Podcast - Episode 66: Dave Spooks Rachelle

Did you miss us? We're back! And there's so much to talk about!

Did you guys watch that Rocky Horror Show thing on Fox last week? Oof. Not good. Rocky's shorts were a god damn hate crime:

Let's just erase that image with a little...

Oh yeah. That's the stuff.

And speaking of the stuff, here's that Chris Samnee cover for Black Widow no. 10 that made me DIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!!!

So cute! So exciting! So sexy!

Here's Spencer Tracy as Mr Hyde, looking basically better than I do most days:

Do check out Dave Tumblr so you can see all of his Fake Frights horror movie posters.

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen everyone!!!

Podcast - Episode 65: A Visit from Wordburglar!

It's Wednesday! Coming off a Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, and we are joined by our friend Sean "Wordburglar" Jordan. It's an episode so jam packed with geeking out that we don't even really have a topic!

We talk about so many things! Here are some helpful references!

Here's the article about Stan Lee's plan to end racial tension in America.

Here's an account (and here is a video) of what Peter David said at NYCC about the Romani people. And here is his follow-up blog post where he, uh, regrets(?) what he said?

Here is the trailer for the Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe series, which is a real thing that is happening:

Here is a picture of Gideon, which, yes, is an important reference image for this episode:

Enjoy! And check out Sean's new video for Channel Halifax, and check out the single on vinyl!

Podcast - Episode 64: Creator Wars!

Dave is going to tell us some stories this week about petty nerd fights between creators. Fights that could not be contained within the realm of reality! They had to spill onto the pages of the comics! Men!

It's a busy time for me, but here are some quick visual references to enhance your podcast-listening experience!

First, here is the stunningly awesome custom Strange Adventures Lego set that Eric Miller of Dartmouth Clothing Company created for our friend Cal Johnston!

So great! I can't wait to see it built!

Here is the fantastic trailer for the fan-created (and, sadly, not real) Indiana Jones animated series:

Here are a couple of the official images from the JSA season of Legends of Tomorrow. You can decide for yourselves if these costumes look good on film or not:

Here is what I am talking about when I am relentlessly complaining about the art in the current Thunderbolts series. First, a side-by-side comparison of the Death of Capatain America panel:

And a very odd panel of a man drinking coffee from a mug (I guess?):

And here are a couple of the things that Dave talked about when he was sharing some creator feud stories. First, here's Jack Kirby's Funky Flashman and Houseroy characters:


Houseroy is the sickest burn. I love it.

And here is the page where Peter David gets his dig in on Erik Larsen:

Oh, nerds.

I'm out! See you next week with Sean Jordan! And check out Dave's Tumblr for all of his daily fictional horror movie posters!

Podcast - Episode 63: Superhero Starting Points

Dave and I run through five characters this week, making recommendations for people who became interested in them through the movies or television, and are looking for good places to start with the comics. These are necessarily the best comics ever written about each character, but they are good, accessible stories that most likely give new fans what they are looking for.

Before we get to that, here is Sean "Wordburglar" Jordan's new music video!

Here are our recommendations:


The entire Ed Brubaker run, which would be:

  1. Winter Soldier
  2. Red Menace
  3. Captain America: Civil War
  4. The Death of Captain America
  5. The Man with No Face
  6. Road to Reborn/Reborn
  7. Two Americas
  8. No Escape
  9. The Trial of Captain America
  10. Prisoner of War
  11. Steve Rogers Super Soldier
  12. Secret Avengers (Mission to Mars/Eye of the Dragon)
  13. Fear Itself
  14.  Captain America (relaunch) #1-19
  15. Captain America & Bucky (The Life Story of Bucky Barnes/Old Wounds)
  16. Winter Soldier solo series (#1-14)

So if you haven't read all of that already, get going! If you need to skip parts, we would suggest skipping Road to Reborn/Reborn. You don't really need to read Secret Avengers, either, but it's good.

Captain America: War and Remembrance by Roger Stern and John Byrne (now collected in an Epic Collection called Dawn's Early Light)

The Avengers: Epic Collection Earth's Mightiest Heroes by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck, et al.
This collects the first twenty issues of the original 1960s Avengers comics. It's very fun.

Captain America: Man Out of Time by Mark Waid and Jorge Molina
NOTE: I don't actually like this book all that much. But it is accessible, and gives fans of the movie version of the characters what they are looking for, more or less.

Captain America: the 1940s Newspaper Strip by Karl Kesel
This was collected in a book in 2010. It's out of print, but you can probably track down a copy one way or another. They are all on Marvel Unlimited as well.

Captain America and The Falcon by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and others
This is getting collected into Epic Collections. A few are out now. Mad Bomb is probably the most significant story to come out of this run.


The Geoff Johns run, which would be:

  1. The Last Son of Krypton
  2. Secret Origin
  3. Brainiac
  4. Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. Escape from Bizarro World

I don't think it really matters what order you read these in, they were all kinda coming out at the same time. Some were dragged out while others filled in the space in between. It was confusing, but these are five great Superman books.

World's Finest by Dave Gibbons and Steve Rude

Birthright by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu
NOTE: neither of us are crazy about this book, but it's good for new readers.

Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Same note as above.


The Matt Fraction/Salvador Larocca run, which would be:

  1. The Five Nightmares
  2. World's Most Wanted
  3. Stark Disassembled
  4. Stark Resilient
  5. My Monsters
  6. Unfixable
  7. Demon
  8. Long Way Down
  9. The Future

Demon in a Bottle by David Michelinie, Bob Layton and John Romita
Again, we only sort of recommend this. And it's not even a real story arc exactly, but it is collected in a book with this title and if you want to see Tony Stark hit rock bottom, this is for you.


Wolverine (1982) by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
It's kinda weird, but still holds up. Good especially if you're interested in Wolverine's connection to Japan.

Wolverine: Weapon X by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney
We both really love this run. I can't recommend it enough. It's collected into, I believe, three volumes.

Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron and various artists
This is a fantastic run that followed the Schism event, and Wolverine is the headmaster of the new Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. The school is staffed by other anti-Cyclops X-Men, including Kitty Pryde, Storm, Ice Man, Beast and more. There are, I think, eight volumes of this. And it's really the last appearance of Wolverine because he's been dead in the comics for awhile.

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
Wolverine is a bit of a background player in this one, but I think he's note perfect in the scenes he's in. It's collected into two books.


Who Is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg and Terry Dodson
Cool series where Diana Prince is a secret agent with gorgeous Dodson art.

Current "Year One" run by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott
Every other issue that is coming out right now is part of the "Year One" storyline and it's great.  

Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette
It's a little weird, but it's an interesting examination of the character with beautiful art.

Wonder Woman run by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
There are six volumes of this run, and it's pretty great. 

DC's The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke

Podcast - Episode 62: Unrealized Projects

This week Dave and I discuss some unrealized superhero projects. Pitches and scripts that, for whatever reason, never made it to fruition. It's a Dave-heavy episode (ladies).

I'll let you decide, but I think you can hear how eagerly Dave wants to wrap things up so he can eat dinner.

Here are some links to more info on some of those projects:

First, here's the full script for Tom Mankiewicz's Batman movie.

And here's the AV Club article about it that revealed that John Lithgow would have been cast as The Joker.

Here is the archived full text of Alan Moore's Twilight of the Superheroes pitch for DC.

And here are the details of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar's Superman 2000 pitch.

And some info on their Apocalypse 2099 pitch for Marvel.

And here's that awesome Winter Soldier drawing that Mike Henderson posted:

Yeah. That's good Bucky.

Alright! That's it for this week! Thanks for listening! Follow us on Instagram!

Podcast - Episode 61: A Visit From J.Bone!

J.Bone came to visit! It took months to convince him that:

a) Nova Scotia has much more comfortable summer temperatures than Toronto (it was muggy as hell here);
b) My kids are fun (they are...fine);
c) There are lots of hot guys here (there are)

Anyway. He was here and it was awesome and now he's gone and I'm sad. But first he recorded this episode of the podcast with us! I don't know if there was a theme, per se, but we had fun.

The nice thing about J.Bone coming to visit is that he leaves lots of nice things, including crayon drawings that came from a very heated drawing competition with Mitchell:

Here's the 'Joker' round of the competition:

And then J put Trevor to work penciling pages. Not cool, J:

My kids seriously loved him.

Ok, on with the podcast.

This is the Tim Sale cover we talk way too much about. It's for Batman #6, which was out this past week. Look at those ridiculous shorts!

Side note: I would like J to start a podcast called "I Don't Want to Take Down Another Artist, BUT..."

J was kind enough to share some of the always hilarious Baby Huey comics he's been reading:

Comedy gold!

The collected trade paperback of The Saviors by James Robinson and J comes out in October from Image Comics, so pick that up! Look at how nice! 

THAT'S how you do an eye-catching cover, my friends.

Ok, let's just round this post out with Bucky straddling that motorcycle: