chaykin, discussing his life from when he was born in 1950 through his childhood comic book reading of 1960s Marvel, his training under Gil Kane, Wally Wood and Neal Adamsin the late 1960s through the 1970s, his early Marvel, DC, Atlas Seaboard Comics, Byron Press Graphic Novels, Heavy Metal and on into American Flagg for First Comics. Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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60 min
May 15, 2019
CBH Podcast 41: Trina Robbins, Superstar Part 2 with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the illustrious Trina Robbins in our sequel to episode 34, where we dovetail into 1985 and the beginning of her comic history career examining her evolving Women and Comics book that explores various women in comic history, A Century of Women Cartoonists, The Great Women Superheroes, Nell Brinkley, Women Who Kill, Goddesses with Attitude, The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs in San Francisco, Miss Fury, Lily Renee, and her autobiography Last Girl Standing discussing figures like Forrest Ackerman and Vaugh Bode. Find out more about this underground women's comic pioneer and comic book historian, Trina Robbins, Superstar. Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians Podcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book Historians
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72 min
April 30, 2019
CBH Podcast 40: Tim Sale, the Gentleman's Artist part 2 (2005 - Present)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Tim Sale, discussing his life and career in a second of a 2 parter which covers his work from his Marvel Color series and his involvement in the Heroes TV show in 2005, Superman Confidential with Darwyn Cooke on Superman Confidential, the Captain America White series which changed the way he and Jeph Loeb worked together, his run ins with various pop cultures figure like Joss Whedon, his artistic influences like Steve Ditko, Alex Toth, Neal Adams, Normal Rockwell, Mark Chiarello and more! Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorian
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82 min
April 12, 2019
CBH Podcast 39: Tim Sale, the Gentleman's Artist part 1 (1956-2005)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Tim Sale, discussing his life from when he was born in 1956, through his childhood comic book reading of 1960s Marvel, his training under John Buscema in the late 1970s, his 1980s illustrations of Mythadventures, his working relationship with Jeph Loeb on 1990s Marvel and DC like Batman Long Halloween and Superman for All Seasons, his Marvel Color series and his involvement in the Heroes TV show in 2005. This is the first of a two parter interview that covers the life and times of Tim Sale from 1956 to 2005. Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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80 min
March 29, 2019
CBH Podcast 38: Second Look, Hey Kids! Donald Duck & Superheroes!
Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-host Peter Coogan discuss various Comic History archival works in a Second Look podcast. Alex discusses Howard Chaykin's Hey Kids! Comics!, Jim talks about How to Read Donald Duck and the comics presence in South America, and Pete Coogan discusses his book on Superheroes as a Genre. Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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52 min
March 15, 2019
CBH Podcast 37: 1978, A Hard Year for Adult Storytelling in Graphic Novels & Film
Alex Grand and guest co-host Larry King discuss the attempts at adult story telling in the comic industry in the year 1978. The urge for the industry to start to shift toward graphic novels and serious filmmaking is discussed with A Contract with God, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's Silver Surfer, Don McGregor and Gulacy's Sabre, the Richard Donner Superman 1, the 1984 Warren Magazine, and the made for TV marvel productions like Dr. Strange and Spider-Man. There is also a highlight on adult consequences in the comic industry with the 1978 DC Implosion. Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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59 min
March 1, 2019
CBH Podcast 36: Upstarts: 1975 Atlas Seaboard Comics, Revenge of the Goodmans!!
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discuss the Upstart Comics line, Atlas Seabord that ran from 1974-1975, the motivations behind the scenes with Martin and his son, Chip Goodman, as well as the various comics creators that did some early work there like Walt Simonson and Larry Hama as well as big names of the time like Steve Ditko, Wally Wood and Alex Toth. What was Atlas' place in comic history? What long term effects did it have on the industry? Why did Martin Goodman want Marvel Comics to suffer? Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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45 min
February 15, 2019
CBH Podcast 35: Second Look, All In Color for a Dime (Novel)
Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-host Larry King discuss books that remark on Comic History, discussing science fiction pulp history written in Astounding by Alec Nevala Lee in 2018, commentary on The Great Comic Heroes by Jules Pfeiffer in 1965, and the representation of color and mood in comics like Mike Mignola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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67 min
February 1, 2019
CBH Podcast 34: Trina Robbins, Superstar Part 1 with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the illustrious Trina Robbins, underground women's comic pioneer, comic book historian, and defender of social justice as we discuss her life and times from her childhood in the 1940s, Sci-Fi Fandom in the 1950s, her underground comics work in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as her mainstream comics work in the 1980s. Various topics include Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Harlan Ellison, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and more! Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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52 min
January 18, 2019
CBH Podcast 33: Robert Beerbohm's Comic Store Wars with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Robert Beerbohm, who continues off his and Alex's Dark Comics Mystery panel at the 2018 Dallas Fantasy Fair (found at the CBH Youtube Channel Panel series playlist), discussing his Comic Book Store life and times from 1975 to 1992, with some discussion of his involvement in the Overstreet price guide and his discovery of the first comic book from the 1840's The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck. Music - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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189 min
January 4, 2019
CBH Podcast 32: The Steranko Experience Part 2 with Alex Grand
Alex Grand interviews Jim Steranko in a sequel to this Interview Experience, discussing his life from when he finished out his term at Marvel Comics with Stan Lee, working on the fanzine, FOOM, writing his 2 Volume History of Comics, starting his SuperGraphics publication company, his magazine series from Comixscene to Mediascene to Prevue, his 1975 Graphic Novel Red Tide, his 1981 Outland adaptation for Heavy Metal, his visual creator design of Indiana Jones, his piece in the 1984 Superman 400 anniversary issue, his collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola for 1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula, the end of Prevue Magazine in 1996 and beyond into his present projects. This is the second of a two parter interview that covers the life and times of Jim Steranko. Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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63 min
December 21, 2018
CBH Podcast 31: The Steranko Experience Part 1 with Alex Grand
Alex Grand interviews Jim Steranko, discussing his life from when he was born in 1938, through his childhood comic book and strip fascinations, his teenage Magician and Rock and Roll years where he created the first Go Go dancer, his Advertising career in his early 20s, his 1965 stint with Harvey and Tower Comics, a meeting with Ralph Bakshi, eventually landing at Marvel Comics with Stan Lee. This is the first of a two parter interview that covers the life and times of Jim Steranko.
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66 min
December 7, 2018
CBH Podcast 30: Mike Royer, Inker of the Greats with Alex Grand, 1941 to Present
Join us from the Dallas Fantasy Fair, November 25, 2018 as Alex Grand interviews the famous inker, Mike Royer. Mike discusses his career starting out assisting Russ Manning on various projects like Tarzan in the early 1960s, Magnus Robot Fighter, then working in Animation making over 1/3rd of the work that went into the first 1966 Amazing Spider-Man season, inking Jack Kirby for Marvelmania 1969, and then DC and Marvel Comics for 10+ years, Plastic Man with Ramona Fradon, and his career at Disney starting in 1979 for over 20 years working on many projects including the redesign of the Winnie the Pooh character. Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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19 min
November 27, 2018
CBH Podcast 29: 1950, Goodbye Superheroes?
Alex Grand, Bill Field and guest host, Peter Coogan, PhD discuss 1950, the changing tide as American's get more domestic, and other non superhero genre's became much more in demand like Westerns, Romance, Humor, etc. The birth of the DC Comics editorial fiefdoms, Martin Goodman chasing genre comics, and the rest of the industry (mostly) says goodbye to Superheroes. The gang also says goodbye to Stan Lee, on the week of his death. Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders , CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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66 min
November 9, 2018
CBH Podcast 28: 1984, Corporate Shift, Creator Rights & The End of an Era.
Alex Grand , Bill Field and special guest host, Comic Book Ph.D, Peter Coogan discuss 1984 as the year of Marvel and DC shifting toward corporate multimedia cross pollination with Secret Wars and Super Powers. Zot! by Scott McCloud and TMNT by Eastman and Laird and the larger independent 80s comic books markets as a trend toward recognition of creator rights, the 1960s Marvel co-creators getting their original art back, as well as four notable deaths in the industry, Pacific Comics, Sol Brodsky, Don Newton and Phil Seuling. CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. TMNT ©Eastman, Zot! ©McCloud, Secret Wars ©Marvel, Super Powers ©DC Comics, Continuity ©Adams, Photos ©Their Copyright holders. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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62 min
October 15, 2018
CBH Podcast 27: 1960, The Silver Age Takes Shape!!
Alex Grand and Bill Field discuss DC Comics, pre-Marvel Comics and Charlton in 1960, the year that that the Silver Age takes shape. Superheroes assert their dominance as Green Lantern, Aquaman solidify their comic book presence, along with the first issue of the Justice League of America. Did the JLA influence Kirby and Lee to make the Fantastic Four? The pre-Marvel Monster Comics by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee with memorable monsters with some familiar names, and Rawhide Kid, the first ongoing character collaboration between this dynamic creative duo. Steve Ditko assists Charlton comics in dabbling with both the Superhero and Monster genre. Music - Standard License. Thanos, Shang-chi, Spider-man, Marvel Spotlight, Fear, Tales to Astonish, and Journey into Mystery ©Marvel Comics, Captain Atom, Green Lantern, Showcase, and Justice League of America ©DC Comics, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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53 min
September 30, 2018
CBH Podcast 26: 1973, A Year of Comic Book Death... and Rebirth!!!
Alex Grand and Bill Field discuss comic book goings on in 1973, a true year of Comic Book Death and Rebirth as events unfold like Dell Comics, Bill Everett, Syd Shores dies as Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber create new work and new characters. How does the Berkeley Con of 1973 figure into this? The Shadow and Shazam? What about the Son of... Shaytan??? Music - Standard License. Thanos, Shang-chi, Spider-man, Marvel Spotlight, Fear, Black Panther ©Marvel Comics, Shazam, Superfriends ©DC Comics, Conan ©CPI, Shadow ©Conde Nast. CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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72 min
September 7, 2018
CBH Podcast 25: 9/11 2001 and its Impact on Comic Books and the Film Industry
Alex Grand, Jim Thompson, and Bill Field return for this special episode on 9/11, its direct impact on New York City, its Comic Creators, as well as the resulting film industry. The background of Marvel's return from Bankruptcy, change in management, its published reaction to 9/11, DC Comics reactions, and the psychologically polarized reactions of Art Spiegelman and Frank Miller in Shadow of No Towers and Holy Terror. How did these events change movies forever? Music - Standard License. Spider-Man ©Marvel Comics, Superman ©DC Comics, Holy Terror ©Frank Miller, Shadow of No Towers ©Spiegelman. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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70 min
August 15, 2018
CBH Podcast 24: Splash Page!: Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Marvel Universe and Julius Schwartz, co-creator of the DC Universe by Alex Grand
A first in a sub-series of the CBH Podcast, Splash-Page! Where one of the CBH Podcasters goes on an educational session of an aspect of comic book history. In this episode, Alex Grand reviews the importance of Jack Kirby to the co-creation of the Marvel Universe including Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Avengers, and Marvel Villains. This is also discussed side by side with Julius Schwartz, the sci-fi creative dynamo who co-created the DC Universe like Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and many more. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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37 min
August 2, 2018
CBH Podcast 23: SDCC2018 - CAC Panel: Attorneys vs Historians: Who Authors The Authorship Narrative? With Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
A very special podcast, Alex Grand and Jim Thompson along with Danny Barer presented this panel at the CAC. Jim Thompson originated and led this panel at the Comic Arts Conference, as well as discussed Joe Simon's lawsuit of ownership of Captain America against Marvel, and recruited Alex to discuss Jack Kirby vs Stan Lee and Marvel for ownership of the Fantastic Four. Danny discussed Bill Finger vs Bob Kane and the creator credit of Batman. By comparing various narratives from different characters, we see that the history text books are written or rewritten. But are they written by Historians or Attorneys? Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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43 min
July 30, 2018
CBH Podcast 22: Neal Adams, Balls of Steel 1959-Present with Alex Grand and Bill Field.
CBH goes to San Diego Comic Con 2018 where Alex and Bill interview the chief Comic Book Illustrator himself, Neal Adams. CBH discusses his life and times starting when he graduated from the School of Industrial Art in 1959, his news strip and advertising work in the early 60s, his late 60s Superhero books, through the 70s with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and Superman Muhammad Ali, through his Continuity era during the 1980s and beyond. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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35 min
July 19, 2018
CBH Podcast 21: All Star Special 2 - Rand Hoppe, Mark Texeira, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and Scott Robinson.
Live from SDCC 2018 your favorite Comic Book Historians, Alex Grand, Bill Field and Jim Thompson walk around the Convention Floor in the second of a 2 parter discussing Comic Book History with Rand Hoppe from the Jack Kirby Museum, Mark Texeira Illustrator for both Marvel and DC, Jimmy Palmiotti inker and writer for Marvel and DC, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, published Comic Book Historian and granddaughter of the creator of DC Comics in 1934, and N. Scott Robinson, head of Globo Comico International. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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39 min
July 18, 2018
CBH Podcast 20: All Star Special 1 - Dan Parsons, Larry Houston, Athena Finger, Chris Burnham, Ron Lim, and Ger Appeldoorn.
Live from SDCC 2018 your favorite Comic Book Historians, Alex Grand and Bill Field walk around the Convention Floor in the first of a 2 parter discussing Comic Book History with Star Wars and ERB Illustrator, Dan Parsons, Larry Houston the creator of the 90s X-Men TV Show, Athena Finger the granddaughter of the co-creator of Batman, Chris Burnham from Batman Incorporated, Ron Lim from the Infinity Gauntlet, and Ger Appeldoorn from Behaving Madly. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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59 min
July 17, 2018
CBH Podcast 19: Live with Guest Arlen Schumer, Provocateur on 1965-1968 Marvel Comics
Join us Live at San Diego Comic Con 2018 with your favorite CBHer's Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and Bill Field for a sit down podcast interview with Arlen Schumer, published Comic Book Historian and Silver Age expert as we discuss Marvel Comics 1965 to 1968 ranging from Jim Steranko to Jack Kirby, to Nick Cardy to Wally Wood to Neal Adams and many others. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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86 min
April 21, 2018
CBH Podcast 18: Rick Marschall, Strip Historian Part 2: 1978 Marvel Comics to Hogans Alley
Artsy Alex Grand, Jazzy Jim Thompson, and Bill Fantastic Field continue the Rick Marschall Interview starting when he first starts in Marvel Comics Magazines in 1978 and meets Jim Shooter for the first time, discussing his working with various comic book superstars of the time like Chris Claremont, Rudy Nebres, John Buscema, Dough Moench, Marv Wolfman and Len Wein, Tony DeZuniga, Don McGregor, Bob Larkin, Earl Norem, Frank Frazetta, Gil Kane, Marie Severin, John Severin, Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin, Howard the Duck and more. The circumstance of his Marvel departure in 1980 as a part of the Jim Shooter purge of eliminating 70s Marvel talent from the bullpen is discussed, as well as his later assignments at Disney Comics, Nemo Magazine with Fantagraphics, Nemo Strip Reprints, Plotting the Thundercats cartoon, starting Hogan's Alley with Tom Heintjes, working with Milton Caniff and Dr. Seuss, and writing his many entries or books on comic history. There are so many sticks of butter you'll need for this one, it will make your head spin! Again, it's the cat's meow. No Sense Remix - Standard License. Marvel Magazines ©Marvel Comics. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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113 min
April 7, 2018
CBH Podcast 17: Rick Marschall, Strip Historian Part 1: 1900s Newspaper Strips to 1978 Marvel Comics
Alex Googly Eyes Grand, Jim Snuffy Smith Thompson, and Little Orphan Bill Field interview Rick Marschall as we go through his life and times from being a teenage sidekick to veterans of the National Cartoonist Society like Rube Goldberg, to being an Editor at United Feature Syndicate working over more comic strip super stars like Charles Schulz, to co-writing the The World Encyclopedia of Comics with Maurice Horn, to meeting with Stan Lee and becoming an Editor at Marvel Comics. So grab your stick of butter as we discuss part 1 of the Life and Times of Rick Marschall exploring Comic History from the Strips to late 1970s Marvel Comics. No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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102 min
March 15, 2018
CBH Podcast 16: 1956 Atlas Comics. Kirby, Ditko, Lee & Maneely! From Knights to the Year Atlas Shrugged
CBH Podcast Episode 16: 1956 Atlas Comics. Kirby, Ditko, Lee & Maneely! From Knights to the Year Atlas Shrugged. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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44 min
March 2, 2018
CBH Podcast 15: 1953 EC Science Fiction! with Superman and Astro Boy!
CBH Podcast Episode 15: 1953 Science Fiction! with Superman and Astro Boy! Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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50 min
February 17, 2018
CBH Podcast 14: 1953 Horror!!! Freedom of Screech or Speech? Tales of the Crypt and Wertham
Alex Gravedigger Grand, Bill Field of Screams, and Jim the Tomb Thompson discuss 1953 and the horror genre. Was EC Comics the King of Horror? Did they invent horror comics? What other comics made horror and were they any good? Why did Crime Comics naturally lead into Horror? What was the relationship between Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein, and who are the best horror comic book artists of the time? Why did Wertham write anti-comics articles for the Ladies Home Journal? What psychologically led toward such a morbid interest in horror at this time in Americana., No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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77 min
February 3, 2018
CBH Podcast 13: J. David Spurlock, Publisher discusses 1968, Steranko & The Super Silver Age
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson and special guest, Pop Culture Author and historian, J. David Spurlock discuss 1968, the peak of the Silver Age, and its possible creative and design peak with Jim Steranko. J. David Spurlock goes in detail of Steranko's life before 1968, his music band, career in advertising, his comic book work in the late 1960s at Marvel Comics culminating in an incredibly celebrated run in comic books that peaked in 1968, his intense relationship with Stan Lee, his life in publishing, and beyond. Get the inside scoop on the life and times of Jim Steranko. SHIELD & X-Men ©Marvel, No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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123 min
January 6, 2018
CBH Podcast 12: 1976, Marvel Bicentennial with Editor clashes and DC Publisher Changes
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss 1976 with the pertinent goings on at Marvel and DC. Marvel Editor-In-Chief plays music chairs, and DC has their own backdoor shake ups as Carmine Infantino is out and Jenette Kahn is in. Jack Kirby returns to Marvel to celebrate the bicentennial, Marv Wolfman creates Nova, and Steve Gerber shakes up the Marvel Universe with a Howard the Duck presidential run, as Vance Astro and Nikki copulate to prevent an universe wide cataclysm. , No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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62 min
December 25, 2017
CBH Podcast 11: CBH Christmas Special, The Gang's Top 5 Christmas Comics!
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson celebrate the Holidays and Dawn of the New Year by going over each of their top 5 Christmas Comics of all time. Bill and Jim come up with their theories on why Stan Lee hardly ever wrote a Christmas story, Bill wrestles a gay bear, Alex brings up a yuletide christmas Superman tale that reaks of a prison (g)rape scene. Is the best comic story of all time found in a comic strip or comic book? You decide,. ©Comic Book Historians, Vault of Horror ©Gaines, Fallin Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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58 min
December 17, 2017
CBH Podcast 10: 1992 - The Present, Tom Orzechowski, Spawn Letter part 2 of 2
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson interview legendary Marvel, Image and Darkhorse Comics Letterer, Tom Orzechowski discussing the history of Comic Books alongside his personal and professional involvement in comics, in part 2 starting with why he left Marvel Comics and started working with Todd McFarlane on Spawn, as well as his heavy involvement with Manga, and the change from manual to digital lettering. Alex asks Tom about Jim Shooter’s editorial involvement in the X-Men, and more fun specifics about his professional involvement with Chris Claremont. Jim asks more about Tom’s Silver Age influences, which artist Tom wishes he could have worked with, and who Tom feels was the very best letterer of all time. ©Comic Book Historians, Spawn ©McFarlane/Image Comics, Dirty Pair ©Dark Horse, The Advance Team ©Tor Books, No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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37 min
December 14, 2017
CBH Podcast 9: 1958-1992 Tom Orzechowski, X-Men Letterer part 1 of 2
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson interview legendary Comics Letterer, Tom Orzechowski discussing the history of Comic Books alongside his personal and professional involvement in comics starting in 1958, through the impression that Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko made in the Silver Age, through to the Detroit Fan Fair Comic Convention that united him, Jim Starlin, Arvell Jones, Rich Buckler, Al Milgrom and Mike Vosburg as they entered Marvel Comics with a passion bringing carrying the company into the Bronze Age. Tom also describes his career lettering over 6000 pages of Chris Claremont's run on the Uncanny X-Men through the series' best years, and why they left it in 1992. ©Comic Book Historians Uncanny X-Men ©Marvel Comics No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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56 min
November 29, 2017
CBH Podcast 8: 1986, The Year Comics Grew Up or Turned Out the Lights
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss 1986 as the year comics grew up, or became modern, or just became dark while discussing some of the creative achievements of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Jim's not personal favorite, John Byrne. How did Frank Miller and Alan Moore change comics forever?  Did John Byrne break a new creative height or did he jump the shark that year?  What did Mark Gruenwald have to do with DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths?   Did Maus popularize the serious adult themed graphic novel?  How did Jim Shooter permanently affect DC Comics and how did Cadence selling Marvel to New World Entertainment change the Marvel we all knew and loved?  Where did the Bison head go? ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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51 min
November 11, 2017
CBH Podcast 7: The Comic Strip and Comic Book Industry circa 1934!!
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1934 newspaper comic industry specifically the decline of the old guard like Windsor McCay, and the upsurge of the new guys who would end the newspaper golden age with a bang including Milton Caniff and Alex Raymond.  How did Milton Caniff and Alex Raymond change the choreography of Newspaper Strips and how did that affect the buddening Golden Age of Comic Books?  Why do Newspaper Comic Strips at this time matter?  What was the comic book industry doing at this time?  Who is Major Malcom Wheeler-Nicholsen and what did he bring to comic books when he created National Allied Periodicals, the company that would later change its name to DC Comics?  Where is the Bison head? ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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41 min
October 31, 2017
CBH Podcast 6: 1972 Marvel Horror Comics Halloween Special!!!
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1972 Marvel Horror comics movement pushed mainly by Roy Thomas for our Halloween podcast extra spooky extravaganza.  How does DC's exploration into horror in 1968, effect Marvel in 1972?  How do the Universal Monsters fit into Marvel?  Marvel experiments with monster anti-hero's with Werewolf by Night, Tomb of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Tales of the Zombie with Simon Garth, Man-Thing, etc.  What was Roy Thomas' vision for the horror genre at Marvel when he became editor in chief?  Bill tells a great story of his grandmother's run in with... Frederick Wertham?!? Find out Jim's conversational kryptonite!  What is the secret of the Bison Head?? ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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58 min
October 7, 2017
CBH Podcast 5: 1968, The Decline of Both Batmania & Old D.C, and the Rise of Carmine Infantino
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson wrap up 1966 as Batmania declines and the Superhero glut is shown not to be the significant cash cow it used to be, Carmine Infantino uses corporate change at old DC, as an opportunity to change the creative face of their comics line by enabling the release of the old guard and replacing them with the new artists and writers that would transition into the bronze age.  What were the creative titles in 1968 that echoed these internal changes?  What does it mean for DC when its old pulp writer editors are replaced with next generation artists?  Can DC tap into nonsuperhero genres to soften the superhero crash after the moneymaking glut? ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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45 min
September 23, 2017
CBH Podcast 4: 1966 Upstarts: Tower Comics, Charlton, and Harvey Comics
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and the superhero glut as it strikes Tower Comics, Charlton and Harvey Comics.  This episode also goes over where Wally Wood and Steve Ditko went after leaving Marvel in 1966, and how successful those lines showed to be, as well as Charlton Superhero comics and their relation to the Watchmen graphic novel series.  What was Joe Simon doing at Harvey Comics?  What are Bill and Jim's pet peeves?  Do we need lawyers yet? ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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40 min
September 16, 2017
CBH Podcast 3: 1966 The Marvel Age with guest historian, Barry Pearl, The Forbush Man
Alex Grand, Bill  Field, Jim Thompson, and special guest, Marvel historian and 4 time published author / co-author, Barry Pearl discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the 1960s Marvel Age.  This episode goes over the 1954 Comic Code Authority, the 1957 Atlas Implosion, and the 1966 Batman TV's effect on Martin Goodman, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Stan Lee and other freelancers in the "bullpen" and their adaptability and creativity in the market that left Marvel as the ultimate winner of the Silver Age.  There's a segment discussing why Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Wally Wood left Marvel.  Also the weekly rant evolves into a discussion of our current 2017 Superhero glut and how pop culture history will likely repeat itself. ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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44 min
September 9, 2017
CBH Podcast 2: 1966 Dell, Gold Key, Mighty Comics, ACG: The Me-Too Superheroes
Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books.  This episode goes beyond Superhero TV shows discussing how there was a Superhero glut this year flooding the market and children’s living rooms creating a whole host of me-too Superhero comics including Dell Superhero Monsters, Gold Key, King Comics, ACG, .Myron Fass enterprises, the superhero Archie comics, its subsidiary Mighty Comics Group, Charlton, Tower Comics and the new era of Blackhawk. ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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36 min
September 2, 2017
CBH Podcast 1: 1966 Batmania, Cartoons and Merchandise
Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss 196 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books as well as Animation and Television Pop Culture in general.    Topics include the Batman 1966 show, the Spider-Man animated show, Dell Superhero Monsters, Captain Action, and more. ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
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40 min
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