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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, marvelmania ©marvel comics. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss 1966 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,Batman ©DC Comics. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansThe link for the Dark Comics Mystery Panel with Robert Beerbohm and Alex Grand is found here:  https://youtu.be/2mb-CM7iT6sSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
 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 Podcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades in a third parter. Danny takes us into his Darkhawk series and his final days at Marvel as Tom DeFalco was removed as editor in chief, and other changes that took place that caused him to leave the company, his time with Byron Preiss in new comics media, Whirl Girl for Showtime, his publications for TwoMorrows WriteNow! and Stan Lee Universe, his scholarly comics work Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent, Rough Guide to Graphic novels, his time promoting Will Eisner awareness, his coordination of Wizard World Convention Panels and his upcoming book, A Marvelous Life, The Amazing Story of Stan Lee. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco in the second of a three parter, where we discuss his creative contributions to GI Joe, Transformers, Marvel Two In One Thing with Sandman, Peter-Porker/Spider-Ham, Machine Man with Herb Trimpe and Barry Windsor-Smith, writing Amazing Spider-Man with artist Ron Frenz, the Mighty Thor, working under Jim Shooter as Marvel as Editor-in-Chief, his replacement by Tom DeFalco, and the sale of Marvel to Revlon by New World, and Marvel going public. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand moderates an Animation Panel at Dallas Fantasy Fair 2018 interviewing two titans of cartoons, Bob Camp and George Lowe with an overview of their careers.  Bob Camp talks about starting at Marvel Comics working with John Buscema and Larry Hama, moving onto animation, working on cartoons like Thundercats, Real Ghostbusters, Tiny Toon Adventures and Ren and Stimpy.  George Lowe discusses his work as a DJ then as a voice over actor including his work as the main voice in Space Ghost Coast to Coast.  Ren & Stimpy ©Viacom, Space Ghost ©Warner Bros, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Paul Levitz (currently writing his Visitor run for Valiant).  Paul is former President and Publisher of DC Comics, who started in the Fanzines in 1971, assistant to Joe Orlando, working under Carmine Infantino then Jenette Kahn as Publisher, and Freelance writer, to full time Editor and writer in 1976, working on All Star Comics with Wally Wood, Stalker with Steve Ditko, and promotion to upper management, Vice President in the 1980s with a lengthy run on the Legion of Superheroes and co-creating many characters like Huntress. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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 1980 inks 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comics Distributors, formed 1982 sits down with Alex and Jim discussing various phases of his comics career via livestream.  We start from his humble beginnings as a comics dealer, comics retailer, sub distributer, distributor, to various decisions positioning him as the president of the main comics distribution company in North America and the United Kingdom, with various expansions into games and publishing. Steve also goes through in detail how he’ll help the modern comic book industry from the economic collapse of COVID19!   Audio © Comic Book Historians 2020Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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... Frederic Wertham?!? Find out Jim's conversational kryptonite!  What is the secret of the Bison Head??©Comic Book Historians, Frankenstein ©Universal, Marvel ©Marvel Comics. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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, Thunder Agents ©IDW Publishing. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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, Deadman ©DC Comics. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians Podcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand, Bill Field, Jim Thompson and special guest, Vanguard Publisher, Pop Culture Author-Historian, and Creator Rights Advocate, J. David Spurlock discuss 1968, the Silver Age, and its possible creative and design peak with Jim Steranko. In great detail, J. David Spurlock goes over 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 later life in publishing, and beyond. Get the inside scoop on the life and times of Jim Steranko. All while Jim Thompson also discusses his fondness for guns in holsters. SHIELD & X-Men ©Marvel, No Sense Remix - Standard License. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Galactic Grand, Bill Assteroid Field, and Jim Jupiter Thompson discuss 1953 and the science fiction genre. Was EC Comics the King of Science Fiction? Who invented Science Fiction Comics and why were they popular at this time? Why did traditional Science Fiction die out as a comic book genre. What was the relationship between Bill Gaines and Wally Wood, and who are the best science fiction comic book artists of the time? Which science fiction author jumped on the comic book bandwagon? How did the Superman TV show bury Shazam and trigger Martin Goodman? Who pulls the biggest boner this episode? Harry Harrison, Wally Wood, Joe Orlando and more! No Sense Remix - Standard License, EC Comics ©Gaines, Adventures of Superman ©Warner Bros, Astro Boy ©Tezuka. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco from his early days reading comics, his comic strip work in college, his meetings with John Goldwater, Louis Silberkleit working at Archie Comics, creating the Archie Digests in 1973, his work at DC with E. Nelson Bridwell including Jimmy Olsen, Superman Family, Starfire, his initial meetings with Denny O'Neil, Marvel Two-In-One at Marvel Comics, Avengers and creating Dazzler with John Romita Jr. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Frank Thorne, born in 1930, he discusses his past and current works, with a career that spans from the late 1940s, utilizing and expanding on inspirations like Alex raymond, Hal Foster, and Neil O'Keefe, a late 1940s graduate of the Art Career School in Manhattan, working at Dell, Gold Key and DC Comics with an explosion of fan activity in the 1970s and 80s with his comic work centered around strong beautiful female characters like Red Sonya. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Lauren Veneziani, also known by her social media handle, dcfilmgirl, knowledgable Film Critic based in Washington DC seen every Saturday on NBC Baltimore.  We discuss the Comic Age of Movies dissecting the Richard Donner, Bryan Singer and Zack Snyder's Superman films, Tim Burton's and Chris Nolan's Batman, Blade, X-Men, Raimi's, Webb's and MCU's Spider-Man, Superhero deconstruction films like Special, Super, Kick-Ass, Deadpool, the Robert Downey Jr MCU, and the Alan Moore adaptation films.  How did each film contribute to the art of comic book adaptation to film, as well as the implementation of the Super Hero genre onto the big screen? Captain Marvel, yay or nay? Listen and decide! 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Josef Rubinstein, famous comic book inker that has inked over more characters and more pencilers than anyone else in comic book history.  Josef discusses his inks on the Wolverine Limited Series on Frank Miller's layouts, his inks on Justice League,  his favorite Inker on both Jack Kirby and Carmine Infantino, and philosophically discusses the potential death of the role of an inker in comics, and some fun conflicts with Alex Toth and Gil Kane. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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 and Gwen Stacy dies as Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber create new work and new characters including the cosmic Marvel Death entity. 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/comicbookhistoriansPodcast and Audio ©℗ 2019 Comic Book HistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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, 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/comicbookhistorianSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the Prince of Comics, Howard Chaykin part 2 discussing his work on American Flagg, the Shadow, Time Square, Blackhawk, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Black Kiss, Cyberella with Don Cameron, his Television career including the 1990s Flash TV show, Legend with Russ Heath, Hawkgirl with Walt Simsonson, his Marvel career in 2012, Black Kiss 2, the controversy surrounding the Divided States of Hysteria, and finally his ode to comic history, Hey Kids! Comics!  Should Batman fight crime wearing a ball gag?  Find out here.  Find out here. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
A very special podcast, Alex Grand and lawyer/panel originator Jim Thompson, team up with attorney Daniel Barer, and entertainment law professor Marc Greenberg at San Diego Comic Con 2019 Comics Art Conference to discuss how Cease and Desist changes the narrative of stories in the comics world using examples from the late 1970s to early 1980s, Steve Gerber's Howard the Duck, Destroyer Duck and Dave Sim's Cerberus. How is Jim Shooter involved in all three cases? how does this relate to Spider-Ham? what about that odd Howard the Duck appearance at the end of the Guardian's of the Galaxy movie?  Does any of this change the price of custard in china?  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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades in a second parter.  Danny takes us into his initial days as editor of the Spider-Man line of comics in 1983, writing Dazzler, editing writing other titles like Marvel Saga with Pete Sanderson, Star Wars, his hiatus as staff in comics to freelance, the cultural change switching from Jim Shooter to Tom DeFalco as Marvel's Editor in Chief 1987 and returning as staff 1989 in full force working on Alpha Flight, Amazing Spider-Man, The New Warriors and Moon Knight working with artists like Ron Frenz, Erik Larsen, Mark Bagley, etc and how the 1980s Marvel creator incentive program caused the Image Revolution. 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/comicbookhistoriansSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians)
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Podcast Details

Started
Sep 2nd, 2017
Latest Episode
Mar 16th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
62
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No

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