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Origin Story Episode Sixteen

Origin Story Episode 16 Website CoverI’m back to a single issue and rambling on with an onion on my belt.  This time around, I look at the conclusion to the two-part Scraplets story from Transformers in issue #30 of the series.  Plus, I wax nostalgic about my VHS copy of the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 77

IC 77 Website Cover.jpgChuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti take us through the second part of a three-part Punisher storyline with “The Walking Dead.”  Frank has made his way back to his firebase and has uncovered the nefarious deeds of his C.O.  Will he confront him or will he perish in a firefight before he can dole out … PUNISHMENT?!  Oh, stop laughing.  Anyway, I cover the issue and give a very brief review (I’m saving it for the finale, I guess), cover letters and ads, and take a look at the rest of 1971.

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As an added bonus, here is a scan of my copy of The ‘Nam #68, which is signed by Jimmy Palmiotti.

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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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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.

You can download the episode via iTunes or listen directly at the Two True Freaks website

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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 FIVE

origin-story-episode-5-website-coverShockwave tries to destroy the world! It’s time for another look at G.I. Joe and the Transformers and this time around, I’m looking at issue #3 of the series, which raises the stakes as Cobra has to ally with G.I. Joe and the Autobots. I also share some memories of Christmas 1986.

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Required Reading With Tom and Stella Episode 1: Of Mice and Men

episode01_cover-for-websiteWelcome to the first 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.

For our first episode, we will be looking at John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, which is the tale of George and Lennie, two Depression-era migrant workers and their relationship as well as their troubles.

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Origin Story Episode Three

origin-story-episode-3-website-coverThirty years ago, I begn collecting comics for the first time. Now, I’m taking you back to those days with “Origin Story,” a comics podcasting miniseries where I will look at all of the comics I bought in 1986-1987 in “real time.”

This time, I step away from Marvel and head over to DC for The Adventures of Superman #424, which marks the beginning of that title in the post-Crisis era.  Does it still hold up after 30 years?  Will I be able to say anything that Michael Bailey and Jeffrey Taylor haven’t already said?  Will I fill out the postcard in the middle of the comic and attempt to win a copy of the Man of Steel special edition hardcover 30 years after the contest expired?  Well, you’ll just have to listen!

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Here are a couple of extras:

The iconic cover of the comic:

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And the trailer for the Stallone movie Cobra: