Weird Comics History, Episode 25 - Will Eisner

January 16, 2018

Artist, Educator, Businessman... Icon!

For this installment of Weird Comics History, Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) discuss the life and times of one of comics' most enduring personalities, Will Eisner!  We explore everything from his childhood, to the foundation of the Eisner-Iger Studios, and even throughout his military service... learning that no matter what the scenario, Eisner and art went hand in hand.

SOURCES:
  • willeisner.com
  • Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman (2005)
  • Will Eisner's Shop Talk (2001)
  • Eisner/Miller interview conducted by Charles Brownstein (2005)
  • Many interviews culled from Alter Ego magazine and around the web
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

  • Odd Facts. Tempo Star Books. 1975
  • A Contract with God. Baronet Books. 1978
  • Life on Another Planet. 1983
  • Comics and Sequential Art. 1985
  • New York: The Big City1986. ISBN
  • The Dreamer. 1986
  • The Building. 1987
  • A Life Force. 1988
  • Art of Will Eisner (2nd ed.). Kitchen Sink. 1989
  • To the Heart of the Storm. 1991
  • The Will Eisner Reader. 1991
  • Invisible People. 1993
  • Dropsie Avenue. 1995
  • Will Eisner Sketchbook, Kitchen Sink. 1995
  • Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative. 1996
  • The Princess and the Frog. 1996.
  • A Family Matter. 1998.
  • Last Day in Vietnam. 2000.
  • The Last Knight. 2000.
  • Minor Miracles. 2000.
  • Will Eisner's Shop Talk. Dark Horse Comics. 2001.
  • Fagin the Jew. 2003.
  • The Name of the Game. 2003.
  • Will Eisner's John Law: Dead Man Walking, IDW. 2004
  • The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. WW Norton. 2005.

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TAGS: Will Eisner, Weird Comics History, History, Comic Books, The Spirit, Eisner-Iger, World War II, Golden Age Comics, Denis Kitchen, Kitchen Sink

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 73 - Fantastic Four #51 (1966)

January 14, 2018

Greetings, comic enthusiasts! In this episode, our sub-space explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine a seminal issue in the legacy of Marvel Comics' First Family, issue #51 of Fantasic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Including detailed bios of these titans of comic book history, they dive deep into the self-reflection and redemption of a character with no name in "This Man...This Monster!" Then, our literary duo discuss the nature of a tragic hero--and discuss some tragic heroes in comic books (with one special caveat)! It's an episode about humanity, that you won't want to miss if you're human!

Thanks to Aaron A for the book suggestion!

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BREAK: Intro to the 1978 Fantastic Four animated cartoon

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 72 - Tales of the Teen Titans #50 (1985): The Life and Times of Terry Long

January 7, 2018

Here's your invite to the wedding event of the season! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine one of the more unsettling characters in the DC Comics Universe, when they examine the life and times of Terrence Arthur Long, with a special concentration on his wedding to Donna Troy in Tales of the Teen Titans #50 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez! After the requisite creator bios, our ceremonial ushers detail every appearance of Terry Long leading up to the nuptials, then go through every appearance of his after the fact. They wrap up the episode with a look at other comic book weddings through the years! You'll want to make it to this episode on time!

Thanks to Jose Velez-Martinez for the suggestion!

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 71 - Star Brand #1 (1986)

December 31, 2017

Happy new year, happy New Universe! In this episode, space-cases Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) investigate the prolific and controversial life of one-time Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, when they read Star Brand #1 from 1986! There's a bio on penciller John Romita, Jr., and a bit of information on the rise and fall of Marvel's New Universe, but much of the episode is given over to Jim Shooter--his accomplishments, his failures, and his editorial philosophy! All of this culminates in some off-the-cuff ruminations and some listener mail. Enjoy!

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EVERYONE HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

BREAK: Creator Talks interviews Jim Shooter at Heroes Con 2017 (snippet) https://youtu.be/2uOFfRfmH4Y

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Real Comics History, ep. 7 - The Year in Comics 1962

December 28, 2017

Here it is, the final "Real Comics History" re-upload... in which we discuss 1962.  If you've enjoyed these episodes please let us know and we will try and make them a more regular feature!  Thanks!

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Originally aired in lieu of a Young Animal Segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 122 (May 7, 2017)

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TAGS: real comics history, 1962, spider-man, marvel comics, wonder wart-hog

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 70 - Christmas With the Superheroes #1 (1988)

December 24, 2017

Happy holidays and season's greetings, everyone! In this episode, our resident grinches Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) shake their bellies like bowls full of jelly and get infused with the Christmas spirit when they read DC Comics' Christmas With the Superheroes #1 from 1988! After what they'd hoped would be truncated biographies for every creator on every story in this anthology, our comic book elves read through the entire issue in their impeccable squawky style. If you miss this particular hit of eggnog, you'll be placed on the Naughty List!

From Chris and Reggie, everyone have a happy and safe holiday! Thanks to everyone for listening!

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Check out Chris' longform review of this comic here! http://www.chrisisoninfiniteearths.com/2016/12/christmas-with-super-heroes-1-1988.html

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Real Comics History, ep. 6 - The Year in Comics 1954

December 21, 2017

1954... a year that changed comics forever!  Join Chris (@acecomics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) as they give a quick and dirty reminiscence of their five-part Weird Comics History series on the Comics Code Authority (Episodes 1-5, available in the archives!)... and chat up a bunch of other (less-noteworthy) comics biz events of the year.

There's also some at-the-time relevant Young Animal news (at 22:35)... which you're free to ignore!

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Originally Aired in lieu of a Young Animal Segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 117 (April 2, 2017)

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TAGS: 1954, Real Comics History, Comics Code Authority, pop-culture history, comics history, seduction of the innocent, frederic wertham, batman, superman, wonder woman, william moulton marston, kefauver hearings, estes kefauver, william gaines, ec comics, dell comics, gold key comics, disney comics

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 69 - The Pro. (2002)

December 17, 2017

Step into our budoir, comics enthusiasts. In this sinfully sultry episode. Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) delve into the "bluer" side of funnybooks when they read Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, and Jimmy Palmiotti's prestige format The Pro. published by Image Comics in 2002! After some squeaky clean creator bios, and a downright pleasant review of the conditions at Image Comics that made this comic book possible, our intrepid but tepid explorers spelunk the seedy and slightly sticky pages of The Pro., with some dialogue altered to preserve decency. After revealing some thoughts on the book, there's a list of times characters did the nasty in mainstream comic books. It's an episode that will put your partner in the mood...to leave the room!

***WARNING: THIS EPISODE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN***

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Real Comics History, ep. 5 - The Year in Comics 1968

December 14, 2017

C'mon get happy everybody!  For this week's "classic" re-upload, flower children Reggie (@reggiereggie) and Chris (@acecomics) discuss the year in comics... 1968!  This isn't so much an "according to them" sorta show, considering that neither of the fellas had yet graced the planet with their presence... however, with the benefit of hindsight (and the internet) they break down all the big news in the comics biz.

What better way to prepare for this weekend's milestone 69th episode than discussing a year ending in 68?  Well, there's probably many better ways, but this is all we got!

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Originally aired in lieu of a Young Animal Segment during Weird Science DC Comics Podcast, Episode 110 (February 12, 2017)

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TAGS: Comics History, Silver-Age, 1960's, 1968, Vietnam, Underground Comix, Doom Patrol, Arnold Drake, Dick Giordano, comics distribution, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Tales of Suspense, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Richard Nixon

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Cosmic Treadmill ep. 68 - Spawn #1 (1992)

December 10, 2017

Hell...o, living comics enthusiasts! This week, our wicked hosts Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) look at the last of four launch titles when Image Comics opened for business in 1992: superstar artist Todd McFarlane's Spawn #1! After some author information, it's right into dissecting the issue, and the origin story for this rather...familiar character. Then, they talk about some of Todd's controversial public statements before closing out with a look at Todd the Toy Master, and a brief history of playtime! Plus: listener mail! You won't want to miss it!

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