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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 82

IC 82 Website CoverWill Ed Marks be able to get justice for the guys trying to defend their firebase from an onslaught of NVA and VC?  Find out when “Operation Chicken Lips” comes to an end in The ‘Nam #72.  It’s “Didi” by Don Lomax and Wayne Vansant.

Plus, I begin my four-part look at the 1980s television series China Beach by going over season 1.

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Here’s the opening and closing credits to season 1 of China Beach:

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Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 87: VH

Episode 87 Website CoverIn the Eighties, nobody was more awesome or rocked harder.  Join me as I take a look back on this band and its legacy through a top 5 list of what I think are the most memorable songs.

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 81

IC 81 iTunes Website Cover“Operation Chicken Lips” continues in issue #71 of The ‘Nam as journalist Ed Marks tries to help out the firebase he escaped in the previous issue. It’s “Return to Brass Hat” by Don Lomax and Wayne Vansant. Plus, I take a look at April 1972 and also review Lynda Van Devanter’s memoir Home Before Morning.

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Here’s a link to Van Devanter’s obituary in the New York Times“Lynda Van Devanter, Nurse Who Chronicler of Her Wartime Pain, Dies at 55”

A link to buy Van Devanter’s book on Amazon (note: in the episode, I say that a Kindle edition is not available … it has recently become available, as has an audio CD):  Home Before Morning

Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 86: Talkin’ Shop at the Virginia Comic-Con

Episode 86 Website CoverJoin me this episode as I talk about my trip to the Virginia Comic-Con in Richmond on March 4 where I hosted a lecture about “Comics Podcasting 101” and also had the opportunity to interview Gary Cohn (Amethyst, Blue Devil) and comics journalist and writer Bob Sedaro.  Plus, I have some listener feedback!

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Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 85: Victory or Death!

Episode 85 Website Cover.jpgGreetings, listener. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada!  That’s right, it’s time to brush up on your video game skills and fly into my coverage of the 1984 sci-fi flick, The Last Starfighter.  Over the course of this episode, I recap the movie and give it my review; plus, I take a look at the novelization by Alan Dean Foster, the comics adaptation from Marvel, the aborted toy line, and several attempts at video game adaptations.  I also talk about sequel and reboot rumors.

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As mentioned in the episode, here are some extras …

The storybook …

Last Starfighter Storybook

Plaid Stallions’ post on the aborted toy line (I mentioned another site in the show but then realized that they had swiped all of their pictures from Plaid Stallions, so I went to the source):  Galoob Last Starfighter

Video Game Attempts …

The Wikipedia pages for … Solaris and Star Raiders II

Atari Protos looks at what could have been the video game version of The Last Starfighter

The NES Version …

Last Starfighter NES

Rogue Synapse’s “Starfighter” Game:  The Last Starfighter Starfighter Resources Page

Last Starfighter Poster

In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 80

IC 80 Website CoverDon Lomax begins his tenure as the regular writer on The ‘Nam with part one of a three-part story called “Operation: Chicken Lips.”  This also sees the return of Ed Marks as one of our key characters and puts us in March 1972, which is the subject of our historical context section.  Plus, I have a clip of my conversation with Michael Golden, original ‘Nam artist, from the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

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Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 84: Jumping the Shark

Episode 84 Website CoverSpecial guest stars keep appearing. A new kid is added to the cast. A major cast member leaves. Two characters hook up. They cast Ted McGinley. The setting changes. There’s yet another very special episode. The Fonz straps on some water skis and JUMPS THE SHARK. Any way you see it, this is the moment when you realize that a show has gone completely downhill. Join me as I take a look back at the late, lamented early 2000s website “Jump the Shark” and use some of its criteria to pinpoint moments of decline in a number of shows, especially 1980s and 1990s sitcoms. Will I jump the shark? Listen to find out!

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Here’s a couple of extras …

The Wayback Machine’s archive of the old Jump the Shark website

A snapshot of the site from February of 2003

The archive of the comments page for Davey and Goliath

And, naturally, here’s the infamous scene of Fonzie jumping the shark: