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Daniel jumps the Comic Book Time Machine to 1975, avoiding all time paradoxes, and grabs an issue of First Issue Special #5 featuring the origin of Manhunter Mark Shaw as written and penciled by Jack Kirby. Daniel discusses the story, who is Mark Shaw, John Ostrander and Kim Yale’s influence on the Manhunter story, and why he loves Mark Shaw…and the dangers of time traveling to 1975!
All three of the hosts are together for this episode to discuss the first comic they ever remember getting.   Write us to let us know what your first comic was :  feedback@comicbooktimemachine.com       The issues that will be discussed and spoiled in this episode include the following: Marvel Special Edition Featuring Star Wars #1 – Release Date:  July 1, 1977   Star Wars #33 – Release Date: December 25, 1979       What If #26 – Release Date: April 16, 1991  
Both Marvel and DC Comics are planning a multiverse-spanning event in 2015.  At Marvel the event is called Secret Wars (starting May 2015) and at DC the event is called Convergence (starting April 2015).   In this episode, Daniel and Matt discuss what might happen in each of these events, and they speculate on what each of these comic company’s universes will look like when their respective events have completed.   Both of these events seem to be pitting heroes and villains from parallel universes against each other.  Are you planning to check out either of these two events?  Let us know what you are most excited for below!
It’s Halloween, so ben takes a look at a horror themed story from the Dr. Strange comics: THE MONTESI FORMULA, or DOCTOR STRANGE VS. DRACULA from issues 58-62. This also ties into the MCU with both Doctor Strange, who is appearing in a movie, and the Darkhold, a book that is currently appearing on Agents of SHIELD.
Using Star Wars as a guideline,  we’re exploring comic books based on licensed properties that Marvel Comics published from 1977 to 1986. Looking at all the Marvel licensed books cover dated January 1979, Ben reads: Introduction — 0:00-7:20 Star Wars #19 — THE ULTIMATE GAMBLE — 7:20-22:35 (Danger on a space station!) Human Fly #16 — PHOTO-FINISH — 22:35-39:30 (Murder on the midway?) Micronauts #1 — 39:30-1:24:45 (The first issue of the highly anticipated series!) Godzilla #18 — FUGITIVE IN MANHATTAN — 1:24:45-1:41:55 (Tiny Godzilla is still Godzilla!) John Carter Warlord of Mars #20 — BATTLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD: THE MASTER ASSASSIN OF MARS CHAPTER 5 — 1:41:55-2:14:55 (John Carter must battle for Dejah Thoris . . . surprise, surprise!) Ben’s Bullpen Bulletin — Battlestar Galactica: Marvel Super Special #8 — 2:14:55-end
For the third episode of SWAMP THINGS: COMIC BOOK MUCK MEN, BOG BEASTS, AND MUD MONSTERS we look at Superman and Batman’s recent interaction with Swamp Thing and an old interaction they had with El Monster, a swamp monster with a couple secrets. Covering: Superman Annual #1 (2017) — Story by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason, art by Phil Jimenez Batman #23 — Story by Tom King, art by Mitch Gerards The Hellblazer #1-6 — Story by Simon Oliver, art by Moritat & Pia Guerra World’s Finest #219-220 — Story by Bob Haney, art by Dick Dillin, Frank Giacoia, & Murphy Anderson
Here’s the experiment: Ben wants to read through the classic Marvel licensed books that coincided with Star Wars, so during these episodes he reads a full month of Marvel’s sci-fi comics based on books, TV, and movies! Titles, so far, include Human Fly, Star Wars, Godzilla, John Carter of Mars, and more! Last time, Human Fly really intrigued…but does it live up to that? The Star Wars adaptation ends…but does it live up to the promise? John Carter lost the trail of Dejah Thoris…but will she find a way home on her own? In this episode… Introduction (0:00-9:24) Part 1 — Star Wars #6 (9:24-36:45) Part 2 — Crazy Magazine #32 (36:45-45:05) Part 3 — Godzilla #5 (45:05-54:35) Part 4 — Human Fly #4 (54:35-1:07:30) Part 5 — John Carter: Warlord of Mars #7 (1:07:30-1:19:40) Epilogue — The Bullpen Bulletin (1:19:40-end)
What If? Elseworlds! Stunning sagas of alternate realities that can’t, couldn’t, or shouldn’t exist! Part 2 (of 5) – Superman! (Start the series from the beginning by going here: http://comicbooktimemachine.com/godsandmonsters ) Justice League: Gods and Monsters is not labelled Elseworlds, but it could be. Ben and his guest Evan David explore this comic series spawned by a direct to home market movie in a week long, five part series culminating with a discussion about the movie itself. This is a world where Superman is not Superman. Batman is not Batman. Wonder Woman is not Wonder Woman. And they are all gods and monsters!
In this episode, we talk about comics we have wanted to read or have planned to read. And now that we WILL read. This is a list of 10 comic issues, series, or graphic novels that we want to read for pleasure, not for Comic Book Time Machine episodes. In episode 100, we’ll come back and make our report… Did we read them? Did we like them? Time will tell. For now, here’s our list of comics we’ve always wanted to read or been meaning to read.
Daniel reviews the new Comic Block subscription service from Nerd Block.  Daniel discusses his thoughts on the contents, what he liked and did not, and his thoughts on a monthly subscription. Nerd Block can be found at https://www.nerdblock.com/comic Review Copy Provided by Nerd Block
“Spider-Verse” is a Marvel event starting during the fall of 2014.  In this event, every Spider-Man from the entire Marvel multiverse will be featured during the course of the story.  In order to prepare for this huge spider-centric event, one of the Comic Book Time Machine hosts, Matt Anderson, will be reading important story arcs that set up “Spider-Verse.” In the first episode of our “Spider-Verse Prerequisites,” Matt discusses the six-issue story arc that features the first appearances of two characters that will be important to the “Spider-Verse” storyline:  Ezekiel and Morlun. These six issues, Amazing Spider-Man (volume 2) issues #30-35, also happen to be the start of J. Michael Straczynski’s long run on the series.  These first JMS issues came out in 2001, and he would continue on the book all the way through 2007. Issues #30-35 also feature art by John Romita Jr. Issue #30 – Cover date: June 2001 Issue #31 – Cover date: July 2001 Issue #32 – Cover date: August 2001 Issue #33 – Cover date: September 2001 Issue #34 – Cover date: October 2001 Issue #35 – Cover date: November 2001
When Ben has Matt and Daniel help him pick a random comic from his “want to read” pile, he ends up with a comic that he just plain did not want to record about after reading it, it was that bad. So he chose to switch the random selection and ended up reading a comic from his youth that really took him back. A comic that he loved as a young Ben and that he still enjoyed as an old Ben. Reading it brought a smile to his face and talking about it? Well, he didn’t have that problem…
Grant Morrison’s “The Multiversity” has been in the works for a long time.  Was it worth the wait?  Does it make any sense?  What is this book trying to say? Most important: do we like it? Join Daniel, Matt, and Ben as they explore DC Comics’ multiverse in “The Multiversity!” This episode of the Comic Book Time Machine will look at three issues of “The Multiversity.”  The issues that will be discussed and spoiled in this episode include the following:     The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 – Release Date: September 17, 2014 The Multiversity: The Just #1 – Release Date: October 22, 2014 The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 – Release Date: November 19, 2014        
In this episode, Daniel dives into Ostrander and Yale’s Manhunter #3, “The Gentlemen of Japan” and mispronounces a ton of words while summarizing a story that is as much about Eliot Shaw as it is Mark Shaw.  This issue gives Daniel an opportunity to discuss occupation Japan, Japanese culture, the Yakuza and what happens when you change a character’s name.  Oh yeah, and for a few pages Manhunter and Dumas Fight. For further discussions of Ostrander’s use of history see the Kent’s Crossover presented by the Relatively Geeky Network and The Fortress of Baileytude! http://relativelygeekypodcast.blogspot.com/2014/05/ss-018-kents-crossover-1.html
Where did Rocket Raccoon come from? Most people know him from a pretty big and fun movie, and some people know him from an epic run of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic, spun out of the cosmic event Annihilation events. But back in the 80s, he was just a guest star in The Incredible Hulk and then headlined his own four issue mini-series, so we jumped into the time machine to take a look at his beginnings! Also, if you are interested in helping Rocket’s creator’s medical expenses or in dropping him a note of appreciation, here’s the link: http://gregpak.com/love-rocket-raccoon-please-consider-donating-to-writer-bill-mantlos-ongoing-care/  
“Spider-Verse” is a Marvel event starting during the fall of 2014.  In this event, every Spider-Man from the entire Marvel multiverse will be featured during the course of the story.  In order to prepare for this huge spider-centric event, one of the Comic Book Time Machine hosts, Matt Anderson, will be reading important story arcs that set up “Spider-Verse.”   In the third episode of our “Spider-Verse Prerequisites,” Matt is joined by his friend, David Hunt, as they discuss the recent Marvel releases that are helping to set the stage for “Spider-Verse.” A large portion of their conversation will focus on the kickoff of Marvel’s official prelude to this event, called “Edge of Spider-Verse.”   The issues that will be discussed and spoiled in this episode include the following:   Free Comic Book Day Volume 2014 – Release Date: May 3, 2014   The Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl #1.3 – Release Date: July 9, 2014   Spider-Man 2099 #1 – Release Date: July 9, 2014   The Amazing Spider-Man #4 – Release Date: July 23, 2014   The Superior Spider-Man #32 – Release Date: August 6, 2014
X-Men issues 141 and 142 are considered one of the greatest X-Men stories of all time! So in this episode, we use the comic book time machine to head back to 1980 to pick up those two issues of comics! We explore the story and the history. How does the movie compare? Does it deserve its hallowed status?  
Daniel discusses his thoughts on Mark Shaw in 2014.  He breaks down and gives his opinions on Arrow Season Three “Corto Maltese” and asks if this is his Mark Shaw.  And he looks at Wonder Woman 23.1/Cheetah 1 to see if he can see his Mark Shaw in the New 52.
Howard Chaykins’ cover art for issue 1. Our exploration of Marvel’s Star Wars finally begins! Taking the time machine to cover date July, 1977, we are given the beginning of a new era in science fantasy with Star Wars’ first issue, and another sci-fi title gets cancelled with Logan’s Run’s cancelation. In between those two extremes, Jack Kirby gives us another type of extreme, introducing a superhero robot to his exploration of Kubrick’s 2001 and John Carter’s adventures on Mars continue. But which of these two books feels like fan fiction and which feels like it actually belongs in the “expanded universe” of the license? In this episode… * Introduction (0:00-3:45) * Part One — Star Wars #1 (3:45-33:50) * Part Two — Logan’s Run #7 (33:50-43:10) * Part Three — 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 (43:10-55:45) * Part Four — John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2 (55:45-1:09:30) * Epilogue — Ads and various notes (1:09:30-end) Howard Chaykins’ poster from 1976’s San Diego Comiccon. Note the more realistic style and clearly defined ship design compared to the comic cover. Links: Roy Thomas’ article about the beginning of Star Wars comics appears in this issues of Alter Ego: Alter Ego #68 Jim Shooter’s article about Roy Thomas: Roy Thomas Saved Marvel
“Spider-Verse” is a Marvel event that began during the fall of 2014.  In this event, every Spider-Man from the entire Marvel Multiverse will be featured during the course of the story.  In order to prepare for this huge spider-centric event, one of the Comic Book Time Machine hosts, Matt Anderson, will be reading important story arcs that set up “Spider-Verse.”   In this fourth and final episode of “Spider-Verse Prerequisites,” Matt is joined by his friend, David Hunt, as they discuss the recent Marvel releases that are helping to set the stage for “Spider-Verse.” A large portion of their conversation will focus on the kickoff of Marvel’s official prelude to this event, called “Edge of Spider-Verse.”   The issues that will be discussed and spoiled in this episode include the following: The Superior Spider-Man #33 – Release Date: September 17, 2014 Edge of Spider-Verse #1 – Release Date: September 10, 2014 Edge of Spider-Verse #2 – Release Date: September 17, 2014 Edge of Spider-Verse #3 – Release Date: September 24, 2014 Edge of Spider-Verse #4 – Release Date: October 1, 2014 Edge of Spider-Verse #5 – Release Date: October 15, 2014 Spider-Man 2099 #5 – Release Date: October 15, 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man #7 – Release Date: October 8, 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man #8 – Release Date: October 22, 2014
Ben talks about a comic series that hits three of his comic book reading loves: 1. The Ultraverse! 2. Steve Gerber! 3. Swamp Monsters! This episode, covering the first three issues of Malibu’s Ultraverse series SLUDGEm is part of a crossover with The Ultraverse Podcast — http://ultraversenetwork.com
The Long Halloween has been called one of the greatest Batman comics of all time. Ben, Matt, and Daniel take a peek just in time for Halloween.
Ben opens a comic book grab bag, this time a bag of four “out of print comics” for $6. All of them surprised him, one way or another. The comics inside are: Detective Comics #651“A Bullet for Bullock” Adventures of Superman #554“Children and Monsters” All-Star Western #15 “Strange Medicine” The Legion of Super-Heroes #284“The Soul Thief from the Stars”
Using Star Wars as a guideline,  we’re exploring comic books based on licensed properties that Marvel Comics published from 1977 to 1986. Looking at all the Marvel licensed books cover dated December 1978, Ben reads: Introduction — 0:00-5:35 Star Wars #18 — THE EMPIRE STRIKES — 5:35-29:35 (Although it doesn’t strike back!) Human Fly #16 — WAR IN THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT — 29:35-38:10 (War vets take over in protest and Human Fly must intervene!) Godzilla #17 — OF LIZARDS, GREAT AND SMALL — 38:10-58:35 (Godzilla gets caught in SHIELD’s latest trap!) Marvel Super Special #6 — JAWS 2 — 58:35-1:30:50 (Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!) John Carter Warlord of Mars #19 — THE VALIANT DIE BUT ONCE: THE MASTER ASSASSIN OF MARS CHAPTER 4 — 1:30:50-1:45:45 (Tars Parkas defends his position with the Tharks!) Ben’s Bullpen Bulletin — Devil Dinosaur #9 and Machine Man #9 — 1:45:55-end
Ben takes a look at the exclusive 100 page anthology books that DC Comics has made to be exclusively carried by Wal-Mart. These books are: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT #1 Featuring: Wonder Woman in “The Conversion” (original story) Justice League (2011) #1 The Flash (2011) #1 Aquaman (2011) #1 BATMAN GIANT #1 Featuring: Batman in “One More Chance” Part 1 (original story) Batman #608 Nightwing (2011) #1 Harley Quinn (2011) #1 SUPERMAN GIANT #1 Featuring: Superman in “Endruance” Part 1 (original story) The Terrifics #1 Green Lantern (2005) #1 Superman/Batman #1 TEEN TITANS GIANT #1 Featuring: “Enter…the Disruptor” (original story) Teen Titans (2003) #1 Super Sons #1 Sideways #1
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Started
Jul 21st, 2014
Latest Episode
Feb 18th, 2020
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No. of Episodes
154
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About 1 hour
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