Monday, September 21, 2020

SS #068 - The Future of Comics

 Shortbox Showcase #68 - The Future of Comics


In this episode, Em and Professor Alan review a bunch of wonderful listener feedback. After that, they talk about the future of comics, focusing in particular on the current events at DC Comics. Each gives their "pitch" for what DC Comics should do next.


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Friday, September 11, 2020

QBP #157 - Steampunk Battlestar Galactica

  Quarter-Bin Podcast #157

(Classic) Battlestar Galactica, volume 2, #1, aka Steampunk Galactica 1880 #1, Dynamite Entertainment, cover-dated August 2014.

Untitled story, by Tony Lee, with art by Aneke.

What happens when Professor Alan tackles his first 25-cent Steampunk comic? Which is also based on a licensed property? Or at least one version of that licensed property? Sort of.

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Promo: The Huntress Podcast

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

CRJ #063 - August 2020


Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Jou
rnal #063

August 2020

So what comics did Professor Alan read during August? Well, a whole lot, actually. How many were old books? How many were new books? And how many were just plain fun ? Listen to the episode ... and find out!!!

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Friday, August 21, 2020

RGP #026 - Doomspeak: Cloak & Dagger #10

DOOMSPEAK

  Cloak & Dagger 10, Marvel Comics, cover-dated January 1987.


"Who'll Stop The Rain?" by Bill Mantlo, with art by Bret Blevins & Terry Austin.

What happens when a couple of C- or D- listers (who somehow managed to nab a TV deal) arrive in Latveria on the trail of a drug kingpin? Do they get mesmerized by Doom's impressive beam of light? Do they have a political debate about the value of nuclear energy?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

QBP #156 - Teen Titans 100-Page Giant #1 (Wal-Mart)

 Quarter-Bin Podcast #156

Teen Titans Giant #1, DC Comics, cover-dated 2018.

4 separate reprint stories.

What happens when Professor Alan examines one of the comics from the Wal-Mart 100-page initiative? Was it a well-curated collection? How were the stores? And what does the Professor think of some of DC's recent moves?

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

CRJ #062 - July 2020

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #062
July 2020

So what comics did Professor Alan read during July? How many were old books? How many were new books? And how many were just plain fun ? Listen to the episode ... and find out!!!

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Promo: Batgirl to Oracle

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

RGP #025 - Doom: The Emperor Returns

DOOMSPEAK

Doom: The Emperor Returns 1 - 3, Marvel Comics, cover-dated January, February & March, 2002.

All the stories were written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Leonardo Manco.

What happens when Doom finds himself trapped in a world of Franklin Richards' creation? And then one of his own creation? And then in the Negative Zone? And what does Professor Alan think of the way Doom views his female advisor?

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Monday, July 13, 2020

QBP #155 - Sam Hill, PI #7

Quarter-Bin Podcast #155

Sam Hill, PI #7, MLJ / Archie Comics, cover-dated August 1952.

There are no writing credits, but the art in all 4 stories was by Harry Lucey.

What happens when Professor Alan and guest Luke Jaconetti discuss a public domain private eye comic book from the early 1950s?

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Monday, July 6, 2020

CRJ #061 - June 2020

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #061

June 2020

So what comics did Professor Alan read during June? Just many funny books did Alan read during with the combination of Coronavirus self-isolation and only one Summer class to teach? Listen to the episode ... and find out!!!

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Monday, June 29, 2020

RGP #024 - Doomspeak - Doom vs Red Skull

DOOMSPEAK


Super-Villain Team-Up 10 - 12, Marvel Comics, cover-dated February - June 1977.

All the stories were written by Bill Mantlo, with art by Bob Hall & Don Perlin.

What happens when Red Skull uses solid Latverian technology to attempt to take over the world? Who will team up with Doom to stop the Skull? What role do Namor and Captain America take? And who is the Shroud?

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Monday, June 22, 2020

QBP #154 - Mighty Thor 20

Quarter-Bin Podcast #154

Mighty Thor 20, Marvel Comics, cover-dated August 2017.

"Baptism by Fire," was written by Jason Aaron, with art by Russell Dauterman and Valerio Schiti.

What happens when Professor Alan tackles a recent comic he picked up from his local library? How does Volstagg do as a babysitter? And what is it about the cover to this issue that DRIVES THE PROFESSOR BATTY ?!?!?

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

CLASSIC UBA #2 - Detective 411 & Batman 232

To honor the recently departed Denny O'Neil, we decided to re-post Uncovering the Bronze Age #2, i which Em covers a pair of classic Batman stories.

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Em dives back into their coverage of the Bronze Age by discussing two stories featuring The Dark Knight Detective, and the introduction of two favorite Batman antagonists.

"Into the Den of the Death-Dealers," by Dennis O'Neil, Bob Brown, & Dick Giordano, from Detective Comics #411.

AND

"Daughter of the Demon," by Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams, & Dick Giordano, from Batman #232.

Can Batman topple an international crime ring, headed by a villain with a ridiculous name? Where exactly is Thailayinam? Will Batman be willing to work with the clearly villainous Ras al Ghul to rescue Robin and Talia? And just why is Batman so keen on dressing up as old Asian people!?!  Listen to the episode and find out!

Promo #1: Bailey's Batman Podcast
Promo #2: Flash Pulp
Promo #3: Ace Kilroy

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

SS #067 - Isolation Update

Shortbox Showcase #67 - How We Spent Our Isolation Vacation

In this episode, Em and Professor Alan talk about they have been spending their covid-based quarantine time. They talk about books, comics, TV shows, movies, work, cooking, cleaning, and other ways they've stayed occupied since mid-March.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

CRJ #060 - May 2020 (& 5 years)

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #060

May 2020 (5th year anniversary!)

So what comic books did Professor Alan read during May, during a full month of covid-based self-isolation?

And how does he celebrate the 5th anniversary of this podcast? By chatting with a sampling of the folk who have provided content for the show over the years, via the #ComicBookCircleOfLife. 

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Promo: Comics for Courage
Link: Comics for Christmas
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Link: Michael Bailey: Fortress of Baileytude
Link: Derek William Crabbe: History of Comics on Film
Link: Iowa's Joe Crawford
Link: Luke Jaconetti: Earth Destruction Directive
Link: Tom Panarese: Pop Culture Affidavit
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

QBP 153 - Thor Annual #6

Quarter-Bin Podcast #153

Thor Annual #6, Marvel Comics, cover-dated August 1975.

"Thunder in the 31st Century," was written by Roger Stern and Len Wein, with artby Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson.

What happens when Professor Alan decides to cover a book sent in by lovely listener Billy D, from Into the Weird? And what happens when Thor travels 1000+ years into the future, to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on Korvac and his team of bad guys?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

RGP #023 -- JLMay 2020 - Planet Heist

Relatively Geeky Presents #23: JLMay 2020

The Return of Adam Strange 1 - 8, DC Comics, cover-dated November 2004 - June 2005.

All stories written by Andy Diggle, with art by Pascal (or is it Pasquale?) Ferry.

What happens when the entire planet Rann is Zeta-beamed completely out of existence? Listen to the episode and find out!

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Promo: Earth Destruction Directive

Follow the JLMay adventure through the following podcasts:
Justice's First Dawn
Coffee & Comics
Views from the Longbox
The Fanholes
Wonder Woman: Warrior for Peace
The Birds of Prey Podcast
Married with Comics

The Longbox Crusade

Robin: Everyone Loves the Drake

Pop Culture Affidvait
The Fire & Water Podcast


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Monday, May 11, 2020

QBP #152 - JSA Classified #1

Quarter-Bin Podcast #152

JSA Classified #1, DC Comics, cover-dated February 2005.

"Power Trip, part I of IV," by Geoff Johns, with art by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti.

What happens when Professor Alan takes on a story featuring Power Girl? How much of the episode run-time is dedicated to covering the story's attributes, and how much to Power Girl's most ... famous ... attributes?

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Friday, May 1, 2020

CRJ #059 - April 2020

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #059

April 2020

So what comic books did Professor Alan read during April, during a full month of covid-based self-isolation? Were there any new comics, right off the shelves? How many came from lovely listeners?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

QBP #151 - Archie 101

Quarter-Bin Podcast #151

Archie 101, Archie Comics, cover-dated August 1959.

Many stories, with very few credits.

What happens when Professor Alan starts a series of rule-breaking episodes, where he "expands" the definition of "quarter-bin?"In this case, he looks at a book he found on the Hoola Digital app, which runs through public libraries. And is it or is it not the oldest comic he's ever covered on the show?

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Monday, April 13, 2020

RGP #022 - Doomspeak - Doom 2099 #16

DOOMSPEAK

DOOM 2099 #16, Marvel Comics, cover-dated May 2020.

"Long Live ... King Doom the First," written and drawn by Ernie Colon.

What happens when Doctor spends quality virtual time with history's great dictators and warriors? Does he learn important lessons? Does any of this issue actually matter?

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Promo: Silent Knight - The Cassandra Cain Podcast

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

CRJ #058 - March 2020

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #058

March 2020

So what comics did Professor Alan read during March? Just many funny books did Alan read during this first partial month of Coronavirus self-isolation? Listen to the episode ... and find out!!!

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Promo: Is It Jaws?

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Quarter-Bin #150 - Defenders 99

Quarter-Bin Podcast #150

Defenders 99, Marvel Comics, cover-dated September 1981.

"The Final Conflict?" by JM DeMatteis, with art by Don Perlin and Joe Sinnott.

What happens when many of Marvel's supernatural bad guys conspire to steal a Florida town? And what happens when one of the Quarter-Bin's regular guests shows up to discuss this issue?

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Promo: Legion of Super-Bloggers

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

RGP #021 - Doomspeak - Doctor Doom #6

DOOMSPEAK

Doctor Doom #6, Marvel Comics, cover-dated April 2020.

"The Road to Latveria," written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Salvador Larroca.

What happens when Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror spend lots of quality time together near the Texas / Mexico border? Does their bromance flourish, or come to a violent end? And what happens to the folks who come across these two during their road trip?

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Quarter-Bin #149 - Marvel Megazine #5

Quarter-Bin Podcast #149

Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine #5, Marvel Comics, cover-dated February 1995.

What happens when Professor Alan takes on 96 pages of top-quality John Byrne Marvel reprints? How many of these stories feature super-powered professors? And what role does Doctor Doom play in these stories?

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Promo #1: 3rd Degree Byrne
Promo #2: The Fanholes Podcast

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Monday, March 2, 2020

CRJ #057 - February 2020

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #057

February 2020

So what comics did Professor Alan read during February? How did the shortest month of the year deliver one of the longer episodes of this show? Listen to the episode ... and find out!!!

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Quarter-Bin #148 -Detective Comics 465

Quarter-Bin Podcast #148

Detective Comics 465, DC Comics, cover-dated November 1976.

"Baptized in Fire," by Dan Curtis Johnson, with art by JH Williams III & Mick Gray.

What happens when a bad guy figures out Batman's secret identity and uses it to kidnap Commissioner Gordon? And what if it's not really his secret identity? And what exactly is the Calculator's power set?

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RGP #020 - Doomspeak - Doctor Doom #5

DOOMSPEAK

Doctor Doom #5, Marvel Comics, cover-dated April 2020.

"Doctor Victor, Fruszina, and the Monster," written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Salvador Larroca.

What happens when Doctor Doom finally tracks down his future wife? Will she fall under his irresistible sway? What happens to H.E.R.B.I.E.? And how often does Kang pop into the issue?

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Promo: Trentus Magnus Punches Reality

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

CRJ #056 - January 2020

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #056

January 2020

So what comics did Professor Alan read during January? How many were new books, right off the shelves? How many were kids books?  And how many featured pop idols from the 1970s?

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Promo #1: PD Stories
Promo #2: RaD Adventures Podcasts

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Friday, January 24, 2020

RGP #019 - Doomspeak - Doctor Doom #4

DOOMSPEAK

Doctor Doom #4, Marvel Comics, cover-dated March 2020.

"All Possible Worlds," written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by Salvador Larroca.

What happens when Doctor Doom dresses casual for a fight with Taskmaster? What is in the top floor of the AIM Building? What happens when Victorious and Silver Sable get into a tussle? And who is having a mysterious conversation with our Latverian hero?

And what is the bonus issue that is covered in this episode?

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Promo #1: Required Reading
Promo #2: Back to the Bins

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

QBP #147 - Batman #266

Quarter-Bin Podcast #147

Batman 266, DC Comics, cover-dated August 1975.

"The Curious Case of the Catwoman's Coincidences," was written by Denny O'Neill, with art by Irv Novick and Dick Giordano.

What happens when Professor Alan visits Batman in the 1970s? Does the Caped Crusader let his feelings for Catwoman cloud his crime-fighting prowess? Is relying on coincidence a solid narrative technique? And is it a good idea to rely on a cat to not betray you?

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Promo: Dorkness to Light

Next Episode: Detective Comics 465, DC Comics, cover-dated November 1976.

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