Origin Story

Origin Story Episode 24

Origin Story Episode 24 Website CoverWe know who’s behind Cobra Commander’s armor, but do the Baroness and Serpentor? One of them is going to find out in G.I. Joe #64. Then, we’re going to find out what’s going in the entire Marvel Universe (and the New Universe) in Marvel Age #55.

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And as promised, here are some scans from the interior of Marvel Age #55 …

The cover story, about Iron Man.

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The Warriors Three story featuring Charles Vess artwork.

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The New Talent Department with some gorgeous Black Widow panels.

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The Hulk house ad with art by Todd McFarlane.

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The calendar from the back cover.

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Origin Story Episode 23

Origin Story Episode 23 Website LogoI go headlong into the Marvel mainstream as Kraven’s Last Hunt continues in The Amazing Spider-Man #293 and Frank Castle takes on a white supremacist militia in The Punisher #3. Plus, since my copy of the Punisher’s book is an actual physical comic book, I get to look at letters and ads! Oh the fun we have!

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Origin Story Episode 22

Origin Story Episode 22 Website CoverAfter looking at another issue of G.I. Joe Special Missions where a few Joes pull off a perfect A-Team-esque caper, I begin what I consider one of the highlights of the summer of 1987 and that’s “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” which starts in Web of Spider-Man #31.

Plus … I strap an onion to my belt and decide to ramble on about turning 40.

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Origin Story Episode 21

Origin Story Episode 21 Website CoverGot a job?  Got a couple of bucks?  Need a car?  Come on down to episode 21 of Origin Story where I can sell you some Used Autobots in The Transformers #32.  That’s right … it doesn’t matter if you have bad credit or no credit, you’re going to get a fight between robots, humans, and other robots!

Plus, I take a look back at two classic music videos from 1987.  And talk about boobs.

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Origin Story Episode Nineteen

originstoryepisode19websitecoverBuster Witwicky fights off Ratbat in the Car Wash of Doom and The Punisher takes down a drug cartel in Bolivia! It’s the latest episode of Origin Story where I have a two-fer of Marvel Comics from 1987, starting with The Transformers #31 and ending with The Punisher #2.

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Origin Story Episode Eighteen

Origin Story Episode 18 Website CoverStalker, Quick-Kick, and Snow Job are in the gulag; Outback returns to Joe headquarters; Billy enters the ninja; and I talk about Trivial Pursuit.  It’s all here in the latest episode of Origin Story, where I cover G.I. Joe #62.

Now with fewer audio glitches!

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Origin Story Episode Seventeen

Origin Story Episode 17 Website CoverThe “Joes captured behind the Iron Curtain” storyline continues as Outback, the one who got away, escapes and fights his way across the border in G.I. Joe Special Missions #6.  As always, I take a look at the comic and give it a review.  Then, I spend time talking about the Stephen King novels published in 1987, especially his fantasy story The Eyes of the Dragon.

NOTE:  There were some technical issues with the audio and I may sound a little digitized and underwater.  Hopefully, I will resolve those issues by the next episode.

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Origin Story Episode Fifteen

Origin Story Episode 15 Website CoverThis time around, I have three … that’s right, THREE comics in ONE episode! I start off with the last of my FCTC-era Superman books for this show, which is Superman #7, then head over to Marvel for some military-grade violence! First, there’s the first issue in an UNLIMITED series with The Punisher #1 followed by the start of my all-time favorite G.I. Joe storyline with G.I. Joe #61.

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And here are this episode’s covers, complete with a scan of my copy of G.I. Joe #61, which is signed by both Larry Hama and Mike Zeck.

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Origin Story Episode Fourteen

Origin Story Episode 14 Website CoverDifferent distributors in the 1980s means different release dates for comics means that I’m putting this episode out two days before the last one.  This time around, I take a look at The Adventures of Superman #429 by Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway, which puts the spotlight on Cat Grant in a sense, or at least gives us more insight into her relationship with her son Adam and his father.  Plus, I walk down WWF memory lane by talking about Wrestlemania III and the legendary match between Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

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And as promised in the show, here is a link to ESPN’s “Oral History” of the Macho Man-Steamboat match:  “Oral History: Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat, 30 Years Later”

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Origin Story Episode Thirteen

Origin Story Episode 13 Website CoverIn this episode of Origin Story, Bumblebee and Blaster head to Arizona and wind up victims of The Scraplets. Plus, I manage to make an Office Space joke at the expense of the Decepticons! It’s all in Transformers #29. Plus, I ramble about Top Gun even more, complete with Diet Pepsi commercial!

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