Comic Book Memories

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I talk about the following comics that elicit some special and specific memories for me:

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Pull List Review – January 2021 Comics

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I talk about the following comics I read during January 2021:

  • Superman: The Man of Steel #80-82
  • The Brave and the Bold #177 and 179
  • Giant Days v5
  • SFSX v1
  • Moneyshot v1
  • Dark Ark v3
  • Dark Ark: After the Flood
  • Batman: Three Jokers
  • Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt v1
  • Adventureman v1

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Podcast 129: Christmas Gab Bag

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Happy holidays! George, of the now defunct George and Tony Entertainment Show, returns to finish out the year and talk about some Christmas, or Christmas adjacent, comics. Specifically, we discuss:

Fantastic Four #4

New Adventures of Superboy #39

Brave and the Bold #184

Batman Family #4

Fast Willie Jackson #3

DC Comics Presents #67

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RandoMonday: Best of the Brave and the Bold #5

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Best of the Brave and the Bold #5 (cover by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez)

Batman and the House of Mystery, “Red Water, Crimson Death” by Denny O’Neil (writer), Neal Adams (artist), Petra Scotese (colorist), and Murray Boltinoff (editor)

Viking Prince, “The Ghost Ship” by Robert Kanigher (writer), Joe Kubert (artist), and Petra Scotese (colorist)

The Golden Gladiator, “Captive Champion” by Bill Finger (writer), Russ Heath (artist), and Petra Scortese (colorist)

Robin Hood, “The Secret of Sherwood Forest” by Robert Kanigher (writer), Russ Heath (artist), and Petra Scortese (colorist)

This is the fifth issue of a six-issue reprint series spotlighting Batman team-ups, but as you can see, there are also some backup stories from the Silver Age. While those were interesting to read and I particularly liked Russ Heath’s art in the two stories, I’ll focus on the Batman story (originally printed in Brave and the Bold #93).

This might be a weird one to modern Batman fans. It starts off with Batman having a close call with a thug, followed by Commissioner Gordon ordering Batman to take a vacation to Ireland (“You’re no good to me dead!”). Also, Gordon gives Batman a ticket on a steamship–how did that work exactly? After all, it’s Bruce Wayne who is the passenger. After saving a young boy who tried to kill himself by jumping into the Atlantic (because the kid was trying to join his dead grand-da), Bruce opens up his suitcase to find his Batman uniform in it (maybe Customs worked differently back then?), scolds Alfred in absentia, and then he throws it into the ocean (“Until I regain my health, the Batman is dead!”)! Later, a mystery presents itself, and Bruce deliberately ignores it: “No, blast it! I’m thinking like Batman again. I’m Bruce Wayne… and I’m on vacation!”. Ignores it until a ghost wakes him up, he suddenly has his Batman costume on, and the kid he saved earlier is wandering off into the Irish countryside in his PJs. Long story short, a local fishery owner is attempting to convince the island populace that the area is haunted so that he can take over (?). In one of the fights, Batman gets poisoned and the villain offers him a chance (for some reason) by pointing out two beakers, one of which contains the antidote. Logical Batman, however, sees the portrait of the ancestral king on the wall pointing to a test tube nearby, and so he dives forward and drinks the liquid from it that actually does contain the antidote. And for the second time in this story, Batman gets lucky against a guy with a gun to his head when the portrait of the king falls from the wall, killing the fishery owner. Cain, from the House of Mystery, who has been our narrative guide for this story, let’s us know that the spirit of the king caused all of these unexplained occurrences (which we knew already because we clearly see the ghost in several panels).

The story may not make much sense (weird for weird’s sake–but that is a staple of the House of Mystery stories, I guess), but the Neal Adams art is good, as expected. It’s especially good when Adams is drawing Cain.

RandoMonday: Brave and the Bold (2007) #4

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Brave and the Bold (2007) #4 by Mark Waid and George Pérez (storytellers), Bob Wiacek (inks), Tom Smith (colors), Rob Leigh (lettering), Stephanie Buscema (asst. editor), Joey Cavalieri (editor), and George Pérez and Tom Smith (cover)

Man, I loved this series when Waid and Pérez was doing it. They took the whole Brave and the Bold team-up concept and tweaked it just enough to make it very interesting, i.e., told one longer story with multiple heroes teaming up along the way. Case in point, the tale end of Batman and Blue Beetle’s team up is shown at the beginning of this issue (along with the Fatal Five), but then switches to Supergirl and Lobo. Along the way, the two bond a bit, meet Destiny (of the Endless), and Supergirl arrives on Rann to help Green Lantern. The issue ends with a Batman/Tharok amalgam encountering the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Pérez and Wiacek art is classic and enjoyable, and Waid manages to use Lobo in a way that doesn’t annoy me. Not bad for $2.99.