Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 71: The Legend of Wonder Woman

episode-71-website-coverFor the past 75 years, she’s been a hero and role model, and this summer she is getting her own feature film.  I’m talking, of course, about Wonder Woman.  To honor the mighty Amazon, I’m taking a look at two series entitled The Legend of Wonder Woman.  The first, from 1986, is by Kurt Busiek and Trina Robbins and takes place right after Crisis on Infinite Earths, closing the door on the pre-Crisis incarnation of Diana while opening the door for the landmark George Perez run.  The second, from 2016, is by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, and is an all-ages, out-of-continuity retelling of WW’s origin story.

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As a bonus, here are scans of the text pieces from the 1986 Legend of Wonder Woman series.

By Kurt Busiek (from issue #1):

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By Trina Robbins (from issue #2):

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Origin Story Episode Seven

origin-story-episode-7-website-coverIn the seventh episode of Origin Story, I delve into my first of several regular series Transformers comics from 1987, starting with issue #27, where in the recently departed Optimus Prime’s absence, Grimlock seizes command of the Autobots.  Plus, I talk a little about my kind of sort of discovering music on the radio in January 1987, which means Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 76

ic-76-website-coverFrank Castle is back in the second “Punisher in ‘The ‘Nam'” storyline!  This time around, I take a look at The ‘Nam #67, the first of a three-parter starring the Marvel vigilante who was so popular in the early 1990s that he got a book about his weapons.  But at this point, he’s not The Punisher yet, although he does … punish. It’s brought to you by Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti.  In addition to the issue, I’ll also be covering the historical context for the summer of 1971.

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As an added bonus, here is a scan of my copy of The ‘Nam #67, which is signed by Jimmy Palmiotti (the signature, which isn’t the clearest, is by Frank’s leg).

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ORIGIN STORY EPISODE SIX

origin-story-episode-6-website-logoIn the sixth episode of Origin Story, I wrap up my coverage of the ultimate Hasbro crossover by taking a look at G.I. Joe and the Transformers #4.  Do the Joes and Cobras save the world with the help of the Autobots?  Will Hawk and Barbara get back together? Does anyone care about the Anthony storyline? Plus, Bumblebee becomes Goldbug!  And I ponder the nature of nostalgia.

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Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 70: It’s a Festivus Miracle!

episode-70-website-coverMany Christmases ago, Frank Costanza, fed up with the commercialism of Christmas and upset at how it caused him to reign blows upon another man who also wanted the same doll he was about to buy for his son, decided to create a new holiday–a Festivus for the rest of us.  In the spirit of Frank and this holiday, Michael Bailey joins me for a very special Festivus episode.

We begin by exploring the origins of Festivus, both through its appearance on Seinfeld and its real-life history …

And then carry on the traditions of the holiday with the airing of grievances, where we talk about what’s bothering us in pop culture this year as well as the feats of strength, wherein we take a look at the 1992-1993 Image Comics miniseries Brigade.

So get out the aluminum pole and get your family around the table so you can tell them all the ways you’ve disappointed them before they try to pin you because it’s time to celebrate!

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 75

ic-75-website-coverIt’s our 75th episode and that means it’s time for another look at another movie about the Vietnam War.  This time around, I’m joined by fellow TTF podcaster Luke Jaconetti (Earth Destruction Directive) to talk about the 1982 Sylvester Stallone movie First Blood as well as its 1985 sequel, Rambo: First Blood Part II.  We talk about each movie’s plot and characters as well as the novel First Blood by David Morell, and then talk about the pop culture phenomenon that was Rambo in the mid-1980s.

CONTENT WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

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Required Reading With Tom and Stella Episode 2: The Glass Menagerie

episode02_cover-for-websiteIt’s the second episode of Required Reading with Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country, Taking Flight) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.This time around, we will be looking at Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie, a story of a mother clinging to outdated ideas, a son who seems to long to be elsewhere, a daughter who is as fragile as the glass animals that she collects, and the spectre of a father who looms over them.

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