If there’s one genre that DC is known for as much as its superheroes, it’s science fiction. A staple of the company since it’s very early days, it has spawned thousands of stories, and in this episode I take a look at 80 years of DC Comics’ science fiction. What’s covered, you ask? Don Drake on the Planet Soro, Tommy Tomorrow in “Columbus of Space,” Adam Strange in “War on Earth and Rann,” a story called “Killing Time” from Mystery in Space, Hex #11, and the Warren Ellis/Colleen Doran graphic novel Orbiter. Plus, interludes from Real Fact Comics that show us all what a wonderful future the Golden Age had in store for us!
It’s time to beam aboard and join me as I take a brief look at one of DC’s most successful licensed properties comics: Star Trek. In this episode, I take a quick look at Star Trek (1st series) #33, an issue billed as a “Twentieth Anniversary Special” that has the Excelsior as captained by James T. Kirk and his former Enterprise crew meet up with the crew from … the Enterprise?!
Our walk through the non-superhero history of DC Comics is back with a look at licensed properties comics. And this one is full of guest stars! Stella! Andy Leyland! Charo! Brett Panarese! The 1972 Miami Dolphins! People who steal other people’s tired bits!
This episode starts off with Stella (Batgirl to Oracle) sitting down with me at Starbucks to talk about a story from a Dale Evans comic from the 1940s. Then I head to the 1970s and bring you the hot rod racin’ action of Hot Wheels! After that, we head into the 1980s and Andy Leyland (Hey Kids, Comics! The Palace of Glittering Delights) and I talk about the first issue of V: The Comic Book. Finally, I sit down with Brett for an issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up. All the stars are here, waitin’ for you!
Everything’s a laugh riot here for this episode of my DC Comics retrospective, as I take a look at books that put the funny in funny books! I start out by taking a very quick look at couple of the short comic strips in New Fun Comics #5, then Brett and I read a story from Sugar and Spike #3 before Michael Bailey joins me for an in-depth discussion of The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #86. Finally, I finish up with quick looks at Ambush Bug #4, Ambush Bug Nothing Special #1, and Bizarro #2.
My look at the other side of DC Comics gets going this episode as I dive in head-first and go for the one comic book genre that’s more or less dead and is probably not going to be resurrected anytime soon: romance! To guide me through this journey through the turmoil that love can cause, I have brought along a special guest, Stella (From Batgirl to Oracle)! So join us as we take a look at Secret Hearts #153.