Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CRJ #078 - November 2021

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #078

November 2021

So what comics did Professor Alan read during November, as the weather turned colder? How many were from new books right off the shelf? And how many celebrated #WarComicsMonth? Listen to the episode AND FIND OUT!!!

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Promo: Dorkness to Light

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

QBP #176 - Savage She-Hulk #5

Quarter-Bin Podcast #176

The Savage She-Hulk #5, Marvel Comics, cover-dated June 1980.

"Breaking Point," written by David Anthony Kraft, with art by Mike Vosburg & Chic Stone.

What happens when Professor Alan heads to the West Coast to check in one of Marvel's leading ladies? Does he leave his heart in San Francisco? Or somewhere underground? And just what color should a Silver Serpent be anyway?

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Promo:Cancelled Comics Calvacast

Next Episode: World's Finest Comics 277, DC Comics, March 1982.

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Source:Half-Price Books

Friday, November 5, 2021

CRJ #077 - October 2021

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #077

October 2021

So what comics did Professor Alan read during October, as the school year is in full swing? How many were from the Hoopla digital app? And how many celebrated #HorrorComicsMonth? Listen to the episode AND FIND OUT!!!

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Promo: Into the Weird

Next Episode: What comics did Professor Alan read during November -- as teaching is back in full swing? Listen to the next episode, which should be out in early December.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Bronze Age Encore -- In the Clutches of the Code

Below find a re-release of one of our favorite episodes of all time. It's a battle for the ages! It's Em vs. Frederic Wertham! No holds barred!

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Uncovering the Bronze Age #005 (encore) -- Uncovering the Code

Originally released October 31, 2014

This Halloween, Em delves into one of the most terrifying, bone-chilling topics known to comic fandom -- Seduction of the Innocent and the Comics Code Authority!

Follow along on the journey through the mind of one of the most infamous names in all of comic book history. What you find may SURPRISE, THRILL, and DISTURB you!

Intellectual analysis and academic criticism abound in this PULSE-POUNDING episode. And prepare for the SHOCKING twist ending that closes out our tale.

This is the story of Dr. Fredric Wertham ...

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Promo: In Country


Featuring the Voices of:

Noel Thingvall: Masters of Carpentry

Stephen Lacey: The Fantasticast

Paul Spataro: Back to the Bins.

The Irredeemable Shagg: Fire & Water Podcast

(The late) Shawn Engel: Just One of the Guys.


Bibliography:

Seduction of the Innocent by Frederick Wertham, MD. Copyright Rhinehart and Co. Inc, 1954

The Comics Code: 1954, SeductionOfTheInnocent.Org

Tales from the Code, CBLDF.org

"Fredric Wertham: Anti-Comics Crusader Who Turned Advocateby Dwight Decker
(Essay about Wertham and the creation of "The World of Fanzines")


Additional reading:

"Seducing the Innocent: Frederick Wertham and the Falsifications that Helped Condemn Comics." Carol L. Tilley. Information and Culture: A Journal of History, 47 (4). 2012.

The Study of Man: Paul, the Horror comics, and Dr Wertham, Commentary Magazine (1954) (A contemporary article from a father about his son's comic reading habit) 

The Testimony of William Gaines (Transcript: April 22nd, 1954)
(Other transcripts, including Wertham's testimony, also available)


Friday, October 22, 2021

QBP #175 - Twilight Zone #2

Quarter-Bin Podcast #175

The Twilight Zone #2, Now Comics, cover-dated December 1991.

"Dirty Deal," written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art by Todd Fox and Enrique Villagran.

What happens when Professor Alan and guest Paul Spataro head to a dimension not only of sight and of sound, but of mind? And how worried should they be that the story is from a writer writing about writer and writing?

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Promo: To The Batpoles

Link: Paul Spataro's Back to the Bins podcast

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Source:World's Greatest Comics

Monday, October 11, 2021

QBP #174 - Gordon's Law #1

Quarter-Bin Podcast #174

Batman: Gordon's Law 1, DC Comics, cover-dated December 1996.

"Dirty Deal," written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Klaus Janson.

What happens when Professor Alan heads to mean streets of Gotham City to cover a bank heist? Can he and Commissioner Gordon team up to solve the case? And for how long will he talk about money & banking?

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Promo: Is It Jaws?

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Source:World's Greatest Comics



Friday, October 1, 2021

CRJ #076 - September 2021

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #076

September 2021

So what comics did Professor Alan read during September, the first full month of the new school year? How many were falling apart? And how many celebrated #FantasyComicsMonth? Listen to the episode AND FIND OUT!!!

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Promo: The RaD Adventures Network

Link: Dr Anj's story of chatting with Ron Marz

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