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Comic Geek Speak Podcast - The Best Comic Book Podcast

English, Chat, 1 season, 300 episodes, 3 days, 7 hours, 7 minutes
Comic Geek Speak is the best podcast about comic books for fans and new readers alike. Put together by a group of life-long comic geeks, it's 4-5 hours a week of comic book history, current comic news, and a general look at the industry. In addition to all the latest in comics talk, the show also features creator interviews, listener responses, contests, and trivia, lots of trivia. So listen in and experience all the joys of a Wednesday afternoon at the comic shop, from the comfort of your own headphones.
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1894 - Comic Talk

Time to play some catch-up and discuss all things comics and geek related! Chris, Shane and Ian start us off with news on Ike Perlmutter's removal from Marvel after more than thirty years. They then discuss some recent movies watched, including Chris and Ian's thoughts on John Wick Chapter Four, Ian's journey into Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and Shane getting his first viewing of Everything, Everywhere All at Once. The meat of the episode is a spoiler-filled review of Shazam: Fury of the Gods (37:15-1:08:00), followed by spoilery discussion of Picard (through episode 4) with some occasional very light spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery and its universe (1:08:00-1:32:00). And then, as we begin talking comics read...MURD COMETH!!! Once arrived, he gives his thoughts on the Shazam: Fury of the Gods movie from 1:40:58 until about 1:55:00. Recent reads include Shane's return to Crisis on Infinite Earths, Murd talks Wolverine: Origins from back in the day, Justice League: Detroit's turn at JLA: Classified and Brian K. Vaughn's The Escapsists, Ian digs into Jason Aaron's Avengers: Forever and Dawn of DC's Action Comics and Superman #1, and Chris delves into Danger Street, Gotham City: Year One, Volume 1 of Rainbow Rowell's She-Hulk, and Flashpoint Beyond. Plus Muddle the Murd, and as usual...more! (2:33:43)
4/4/20232 hours, 33 minutes, 43 seconds
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1893 - Gaslight By Zoom

Murd, Shane, Peter and Bryan lead the table this week, with tons to discuss! Topics include Movies of the '70s, the Offer, the decline of long-running TV shows, ER, Cowboy Bebop, TV cancellations, the 2023 Oscars, Picard season three, the upcoming new Titans comic, how big is your Geekdom?, CGS History for the month of March, Gotham by Gaslight by Augustyn, Mignola and Russell, Jack the Ripper, DC Elseworlds, future reading topics, and more. (2:04:05)
3/28/20232 hours, 4 minutes, 5 seconds
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1892 - March 2023 Previews

There's tons of great comics to showcase this month, and we have three solid hours of Previews content to prove it! Ian and Murd are your Ironmen who make it through the entire catalog this episode, while Shane sticks around until after Marvel, and Chris joins until midway through the back of the book. This round of Previews showcases issue 414 of Diamond's Previews, DC Connect 34, and Marvel Previews Volume 6 issue 18, for books mostly set for release in May, 2023. Highlights include the launch of Waid and Mora's Shazam! and Jed Mackay's Avengers, the return of Kevin Smith's Maskerade and Tom King's Love Everlasting, multiple projects from friends of the show such as Dave Dwonch, Mike Norton, Brent Schoonover and Jeremy Whitley, TWO Dark Horse sections, and so much more. And while we're at it don't forget to put in your FCBD picks this month! (2:59:08)
3/23/20232 hours, 59 minutes, 8 seconds
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1891 - The Best of 2022 Nominations Show

The annual tradition continues! Your votes have been tallied, the results have been confirmed by our internal auditor Time Bubble, Crisis and Murdough, and the ballots from Chris, Ian and Murd have been submitted. Let's do the Best of 2022! All sixteen categories are prepped and ready, and those of you still reading this will have until Sunday, April 2nd at 11:59pm Eastern to submit your results to [email protected]. Who will win the coveted Jamie Award (which is virtual and not an actual real-life statue) for each category? Tune in to hear who has a chance! (2:47:57)
3/14/20232 hours, 47 minutes, 57 seconds
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1890 - We Love You, Darren

In this episode, Bryan, Peter and Shane celebrate the memories and friendship of Darren "Rainbow Cloak" Nowell, a longtime member of the CGS, comics and podcasting community. From conventions, to fun anecdotes, our reminiscing takes us to other topics such as how the Geeks first became friends, roleplaying, current TV watching, Dawn of DC, Mike Mignola, One Piece, Five Years Later Legion, comics we would love to read for the first time again, a class Bryan rant - updated, and more. (1:49:12)
3/7/20231 hour, 49 minutes, 12 seconds
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1889 - Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Movie Review

Kang is upon us! His first foe in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be small, but technically so is Kang in this movie so it evens out. Listen as Chris, Murd, Ian and Shane go through the Quantum Realm barrier and delve deep into spoiler territory on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Does this beginning of Phase 5 live up to hype, or does is fall short? Will we ever stop calling the Quantum Realm the Microverse? Are there even more miniscule puns to be found inside the episode itself? I'll give you a little'll find out, shortly. (1:16:02)
3/2/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 2 seconds
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1888 - February 2023 Previews

Which three men have what it takes to go through Diamond Previews issue 413, DC Connect 33 and Marvel Previews Vol 6 issue 17, with books mainly set for release in April 2023? Why Ian, Chris and Murd of course! And all three of them stick through all the way to the end, even. Highlights include the launch of a new Green Arrow series, the conclusion of Sins of Sinister, the return of Planet of the Apes comics, more 007 from Dynamite, and so much more. Dig in! (2:40:09)
2/22/20232 hours, 40 minutes, 9 seconds
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1887 - Comic Talk w/ Sean Whelan

Sean Whelan, longtime friend of the show and host of the Raging Bullets podcast returns to CGS to help Ian, Shane, Murd and Chris dissect Chapter 1 of DC's Film and TV slate, now known officially as Gods and Monsters. Conversation then drifts into what we may expect to see next from DC's franchises, and how these upcoming movies will set the stage on what will come next. The group then delves into some recent reads such as The Last of Us: American Dreams, The Flash: One Minute War, NPR's Micro-Face, Marvel's The Thing miniseries, Darkwing Duck #1, Tom King's Danger Street, Catwoman: Lonely City, Miller and Jansen's Daredevil Omnibus, Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley, William Shakespeare's Avengers, and more. Plus discussion of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Discovery, Velma, Dogs in Space, Muddle the Murd, and more more! (2:22:19)
2/15/20232 hours, 29 minutes, 19 seconds
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1886 - Our Title Sucks, But The Episode's Great!

Peter, Shane, Murd and Bryan convene once more for some comic and comic-adjacent conversation. Topics include AMC's new ticket pricing; House of the Dragon; comic retailing; Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; DC Studios Gods and Monsters slate announcement; the potential of DC Elseworlds; IDW's new Star Trek series; celebrating 30 years of Vertigo Comics by discussing the Mercy one-shot and the first issues of Enigma, Kid Eternity, Death the High Cost of Living, and Sandman Mystery Theatre; the Star Wars
2/8/20232 hours, 36 minutes, 59 seconds
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1885 - Top 5 Future Timelines

Grab your flux capacitors and find your nearest Time Bubble™ one and all, because it's time to head to the future! Shane, Murd, Ian and Chris regale us with their individual choices for the Top 5 Future Timelines. And try not to step on anything while you're listening to the episode in the present, or the future timeline may shift and all of a sudden the list will be completely different. Strap in for a wide range of expected and unexpected, including some musical interludes; and these lists aren't just DC and Marvel. As always, our hill, our beans! (2:44:22)
2/2/20232 hours, 44 minutes, 22 seconds
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1884 - O'Thor, O'Ultraman, O'My

It's Bryan, Peter, Shane, Kevin, and Murd's turns to go loosy-goosy, anything goes! And by oh boy does it go. Topics include Ancestry Geek Speak; Marvel Saga; History, Index and Reference comics; a Spotify for comic books; what is to become of our collections?; geek hobbies; Kevin's review of Shin Ultraman; discussing Simonson's Thor run issues 354 thru 359; comic book documentaries on Prime; a trip through CGS History for the month of January; Kaleidoscope on Netflix; and more! (2:04:06)
1/24/20232 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
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1883 - Comic Talk

Shane! Murd! Chris! Ian! When their powers combined, there is...Comic Talk! We catch up on the last few weeks of watching, reading and news, including Comixology's recent layoffs, the latest Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer, Shane's trip to Disney and his experiences with Star Wars Land and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, talk on the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Chris' trip to Pittsburgh and his most recent Eide's purchases, including Comic Book Artist 18 and some Micronauts, Ian discusses Hunters Seasons 1 and 2 and Avatar: The Way of Water as well as the conclusion to Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (Shane talks about it too) and some recent and upcoming Image Comics releases from Joe Kelly (Immortal Sergeant), Peter Tomasi (Blood Tree) and Edward Laroche (Almighty) and Rodney Barnes (Monarch), Murd gives us recent reads from Mark Millar's Night Club to Eric Bennett's Indieversity Project, and much more. More includes Paul Levitz's Avengers, opening our Christmas gifts from Dr. Eamonn Clarke, some Andor and She-Hulk discussion, a listener e-mail from Marc Villa, Muddle the Murd and even more more! (2:06:31)
1/19/20232 hours, 6 minutes, 31 seconds
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1882 - January 2023 Previews

While Shane is on vacation and Chris celebrates his birthday, Murd and Ian man the fort for Previews! This January set of catalogs, aka Diamond Previews issue 412, DC Connect 32 and Marvel Previews Volume 6 issue 16, look at issues mainly set for release in March, 2023. Except for the random hardcover that won't be coming out until August that is (yeesh!). Highlights include the return of Electric Blue Superman in Jonathan Kent form, Brubaker and Phillips new crime book, Cantwell continuing his take on Hellcat, the return of Doctor Strange and so much more! (2:47:28)
1/12/20232 hours, 47 minutes, 28 seconds
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1881 - Spotlight on Magneto, Master of Magnetism

We welcome you to a New Year with a new Spotlight! Chris Eberle has crafted an absolute gem of an episode, and Shane and Murd gather in studio to bask in its glow, while Ian calls remote from vacation in Florida. This goes through the entire character history of one Max Eisenhardt, alias Erik Lehnsherr...but the nom de plume we are most familiar with is that of Magneto, Master of Magnetism! From his beginnings in the 1960s as X-Men enemy du jour to Claremont's crafting and rebuilding of his personality in the 1970s, that time he was a baby for a while, all the way to the launch of Volume 2 of X-Men and Magneto's return to villainy to the creation of Onslaught, ruling Genosha, that whole Xorn thing, and so much more, we do our best to give you a full breakdown of one of Marvel's most prevalent presences both in comics and related media. And yes, we even mention Joseph. Fair is fair, after all. (2:50:35)
1/5/20232 hours, 50 minutes, 35 seconds
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1880 - Catscan and Robin

We wind down 2022 with a relaxed Comic Talk, featuring Bryan, Shane, Kevin and Adam, with a brief appearance by Peter, who was unfortunately much less relaxed when this was recorded. Topics include a bevy of birthday wishes; Crusaders memories; Cheers; Black Adam; the future of DC Movies; DC TV; Tulsa King; recent purchases; Dark Crisis; Impossible Jones; Construction Geek Speak; art projects; Comic Book Binding; Bryan's new family addition; and more! (2:05:57)
12/31/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents - Comic Timing 211: Black Adam, Black Panther, Two Very Different Things

One last Comic Timing before the New Year hits! We begin with Brandon, Brent, Donovan, Kris, Raph and Ian going through the minutia of James Gunn taking over as CEO and head of DC Studios, and then transition to spoilery thoughts on Black Adam. Then, Jamal Igle joins the frey for a thoughtful and deep discussion on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and how both the film and franchise matter to the black community. Finally, the group give some of their choices for their favorite reads of 2022. And plenty of random deviations along the way, of course. Three plus hours of content, baby! (3:21:08)
12/26/20223 hours, 21 minutes, 8 seconds
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Christmas - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: Part Two

Gather 'round the fireplace, paper cone of chestnuts in hand, for the second and largest installment of L. Frank Baum's 'The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,' courtesy of Murd! This account of the good Claus's journey from boyhood to manhood includes the Royal Oz-torian's interpretation of the first Christmas tree, the first stockings hung by the hearth, the first reindeer-ride on Christmas Eve... and a Ragnarok-style epic battle between supernatural forces of good and evil, with Santa's life in the balance! A holiday tale like none other! (2:01:12)
12/24/20222 hours, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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1879 - GI Joe 40th Anniversary Special

GO JOE!!! In celebration of 40 years since the creation of the GI Joe comics and animated series, we venture back to the very beginning of it all. Shane, Chris, Ian and Matt give their thoughts on issue 1 of the GI Joe comic, written by the one and only Larry Hama, with art by the legendary Herb Trimpe. But do they stop there? NO! The crew also goes deep into GI Joe's very first five-part animated miniseries, The M.A.S.S. Device. Discussion includes variation in tone between the two versions of the franchise, whether the comic is as kid-friendly as the show, if the show is even as kid-friendly as we remember it to be, the 80s house animation style, Scarlett's split romantic longings, Cobra Commander's competency or lack thereof, Snake Eyes glowing like a Christmas tree, a lot more references to slavery than we remembered, the slaughtering of an entire village, Destro having all the best one-liners, and so much more. Much more includes plenty of toy talk from Shane and the rest of the Geeks, that's for sure! So now you know. And knowing is... well, you get the idea. (1:58:18)
12/21/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 18 seconds
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1878 - December 2022 Previews

Tis the season for reading Previews, falalala lalalala. Well okay fine, it's always the season to read Previews, but it is especially so come December! Ian, Murd and Chris (who sticks around until Marvel is done) discuss their choice choices within Diamond Previews issue 411, DC Connect issue 31, and Marvel Previews Vol 6 issue 15, with books mostly set for release in February 2023. Highlights include the return of Superman and his corresponding book, a whole lot of Paco Medina art in X-Men's Sins of Sinister event, Fleecs and Seeley's Local Man, and there's a few romance books to be found, but there's also a surprising amount of horror titles all over the catalogs; take that to mean whatever you'd like it to mean. Plus, we peruse the Free Comic Book Day selections that will be available come May 2023, when the weather is warm once more and snow is a distant memory! (2:40:37)
12/16/20222 hours, 40 minutes, 37 seconds
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1877 - F: The Indicia

One more old school episode before the year concludes! Bryan, Peter, Shane, Kevin and Pants give us all a World of Toys, followed by discussions including How much is your comic collection worth?; Growing up with G.I.Joe; CGS History; Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special; Indiana Jones; Sense 8; first episode of For All Mankind; Discovering new works from beloved creators; Adventures of Captain America with Kevin Maguire; the great Alphabetizing Comic Book Titles debate; reviewing the New Golden Age oneshot by Geoff Johns; Avatar; Christopher Nolan movies; and more! (2:11:36)
12/14/20222 hours, 11 minutes, 36 seconds
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1876 - A Cornucopia of Comics Conversation: Super Zoom Edition

A gathering of Geeks consisting of Murd, Shane, Matt, Chris and Ian are joined by you, the listeners this episode for our second ever Super Zoom! That's right, this one has a (virtual) audience, as we go through our recent reads, give some non-spoiler supplemental thoughts on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, go over DC Infinite Ultra's latest additions to its library, catch up with longtime friends of the show such as Julie Benson and Eric Nolen-Weathington, and we finish up our remaining Listener Q&A, this time from the Super Group. We also have one of the greatest Muddle the Murd moments in this show's history, and read a listener email to close us out. A true tonic for the spirit, indeed! (2:16:22)
12/1/20221 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1875 - Maybe Just Go Watch Andor Instead?

As we prep our upcoming Thanksgiving feasts here in the US, feast on over two hours of Comic Talk! Peter, Bryan, Shane, Pants and Kevin go through a bevy of topics including Weather Geek Speak; Alpha Flight and Fantastic Four by John Byrne; Comic stores in and around Reading, PA.; meeting Jim Shooter; Alan Moore's Swamp Thing; Kevin O'Neill; Who will be the comic book greats of the future?; Carlos Pacheco; Kevin Conroy; Byrne's She-Hulk 1; the Epic Comics line; Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Lamb to the Slaughter"; DC Comics in the early 2000s; What year would be your new Golden Age?; DCUI Ultra tier; even more Star Wars Andor talk; Apple TV recommendations; and more! (2:35:05)
11/24/20222 hours, 35 minutes, 5 seconds
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Classic Geek Speak - 1636: Marvel Cosmic Triple-Action Spotlight

To celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, we give thanks to you, our listeners, and present a real treat. This episode of Comic Geek Speak was originally released on January 9th, 2017; the video version of this has remained unreleased...UNTIL NOW! Chris Eberle leads the charge along with Shane and Murd live and in-studio, just the way it should be. Face front, ye star-sailors and psychonauts! Make room in your minds and iPods for a three-hour tour through the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe, as our spirit-guide Chris Eberle introduces us at length to three of Marvel's most sensationally sidereal spacefaring stalwarts: Adam Warlock, Captain Mar-Vell, and the Silver Surfer! Learn the fundamental facts about these sentinels of the spaceways: their creative provenance, their cosmic powers, their awe-inspiring origins, and the most significant chapters in their star-spanning sagas. (3:36:37)
11/24/20223 hours, 36 minutes, 37 seconds
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1874 - November 2022 Previews

It's time to end your week with a healthy helping of Previews! This November 2022 edition covers comics mostly set for release in the New Year of January, 2023. Join Chris, Murd and Ian along with Shane (up until midway through DC) for their picks of the comic book litter in Diamond Previews issue 410, DC Connect issue 30, and Marvel Previews Volume 6, issue 14. Highlights include the return of Darkwing Duck, a new era of Superman comics, and the altered state of X-Men known only as Sins of Sinister. Let's get dangerous! (2:11:33)
11/17/20222 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
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1873 - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Movie Review

Straight from the theater to the studio, it's time to go in-depth and spoilery on Marvel's latest movie sequel. Four years in the making, return to the hidden land of Wakanda along with Shane, Murd and Chris, as they give their fresh feelings on the film. Did Ryan Coogler succeed in his second outing as director? How will the franchise succeed in moving forward, even without the late, great Chadwick Boseman as its star, while Letitia Wright's Shuri takes center stage? And what will the long-awaited arrival of Marvel's first character do to affect Marvel movies moving forward? Listen in and find out for yourselves, True Believers! (1:20:30)
11/15/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 30 seconds
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1872 - Comic Talk and Black Adam Movie Review

We return the favor after many an appearance on his Back to the Bins podcast, as Chris, Shane, Murd and Ian are joined by longtime friend and fellow podcaster, Paul Spataro! After starting with some comic news, including James Gunn becoming head of DC Studios, the casting of Disney+'s Wonder Man and the upcoming Vision Quest, and the Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania trailer, the crew go on to review in spoilery detail Dwayne Johnson's superhero spotlight and DC's latest film, Black Adam. From there, topics include Ian's trip to Boston and pilgrimage to Newbury Comics, Pop Star Assasins: Of Suspicious Minds, Shane and Chris go Blue and Gold, Paul reminisces on John Buscema and his time on Silver Surfer, DC Universe Infinite gets closer to day and date, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths continues, Human Target continues to hit the target, Gotham City: Year One, some Bronze Age Marvel Monster action in the Tomb of Dracula and The Monster of Frankenstein, thanks to Werewolf by Night's influence on Chris and Murd, Back Issue 139 and the Not-Ready-For Prime-Time Marvel Heroes, Chip Zdarsky's Batman, Two Morrow's Team-Up Companion, Murd gives time to Eamonn Clarke's latest editorial project, Drawn Under the Influence (DUI) issue 2, Paul gives his non-spoiler thoughts on the Disney+ She-Hulk series, and more! Plus some quick Shane World of Toys time, and a Muddle to Murd to boot. Finally, Ian gives some time to bid a fond farewell to the late, great Carlos Pacheco, who passed away the day this episode was being edited; the comics world will miss him immensely. (2:22:29)
11/10/20222 hours, 22 minutes, 29 seconds
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1871 - We Forgot to Record an Intro, But Kevin's Here!

We join the the Geeks already in progress, as there's plenty to discuss with a group consisting of Peter, Brian, Pants, Shane and now Kevin! Topics include selling Kevin's collection; the trade paperback market; Heritage Auctions; Werewolf by Night; the need for more Marvel animation; the first episodes of Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Moonlighting; Sword of Azrael by O'Neil, Quesada and Nowlan; the Paper Girls TV show; a recap of NYCC 2022, and more! (2:02:30)
11/1/20222 hours, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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1870 - Creepy Creature Double Feature: Beetlejuice and Werewolf By Night

Say their name three times and they'll appear...Comic Geek Speak. Comic Geek Speak. Comic Geek Speak!!! It's SHOWTIME! Shane, Ian, Chris and Murd present to you a spooky double feature just in time for All Halow's Eve. First, we head back to 1988 and review Tim Burton's classic, Beetlejuice. Then, we go modern (and simultaneously retro) to give you our thoughts on Marvel's first ever holiday special, Werewolf by Night. So grab your candy bucket, tuck the kids in, and turn out all the lights, this one's gonna be a scare! (1:52:43)
10/24/20221 hour, 52 minutes, 43 seconds
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1869 - New York Comic Con 2022 Wrap-Up

New York Comic Con 2022 was held from October 6-9, 2022. Now that the con has been put to bed, this Comic Timing/CGS crossover episode goes into the minutia of what went down, from the mindset of longtime convention attendees, artist alley participants, and one first-timer. The crew consists of Ian Levenstein (haven't missed a NYCC yet!), Kris Naudus, Jamal Igle, Julian Lytle, and Donovan Morgan Grant. They discuss both positives and negatives, ranging from layout to inconsistent rules management, panel slate, the exhibition floor, crown management, and a whole lot more. Plus some comic book recommendations at the end to round us out. (2:06:18)
10/20/20222 hours, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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1868 - October 2022 Previews

Mid-month Previews action ahead for you all! Ian and Murd are joined by Chris up until the back of the book, when the two soldier on as a duo, giving you the best comic picks they can muster in Diamond Previews 409, DC Connect 29 and Marvel Previews Vol 6 issue 16, for books mostly set for release in December. Some holly jolly holiday fun to be had, plus the return of a Disney Afternoon gem thanks to the combined might of Dynamite and Greg Weisman, Gargoyles! (2:22:39)
10/14/20222 hours, 22 minutes, 39 seconds
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1867 - Eat Me, Jackass!

Bryan, Peter, Pants and Shane return for more casual conversation of the geek variety. Topics include a return to conventions, original art and the comic book art world; Willow; Andor; She-Hulk; Star Trek; Batman: Hush; Daredevil 1 by Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada & company; Spider-Man 1 by Todd McFarlane and company; and more! (2:07:30)
10/11/20222 hours, 7 minutes, 30 seconds
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1866 - September 2022 Previews

It's still September, so here, have a Previews! Murd, Ian and Shane start the show off dissecting Diamond Previews 408, DC Connect 28 and Marvel Previews Vol 6 issue 12, for books primarily set for release in November 2022. Chris then joins the convo in the middle of DC and sticks around for the rest of the episode. To summarize this month, the 90s are back in so many ways; Wildstorm, Crossgen, WildCATS, Spawn, Ben Reilly, Young Justice, oh my! And after all of that, there's some t-shirts worth mentioning in the Merch section. (2:44:36)
9/28/20222 hours, 44 minutes, 36 seconds
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1865 - Love and Pants

In an unprecedented turn of events...PANTS IS BACK!!! Listen as he joins The Founders™ Peter and Bryan, along with Shane, to go over so many topics, such as...Cobra Kai; 60s TV; the Fugitive; Retro Con; Rogue Squadron; the Last Jedi; the Hobbit trilogy; Rings of Power; Dark Crystal; old lore vs new lore; a Netflix rant ; She-Hulk; Thor Love & Thunder; Clerks 3; Kevin Smith; movie theatre talk; Tom King comics; Amazing Spider-Man; John Romita Jr.; Alex Ross' Fantastic Four Full Circle; Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man; Heroes Reborn; Peter David; Dan Slott; Werewolf by Night and more! (1:52:05)
9/20/20221 hour, 52 minutes, 5 seconds
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1864 - Catching Up with Juan Castro and Comic Talk

Inker extraordinaire and longtime friend of the show Juan Castro joins Chris, Murd, Ian and Shane for this episode, as we discuss his work on books including Blood Syndicate, The Wrong Earth, and Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine! We also go into our thoughts on Netflix's Sandman, Amazon Prime's (unfortunately canceled) Paper Girls, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Clerks 3, Elvis, and recent reads ranging from Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 to Supergirl: World of Tomorrow, Batman: One Bad Day - The Riddler, X-Men '92: House of XCII, Amazing Spider-Man 900's back-matter, and much more. Plus some World of Toys GI Joe updates, a listener voicemail, Muddle the Murd, mailbag, and more! (2:32:20)
9/15/20222 hours, 32 minutes, 20 seconds
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1863 - This, That, Strange, New, Everything All At Once!

Hot off the heels of a return to the studio, let's return to the origins of CGS, shall we? Bryan and Peter reunite on Zoom once more, this time with a third in the form of the one and only Shane. The trio discuss a bevy of geeky topics, as is tradition. That include changing habits of watching TV; Umbrella Academy; DVDs vs streaming libraries; the art of Chris Bachalo; Strange New Worlds; For All Mankind; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; our current comic reading habits; the world of comic retail; G.I.Joe toys; Everything Everywhere All at Once and more!  (2:05:10)
9/12/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 10 seconds
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1862 - Listener Questions and Answers

It's time to open up the queue and query some questions! Murd, Chris and Ian are here to answer these to the best of our abilities, submitted by our faithful Patrons. Best of all, the festivities occurred live and in studio! And if you listen closely, you may hear a familiar voice from times gone by asking said questions. Who, you may ask? Listen, and figure it out! (1:11:50)
9/5/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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1861 - Spotlight on The Green Goblin in the Silver Age

We're back, live in studio for the first time in a little more than a year! And as has become tradition when us Geeks get together, a spotlight will follow. Chris Eberle meticulously drafted a breakdown of one of Marvel's most meticulous, crafty, and dangerous villains, the one and only Green Goblin! We go through his cooky origins featuring a movie set, a broomstick and The Hulk to stories much closer to the Goblin we know and love as the Silver Age draws on. Key issues include The Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine issue 2, Amazing Spider-Man 39 and 40, and the first issues of Marvel to dare to go without the Comics Code Authority, issues 96 through 98. We also discuss Norman's fatherly relationship with Peter and his lack thereof with Harry, some appearances in other media, and so much more. And after all, what better way to get ready for fall than to talk about various pumpkins? (2:18:19)
8/30/20222 hours, 18 minutes, 19 seconds
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1860 - August 2022 Previews

Back at it again with that Previews catalog! Tonight, Murd and Ian are your duo of choice, covering solicits within the pages of Diamond Previews 407, DC Connect 27 and Marvel Previews Vol 6 issue 11, for books mainly scheduled for release in October 2022. Many a spoooooky selection to be had, in honor of the upcoming Halloween season. So grab some candy, and enjoy this treat of an episode with us! No trick. (2:52:59)
8/12/20222 hours, 52 minutes, 59 seconds
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1859 - Comic Talk Summer Spectacular

Slather on that sunscreen, put on your shades, grab your beach chair and your favorite comic book, as CGS embraces the season with some scorching comic book conversation! Ian, Shane, Chris and Murd go over the happening of this year's SDCC, including Marvel Studios' reveals for Phase Five and Phase Six, trailers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shazam 2 and Black Adam, and Dark Crisis' true nature being revealed. The geeks also discuss Batgirl getting shelved by WB and Hasbro's new toy releases, then converse on recent reads such a Chip Zdarsky's Public Domain, Amazing Spider-Man 900, Ian catching up on Saga, Murd's tribute to the late great Alan Grant via Detective Comics 608, the last fifteen issues of Justice League via Shane, and much more. Plus we play a listener voicemail, and a Muddle the Murd to cool us down. (2:39:00)
8/4/20222 hours, 39 minutes
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Comic Geek Speak Presents: Comic Timing 209 - Avoid the Beep-Beep Chair

As the CGS crew return from vacation and also prep for vacation, we release this syndicated Comic Timing episode to the feed for all you Star Trek fans! In this episode, Ian is joined by Kris Naudus, live and in person, as they discuss the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. They also give thoughts on the rest of Trek, including Discovery, Lower Decks, Prodigy, Picard, and the step-brother of the franchise, Orville: New Beginnings. Two to beam up! (1:49:37)
7/29/20221 hour, 49 minutes, 37 seconds
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1858 - July 2022 Previews

Get your monthly dose of Previews, compliments of Murd and Ian, then Chris as of Dark Horse! We cover Diamond Previews 406, DC Connect 26, and Marvel Previews issue 10, for books mostly set for release in September, 2022. Get ready for some of the corniest jokes you've heard from us in a while, and some Murd singing! It's the cure for what ails ya. (2:48:41)
7/18/20222 hours, 48 minutes, 41 seconds
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1857 - Thor Love and Thunder Movie Review

Have at thee! Another Thor film has made its way down to Midgar, and we mere mortals have the privilege of reviewing it. Chris, Ian, Shane and Murd, aka the Warriors Three Plus One, give their full spoilery thoughts and opinions on Love and Thunder. Does Taika's second attempt at Thor belong in the hallowed halls of Valhalla, or was it a swing and a miss of an Enchanted Uru hammer? Listen in, dear listeners and discover for yourselves; but don't tell Stormbreaker, it'll get jealous. Oh, there's also a voicemail from an old friend. (1:38:51)
7/15/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 51 seconds
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Classic Geek Speak - Book of the Month Club: Superman For All Seasons

In honor of the passing of Tim Sale, we here at Comic Geek Speak are digging into the archive once more. All the way back in 2006, the team of Bryan Deemer, Jamie D, Matt, Peter Rios and Shane gave us an in-depth look at Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Superman For All Seasons for the Book of the Month Club. And as we here in America celebrate our Independence Day, we could use some of the hope, joy, and light that this story brings forth, so it is extra fitting indeed to re-air this one. Here's to you, Tim, and thank you. (1:28:50)
7/4/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 50 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents: Comic Timing 208 - Wanda and Vishawn

Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! As the regular CGS take a week to regroup, Comic Timing returns for the first time since December 2021! Join Ian, Brent, Kris, Donovan, Brandon and Raph as they discuss topics ranging from the passing of Neal Adams, George Perez and Tim Sale to Donovan's reaction to CGS' The Batman review, initial thoughts on Ms. Marvel as well as other Marvel shows, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, The Boys, Umbrella Academy, and plenty more. Expect spoilers, and a reminder that these episodes do not stray from letting curses fly, so do utilize headphones, or earmuffs as needed. (3:12:02)
7/1/20223 hours, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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1856 - June 2022 Previews

It's just Chris and Ian all the way through for this one, as we give you listeners our finest offering from Diamond's Previews issue 405, DC Connect 25, and Marvel Previews Vol 6, issue 9, for issues mostly set for release in August, 2022. Just a quick note that due to supply chain issues, a decent amount of Marvel comics mentioned in this very episode may no longer be available for pre-order. But fear not, they will be resolicited as needed, so we soldiered on and gave picks according to the existing catalog. Madness, I tells ya! (1:50:50)
6/21/20221 hour, 50 minutes, 50 seconds
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1855 - Retro Movie Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Get your best Shatner scream at the ready, and expose your chest for all to see! That's right, in celebration of forty years since its original release, Comic Geek Speak goes back in tiiiiime once again to give the formal review treatment to the gem of the Star Trek movie franchise. Chris, Shane and Ian all rewatched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the assignment, while Murd experienced it all the way through for the very first time! Listen in to find out more about what this movie means to them all, and Star Trek in general. It's a real ear worm of a movie, I tell ya. (1:35:16)
6/15/20221 hour, 35 minutes, 16 seconds
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1854 - Bryan and Peter Talk MCU Phase Four

The Founders™ gather once more for some old school CGS convo! This time out, Bryan and Peter start with some discussion of Joe Quesada's exit from Marvel and how he's always been there for as long as CGS has existed. They then maneuver to the glut of Geek entertainment and how impossible it is to watch everything to thoughts on Spider-Man No Way Home, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The potential of the Fantastic Four in the MCU, and as usual, more! (1:39:01)
6/6/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 1 second
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1853 - Comic Talk

Chris, Ian and Murd have comics to talk about, so let's do the Comic Talk again! Within, topics discussed include Joe Quesada leaving Marvel Comics, the first two episodes of Obi Wan and Season Four Part 1 of Stranger Things (spoiler free), Chris gives us a Kurt Busiek twofer on Astro City: This Was Then... and Arrowsmith Behind Enemy Lines, then a Batman duo with Chip Zdarsky's Batman: The Knight and Tom King's Batman: Killing Time. Ian gets further into Dark Crisis with Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis and the FCBD Dark Crisis issue, then gives his thoughts on issues 1 and 2 of Zeb Wells' and John Romita Jr's Amazing Spider-Man and Zdarsky's The All-Nighter, with some Patsy Walker 1955 thrown in for good measure. Then, Murd hops in the Bubble for Decades: Marvel In The '50S - Captain America Strikes! in honor of Memorial Day, and Dean Haspiel's The Red Hook in honor of...Brooklyn. Plus Muddle the Murd, and more! (1:45:54)
6/2/20221 hour, 45 minutes, 54 seconds
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1852 - May 2022 Previews

As the month of May approaches its finale, it's time for Previews! Chris, Ian and Murd run through issue 404 of Diamond Previews, DC Connect 24, and Marvel Previews issue 8 (vol 6) for books mostly set for July 2022 release. Hunker down in your favorite chair, as we make you spend more money on comics! And maybe an ALF action figure. You're welcome. (2:31:18)
5/27/20222 hours, 31 minutes, 18 seconds
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1851 - Marvel Studios' Moon Knight Series Review

Finally, the time has come to review Moon Knight! Ian, Chris, Shane and Murd certainly couldn't do this without calling in Matt and our resident Moon Knight scholar, Kevin Moyer, to help us fully understand what this series brings to the table, both compared to the comic book original and standing on its own. Spoilers throughout, as usual, so go fire up Disney+ and watch all six episodes before listening if you haven't already. Do you have what it takes to become a Fist of Khonshu? Because if you don't we'll ask that other guy living in your head instead. (1:44:42)
5/20/20221 hour, 44 minutes, 42 seconds
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1850 - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review

By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! A packed house of Kevin, Matt, Chris, Ian, Murd, Shane and Legacy Geek, Ben, give us their in-depth, spoiler-filled, and passionate thoughts on the MCU's latest, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Every stone is unturned, and every thread of reality is unraveled in this thoughtful discussion, inlcuding the tumultuous journey that occured to get this movie made, Sam Raimi's return to Marvel, all the surprises and how they'll affect what comes next, The Wong Cinematic Universe, and more. So sit back, relax, grab a pizza ball from Pizza Poppa and give this one a try.  (1:42:41)
5/13/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 41 seconds
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1849 - Top 5 Legacy Villains

A long overdue conclusion to our Top 5 Legacy series of episodes finally comes your way! Way back in 2018, Chris, Ian, Shane and Murd gave you their list of legacy heroes; now the villains take the stage. Whether it's someone unexpected who took over the mantle, a new take on an existing character, or family stepping up and taking over a role, who do the Geeks think are the best of the bad guys? Tune in and find out! And there's a Muddle the Murd attempt after the lists are all wrapped up, to be extra evil. (2:18:10)
5/5/20222 hours, 18 minutes, 10 seconds
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1848 - The CGS Best of 2021 Results and Comic Talk

Six Geeks take the stage for this loosey goosey Comic Talk, as Shane, Murd, Chris and Ian are joined by Kevin and Matt! First, the results of the Comic Geek Speak Best of 2021 Awards are shared with the crowd, followed by discussion of the Warner Bros and Discovery merger and how that may affect DC Comics moving forward, The Flash movie and its tumultuous future, news out of Cinemacon for Sony and Warner Bros alike, and reactions to the first Thor: Love and Thunder trailer. Plus, Chris checks out Tom Taylor's Nightwing and finishes Human Target Season One, Ian gives Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood's Moon Knight a spin and comments on the leadup to Dark Crisis in Justice League 75, Matt revisits Moon Knight from the 1980s, Kevin gives Kelly Thompson's Captain Marvel a whirl, Shane gives Batman: The Long Halloween a reread, and Murd goes Kickstarter with Karl Kessel's Impossible Jones. All that and some movie conversation, Chris' latest trip to Eide's, a Muddle, and more! (2:16:03)
4/27/20222 hours, 16 minutes, 3 seconds
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1847 - April 2022 Previews

Mid month, time for Previews! Shane, Ian and Murd give you their rundown of the comics to check out in Previews 403, DC Connect 23 and Marvel Previews Vol 7 number 7, for issues mostly set for release in June, 2022. Highlights include a return to The Walking Dead, the return of Genis-Vell, the return to DC Crisis level events, and more. Plus, in a shocking twist, IDW is relegated to the back of the book. How does this change how we read Previews? Tune in to found out! (2:52:55)
4/13/20222 hours, 52 minutes, 55 seconds
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1846 - The CGS Best of 2021 Nominations Show

Another year, another round of nominations to be listed, labeled and lauded! Chris, Murd, Ian and you the listeners go through sixteen comic related categories in order to spread the love on 2021's best. And best of all, we still managed to produce an episode a half hour shorter than this year's Academy Awards! Bazinga. (3:10:26)
4/7/20223 hours, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
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1845 - March 2022 Previews

And the time has come once more for these Comic Geeks three to journey into the depths of Previews to bring forth as many comic books as they can afford to take with them! Shane, Murd and Ian flip forward Diamond Previews issue 402, DC Connect 22, and Marvel Previews (Vol 6) 6, for books mainly scheduled to be released in May 2022. And hey, that's Free Comic Book Day Month! (2:38:44)
3/25/20222 hours, 38 minutes, 44 seconds
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1844 - The Batman Movie Review

It's time for the Geeks to take on the latest iteration of The World's Greatest Detective. And this time, he brought with him a definitive article. And in order to tackle a movie the magnitude of The Batman, Chris, Ian, Shane and Murd welcome back Julian Lytle to the show! Prepare for a review not quite the length of the movie itself, but still one that delves into the finer details, inspiration, costuming, acting, staging, and brooding that Matt Reeves' take brings forth. So sit back, put your Batmobile on autopilot, eat your fresh berries, and get ready for a bevy of Batty opinions! (2:03:53)
3/17/20222 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds
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1842 - Comic Talk w/ Bryan and Peter

The Founders are back for another round of Comic Talk! Bryan and Peter go through some thoughts on the Comixology changes, Peter gives Bryan a Batman book he's never read before to check out and review, and they follow it up with some TV and movie talk, plus various other tangents. Finally, they give tribute to the late, great Jim Dietz. Welcome home again. (1:44:33)
3/14/20221 hour, 44 minutes, 33 seconds
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1843 - Retro Movie Review: Mystery Men

Look at what the fork we just put out! A choice choice by Murd, as Ian, Shane and Chris join him on a return to 1999, and the cult classic superhero epic, Mystery Men. How does the movie hold up after all this time? Just how heavy was that bowling ball The Bowler was holding? Will disco ever die? How fast can Roy get Furious? Do superheroes wear glasses? Is shoveling a martial art? Are there any names better than Casanova Frankenstein? And is Invisible Kid really invisible? Tune in to find out, or I'll eat this sandwich. (1:26:44)
3/11/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 44 seconds
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1841 - Comic Talk

Hey now, the gang's all here! Chris, Shane, Ian and Murd reconvene to discuss a bevy of comic related topics. These include the Marvel Netflix shows heading to Disney Plus (including slight spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home), the incoming arrival of Chip Zdarsky's Batman and Al Ewing's Ant-Man, The Hero Initiative reprinting JLA/Avengers, the sorry state of Comixology at the moment, and so much more. Plus, Murd brings us back to the 90s with Silver Surfer: Rebirth, to an alternate World War I with Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines and back to the present with DC's Monkey Prince, Shane goes Blue and Gold and gives his full World of Toys rundown on He-Man, GI Joe and some Batarangs, Ian shares stories of his sojourn to London, including reviews of Back to the Future The Musical and Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane while also fitting in a review of Superman: Son of Kal-El #1, and Chris goes to war (comics) with Garth Ennis, returns to Claremont's classic X-Men: From the Ashes, finishes out Fantastic Four: Life Story, and bathes in the wonder that is Tom King and John Paul Leon's Batman/Catwoman Special. Plus some thoughts on the return of Futurama (with a this just in update), Peacemaker, Hawkeye, and a Muddle the Murd! (2:21:14)
3/2/20222 hours, 21 minutes, 14 seconds
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MTB034 - Murd's Time Bubble: The Thirty-Fourth Time

As the Time Bubble makes its first appearance in over a year, Murd emerges to give you the lowdown on the first-ever appearances of a true triple-threat from Marvel's Bronze Age; a magical mystery musician from DC's Silver Age; and an ambitious young squad of incorporated crusaders from the Time Bubble's current HQ in 2002! Plus other chronal curios. (3:11:20)
2/23/20223 hours, 11 minutes, 20 seconds
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Classic Geek Speak: 526, Politics in Comics - Spotlight on Prez

This Presidents' Day, we at Comic Geek Speak rerun one of our absolute favorites. This originally aired on October 13, 2008 as part of the Politics in Comics Comic Book Crossover. It's a spotlight on DC's swinging 70s New Flower Party candidate PREZ, First Teen President! From battling the great great great great grand nephew of George Washington, playing pingpong with Mao Tse Tung, to vampire's attacking the White House, it’s a look at a character created as social and political commentary with all the brilliant craziness of the 70s. (1:03:14)
2/21/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents - Across the Bifrost: Tales of Asgard Vol 1-3 and The Warriors Three

We are in the midst of a two week reprieve from recording the Comic Geek Speak podcast. Rather than keep you without things to listen to, here is one of two releases to tide you over! Ryan Does of Across the Bifrost: The Mighty Thor Podcast had Chris Eberle on for a series of episodes focusing on the Tales of Asgard backups in Journey into Mystery. Listen in to Volumes 1-3, and then Ian joins Chris and Ryan to discuss the Bill Willingham 2010 miniseries The Warriors Three. Thanks once again to Ryan for having us on, and HAVE AT THEE!!! (3:07:59)
2/16/20223 hours, 7 minutes, 59 seconds
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1840 - February 2022 Previews

It's mid-month, and that means Previews time! Murd, Chris and Ian stick with it all the way through Previews Issue 401, DC Connect 21 and Marvel Previews (Vol 6) number 5, for issues mostly set for release in April 2022. Featuring anniversaries galore, returning favorite characters, returning favorite creators, Lego Ninjago, The Rocketeer, Betty Paige, that same ad for Mob Psycho, and more! (1:55:56)
2/11/20221 hour, 55 minutes, 56 seconds
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1839 - Top 5 George Perez Projects

Today, the Geeks celebrate the legendary comic book creator and craftsman George Perez in our traditional Top 5 style. Chris, Shane, Murd and Ian delve into each corner of the man's illustrious career, doing their best to point out the highlights in their individual reading histories. This includes everything from story arcs to individual issues, posters, writing, covers, and more. And please, raise a glass as we toast Mr. Perez, as he makes his final rounds. (1:56:46)
2/3/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 46 seconds
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1838 - Book of the Month Club: Starman Issues 0-11

Shane, Chris, Ian and Murd finally make good on a promise made many months ago, and return to the Book of the Month format for a book that means a lot to each of them. That's right, the first twelve issues of James Robinson's Starman are here! The Geeks go over their histories with the book and with Jack Knight and other versions of the titular character, then give their thoughts on issues 0 through 11 of the series, including the introductions (and for some characters reintroductions) of The Shade, The Mist, The O'Dare Family, Ragdoll, Opal City, and so much more. Grab your leather jacket, anti-flare googles, some patches and a staff, and dive right in with us! (2:10:42)
1/27/20222 hours, 10 minutes, 42 seconds
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1837 - January 2022 Previews

It's the first Previews of 2022, and it's a milestone! Join Chris, Ian and Murd as they flip through the 400th Diamond Previews, as well as DC Connect issue 20, and Marvel Previews (Vol 6) issue 4, for comics scheduled for release mostly in March 2022. Let's go through this together and find some comics you may have missed, shall we? (2:30:16)
1/14/20222 hours, 30 minutes, 16 seconds
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1836 - Post-Holiday Comic Talk

As we welcome in 2022, we Geeks return from our various holiday traditions and celebrations with the gift of Comic Talk! This includes sharing what comic book related and comic book adjacent presents we received, spoiler-filled discussions of Hawkeye (1:11:52-1:33:10), the first episode of The Book of Boba Fett (1:34:12-1:47:23), and The Matrix Resurrections (1:47:26-1:57:31). We also discuss Chris' trip to Eide's Entertainment in Pittsburgh and what he picked up along the way, Murd tantalizes us all with tale of Catwoman: Lonely City, Ian gets lost in the multiverse with Image Comics' Bolero as well as some Infinite Crusade and Wally West's return to The Flash, Shane goes shopping for some GI Joe and shows off his Lego, and so much more. Plus, the first Muddle attempt of the New Year! (2:29:54)
1/6/20222 hours, 29 minutes, 54 seconds
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Christmas - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: Part One

Our own elfin elocutionist, Adam Murdough, has prepared another season's reading for your Christmas listening pleasure. This year, Murd is proud to present Part One (of Three) of L. Frank Baum's 'The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.' Hear about the enchanted childhood of the boy who would become dear old St. Nick, as envisioned by the Dreamer of Oz himself! (38:33)
12/30/202138 minutes, 33 seconds
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Classic Geek Speak - 1527: Trivia Showdown!

As we embark on this holiday season, we return to the archives for this joyous pursuit of trivia! This episode originally aired on January 4, 2015 as Episode 1527 of the show. A gaggle of Geeks gather to pass an evening in the time-honored fan practice of competitive comics trivia! Which Geeks will win bragging rights--and which questions can YOU answer that they can't?? Find out in this fun-filled episode, emceed by CGS quizmaster Peter Rios! (1:39:42)
12/29/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 42 seconds
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1835 - Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review

We here at Comic Geek Speak close out 2021 with a movie we've been waiting all year to wrap our arms around. Glide right into our spoiler-filled discussion of Spider-Man: No Way Home, featuring Murd, Ian, Shane, Chris and special guests Comfort Love and Adam Withers! We collectively sink our teeth into every nook and cranny of the film, no if, sands or butts about it. Trust me, the conversation is simply electrifying! (2:09:58)
12/27/20212 hours, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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1834 - December 2021 Previews

Perfectly timed for the middle of the month, Chris, Ian and Murd are ready to peruse Previews! The catalogs this time around are Previews issue 399, DC Connect 19, and Marvel Previews Vol 6 issue 3, for books mostly set to be released in February 2022. And as we sit here planning our winter holidays, Previews is all about love and romance for that other one with the chocolate and the hearts and what have you. And strangely tons of horror; you be the judge on that one. (2:22:40)
12/15/20212 hours, 22 minutes, 40 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents: Comic Timing 207 - Korg Walked So Ben Grimm Could Run

While the Geeks take a week to regroup and rest during this busy holiday season, we present the latest episode of Comic Timing! This episode Ian and Brent are joined by Raph Soohoo, Donovan Morgan Grant, Brandon Christopher, Kris Naudus and Jamal Igle to go over what's new in the world of comic book fandom over the past few months. This includes a deconstruction on Substack and Comixology Unlimited and what they mean to the comic book publishing industry, Raph's passionate review and thoughts on Shang-Chi and what it means to him as an American Born Chinese man, What Eternals may mean for Marvel's cinematic future, how frustrating modern press can be when it comes to spoilers, Fandome discussion including The Flash, The Batman, Young Justice and Blue Beetle, Brent hates on Ava Duvernay and also discusses Ben Reilly Spider-Man, and Once and Future, Ian explains how awesome X-Men Legends is, Jamal goes into Cliff Chang's Catwoman: Lonely City, Donovan loves Bat books, Raph adores Superman '78 and has thoughts on Clark handing his mantle over to Jonathan, Brandon praises X-Men, Kris rolls her D20 on Keith Ammann's Live to Tell the Tale, and much much more. (2:59:46)
12/9/20212 hours, 59 minutes, 46 seconds
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1833 - A Cornucopia of Comics Conversation 2021

As they digest a luxurious meal and try not to slip into a tryptophan laced nap, the foursome of Chris, Shane, Ian and Murd do their best to provide a worthy amount of comics conversation for the dinner table! This includes spoiler-filled reviews of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Eternals, spoiler-free Hawkeye talk on episodes 1 and 2, some recent reads including Tom King's Strange Adventures, Chris Claremont's The Black Dungeon, Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin's Friday Book One: The First Day of Christmas, Jeff Lemire's Primordial, Mark Millar's King of Spies, The Stargirl Spring Break Special, and much more! Much more includes some World of Toys, a Muddle the Murd, and even some spoilery Venom: Let There Be Carnage talk. Plenty to digest all around, pun intended! (2:12:38)
12/3/20212 hours, 12 minutes, 38 seconds
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1832 - Thanksgiving Storytime with Uncle Sal

Gather round the table, grab a turkey leg, some cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. and dig in to our festive treat to you, the listeners. As this year, Murd and Ian celebrate with the one, the only, Uncle Sal Abbinanti! As usual, this episode is very much not for the kids and the episode itself is raw and uncensored, but we go over everything from what Sal's been up to lately, life in and around Chicago as it tries to return to normal, his eventual return to conventions and what he wants to see once there, how time away has been a source of inspiration, plenty of slice of life anecdotes, and of course his current Kickstarter campaign for the Atomika: God is Red Omnibus. Dig in, this one is worth taking your time with and really savoring it. And for those of you celebrating, a happy and a healthy Thanksgiving to you all! (1:44:54)
11/22/20211 hour, 44 minutes, 54 seconds
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1831 - November 2021 Previews

Chris, Murd and Ian scrum through November's Previews issue 398, DC Connect 18, and Marvel Previews (Vol 6) issue 2, for books scheduled mostly for release in January 2022. And as we reach a new year on the calendar...SAGA RETURNS!!! 'Nuff said. (2:20:29)
11/17/20212 hours, 20 minutes, 29 seconds
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1830 - Comic Talk

Shane, Ian and Murd gather together to discuss as much geeky goodness as they can fit into an episode! Topics include the Ringo Award winners, trailers for Morbius (with spoilers for Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage), The Batman, Flash, The Book of Boba Fett and Black Adam, Shane goes into Hasbro Pulse Con announcements and his recent toy purchases around said Pulse Con and elsewhere, the new Neca Goliath figure from Gargoyles is amazing, Ian discusses books he grabbed at New York Comic Con along with Robin #1, Robins #1 Fantastic Four: Life Story #4, Star Trek: Prodigy and Young Justice: Phantoms, Murd reads Alan Moore's Neonomicon in honor of All Hallow's Eve, talks CW's The Flash and the lack of a cranial fin on Despero and Stargirl Season Two, and we finish things out with an in-depth and spoiler-filled discussion of the 2021 Dune movie. And even a Muddle the Murd, even! (2:25:27)
11/11/20212 hours, 25 minutes, 27 seconds
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1829 - Catching Up with Comfort Love and Adam Withers, New York Style

Recorded live at Comfort Love and Adam Withers' hotel room after Day 1 of New York Comic Con, join Ian and Kris Naudus as they catch up with these two longtime friends of Comic Geek Speak.  As is the case with most of these types of episodes the topics are all over the place and off the cuff, so language, opinions, and tangents are all our own. This includes discussion on how conventions have changed along with the audience attending them since the pandemic, how media itself has adapted and evolved, what it's like for Comfort and Adam returning to NYCC after a three year absence, the age of the average con-goer may be decreasing, what the future may hold for comics, films, publishing and conventions in a world of DC Fandome and similar digital announcements, the demographic difference found on digital platforms like Webtoon and how "shipping" is definitely a thing, tons of Hamilton references, Twitter is not the real world for an artist, how much in-person interaction still matters, Jem is still excitement, mochi and bubble tea are delicious, appreciation versus appropriation, and much much more. (1:26:37)
11/3/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 37 seconds
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1828 - Retro Movie Review: The Lost Boys

Just in time for Halloween, Comic Geek Speak goes back to the vault and digs up a blood-sucking, worm-eating classic just for you! Chris, Shane, Ian and Murd give their takes on 1987's classic, The Lost Boys. Does it hold up after all these years? How does it work for Murd after his first ever viewing? And will you please just invite me in already so I can eat my raw garlic pasta in peace? Plus, a spooooooky (okay not really) Muddle the Murd! Cryyyyyyy little sister...(1:25:07)
10/28/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 7 seconds
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1827 - October 2021 Previews

For the second month in a row it's just Ian and Murd, doing what they do best: finding the best bits in the monthly Previews catalog and getting you, our faithful listeners, to spend more money on comics! The catalogs in question this time around are Diamond Previews #397, DC Connect #17, and Marvel Previews #1 (Volume 6), with books mostly scheduled for release in December 2021. There's Christmas cheer to be found in these solicitations, plus books set in the world of existing (and upcoming) media, and plenty of kaiju to boot! (2:39:38)
10/22/20212 hours, 39 minutes, 38 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents: Back to the Bins - 471

Here's some supplemental listening material for you all while we await our next release! This episode of Back to the Bins originally aired on July 17, 2021. Host Paul Spataro is once again joined by Chris Eberle and Adam Murdough from Comic Geek Speak, along with a cameo from Ian Levenstein.  The CGS boys bring their love of old books and perspective to the show which always makes for a good time.  Listen in! (1:23:44)
10/19/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 44 seconds
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1826 - The Return to New York Comic Con

This episode, Ian does his best attempt at a Pants on the Floor, as he had the pleasure of returning to New York Comic Con for its first in-person event since 2019. Listen in for his thoughts and experiences on and at the con, as well as some interviews with friends new and old, including the one and only Jamal Igle as we discuss many things, including his upcoming collaboration with Scott Snyder on "Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine", Fabian Lelay of "We Are the Danger", Eli Neugeboren of "Sharkary vs. Tsunami Crab" and he contributed to the new recreation of Barry Windsor Smith's Weapon X fittingly known as "Weapon Echh", Dani Colman of "The Unfinished Corner", and then we wrap up with final thoughts on the con from Ian and his friends Kris Naudus, David Gold, and Claire Samuels, including our take on the Star Trek: Prodigy premiere, and what it's like to cosplay the "it" costume at a convention. Welcome back, cons! (1:34:23)
10/13/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1825 - Comic Talk

Get ready for quite the catchup of comic book related reads, watching and happenings! This includes IDW heading to Penguin Random House, Chris discusses his recovery from Tropical Storm Ida and how it will change his collecting habits moving forward, Shane got some time to read Justice League: Death Metal, Batman '89 #1, Batman Beyond #48 and 49, Infinite Frontier and some Wally West Flash, Murd discusses Superman '89 #1 and Al Ewing's Defenders, Ian goes into Spider-Man Life Story Annual #1 and Fantastic Four: Life Story and goes into Joe Bennett's removal from Marvel Comics in further detail, and Chris goes over JMS and Epting's Telepaths, Ron Marz's Almost American, Cantwell's Iron Man and Brubaker's The Fall Out. Plus some media conversation of Superman & Lois, Y: The Last Man, What If...?, Stargirl and Star Trek: Lower Decks, Shane does a World of Toys on GI Joe Cobra Island, Marvel Legends, Star Wars and He-Man, we fit in a Muddle the Murd and more! (2:01:46)
10/5/20212 hours, 1 minute, 46 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents: Footnotes - Superman Annual #11

With this very special episode of Comic Geek Speak, we honor one of our longest running and most generous listeners, Dr. Eamonn Clarke, as he heads into retirement after 36 years on the job, and begins the next stage of his journey. And the best gift we could offer the man who has everything is just that! Peter Rios and Adam Murdough give the Footnotes treatment to Superman Annual #11, written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons. Here's to you, Eamonn, and to you, our listeners as a whole! May this episode be everything your heart desires. (4:05:57)
9/28/20214 hours, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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1824 - September 2021 Previews

The Dynamic Diamond Duo of Ian and Murd tag team the September Previews this month, covering solicits mostly set for release in November 2021. This includes selections from Previews #396, DC Connect #16, and Marvel Previews #15. But how, you ask, do only two people manage to record their monthly picks and still go two and a half hours? They found a way. (2:36:45)
9/22/20212 hours, 36 minutes, 45 seconds
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1823 - Introducing...Karate Kid, Shang-Chi, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

With expert timing, we jump out of the shadows for another Introducing...! This time, we focus on the first appearances of some of the most nimble martial artists of the comic book world: DC's Karate Kid, Marvel's Shang-Chi (now a major motion picture), and Mirage's (now IDW's) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you'd like to read along with us, you can find these character premieres in Adventure Comics #346, Special Marvel Edition #15, and of course, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. These origins also manage to span the Silver, Bronze and Copper Age of comics, as America's appreciation of the martial arts went from a passing glance to a full blown obsession. How do the issues hold up? Listen in to find out, but please, don't try this at home; leave that to the Living Weapons. (1:15:35)
9/17/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 35 seconds
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1822 - Something Old and Something New, Buckaroo Bonzai and Shang-Chi Too!

There's a Retro Movie Review in my new release review. There's a new release review in my Retro Movie Review! To start us off, Chris, Shane, Murd and Ian review the 1984 sci-fi cult classic, and favorite of Shane, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension." But is it truly retro if three out of four are watching it for the first time? You be the judge. The cast (sans Shane) then transition into an in-depth and spoiler-filled discussion on Marvel's latest cinematic entry in Phase Four of the MCU, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." And as if that wasn't enough, we also attempt to Muddle the Murd! (1:43:12)
9/9/20211 hour, 43 minutes, 12 seconds
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1821 - Bryan & Peter Talk Simonson's Thor

Bryan and Peter dive back into Walter Simonson's Thor run and pick up where we left off years ago. Join us as we discuss the rest of the Surtur Saga.
8/30/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1820 - August 2021 Previews

Before the month is through, there's Previews left to do! And for the month of August, Chris, Ian and Murd find many a thing that goes bump in the night, as Previews #395, DC Connect #15 and Marvel Previews #14 reveal their spooky titles set mostly for release in the month of October. No tricks, just the treats of good comics to be had. (2:28:12)
8/26/20212 hours, 28 minutes, 12 seconds
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1819 - Comic Talk

It's been a while since we caught up, so we pack as much Comic Talk as we can into this week's episode. This includes spoilery conversation on DC's latest movie to hit theaters and HBO Max, The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker, Bloodsport, Ratcatcher 2, TDK, King Shark, Harley Quinn, Polka Dot Man and all. We also touch on the season finale of Loki (also with spoilers), the launch of new digital comic book publisher Substack, Shane gets his wish and talks Blue and Gold with Chris and Ian, Tim Drake comes out as bisexual, Murd opines on Chrisopher Cantwell's The Blue Flame and Wally West Quantum Leaping into the Superfriends reality, Chris brings his to-read pile which includes some of the latest James Bond comics, Tom King's Supergirl: The Woman of Tomorrow, Spider-Man Spider's Shadow, Fantastic Four's Bride of Doom arc, Gerry Duggan's X-Men, Black Hammer: Reborn and Black Hammer: Visions, United States of Captain America, the first three trades of Invincible, Hadrian's Wall, Dracula MoFo', Garth Ennis' Sara, and more. Plus, Chris, Ian and Murd review Jeff Lemire's Primordial, Ian tackles JH Williams' Echolands, Shane gives us a World of Toys update, we Muddle the Murd, and other random ramblings! (2:34:14)
8/18/20212 hours, 34 minutes, 14 seconds
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1818 - A Conversation With Ron Marz

After a nine year hiatus, Ron Marz returns to Comic Geek Speak! Since then, the cast has changed, and so has the comic book industry. In turn, Ron's main focus is his current cosmic crowdfunding campaign at Zoop along with Andy Lanning and Rick Leonardi, titled Resolution. Along with that, Ian and Chris discuss the full scope of Ron's career, including the creations of Kyle Rayner and Genis-Vell, taking over for Starlin on Silver Surfer, the rise and fall of Crossgen and how its existence changed the comic book medium, Samurai: Heaven and Earth (one of Chris' all-time favorites), Russian spies and Almost American, Swamp God at Heavy Metal and different formats of releasing comics, the state of the NL East, and so much more. (1:47:08)
8/6/20211 hour, 47 minutes, 8 seconds
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1817 - July 2021 Previews

Just in time for the end of the month, we delve into Previews! Get those order in ASAP as Chris and Ian discuss Previews # 394 for Image and Dark Horse, and are joined by Murd in time for DC Connect #14, Marvel Previews #13, and the rest of the rest of the book, for titles mostly set for release in September, 2021. And we even slip in a singalong or two while we're at it! (2:19:11)
7/27/20212 hours, 19 minutes, 11 seconds
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1816 - Old Friends

Peter and Bryan return to CGS for a casual conversation about comics, nerdy stuff, and life in 2021
7/25/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1815 - Spotlight on Nick Fury

From his Lee and Kirby origins and the best eyepatch in comics, to The Howling Commandos, to Steranko's iconic take, all the way to Original Sin, the Infinity Formula and beyond, nobody has been a part of more facets of the Marvel Universe than Nick Fury. It took a group of four geeks, including Spotlight Maestro Chris Eberle, Shane, Ian and Murd, gathered together in one undisclosed location (okay fine, it's disclosed, it was the CGS Studio) to make this Spotlight happen! And for those paying attention, this one is at least five years in the making. So get in your flying car, put on your stealth suit with as many pouches as you can possibly fit, put that eyepatch on the correct eye, and join in on the action; if you're tough enough. (3:17:19)
7/21/20213 hours, 17 minutes, 19 seconds
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1814 - Black Widow Movie Review

The MCU returns to theaters...and so does the CGS crew! Live, in person and in studio for the first time in over a year and a half, Ian, Chris, Murd and Shane give us their honest opinions on the first movie of Phase Four, and the experience of heading back into the theater to do so. They also open some mail from the mailbag, discuss trailers viewed before the movie such as Shang-Chi, Venom 2 and Suicide Squad, and some other digressions. And yes, there be spoilers abound within, so do wait until after you've seen Black Widow to listen! (1:23:15)
7/11/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 15 seconds
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Classic Geek Speak - 989: Spotlight on Hawkman and Hawkgirl

Another episode from the archives returns to the feed, as Ian is on vacation this week, and the rest of the Geeks are preparing to celebrate the 4th! But rather than leave you all empty-handed, we give you one of the most celebrated of Peter Rios' Spotlights. This episode originally aired on December 24, 2010; It's our gift to the listeners this holiday season as we try and sort out the continuity landmine that is the world of Hawkman and Hawkgirl! From Egypt to the Golden Age to the far-flung planet of Thanagar, we walk through the characters' origins, retcons and more. (1:33:03)
6/30/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 3 seconds
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1813 - June 2021 Previews and Catching Up With JK Woodward

We begin this month's Previews episode with a dalliance into the realm of the risqué, as longtime friend of the show JK Woodward joins Murd, Chris and Ian to discuss his latest book,
6/24/20212 hours, 38 minutes, 59 seconds
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1812 - Loki 1 Spoiler Review and Comic Talk

Not a trick! Not an imaginary story! But it sure is timey whimey, that much is true. Chris, Ian, Shane and Murd give an in-depth and spoiler-filled review of the first episode of Marvel's latest traverse through the multiverse, Loki (4:58-58:21). We then catch up on our latest reads, including Ian traveling to the 90s for X-Men Legends #1, Chris not traveling to the 90s for Heroes Reborn #1 (the new one) and Marvel Double Action, Spider-Man Spider's Shadow #1, Fantastic Four Life Story #1, Radiant Black #4, The Silver Coin #1 and more. Then, journey back in tiiiiime with Murd for DC's The Young All-Stars, and one of Grant Morrison's first (and trippiest), Zenith. Plus some World of Toys updates on GI Joe, Batman '66 figures and some amazing Lego sets, and yes, a Muddle the Murd! A true gem of an episode...not a stone. Trust me, no stones. (2:06:16)
6/16/20212 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
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1811 - Top 5 Comic Books for Beginners

Let's start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. Something that we as comic book readers want more than anything else is to have others find the craft, and the joy within it, and start reading right along with us. With this episode, we give these new readers our choices for books that would/could be that foot in the door to the medium at large. Some pieces are instructional, some all ages, some for adults, but all of these Top 5 choices (and one in particular more than the others) are, as always our hill, and our beans. And even if you're already quite familiar with comics as a whole, hopefully you'll find these suggestions as good items to read, or for someone you know to read! (2:43:14)
6/10/20212 hours, 43 minutes, 14 seconds
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- Crisis Tapes 24: Crisis on Infinite Earths #6, Part 2

Earth-S is in turmoil! Some of our villains are missing! The new Wildcat steps into the ring! And Harbinger makes a supreme sacrifice to save the 'exogenous Earths' of the DC Multiverse! Adam and Peter hit the halfway point of their exhaustive summation of the Crisis maxiseries with this episode. (2:47:08)
6/2/20212 hours, 47 minutes, 8 seconds
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Classic Geek Speak - 1460: Top 5 JSA Members

While we take a short siesta to regroup and enjoy the long weekend, we rebroadcast a classic from the archives! This episode originally aired on February 20, 2014, and featured the talented talents of Jamie D, Shane Kelly and Adam Murdough. The Geeks go for the gold in this episode, as they list and discuss their favorite characters, vintage and recent, who have served as members of the world's first superhero team: the Justice Society of America! (1:37:28)
5/28/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 28 seconds
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1810 - May 2021 Previews

We begin this month's Previews as a Three Man Crew composed of Shane, Murd and Ian. Then Chris makes it a foursome in time for DC, and then Shane exits at Marvel to return to a newly formed three. We dive into Previews #392, DC Connect #12, and Marvel Previews #11, with books scheduled for release in July, 2021. (2:40:44)
5/20/20212 hours, 40 minutes, 44 seconds
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1809 - Comic Talk

Gather one, gather all! It's Comic Talk time, y'all. Shane, Chris, Murd and Ian discuss a bevy of topics this week, including the news that broke on upcoming Marvel movies (Black Panther and Captain Marvel sequels specifically), we give are parting thoughts on Falcon and The Winter Soldier (spoilers begin at 20:15, ends at 53:45), Ian and Murd saw New Mutants and have feelings, Chris brings his recent reads of Black Hammer: Visions, Brubaker and Lark's Scene of the Crime, and whether Tom King's Rorschach passes the test, Murd gives a quick review of Non-Stop Spider-Man, Ian traverses to The Wrong Earth: Night & Day, and Shane opines the GI Joe figures that still evade his grasp. But we did catch a Muddle the Murd attempt at least! (1:50:55)
5/12/20211 hour, 50 minutes, 55 seconds
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1808 - Book of the Month Club: The Immortal Hulk, Vol 1 and 2

After pressure cooking in our comic book Instapot for months, our latest Book of the Month Club is finally ready to sip and enjoy! A full crew of Ian, Chris, Shane, Murd and Kevin go through the first two trades of Al Ewing and Joe Bennett's revolutionary take on the character of The Hulk, alias Bruce Banner, covering issues 1 through 10 of The Immortal Hulk. Witness the horror within, Walter Langkowski's Murdoughnian sideburns, and plenty of Gamma Goulash for both listeners and hosts alike. (1:41:48)
5/6/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 48 seconds
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1807 - April 2021 Previews

A monthly tradition soldiers on! Chris, Ian and Murd gather round the virtual Zoom table to discuss Previews #391, DC Connect #11 and Marvel Previews #10, with books mostly scheduled for release in June of 2021. Page through the catalog with us and earmark as many as you'd like. Plus, the return of the slightly delayed Free Comic Book Day and its various offerings! (2:30:32)
4/22/20212 hours, 30 minutes, 32 seconds
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1806 - The CGS Best of 2020 Awards Results Show, plus Comic Talk

We begin the episode with the big reveal, as your votes have been tallied for the Comic Geek Speak Best of 2020 awards. Thank you all for participating, and do check out the books and creators that won if you have not done so. We then transition into a wide variety of Comic Talk featuring the return of Kevin Moyer, including discussion on Marvel's change in distributor to Penguin Random House, we review (with spoilers) the first two episodes of Falcon and The Winter Soldier (46:50), Shane, Kevin and Chris get in their takes on Zack Snyder's Justice League (1:11:06), Ian discusses the Invincible cartoon, Chris gives his field report on True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, quick reviews of Bendis' first issue on Justice League (issue 59), Radiant Black #2, Volume 2 of Hickman's X-Men, a Muddle the Murd and more! (2:36:52)
4/14/20212 hours, 36 minutes, 52 seconds
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- Crisis Tapes 23: Crisis on Infinite Earths #6, Part 1

For the first time in the COVID era, The Crisis Tapes are back in production!  The Monitor's satellite explodes and emotional mayhem reigns on Earth-X and Earth-4, as Peter and Adam pick apart the pertinent plot points of the first half of Crisis #6. BONUS: More fun facts about the cover of issue #5! (2:54:37)
4/6/20212 hours, 54 minutes, 37 seconds
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Comic Geek Speak Presents - Comic Timing 205: Zack Snyder's Justice League

The following is a special presentation of the Comic Timing Podcast, as we celebrate fifteen years of the podcast! In turn, we review, and dissect, Zack Snyder's Justice League. A warning that if you're a pure fan of this and other Zack Snyder films this might not be for you. But if you're looking for a critical eye that delves into what works and what doesn't, then this may be your speed. Outside of your co-hosts Ian Levenstein and Brent Kossina, guests include artist Jamal Igle, writer and podcaster Kris Naudus, and longtime Comic Timing contributors Brandon Christopher, Donovan Morgan Grant, and Raphael Soohoo. (2:53:46)
3/23/20212 hours, 53 minutes, 46 seconds
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1805 - March 2021 Previews

A three person crew of Chris, Ian and Murd dive into Previews #390, DC Connect #10, and Marvel Previews #9, mostly for books coming out in the month of May. And unlike most Previews episodes, all three stick around all episode! Oh, what a glorious feeling that is. And because we were expedient in our dissection of this month's offerings, there's time for a Muddle the Murd, even! (2:08:08)
3/18/20212 hours, 8 minutes, 8 seconds
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1804 - It Was Comic Talk All Along

Who's been pulling every evil string? It's been Comic Talk all along! We give WandaVision the full spoiler filled treatment this episode (spoiler talk begins at 11:50 and concludes at 53:38), while also discussing the first few episodes of Superman & Lois, the new season of The Flash, and we even dabble into the upcoming Snyder Cut of Justice League. On the comics front, Ian discusses Infinite Frontier #1 from DC, Chris goes gaga for Radiant Black, Chip Zdarsky's Stillwater, Larry Hama and Dave Wachter's Iron First and Christopher Priest's Vampirella, and Murd dives deep into the first two issues of the original Nova. Plus some new GI Joe acquisitions by Shane, delving into some TwoMorrow's magazine content, the return of Chandra Free's The God Machine on Kickstarter, and a Muddle the Murd! (1:59:06)
3/12/20211 hour, 59 minutes, 6 seconds
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1803 - The CGS Best of 2020 Nominations Show

Overture, curtains, lights. This is it, the night of nights. No more rehearsing and nursing a part, we know every part by heart! Gather round as the ever-ready Master of Ceremonies Adam Murdough, along with Chris, Ian and YOU the listener, bring forth the Best of 2020 Awards Nominations Show! 2020 was a long year, but there were tons of great comic books to help take our minds off of things. Let this episode be a way to learn about some you might have missed, and others you too wish to praise. (2:47:30)
3/4/20212 hours, 47 minutes, 30 seconds
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1802 - Retro Movie Review: Highlander

Grab your prop sword, trench coat, and your best worst Sean Connery impersonation, because it's Highlander Time! Three out of four Geeks watch this cult classic for the very first time, while the other has nearly memorized the script word by word. Does the film live up to expectations? How do the flashbacks compare to time spent in 1986 Manhattan? Is The Quickening fast enough to keep up? Are Queen the Princes of the Universe? Is Clancy Brown's The Kurgan more punk than punk? What accent is Christopher Lambert using anyway? Listen closely, as your destiny awaits! We also have a challenger to Murd's throne, Muddle the Murd style. There can be only one (time we review this movie). (1:26:02)
2/25/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds
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1801 - February 2021 Previews with Dave Dwonch

It's Previews time once again and this time, things are a little bit more Dwonchy! Dave Dwonch joins in for the bulk of the episode to touch on picks for Previews #289, Marvel Previews #8 and DC Connect #9, for books scheduled for release mostly in April 2021. Dave isn't just here to catch up with old buddies, he has his new book, Jenny Zero, solicited this month under Dark Horse, plus a Kickstarter currently running for his follow-up to Prom of the Dead, The Broken Circle. That's right, two promos for the price of one! And enough vaudeville level humor to fit into a 1920s theater. But do be careful with those hardcover omnibus editions, you might wind up dead. Or...a zombie? Tip your waitress, try the veal! (3:05:28)
2/18/20213 hours, 5 minutes, 28 seconds
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1800 - Kickstarter Time with Uncle Sal

As the show hits yet another milestone number, what better way to celebrate than with the one, the only Uncle Sal! And this time Sal comes with purpose and with drive, specifically a Kickstarter drive, for his new graphic novel, The Hostage. We discuss that and, as usual, so much more, including what it takes to make it in the industry as an independent creator, the state of the comic book industry and of comic book conventions, the bodily hygiene of teenagers, etcetera etcetera. Finally, a reminder that this one is not for the kiddies, so wear headphones where needed. And before the show comes to a close, we squeak in a Muddle the Murd, like we do. (2:09:10)
2/11/20212 hours, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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1799 - Comic Talk (with Special Guest Steve Bryant)

Back at it again with that Comic Talk! This time, the gang are joined by Steve Bryant, who is returning to Kickstarter for the launch of his next story in the Athena Voltaire franchise, Athena Voltaire and the Terror on the Orient Express! Steve then sticks around afterward to talk about some of the things he's been reading of late such as Thief of Thieves, we go into Marvel's rebirth of Heroes Reborn, Bendis possibly no longer being DC exclusive, and we honor the untimely passing of legendary artist Steve Lightle. Then, Murd dives deep into The Other History of the DC Universe, Ian reviews Scout's Honor from Aftershock, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis and Dark Knights: Death Metal #1 and #2, Chris and Ian discuss the joy that is Christopher Cantwell's Iron Man, Chris checks out Terry Moore's Ever: The Way Out, Shane gives us a quick World of Toys deviation, and we are provided with a crash course on Disney's The Black Hole before we conclude with an in-depth spoiler-filled discussion on WandaVision episode 1-3 (spoiler discussion begins at 1:55:05). And yes, as is tradition, a Muddle the Murd. (2:26:36)
2/4/20212 hours, 26 minutes, 36 seconds
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1798 - January 2021 Previews

As the month of January comes to a close, gather round for a run through Previews #388, Marvel Previews #7, and DC Connect #8 for books mostly scheduled for release in March 2021. Bryan Deemer joins the crew for the first part of our perusal of catalogs, while the three person team of Chris Eberle, Adam Murdough and Ian Levenstein soldier through the rest of the rest of the books. Plenty of stuff to read ahead of us! (2:39:33)
1/27/20212 hours, 39 minutes, 33 seconds
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1797 - Top 5 What Ifs and or Elseworlds

Possibly a dream! Maybe an imaginary story! Listen in as the Geeks count down from five to one their favorite alternate tales on familiar characters, and throw in plenty of honorable mentions while they're at it. Don't let the name of the episode fool you, there will be an occasional trek away from the path of just Elseworlds and What If...? branded comics here, but we got Uatu's permission first so everything is fine. Although step on the wrong branch, and history will be rewritten once more! (2:36:56)
1/14/20212 hours, 36 minutes, 56 seconds
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MTB033 - Murd's Time Bubble: The Thirty-Third Time

Just when it seemed that auld acquaintance would be forgot, Murd resurfaces at the helm of the Time Bubble, with remembrances of comics milestones past (Miller, mutants, the Man of Steel, and more!) to banish your 2020 blues. Ring in the new with a dash of the old, courtesy of Murd! (3:09:28)
1/4/20213 hours, 9 minutes, 28 seconds
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1796 - Comic Talk

We bid farewell to 2020 with one final whammy of a Comic Talk! Shane, Chris and Ian give their spoiler-filled thoughts on the newly released to streaming (and theaters) Wonder Woman 1984, Ian touches spoiler-free on Pixar's Soul, Murd gives us a post-Christmas book report on Santa: The Life and Times and a comic book adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, Shane updates us on his GI Joe scores of late, Chris discusses Doomsday Clock now that he's read it all the way through, Ian finally enters the world of Black Hammer and tackles the Juggernaut, and we give a spoiler-filled discussion on The Mandalorian Season Two to close us out. Plus, Muddle the Murd! Bring it on, 2021, we're coming for you. (1:38:49)
12/31/20201 hour, 38 minutes, 49 seconds
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Christmas - Frosty the Snowman

For this year's 'Merry Christmas' monologue, Murd thaws out a winter wonder: from 1950, the very first portrayal in prose of that jolly, happy soul, Frosty the Snowman! Put your earbuds on and have some fun, now before he melts away! (5:19)
12/24/20205 minutes, 19 seconds
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1795 - December 2020 Previews

Continuing with our new recording setup, we bring you this month's Previews episode with a touch of Zoom! Read along with us on YouTube, or listen along with us as usual on your favorite podcatcher, as Chris, Ian and Murd delve deep into Previews #387, DC Connect #7, and Marvel Previews #6, for books scheduled to be released in the month of February 2021. (2:16:14)
12/23/20202 hours, 16 minutes, 14 seconds
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1794 - 15th Anniversary Super Zoom!

For the first time, Comic Geek Speak ventures into the realm of ZOOM! Celebrate fifteen years of the podcast with us, along with appearances by seven Geeks (eight if you count Jamie D in spirit), fans and friends of the show, special guests, a live musical performance by the one and only Paul French, voicemails, Muddle the Murd, and more! (2:49:43)
12/15/20202 hours, 49 minutes, 43 seconds
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1793 - A Cornucopia of Comics Conversation 2020

Gather round the table this holiday season, as we present our annual Cornucopia of Comics Conversation! Shane, Ian, Murd and Chris discuss a bevy of scintillating topics, including Wonder Woman 1984 heading to HBO Max, thoughts on The Mandalorian Season 2, revisiting The Rise of Skywalker and the Skywalker, TwoMorrow's Holly Jolly, Back Issue! #123 and AlterEgo #165, memories of Our Worlds at War and its subsequent tie-ins, some Dragonball manga as bedside reading material, a dip into Marvel Snapshots of X-Men and the Avengers, breaking down Taschen's The Marvel Age of Comics 1961-1978 by Roy Thomas, Tom King's Rorschach, Priest's US Agent, Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice, Bitter Root, A new edit of Rudolph on Freeform and a last minute save to show A Charlie Brown Christmas on terrestrial television, and various other deviations. Plus a dip into the CGS mailbag, Muddle the Murd, and more! (1:47:47)
12/4/20201 hour, 47 minutes, 47 seconds
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1792 - November 2020 Previews

As we all wake up from our turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie induced food comas, we can all be thankful for a brand new Previews episode! Murd and Ian are this month's dynamic duo, parading select picks from issue 386 of Previews, issue 6 of DC Connect, and issue 5 of Marvel's Previews. Future State, King in Black and Ahoy are ahoy for all, and a feast of other choices while we're at it. And I hope you all saved room for a Muddle the Murd dessert! (2:18:00)
11/27/20202 hours, 18 minutes
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1791 - Top 5 Performances in Comic Related Movies

Some actors and actresses are so good at a role they make it their own, while still managing to honor the source material that came before. This Top 5 respects and represents these performances throughout the comic book movie genre. Will there be crossover amongst the Geek's choices, or will each list stand alone? Is each choice a superhero, or do some non-superhero portrayals make the cut? Are they all actors taking on lead characters, or is there a side character or two? I'll never tell, I prefer leaving you all in suspense. And...cut! (1:52:16)
11/13/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 16 seconds
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1790 - Comic Talk

Time for another wibbly-wobbly, loosey-goosey Comic Talk! Topics include the first three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery (spoiler-free outside of some references to general Season 2 stuff); still more changes to DC's distribution chain; some potential and official casting for Marvel's upcoming Disney+ series; Shane's thoughts on The Three Jokers and the Black Mercy's return to Justice League; Chris's enlistment in The Old Guard; Chris and Ian read Chip Zdarsky's first arc of Daredevil; Murd wrestles with Box Brown's GN biography of Andy Kaufman; and more. Oh, and Muddle the Murd, of course. (1:32:24)
11/4/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 24 seconds
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1789 - Retro Movie Review: Blade

Chris, Ian, Murd and Shane present you all with a Halloween treat, no trick, in the form of a Retro Movie review of 1998's slice 'em and dice 'em vampire classic, Blade. We delve deep into this progenitor of today's standard of comic book movie adaptations, and try and figure out if it holds up after all these years. With a reboot looming on the horizon, will Wesley Snipes remain the version of Blade everyone will think of first? Is Donal Logue the best character actor around? Grab your ice skates, because we're ready to give it a try uphill. Just don't forget your sunblock, or you might get burned. (1:31:25)
10/30/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 25 seconds
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1788 - October 2020 Previews

Time flies when you're reading comics, doesn't it? So much so that out of nowhere, it's time for issue 385 of Previews, issue 5 of DC Connect and issue 4 of Marvel's Previews, going over books scheduled for release in the month of December. There's some jolly Christmas treats to be had for all in his catalog, including a bit of multiverse spanning DC content for Murd, Shane finds Maxwell Lord in his stocking, Ian foretells the looming conclusion of Lumberjanes, Marvel finds its King in Black, and Chris gets to wax poetic on Brubaker and Phillips. So won't you join us in our two month early Christmas (and Hanukkah) cheer? (2:02:40)
10/22/20202 hours, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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1787 - Micro-Spotlight on Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #121-131, Part 2

Time to continue, and conclude, our latest in-depth discussion on some of the most important issues of The Amazing Spider-Man. Here, our attention lies with issues 127 through 131, including a two-part Vulture tale (just in time for Halloween), the first appearance of Marvel's mercenary marksman The Punisher, lots of stuff with The Jackal (for good and for bad), Harry Osborn's not so subtle descent into madness, Hammerhead giving a full detail job to the Spider-Mobile, Doctor Octopus attempting a shotgun wedding with Aunt May out of nowhere, Canadian nuclear islands that are inherited by the death of a relative, and a whole lot more. And we are lucky enough to have "Dapper" Dan Gvozden along for the ride in the Spider-Mobile with us once more, as we should. BRAKA BRAKA TRAKA CHOW! (1:33:01)
10/15/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 1 second
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1786 - Micro-Spotlight on Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #121-131, Part 1

Continuing our latest trend, Chris Eberle champions yet another Micro-Spotlight on The Amazing Spider-Man. This time, we focus on issues 121-131, an arc that changed the comic book medium forever. But such important content could not be contained within one episode alone, so we'll be needing two! In this first part, the crew are joined once again by The Amazing Spider-Talk's Dan Gvozden to cover issues 121 to 126, including such memorable moments as the final fate of Gwen Stacy, The Green Goblin's (kinda) last stand, a guest appearance by the tiara and chains wearing Luke Cage, Harry Osborn's descent into madness, John Jameson's hairy alter-ego The Man Wolf, Johnny Storm helps Peter with some car trouble, and Spider-Man faces his greatest foe...The Kangaroo. Okay, that last one might be sarcasm. (1:49:36)
10/1/20201 hour, 49 minutes, 36 seconds
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1785 - Retro Movie Review: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

In the year 1989, Bill S. Preston and Ted "Theodore" Logan were two teens just looking to pass history. Instead, they became two teens who passed THROUGH history with the help of Rufus, a phone booth time machine, and the fate of world peace on the line. Listen in as the CGS crew travel through time themselves, and present a Retro Movie Review of this Excellent Adventure. Does the film hold up thirty years later to its moniker, is it worthy of its newly minted threequel, were the television and comic book tie-ins bodacious, and what does Chris think after seeing this very 80's movie for the very first time? Tune in and find out, my excellent friends. (1:11:39)
9/25/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds
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1784 - September 2020 Previews

Another month, another set of Previews! Shane, Chris, Murd and Ian go through issue 384 of the catalog, plus DC Connect #4 and the September 2020 Marvel Previews. What are we the podcasters, and you the listeners, looking forward to reading in two month's time? Listen in, one and all to find out! And flip the pages along with us if you like, it adds an extra layer of flavor. (2:06:47)
9/18/20202 hours, 6 minutes, 47 seconds
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1783 - Comic Talk

Back again for another topic spanning Comic Talk, we begin this episode with the unfortunate passing of iconic actor and on-screen originator of Marvel's live action Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman. From there conversation swerves to the future of viewing movies in the theater, thoughts on the teaser for Robert Pattinson's Batman, brief sojourns into both the World of Toys and the Time Bubble realms, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Pulp, Hickman's X-Men, Ian's take on two very different Superman analogs, Muddle the Murd and more! (1:44:35)
9/11/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 35 seconds
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1782 - Spotlight on SHAZAM! in the Copper Age

Our Shazam Spotlight odyssey brings us to the tumultuous post-Crisis years (1986-93), when the original Captain Marvel struggled to find his footing in the dark deconstructionism of the revised DC Universe. We'll bear witness as the magic lightning forks, creating no fewer than TWO distinct and competing post-Crisis characterizations of the good Captain: the golly-gee-whizzing super-naif of Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire's Justice League (as related in a sidebar by CGS staff BWAH-HA-HA-logist Shane Kelly), and the more serious take of Roy and Dann Thomas. We'll meet Copper Age incarnations of classic villains Dr. Sivana, Black Adam, and Captain Nazi. And we'll note Cap's participation in DCU crossovers such as Legends, War of the Gods, and Eclipso. (2:40:01)
8/31/20202 hours, 40 minutes, 1 second
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1781 - Comic Talk Comic Timing Crossover

There's peanut butter in my chocolate. There's chocolate in my peanut butter. And together it tastes like a podcast crossover...Comic Talk style! Chris and Ian are joined by the Comic Timing Podcast's co-host Brent Kossina, regular rotating guest Donovan Morgan Grant, and last but not least, the CGS return of the one and only artistic juggernaut, Jamal Igle! The combined crew delves deep into DC Comics recent layoffs and cancellations, its new interim Editors in Chiefs, the impending return of Milestone Comics, and thoughts on what may come next for the publisher as all of these changes begin to settle in. We also discuss the Stargirl Season One Finale (spoilers), the fate of the DC Universe app and its originals, Scott Snyder's new Kickstarter and Image Imprint, Kirkman and Samnee's Fire Power, Umbrella Academy (both the Netflix series and comic), Doom Patrol Season 2, Bendis' Superman, Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-Man, Immortal Hulk, the end of Joshua Williamson's Flash, Birthright from Image Comics, The Old Guard, and more. And of course, learn more about the upcoming return of Tom Peyer and Jamal Igle's The Wrong Earth: Night and Day! (2:18:48)
8/20/20202 hours, 18 minutes, 48 seconds
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1780 - August 2020 Previews

A new month, a new Previews! Join the three person crew of Murd, Shane and Ian as we go over the August 2020 edition, cataloging books set to be released in October. We also go over issue 3 of DC Connect, as part of our new normal. Expect some spooky Halloweenesque solicits and tons of good reads waiting for the future!!! Sorry, all the seats on the Time Bubble are taken, you'll just have to wait for these to come out in linear fashion. (1:57:02)
8/14/20201 hour, 57 minutes, 2 seconds
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1779 - Book of the Month Club: The Star Wars

It's a battle, and premise, everyone in the galaxy knows by now: Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, lightsaber in hand, bands together with his group of rebels, a duo of droids, Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca to take on Darth Vader and the evil Empire. But if you think you know more than that basic descriptor, well, we've got news for you. This ain't your daddy's Star Wars. Gather round as we discuss a very different eight-issue comic book adaptation of George Lucas' original rough draft, The Star Wars. And who better to assist in dissecting this Book of the Month selection and tying it into all kinds of Star Wars lore than Ryan Drost of the Star Joes podcast? Nobody, I say! May the Force of Others be with you. (2:09:51)
8/6/20202 hours, 9 minutes, 51 seconds
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Back after a few months of hiatus and just in time for the end of the month, it's Previews time! Join the gang as we go over the July 2020 catalog with a fine tooth comb. And for the very first time, a journey into new territory...DC Connect. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
8/3/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1778 - July 2020 Previews

Back after a few months of hiatus and just in time for the end of the month, it's Previews time! Join the gang as we go over the July 2020 catalog with a fine tooth comb. And for the very first time, a journey into new territory...DC Connect. The more things change, the more they stay the same. (1:37:08)
7/30/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1777 - Comic Talk

We begin this Comic Talk on an elegiacal note, as we reflect on the lives and work of two recently departed titans of the industry, Denny O'Neil and Joe Sinnott. Also, some further thoughts on the Stargirl TV series and the possible fate of the DC Universe streaming service; reports of our recent off-the-shelf reading; Muddle the Murd; and other moments of Midnight Madness. (1:19:12)
7/15/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 12 seconds
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1776 - Introducing! Uncle Sam, Colonial Captain America, and the Black Coat

We the people of Comic Geek Speak, in recognition of the fantastic coincidence that Episode 1776 of our podcast is due for release in the week of July 4th, do ordain and establish this special tribute to the first appearances of three characters with ties to the American War of Independence: Will Eisner's Uncle Sam (National Comics #1, 1940), Capt. Steven Rogers of the Continental Army (Captain America #194, 1976 / Cap: Sentinel of Liberty #6-7, 1999), and the Black Coat (The Black Coat: A Call to Arms #1, 2006). Download it at your liberty; it's a yankee-doodle dandy! (1:21:18)
7/4/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 18 seconds
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1775 - Top 5 Supporting Characters

The time has come for some of the most salient second bananas in comics to reach the top--Top Five, that is! This episode is our strictly subjective salute to all the friends and relatives, lovers and colleagues, mentors and tormentors, and miscellaneous bit-players that make the stars of our favorite series shine their brightest. Join us in thanking them for their support! (1:56:22)
6/22/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 22 seconds
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- CGS Presents Classic Geek Speak: An Interview with Denny O'Neil

In memory of the late Denny O'Neil, we re-present this interview with the legendary writer/editor recorded at a panel at the 2013 Denver Comic Con, conducted by our very own, equally-dearly-departed Jamie D. (48:57)
6/15/202048 minutes, 57 seconds
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1774 - Comic Talk

The Geeks take time to reflect and speculate on DC's withdrawal from Diamond Comic Distributors. Our podcast progenitor, Bryan Deemer, pops in to talk about what he's been reading, to stress the virtues of domestic decluttering, and to reopen the standard 'print vs. digital' debate. We take a look at this year's Eisner Awards nominees. And the beat goes on! (1:50:48)
6/11/20201 hour, 50 minutes, 48 seconds
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1773 - A Conversation with Zack Kruse

Our old crony-in-comics Zack Kruse, fresh off the completion of a PhD. in comics and literature, stops by to talk about his soon-to-be-published book on the art and personal philosophy of Steve Ditko. Think you know all you need to know about this much-misunderstood figure in comics history? Listen to what Dr. Zack has to say, and think again! (1:02:27)
6/4/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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1772 - Comic Talk

We catch a falling star and put it in our pocket in this episode, as we discuss the premiere of the stellar new CWTV series, DC's Stargirl! Plus many more multimedia maunderings. (1:28:43)
5/29/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1771 - Galaxy Quest Retro Movie Review

Get ready for a Retro Movie Review of Galaxy Quest, the stirringly satirical saga of a handful of has-been actors who, thanks to a race of naive aliens, get a chance to be the outer-space heroes they used to play on TV! The Geeks declare their varying degrees of devotion to this 1999 cult classic, thought by many to be the greatest (or at least the funniest) non-Star-Trek Star Trek movie ever made! By Grabthar's Hammer, you will be entertained! (1:17:09)
5/25/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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- CGS Presents: Comic Timing 202

In keeping with the 'Old Home Week' theme that's emerged on CGS lately, Ian L. and his Comic Timing crew have a sit-down with one of our favorite artists and oldest friends, the ever-insightful Jamal Igle, to talk about (among lots of other things) the current corona-craziness and what it might mean to comics in the long run. (2:26:11)
5/18/20202 hours, 26 minutes, 11 seconds
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1770 - Comic Talk, and Catching Up With Danielle Corsetto

The CGS rolodex continues to unfold its wonders, as we welcome back cartoonist Danielle Corsetto to enthuse about Elephant Town (the open-ended online graphic novel she's been working on) and to shoot the breeze with us about the bad habits and guilty pleasures we've all embraced under quarantine! Plus, a paean to the X-Men, Claremont's and Hickman's; a bit of speculation on the possible demise of Diamond's comics distribution monopoly; several reader's reviews; and other COVIDiosyncrasies. (2:00:11)
5/9/20202 hours, 11 seconds
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1769 - Micro-Spotlight on Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #68-75

Our second Micro-Spotlight shines straight and true from the waist of the Web-Slinger, as we discuss the 1969 classic Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #68-75, a.k.a. 'The Clay Tablet Saga'! It's Spider-Man and half the New York Underworld in a mad scramble to secure the Mighty Marvel McGuffin known as the Lifeline Tablet, in a story stuffed with suspense, slugfests, pseudo-science, social commentary, and several surprises! Featuring scintillating Spider-sayings from our expert guest-panelist, Dan Gvozden of the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast! (2:25:32)
5/1/20202 hours, 25 minutes, 32 seconds
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1768 - Social Distancing Storytime with Uncle Sal

Back by popular demand! The royal raconteur of CGSLand, Uncle Sal Abbinanti, brings his signature style of raunchy, not-safe-for-work-from-home humor back to the podcast for the first time in nearly three years! Sal riffs on the possible state of the comics industry post-COVID, why he's NOT sorry to be missing SDCC this year, being a dad at Disney World, and much, much more! Mature Listeners Only!!! (2:29:37)
4/23/20202 hours, 29 minutes, 37 seconds
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1767 - The CGS 'Best of 2019' Awards Results Show, Et Al.

Revealed at last: the winners of the CGS 'Best of 2019' Awards! Afterwards, we talk with our old friend artist/writer Steve Bryant about his latest miniseries, The Catch, the story of a bounty hunter who tracks down bail-jumping supervillains. Plus: what the Geeks have been reading/watching in quarantine, Muddle the Murd, and more! (1:48:22)
4/18/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 22 seconds
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1766 - Top 5 Animated Series of Our Adulthood

Our toon-tastic Top 5 talkfest (begun in Episode 1743) returns for a second season, as a slap-happy sextet of Geeks sing the praises of their five-or-so favorite animated series that entered their lives during their adult years (ages 18-present). And, like a beacon of hope in his nation's darkest hour: the return of DRUNK CAP!! (3:00:29)
4/15/20203 hours, 29 seconds
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1765 - BOMC: DC: The New Frontier

The late 1950s in the U.S. of A.: prosperity and paranoia were both on the rise, humanity was striving toward the stars, and the characters in comic books were acquiring the unmistakable lustre of SILVER. This BOMC episode pays homage to writer/artist Darwyn Cooke's homage to those heady times, DC: The New Frontier. We comment on Cooke's engagement with his period setting, scrutinize his signature art style, and marvel at his distillation of such classic DC characters as Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, J'onn J'onzz, the Losers, and the Challengers of the Unknown to their purest sterling essence. It's one small step for us Geeks, one giant leap for this podcast! (1:54:49)
4/7/20201 hour, 54 minutes, 49 seconds
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1764 - March 2020 Previews

Without further ado, here's Previews! We go through the March catalog for items shipping to stores beginning... well, after the recent announcement from Diamond about Coronavirus-related distribution stoppage, we have no idea when any of these items will be reaching stores. But that won't stop us from talking about them! Excelsior!! (2:17:17)
3/27/20202 hours, 17 minutes, 17 seconds
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1763 - Comic Talk and a Conversation with Shawn Pryor

While penned up in the pandemic poky, what better way to pass the time than by talking some comics and catching up with old friends? That's just what the Geeks do in this episode, as they commiserate over the COVID crisis, compare notes on recent reads, and touch base with their longtime friend and ally, Shawn Pryor to discuss his latest comic book Kickstarter, Ignition. (1:14:35)
3/19/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 35 seconds
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- CGS Presents Classic Geek Speak: TRIVIA!

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we represent Episode 1449 (December 30, 2013), a good old-fashioned CGS shindig featuring a roomful of Geeks, a few special guests, several rounds of comics trivia, and your emcee, Jamie D. (2:25:35)
3/7/20202 hours, 25 minutes, 35 seconds
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1762 - The CGS 'Best of 2019' Awards Nominations Show

Now it can be told: the complete list of comics, characters, and creators deemed worthy of consideration for a 'Best of 2019' Award by the CGS electorate, Geeks and listeners alike! Listen carefully and get those voting muscles limbered up! (And don't miss the opening act: Ian and Murd's discussion of Dan DiDio's sudden departure from DC!) (3:01:04)
2/25/20203 hours, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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1761 - February 2020 Previews

How do we love Previews? Let us count the ways! We go through the February catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in April. (1:48:28)
2/11/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 28 seconds
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1760 - Comic Talk

It's the first Comic Talk of the 2020s, and the Geeks have double-stuffed it with tantalizing topics from a myriad of media! Comic talk, TV talk, streaming series talk, movie talk, toy talk, Christmas presents, trivia, news and gossip: you name it, it's probably no more than three degrees removed from something discussed in this fabulous format-free fiesta! (1:44:34)
2/5/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 34 seconds
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- Crisis Tapes 22: Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, Part 4

The Red Tornado gone haywire! The Freedom Fighters deployed! Wildcat down for the count! And the Anti-Monitor revealed! We close the book on issue #5 of the Crisis maxiseries in this episode. (3:00:05)
1/27/20203 hours, 5 seconds
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1759 - January 2020 Previews

How can you lose when we talk PREVIEWS? We go through the January catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in March. (2:03:53)
1/23/20202 hours, 3 minutes, 53 seconds
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1758 - Micro-Spotlight on Justice League of America #183-185

Presenting a new type of CGS episode, in which the Geeks review brief-but-important story arcs selected from throughout comics history. Is it a Spotlight or a Book of the Month or... IS IT BOTH?? First, we train our gaze on a classic JLA/JSA team-up from 1980, 'Crisis on New Genesis' (Justice League of America [Vol. 1] #183-185), featuring Jack Kirby's New Gods and the first-ever JLA artwork by George Perez. (Devotees of The Crisis Tapes, tune your vibro-towers to this frequency!) (1:01:52)
1/7/20201 hour, 1 minute, 52 seconds
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1757 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Movie Review

In this Force-majeure episode, we share our mixed feelings about Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion of the latest trilogy of Star Wars motion pictures: what it did right, where it went wrong, where our hopes lie for the future of Star Wars. Listen, and your journey toward the Dark Side will be complete!! (1:34:27)
1/2/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 27 seconds
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Christmas - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

After digging around in the chestnut-pit for this year's festive fable, Murd is pleased as plum pudding to present the first story ever told about the most famous reindeer of all: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as penned by Robert L. May in 1939! Pull up an ice-block and lend an ear! (10:42)
12/24/201910 minutes, 42 seconds
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1756 - December 2019 Previews

When what to your wondering eyes should appear, but a Previews episode--our last of the year! We go through the December catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in February. (2:15:57)
12/20/20192 hours, 15 minutes, 57 seconds
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- Crisis Tapes 21: Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, Part 3

More 'Worlds in Limbo' as Adam and Peter continue their super-scrutiny of Crisis #5. Plus, a quick initial reaction to Part One of the CW Network's CoIE TV event! (2:31:29)
12/16/20192 hours, 31 minutes, 29 seconds
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1755 - A Cornucopia of Comics Conversation 2019

It's a little late for Thanksgiving, but we've got lots of lovely leftovers for your listening leisure in our annual overstuffed holiday gobstopper episode! We're thawing out and hashing up a range of topics from the current state of Marvel TV, to a titanic trio of trending trailers, to the CW Network's milestone 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' crossover event, to HBO's Watchmen, to Disney's Mandalorian, to a few things that we've actually READ rather than watched! Pull up a seat at our family table; you won't leave hungry for comics conversation! (2:29:09)
12/12/20192 hours, 29 minutes, 9 seconds
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1754 - November 2019 Previews

Ev'ry morning, ev'ry evening, ain't we got Previews? We go through the November catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in January. (2:28:41)
11/25/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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CGS Presents: Back to the Bins 397

Chris, Murd, and Ian join Paul Spataro and Dr. Bill Robinson of the Back to the Bins podcast for another righteously retrogressive round-table on three older comics of the Geeks' choosing. We've got ghosts, Jack O'Lanterns, and Chinese harvest festivals on the agenda, so travel back with us first to October... and then to the Bins! (2:00:10)
11/18/20192 hours, 10 seconds
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- Crisis Tapes 20: Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, Part 2

The last will and testament of the Monitor! Amok-time on two fugitive Earths! And the multiversal mother of all crowd scenes aboard the Monitor's satellite! Venture beneath the cover of CoIE #5 with Adam and Peter! (2:58:16)
11/13/20192 hours, 58 minutes, 16 seconds
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1753 - Spotlight on the Black Widow

Lover. Killer. Superhero. Spy. Natalia Alianovna Romanova, alias the Black Widow, has acted in many capacities during her six decades of appearances in Marvel Comics. Now, CGS chief intelligence officer Chris Eberle opens the Widow dossier to debrief the public on the lives, loves, and lethal labors of this intriguing character. Classified Information--Ears Only! (1:59:34)
11/5/20191 hour, 59 minutes, 34 seconds
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1752 - October 2019 Previews

Here's ghoulies and ghosties, long-leggedy beasties, and PREVIEWS that go bump in the night! We go through the October catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in December. (2:34:21)
10/29/20192 hours, 34 minutes, 21 seconds
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1751 - Comic Talk

The Geeks quit clowning around and share their takes on the JOKER film (some SPOILERS occur... seriously!). Also, Ian's fast-paced fly-through of New York Comic-Con 2019; Kevin Feige's expanded role at Marvel Entertainment; Murd's encounter with Grant Morrison's sword-and-sorcery Santa saga, Klaus; mini-reviews of Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium, Grendel: Devil's Odyssey, and a Steve Ditko retrospective in Alter Ego #160; and other snits 'n' giggles. (1:47:03)
10/24/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 3 seconds
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- Crisis Tapes 19: Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, Part 1--The Cover

One cover. Ninety-plus characters. Two hosts. Three hours. Zero regrets. Before our discussion of the fifth chapter of Crisis, join us in a 'quick' review of the key players from the two prime Earths, as selected and depicted by George Perez. (3:16:56)
10/9/20193 hours, 16 minutes, 56 seconds
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1750 - September 2019 Previews

All we are saying is give Previews a chance! We go through the September catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in November. (2:10:05)
9/26/20192 hours, 10 minutes, 5 seconds
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1749 - Spider-Man (2002) Retro Movie Review

Seventeen years and two reboots ago, Spider-Man took his first swing at the big screen, under the direction of Sam Raimi and supported by a memorable cast including Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Willem Dafoe. Today, with Spidey's cinematic future in question, the Geeks hearken back to that simpler time and spin their own web of praise and deprecation around the original Spider-Movie: the stars, the script, the suits, the sketchy CGI, and so on. Listen today--it's your power AND your responsibility! (1:25:08)
9/16/20191 hour, 25 minutes, 8 seconds
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1748 - Comic Talk

The Geeks act as digital-audio docents, summarizing their experience of the Marvel exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia! Other attractions include a salute to FlameCon 2019; the inevitable rundown of the Sony/Spider-Man cinematic situation (sheesh!); a tantalizing MCU casting announcement; a few very earnest reading recommendations; a bargain-store bonanza for Shane; Muddle the Murd, and more! (1:23:17)
9/3/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 17 seconds
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1747 - August 2019 Previews

Come and get your Previews! We go through the August catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in October. (2:14:55)
8/26/20192 hours, 14 minutes, 55 seconds
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1746 - Comic Talk Super-Sized Summer Spectacular

August heat got you beat? Cool off with a big, ice-cold pitcher of Comic Talk, featuring follow-ups to our recent Top 5 Animated Series of Our Youth episode; reactions to SDCC news & gossip; a full-scale, five-Geek review of Spider-Man: Far From Home; and more! It's comic fun in the summertime! (2:26:50)
8/2/20192 hours, 26 minutes, 50 seconds
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1745 - July 2019 Previews

Previews comin' at'cha! We go through the July catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in September. (2:27:42)
7/23/20192 hours, 27 minutes, 42 seconds
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1744 - BOMC: Daredevil: Born Again

It was the worst of times for Daredevil; it was the best of times for his readers! It was 1986, and comics auteur Frank Miller was making his second pass at writing Marvel's Daredevil series, accompanied this time by master draftsman David Mazzucchelli as artist. What Miller accomplished over seven revolutionary issues (Daredevil #227-233), collectively titled 'Born Again,' was the total decimation of Matt Murdock's life and Murdock's subsequent triumphant resurgence, in a masterful tale steeped in hardboiled crime fiction and Christian allegory. Join our CGS literary circle (including Doctors of Daredevology Chris Eberle and Kevin Moyer) in an examination of this deft deconstruction and reconstruction of one of Marvel's iconic characters. (2:30:22)
7/18/20192 hours, 30 minutes, 22 seconds
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1743 - Top 5 Animated Series of Our Youth

Get set for Saturday-morning sentimentality, as a packed clown-car of six Geeks share fond memories of the cartoon shows they loved most in their younger days (ages 0-18). Best enjoyed with a bowl of cereal or your favorite after-school snack! (WARNING: Discussion gets a little... confessional... at times.) (2:27:32)
7/15/20192 hours, 27 minutes, 32 seconds
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1742 - Comic Talk

Yes, it's one of THOSE episodes--when anything can be discussed, and is! Topics include the tragic anticlimax of the Vertigo imprint (along with most other imprints at DC); the impending return of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the JSA, and Wally West to active status in the DC Universe; fond reminiscences on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, plus tons of other televisual tangents; Ian's take on Dark PhoeniX and Toy Story 4, and Shane's on Men in Black International (all sans spoilers); the lengths to which Shane will go to be a good GeekDad; the general enthusiasm of Chris; and more additional asides and random remarks than there are grains of sand on the head of a pin! ...Or something! Just download it! (1:25:20)
7/8/20191 hour, 25 minutes, 20 seconds
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Crisis Tapes 18: Interlude the First

We pause now in our ongoing analysis of the Crisis on Infinite Earths maxiseries for a brief intermission following 'Act I' (issues #1-4), during which a variety of Crisis-related short subjects will be presented. From forgotten tie-ins to recent references to vintage fan-press articles to collections and merchandising, Peter and Adam mete out a melange of multiversal morsels to tide you over until the antimatter curtain rises on Crisis #5. Que l'entr'acte commence! (2:59:41)
7/1/20192 hours, 59 minutes, 41 seconds
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1741 - Manga for American Comics Fans (and Vice-Versa)

Ian Levenstein, Geek of Two Worlds, assumes an ambassadorial role in this episode, as he lobbies for greater mutual appreciation among fans of American and Japanese comics. He begins by making some genre-specific manga reading suggestions for his fellow Geeks; then, in a live recording of a panel he co-moderated at AnimeNEXT 2019, he recommends some American comics to a roomful of otaku. (Say, how d'you say 'Nuff Said' in Japanese?) (1:23:20)
6/26/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 20 seconds
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1740 - June 2019 Previews

It's Previews time, Previews time, Pre-Pre-Previews time! We go through the June catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in August. AND, somewhere along the line, we hear Chris's spoiler-free feelings on the Dark PhoeniX film! (2:44:18)
6/21/20192 hours, 44 minutes, 18 seconds
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1739 - Comic Talk

You'll get a Tom King two-fer in this captivating Comic Talk episode, as we address 1.) the fan-favorite writer's impending departure from the monthly Batman series, and 2.) the finale of his Heroes in Crisis miniseries. Not to mention some sparkling discussion of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, more on the Marvel/Netflix situation, and other bright bursts of badinage. (1:37:39)
6/4/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 39 seconds
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1738 - Spotlight on SHAZAM! in the Bronze Age, Part Two

Back to the Bronze Age for more tales of mirth and woe with the Original Captain Marvel! This episode covers the years 1976-85, including the final year of the SHAZAM! solo series, Captain Marvel's four-year run in World's Finest Comics, and some significant guest appearances. Billy and Uncle Marvel set out on a road-trippin', TV-riffin' Tour of Cities! Black Adam returns! The Monster Society strikes back! Kid Eternity joins the Marvel Family! Cap meets Superman several times, and fights him once or twice! And CRISIS comes to Earth-S! Plus an 'Other Media' surprise or two! (2:10:56)
5/28/20192 hours, 10 minutes, 56 seconds
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1737 - Spotlight on SHAZAM! in the Bronze Age, Part One

In 1973, after 19 years in comic-book limbo, the Original Captain Marvel and Family burst out of their Suspendium prison and into the waiting arms of the very publisher that worked so hard to exile them in the first place: DC Comics! With Shazamaster Murd and his Lieutenant Marvels as your guides, return now to the early days of the good Captain's Bronze Age revival, from his first DC issue and his stormy reunion with his co-creator C.C. Beck to his first encounter with the other heroes of the DC Multiverse. Whimsy and wonder await! (2:30:20)
5/24/20192 hours, 30 minutes, 20 seconds
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1736 - Top 5 MCU Movies

Now that Avengers: Endgame has capped off an eleven-year sequence of 22 Marvel movies, the Geeks revisit the question of which ones they like best--and, just for cheek, we rank 'em, too! Excelsior!! (WARNING: Various spoilers may occur!) (2:07:33)
5/20/20192 hours, 7 minutes, 33 seconds
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1735 - May 2019 Previews

Gather ye PREVIEWS while ye may; Old Time is still a-flying! We go through the May catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in July. (1:20:59)
5/15/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 59 seconds
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1734 - Avengers: Endgame Movie Review

Twenty-one movies, dozens of characters, billions of theatergoer dollars: it's all led up to this! The time has come to review the Marvel-film-to-end-all-Marvel-films (figuratively speaking), and in the 'Send Everybody' idiom of Endgame, we've assembled six Geeks (plus the Avenging spirit of Jamie D!) to talk over the cast, the creators, and the myriad of Marvel-ous movie moments that make up this cosmic-class blockbuster. Expect infinite SPOILERS! (2:06:06)
5/3/20192 hours, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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1733 - April 2019 Previews

Hippity-Hoppity, Previews is on its way! We go through the April catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in June. (2:25:48)
4/22/20192 hours, 25 minutes, 48 seconds
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1732 - Comic Talk

Ian breaks down the apparent pros and cons of the upcoming Disney+ streaming service; Murd makes his report on a recent academic conference on Batman, held at his grad-school alma mater; everyone voices their gut reactions to the Star Wars: Episode IX trailer; and spoiler-light accolades are bestowed on Spider-Man: Life Story #1, Detective Comics #1000, and the long-awaited third season of the Young Justice cartoon. Plus other bijoux and bonbons. (1:36:05)
4/18/20191 hour, 36 minutes, 5 seconds
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1731 - SHAZAM! Movie Review

The World's Mightiest Mortal is now the World's Mightiest Movie! The Geeks form a Council of Eternity to share their thoughts on the second Captain Marvel film of 2019 (so far), SHAZAM! (Batten down the hatches for a thunderstorm of SPOILERS!) (1:18:07)
4/11/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 7 seconds
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1730 - Batman (1989) Retro Movie Review

Beginning a series of balcony discussions of geeky and geek-adjacent films released before CGS came into being, we take you deep into the dark and twisting alleyways of Tim Burton's Gotham for a long, hard look at the definitive superhero movie of the late '80s: Batman! The Geeks (including, from out of the shadows... MATT!) shine the Bat-signal on the controversial leading men, the pomo-noir visual/set design and directorial vision, the savvy screenplay, and the soundtrack that combined to ignite worldwide Batmania thirty years ago. (1:27:01)
4/5/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 1 second
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MTB032- Murd's Time Bubble: The Thirty-Second Time

There's a TIME to laugh and a TIME to mourn in this voyage of the Time Bubble, as we pause to reflect on a real-world national tragedy that sent shockwaves all the way to the Marvel Universe. Also: the striking debut of Jonni Thunder, a.k.a. Thunderbolt; a one-mutant crusade for the X-Men's Nightcrawler; and a Peter David project you might have missed in 2001. (2:27:41)
4/1/20192 hours, 27 minutes, 41 seconds
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1729 - Comic Talk

Murd has traveled over the rainbow to Seattle (and Vancouver) for Emerald City Comic Con 2019, and in this episode he tells us what he found there. Also: the finalization of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, among other news; the opening of some geeky Christmas presents, just a few months late; reading reviews; Muddle the Murd; and other glimmers of gold. (1:38:24)
3/22/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 24 seconds
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1728 - The CGS 'Best of 2018' Awards Results Show... AND March 2019 Previews!

Revealed here: the winners of the CGS 'Best of 2018' Awards, as chosen by YOU! Afterwards, we return you to your regularly scheduled PREVIEWS episode, in which we go through the March catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in May. (2:21:54)
3/20/20192 hours, 21 minutes, 54 seconds
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1727 - Captain Marvel Movie Review

Aviator of the USAF. Warrior of the Kree. Dominator of the box office! Carol Danvers, alias Captain Marvel, has finally come into her own, and in this episode we offer our cosmic-powered critique of her motion picture debut. Brace yourself for SPOILERS! (1:31:08)
3/13/20191 hour, 31 minutes, 8 seconds
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1726 - Introducing! Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Captain Marvel

O Captains! our Captains! This episode is fun! Fuel your excitement for the Captain Marvel movie by learning a little more about how three inheritors of the mantle of Mar-Vell first ascended to the official rank of 'Captain,' as seen in three key Marvel back issues: Monica Rambeau (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16), Genis-Vell (Captain Marvel [1995] #1), and the woman of the hour, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel [2012] #1)! Company Salute!! (And no 'Shazam' jokes, please; it's been done!) (1:39:43)
3/8/20191 hour, 39 minutes, 43 seconds
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1725 - Comic Talk

Now appearing on your audio-screens will be a round-up of a very Geek-friendly Oscar Night; a torrent of TV talk, including a look at some of the latest content from the soon-to-be-terminated Marvel/Netflix partnership; and more than enough talk about actual comics to make this episode worthy of its title! (1:27:40)
2/27/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 40 seconds
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1724 - The CGS 'Best of 2018' Awards Nominations Show

It's the gala comic-talk event a whole year in the making: the revelation of which comics/characters/creators have been deemed worthy of consideration, by Geeks and CGS listeners alike, as candidates for the coveted 'Best of 2018' Awards! Find out who and what are in the conversation this year, then get ready to vote for the winners! (3:00:08)
2/21/20193 hours, 8 seconds
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1723 - Introducing! Green Arrow & Speedy, Hawkeye, and Archer & Armstrong

It's Valentine's Day, and as the air grows thick with Cupid's arrows, the Geeks choose this special occasion to celebrate--you guessed it--ARCHERY in comics! We're pulling the 'Introducing' format from the quiver and using it to take aim at the first appearances of a few of comics' most bodacious bowmen: Green Arrow and Speedy (More Fun Comics #73), Hawkeye the Marksman (Tales of Suspense #57), and Obadiah Archer (Archer & Armstrong #0). If you're drawn to pointed commentary and on-target historical analysis, this episode hits the bull's-eye! (Hey, don't 'nock' it 'til you've tried it!) (1:14:16)
2/14/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds
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1722 - February 2019 Previews

Roses are red, violets are blue, time once again to cover Previews! We go through the February catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in April. (2:25:37)
2/12/20192 hours, 25 minutes, 37 seconds
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1721 - Comic Talk

Comic Talk comin' at ya! In this formidable farina of fannish ephemera, you'll find our musings on the latest wave of 'restructuring' at DC Entertainment, a spoiler-free reaction to M. Night Shyamalan's pseudo-superhero film Glass, movie news, reading reviews, trivia, random anecdotes, and other tender vittles. (1:49:23)
1/31/20191 hour, 49 minutes, 23 seconds
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1720 - January 2019 Previews

We say 'Pre,' you say 'Views'! Pre...VIEWS!!! We go through the January catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in March. (2:10:45)
1/16/20192 hours, 10 minutes, 45 seconds
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1719 - Comic Talk & Aquaman Movie Review

The Geeks make some deep cuts (five fathoms deep, that is!) when we review the Aquaman movie! From there, the conversation drifts to DC's new Young Justice series by Brian Michael Bendis and Pat Gleason; Conan and Spider-Geddon from Marvel; the Bumblebee and Dragon Ball Super: Broly movies; Season 2 of Runaways on Hulu; geeky Christmas gifts; Muddle the Murd; and more! (Be warned: in this episode, we SPOIL everything we touch!) (1:54:54)
1/11/20191 hour, 54 minutes, 54 seconds
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1718 - Spotlight on Namor the Sub-Mariner

Up from the murky depths of comics history arises this seaworthy Spotlight on the very first Marvel Comics character: Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner! Lend your pointed ears to Grand Admiral Chris Eberle and Frigate Lieutenant Adam Murdough as they chart out 80 years of stories starring the Avenging Son: his divided heritage; his turbulent, oft-interrupted reign over the peoples of Atlantis; his key alliances and rivalries; his tempestuous love affairs; and the fine line he has always walked (or swum) between the arbitrary roles of 'hero,' 'villain,' and 'anti-hero.' It's an aquatic anniversary acclamation for Atlantean aficionados of all ages! Imperius Rex!! (3:09:11)
12/31/20183 hours, 9 minutes, 11 seconds
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Christmas - Christmas Every Day

For this year's yuletide oratory, Murd presents 'Christmas Every Day,' William Dean Howells' classic satirical fable of the joys of the season--and the importance of experiencing them in moderation! (11:49)
12/24/201811 minutes, 49 seconds
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1717 - December 2018 Previews

You better watch out, better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: a Previews episode is coming to your podcast feed! We go through the December catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in February. Then, reach deep into the toe of your stocking to find a special treat at the end: a bonus discussion of the Into the Spider-Verse movie, sweetened with SPOILERS! (2:15:05)
12/21/20182 hours, 15 minutes, 5 seconds
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1716 - Comic Talk: Up, Up, and Away! Edition

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a formatless Comic Talk episode! We launch this Metropolis marvel with an account of our CGS group outing to a 40th anniversary screening of Superman: The Movie, followed by tons of TV and trailer talk and the name-dropping of some actual comic books. You will believe three Geeks can improvise! (1:32:02)
12/6/20181 hour, 32 minutes, 2 seconds
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1715 - A Cornucopia of Comics Conversation 2018

Come, ye thankful listeners, come and join our CGS extended family at the banquet table of banter for a Thanksgiving feast of comic talk, just like Mother used to make! The main dish is our extended salute to the life and legacy of Stan 'The Man' Lee, followed by a group review of The Green Lantern #1 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp, a ton of TV and movie talk, Five Minutes of Anime, and assorted giblets and gravy. Dig in! (2:39:58)
11/21/20182 hours, 39 minutes, 58 seconds
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1714 - November 2018 Previews

Mama's little Geeks love Previews, Previews, Mama's little Geeks love Previews shows! We go through the November 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in January 2019. (1:46:28)
11/9/20181 hour, 46 minutes, 28 seconds
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1713 - Top 5 Reads While Stranded on a Desert Island

Imagine that you're about to be marooned on a remote desert island for days, weeks, or longer. Which comics (series, runs, collections, etc.; anything goes!) would you want to have with you to pass the time? We Geeks reveal what we'd throw into the lifeboat in this episode. Comics Ahoy! (2:03:37)
10/26/20182 hours, 3 minutes, 37 seconds
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MTB031- Murd's Time Bubble: The Thirty-First Time

A monstrous Marvel legacy begins! The rough and raucous career of a DC antihero ends! And an unlikely venture straddling the heritages of both major publishers sees the light of day! This is what's rolling out of the Time Bubble's cargo hold this TIME... plus a bumper-crop of Quick Pops! (2:33:19)
10/19/20182 hours, 33 minutes, 19 seconds
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1712 - October 2018 Previews

Peekaboo--here's Previews! We go through the October catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in December. Then, special guest Previewer Ian Levenstein spins a few yarns from NYCC 2018! (1:58:58)
10/10/20181 hour, 58 minutes, 58 seconds
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1711 - Comic Talk

We wax elegiac in this episode, as we speak a few words in praise of recently departed creators Marie Severin, Gary Friedrich, and Norm Breyfogle. We also share our gut reactions to the traumatic first issue of DC's Heroes in Crisis miniseries, along with other reviews, reflections, and rejoinders. (1:10:23)
9/28/20181 hour, 10 minutes, 23 seconds
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1710 - September 2018 Previews

Previews, sweet Previews! We go through the September 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in November. First episode recorded in our brand-new studio space! (1:25:42)
9/17/20181 hour, 25 minutes, 42 seconds
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1709 - Top 5 Iconic Moments in Comics

That moment when you see something in a comic book that makes a permanent impression, that changes your idea of what can be done in comics and reminds you of why you love to read them: these are the moments we're celebrating in this Top 5 episode, as we count down some of our favorite cliffhangers, turning points, splash pages, and other fleeting flashes and flourishes of narrative brilliance to grace the medium over the years. (Special CGS salutations to our good friend Ian Levenstein of Comic Timing, who not only salvaged the recording of this episode, but is also in it!) (1:56:03)
9/7/20181 hour, 56 minutes, 3 seconds
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1708 - August 2018 Previews

All rise for Previews! We go through the August 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in October 2018. PLUS: You are cordially invited to attend a double-wedding discussion of Batman #50 and X-Men Gold #30. SPOILERS will be served at the reception! (1:48:30)
8/17/20181 hour, 48 minutes, 30 seconds
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1707 - Comic Talk

In this bite-sized block of Comic Talk, we offer a few remarks on the passing of one of comics' greatest and most enigmatic talents, Steve Ditko. Also, Pants finally weighs in on Grant Morrison's Animal Man, along with other forgotten treasures from his collection; Murd magicks up a quick impression of Mark Waid's new Dr. Strange series; Shane takes us to 'Teen Titans Go! to the Movies'; and other enticing ephemera. (47:42)
8/6/201847 minutes, 42 seconds
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1706 - Spotlight on the Hulk in the Silver Age

We're turning green (well, first gray, then green) with excitement to bring you this look at the beginnings of the greatest 'man vs. self' conflict dynamic in all of comics: scientist Bruce Banner... and the Incredible Hulk! It's a rampage through the first seven years of the Hulk's adventures, introducing his supporting cast, his most significant foes, his nigh-limitless might, and his increasingly fractured psyche, brought to you by comics scholar Gamma Cum Laude Chris Eberle and lowly lab tech Adam Murdough. Go Go Go HULK! (2:05:58)
7/31/20182 hours, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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1705 - Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie Review

Geeks great and small swarm together in this episode to talk over the long and the short of the biggest little sequel of the summer season: Ant-Man and the Wasp! The action, the effects, the gags, the characters, the insects--all this and maybe a valid critical point or two in this Pym-particle-packed podcast parley! (1:01:27)
7/27/20181 hour, 1 minute, 27 seconds
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1704 - July 2018 Previews

Be-Bop-a-Lula, here comes Previews! We go through the July 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in September 2018. (2:01:36)
7/16/20182 hours, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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1703 - Comic Talk

Another milestone for the CGS consortium, as Chris, Murd, and Bryan Deemer engage in 75 multi-topic minutes of Comic Talk without the benefit of a net... or a studio! This all-Skype extravaganza includes a report on Heroes Con 2018 from Murd; a preview of the latest magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing, Retro Fan; a ream of reading recommendations and reviews; some TV talk (Luke Cage, Season 2; Cloak & Dagger); and even a bit of WWII history and miniature-painting discussion for good measure. Step right up and listen to the show--admission is free! (1:13:27)
7/6/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 27 seconds
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1702 - June 2018 Previews

We're late, but we're still here! It's a two-man Previews as Shane and Chris go through the June 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in August. (1:48:12)
6/28/20181 hour, 48 minutes, 12 seconds
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CGS Presents: Back to the Bins 326

Chris and Murd make another guest appearance on the Back to the Bins podcast, where they join hosts and fellow time-trippers Paul Spataro and Bill Robinson in the consideration of comics past. On the agenda: some Bronze Age Marvel horror and martial-arts action, and a timely tie-in with Marvel's ORIGINAL Infinity War! (1:58:07)
6/13/20181 hour, 58 minutes, 7 seconds
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1701 - Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

Soaring from the Spice Mines of Kessel to the silver screen, it's Solo: A Star Wars Story, chronicling the early adventures of everyone's favorite spacefaring scoundrel, Han Solo! Thrill with the Geeks as they indulge in a digression-heavy discussion of the film, and how it scratched their Star Wars fan-itch in a Wookiee-sized way! (Warning: This episode is smuggling a heavy cargo of SPOILERS!) (1:23:21)
6/1/20181 hour, 23 minutes, 21 seconds
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1700 - Comic Talk

Another centennial-episode milestone, and we're playing it totally low-key, just doing what we love most to do: talk comics! We swap stories of Free Comic Book Day 2018, offer reading recommendations, and, biggest and ballsiest of all, we review Deadpool 2! (1:16:36)
5/28/20181 hour, 16 minutes, 36 seconds
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1699 - Spotlight on SHAZAM! in the Atomic Age

The original era of the Original Captain Marvel came to a sad end in 1953... so what DID happen to the Marvel Family? How did they survive the rise of King Kull the Beastman, the baleful influence of the horror genre, and shameless attempts at Cold War/Korean War exploitationism, only to fall victim to a fate far more subtle and insidious, and to vanish into limbo for 20 years? Murd and Chris have some answers in this Spotlight episode covering the comics of the final fling of Fawcett Publications in the Fabulous Fifties (1950-53). (2:50:03)
5/21/20182 hours, 50 minutes, 3 seconds
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1698 - May 2018 Previews

Time to go through the May 2018 Previews catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in July. Plus a chat with Athena Voltaire creator Steve Bryant. (1:25:37)
5/10/20181 hour, 25 minutes, 37 seconds
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1697 - Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

The culmination of ten years of Marvel Studios filmmaking, Avengers: Infinity War is already a cosmic-scale blockbuster, and it's thrown down the Gauntlet to all other superhero movies past and present. Now, no fewer than five CGS Geeks assemble to share their reactions to this watershed moment in comic-book cinema. It's a GEM of an episode! (1:26:52)
5/3/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 52 seconds
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1696 - An Interview with Professional Model Builder and Painter Lincoln Wright

In this episode, Bryan digs into his newest hobby of miniature painting and model building. He speaks with professional model builder and painter Lincoln Wright. Lincoln worked as a pro for 10 years in Japan and now runs a successful YouTube channel and Patreon. Lincoln is enthusiastic and has great stories to tell, so even if model building isn't your thing, you're sure to you entertained! (1:13:16)
4/25/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 16 seconds
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1695 - The CGS 'Best of 2017' Awards Show

Announcing the final winners of the CGS 'Best of 2017' Awards, as voted on by you, our listeners! Following the reveal, pick up a goodie-bag of bonus Comic Talk, including a SPOILER-rich rundown of DC's landmark Action Comics #1000; a micro-Spotlight's worth of Action Comics historical data and statistics, as compiled by Pants; some early thoughts on Season 2 of Legion; and more! (1:26:19)
4/20/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 19 seconds
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1694 - April 2018 Previews and C2E2 Recap

It's Previews time once again! We go through the April 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in June 2018 and afterwards Pants recounts his recent trip to Chicago for the C2E2 convention. (1:46:50)
4/13/20181 hour, 46 minutes, 50 seconds
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1693 - CGS Goes to War!: Enemy Ace: War in Heaven and Vertigo Visions: Tomahawk

WAR has been declared! CGS opens a new front in its podcasting campaign, as Chris and Murd sit down at the strategy table to discuss a couple of their favorite comics in the war genre: Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, a German view of World War II brought to you by Garth Ennis; and a Vertigo-style take on the origin of DC's hero of the American Revolution, Tomahawk! War may be hell, but this new format is anything but! (1:19:29)
4/9/20181 hour, 19 minutes, 29 seconds
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1692 - A Conversation with Julie Benson and Shawna Benson

Now making an encore appearance on CGS: Julie Benson and Shawna Benson, the premier sister act of the comics-writing world! Julie and Shawna take time out to chat about their upcoming transition from Batgirl and the Birds of Prey to Green Arrow at DC Comics; the state of TV (i.e., shows they write and ones they're watching); and other bits of Bensonabilia. (1:46:33)
4/2/20181 hour, 46 minutes, 33 seconds
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1691 - The CGS 'Best of 2017' Awards Nominations Show

For the consideration of the Academy (i.e., YOU), this episode presents the results of our annual search for the most praiseworthy people and publications of the previous year in comics. Hear the Geeks' and listeners' choices for the best comics and creators of 2017, then cast your votes for the final winners! (1:31:34)
3/28/20181 hour, 31 minutes, 34 seconds
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1690 - March 2018 Previews

Time once again to go through Previews! This time it's the March 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in May. Plus hear Pants give his thoughts on the closing of Toys R Us. (1:25:42)
3/14/20181 hour, 25 minutes, 42 seconds
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1689 - Comic Talk

Format? Where we're going, we won't NEED format! In this affably amorphous episode you'll hear highlights from Pants' Whovian holiday in sunny L.A.; more thoughts on the Black Panther movie from Pants and Shane (SPOILERS!); Murd's declassified reaction to Brian K. Vaughan's The Private Eye; TV Talk, Toy Talk, Novelization Talk, and even (who'd have guessed it?) Comic Talk! (1:13:56)
3/1/20181 hour, 13 minutes, 56 seconds
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1688 - February 2018 Previews

You just can't lose with Previews! We go over the February 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in April. AND: the official announcement of The CGS 'Best of 2017' Awards! (1:18:18)
2/21/20181 hour, 18 minutes, 18 seconds
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1687 - Black Panther Movie Review

Hail to the King!! As the groundbreaking blockbuster Black Panther motion picture continues its box-office reign, a Geek tribal council consisting of Chris, Murd, and the elusive Matt assembles to discuss the film, its characters, its visual design, its surprising faithfulness to source material, and its wider cultural significance. Wakanda Forever! (1:26:02)
2/19/20181 hour, 26 minutes, 2 seconds
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MTB030- Murd's Time Bubble: The Thirtieth Time

An(other) all-different Doom Patrol! The 'Last Laugh' for the DC Universe! And a couple of minor Marvel masterpieces from the late Bronze Age! The Time Bubble gangplank is descending--All Aboard! (1:57:10)
2/16/20181 hour, 57 minutes, 10 seconds
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1686 - Top 5 Legacy Heroes

The time has come for a Top 5 episode--one that salutes the heritage of heroism! With a welcome assist from our brother-in-arms Ian Levenstein, we hand down our lists of personal favorite comics legacy characters. Any hero who's ever succeeded to, filled in for, been inspired/influenced by, or stolen from another character is fair game! Top 5 Fever: Pass it on! (2:36:33)
2/1/20182 hours, 36 minutes, 33 seconds
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1685 - Comic Talk

Been craving some bona-fide, fully-accredited CGS Comic Talk--the kind that consists mainly of discussion of actual comics?? Well, this episode's got the goods! The Geeks put their heads together to evaluate Doomsday Clock #2, and then sound off on all sorts of other things they've been reading lately, without sparing the SPOILERS! Also, Pants' report on some high-profile occurrences of that magic number, 52; a few low-spoiler reactions to the CW's Black Lightning pilot; and a most memorable Muddle the Murd! (1:37:11)
1/24/20181 hour, 37 minutes, 11 seconds
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1684 - DC in D.C. 2018, or: Mr. Pants Goes to Washington

Wave the flag and write your congressman, because Pants is back from a sabbatical in the U.S. capital! Hear about his appointment to view a national treasure of comics fandom at the Library of Congress, and the good times he had at the first-of-its-kind, free-to-the-public, comics-and-culture promo event known as 'DC in D.C. 2018'! Includes full-length fireside chats with a few of our favorite writers, Tom King and the Benson Sisters! (1:17:16)
1/17/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds
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1683 - January 2018 Previews

It's Previews Time! We go over the January 2018 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in March. (1:21:25)
1/9/20181 hour, 21 minutes, 25 seconds
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1682 - Post-Holiday Mishmosh (a.k.a. Comic Talk)

Do you hear what I hear? It's Comic Talk and post-holiday decompression, together in perfect harmony! In this festive episode we open a few Christmas presents, look ahead to the 'DC in D.C.' event later this month, unload a sleighful of trivia and TV talk (Some Spoilers May Apply!), and drink in the conviviality like a fine eggnog. Post-Holiday Mishmosh will always be--just as long as we have we! (1:20:49)
1/5/20181 hour, 20 minutes, 49 seconds
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1681 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

The latest installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy has thundered into theaters and divided fandom as sharply as a lightsaber through a torso. Now it's time for Shane, Chris, and Murd to have their spoiler-laden say on the matter. May the Force be with us all! (59:56)
12/27/201759 minutes, 56 seconds
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- Christmas Bells

Murd, our holiday habitue, presents his annual recitation: a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Season's Greetings from CGS! (2:38)
12/24/20172 minutes, 38 seconds
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1680 - The Best of Story Time with Uncle Sal, Part Two

Just in time for Christmas it's another installment of the best bits from our chats with Sal Abbinanti, aka Uncle Sal. Topics include the birth of his son, convention fun with Buzz, and much more. (1:29:09)
12/21/20171 hour, 29 minutes, 9 seconds
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1679 - Off the Racks: Doomsday Clock #1

Enclosed are the Geeks' first impressions of Doomsday Clock #1, the initial phase of a year-long DCU/Watchmen mash-up brought to you by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Listen now. The clock is ticking... (43:51)
12/14/201743 minutes, 51 seconds
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1678 - December 2017 Previews

It's Previews Time again! We go through the December 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in February of 2018. (1:15:28)
12/12/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 28 seconds
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Crisis Tapes 17: Crisis on Infinite Earths #4, Part 2

12/5/20171 hour, 22 minutes, 56 seconds
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1677 - A Cornucopia of Comics Conversation 2017

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November: no matter! CGS continues its annual Thanksgiving-week tradition of spicing up this somber month with a veritable feast of Comic Talk, stuffed with more topics and more comicky camaraderie than you can shake a candied yam at! Help yourself, and don't be shy about coming back for seconds... but save us a drumstick! (1:04:20)
11/28/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 20 seconds
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1676 - The Best of Story Time with Uncle Sal, Part One

We dig into the CGS archives to bring to you highlights of our most frequent guest - Sal Abbinanti aka Uncle Sal! Hear his origin story, convention tales, home life anecdotes, special guest appearances, and much more! (1:53:06)
11/24/20171 hour, 53 minutes, 6 seconds
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1675 - Justice League Movie Review

Just Imagine: the mightiest heroes of our time, banded together as the Justice League in a major motion picture! Next, imagine the CGS Geeks similarly united to review that motion picture, hashing out the good, the bad, and the ugly of the JLA's big-screen debut. Now stop imagining and start downloading! Justice Is Served!! (1:06:32)
11/21/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 32 seconds
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Crisis Tapes 16: Crisis on Infinite Earths #4, Part 1

As Peter and Adam resume their riotous rundown of Crisis with issue #4, time is running out for Earth-1 and Earth-2, and it's already run out for Earth-6! Firestorm and Killer Frost face chaos in Camelot, Supergirl and Red Tornado make their grand entrances into the story destined to change them forever, and the heroes of Earth-1 witness the illuminating introduction of the new Doctor Light! (2:43:43)
11/14/20172 hours, 43 minutes, 43 seconds
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1674 - November 2017 Previews

It's time once again to go through the Previews catalog. This time it's the November 2017 listing for items shipping to stores beginning in January of 2018. (1:00:59)
11/9/20171 hour, 59 seconds
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1673 - Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Ragnarok is upon us! The Geeks convene to pass judgment on this radically different cinematic vision of Marvel's God of Thunder and his corner of the MCU. The Twilight of the Gods was never this much fun! (47:08)
11/7/201747 minutes, 8 seconds
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1672 - Comic Talk: Catch-Up Edition

After several weeks of suffering the bludgeonings of chance, four Geeks finally find time to meet up for a little Comic Talk group therapy! Talking points include more on the final fate of Wildpig Comics; the fabulous treasures laid up in the House of Pants; a new kind of comic-art show in our home city of Reading, Pa.; Halloween hi-jinks; Muddle the Murd; and much more! (1:01:47)
10/31/20171 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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MTB029- Murd's Time Bubble: The Twenty-Ninth Time

Return with Murd to those dark, portentous days of late 2001. Some spots to explore on our two-hour tour: the Fantastic Four (a la Grant Morrison), 'Our Worlds at War', the Mighty Thor, and more! (2:19:18)
10/19/20171 hour, 37 minutes, 8 seconds
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1671 - 2017 NYCC Chat and October Previews

Treat yourself to Previews, with a crunchy candy coating of Comic Talk! We go through the October 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in December... but first, we have a nice long chat, including notes on New York Comic Con 2017, with our special guest, longtime CGS consultant Eric Nolen-Weathington of TwoMorrows Publishing. (1:44:30)
10/11/20171 hour, 44 minutes, 30 seconds
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1670 - Comic Talk

Join us for a bittersweet bull-session that is both a recap of the fun and fellowship of the most recent WildPig sale... and a Requiem for WildPig Comics as we've known it. Plus: the little-explored connection between comics and the late Hugh Hefner; a few comics-related news items; and more. (46:44)
10/4/201746 minutes, 44 seconds
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1669 - Comic Talk

It's another format-free fiesta from the fine folks at the CGS Studio! Good news and bad news, trivia and travelogues, quickie reviews of comics new and old--why, this episode is so eclectic, so magnificently multifarious and righteously rambling, that it defies summary! Listen and see what we mean! (1:04:32)
9/20/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 32 seconds
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1668 - September 2017 Previews

It's Previews time again! We go through the September 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in November. Also: a few words on the passing of comics legend Len Wein. (1:19:02)
9/11/20171 hour, 19 minutes, 2 seconds
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1667 - Spotlight on Jack 'King' Kirby, Part Two

Part Two of our two-part Jack Kirby centennial retrospective covers Kirby's creation of the Fourth World and other early-1970s projects for DC Comics; his return to, and subsequent legal disputes with, Marvel; his career in animation; and his golden twilight years. Hail to the King! (2:17:44)
9/5/20172 hours, 17 minutes, 44 seconds
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1666 - Comic Talk

Going somewhere for Labor Day weekend? Here's some Comic Talk for the road! Pants shares some stories and souvenirs of his tour of duty in Artists' Alley at London Super Comic Convention 2017, including his discovery of a little-known missing link between comics and stamp collecting! Plus reading recommendations, TV talk (including early thoughts on Marvel's The Defenders), mailbag, Muddle the Murd, and more. (57:24)
9/1/201757 minutes, 24 seconds
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1665 - Better Call Sal

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, it's time once again for Uncle Sal! (2:27:18)
8/15/20172 hours, 27 minutes, 18 seconds
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1664 - August 2017 Previews

Time again to go through the Previews catalog. We cover the August 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in October. (1:08:45)
8/10/20171 hour, 8 minutes, 45 seconds
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1663 - Spotlight on Jack 'King' Kirby, Part One

Kirby Is Here!!! We're 'Krackling' with excitement to present Part One of our two-part tribute to the King of Comics, in celebration of his centennial year. Kirby Konnoisseur Chris Eberle walks us through Jack's early life, his marriage, his service in World War II, his storied creative partnerships with Joe Simon and Stan Lee, and the triumphs and trials of his career in comics from the early Golden Age to his exit from Marvel in 1970. (3:08:47)
8/4/20173 hours, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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1662 - Comic Talk

Comic Talk, Comic Talk, does whatever a podcast episode can! As we weave our tangled web of geeky gab, we salute that recently departed stenographic stalwart of the early days of Marvel Comics, 'Fabulous Flo' Steinberg; bandy about our favorite bits of news from SDCC 2017; catch up with an old friend, artist Martheus Wade; and share a few of our thoughts and concerns on Spider-Man: Homecoming. LOOK OUT--here comes some Comic Talk!! (1:47:52)
7/26/20171 hour, 47 minutes, 52 seconds
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1661 - Top 5 Childhood Favorite Comics

Oh, for those long-ago days of our youth! The Geeks give themselves over to nostalgia and while away a happy episode reminiscing about fondly-remembered single issues from their respective childhoods in the '70s and '80s. The lists range from the applaudable to the inscrutable, but they are in all cases memorable! (2:00:39)
7/18/20172 hours, 39 seconds
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1660 - July 2017 Previews

It's Previews time again! In this episode we go through the July 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in September. (1:28:24)
7/11/20171 hour, 28 minutes, 24 seconds
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1659 - Comic Talk

A little bit of comic talk, a little bit of con talk, a little bit of TV talk, and a LOT of passionate outbursts from Pants! It's an eclectic, enthusiastic installment of Comic Geek Speak in a classic vein. Enjoy! (1:16:49)
7/6/20171 hour, 16 minutes, 49 seconds
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1658 - Off the Racks Two-in-One

We're burning through our backlog of Off the Racks reviews double-time, bringing you six (count 'em: SIX!) semi-seasonable single-issue synopses and size-ups in one fell swoop! From a galaxy far, far away (Marvel's Darth Maul #1) to a WildStorm Universe that's far, far from the one you remember (DC's The Wild Storm #1); from soft-hearted alien assassins (Dark Horse's The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #1) to hard-headed space cops (Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1); from the birth of a nation (Rebels: These Free and Independent States #1) to the rebirth of the X-Men titles (X-Men Prime #1), this episode covers twice the comics in only 130% the time! But first, a Bat-elegy for the dearly departed Adam West. (1:51:54)
6/13/20171 hour, 51 minutes, 54 seconds
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1657 - June 2017 Previews

Time once again for Previews. In this episode we go through the June 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in August. (1:03:44)
6/9/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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1656 - Wonder Woman Movie Review

WONDER WOMAN!! All the world's been waiting for this: a big-budget superhero movie with an iconic female star AND a female director! Spark up your Magic Spheres and listen as the Geeks react, with enthusiasm that glows as bright as the Lasso of Truth, to DC's latest and greatest feature film. We focus on its twists and turns, its talented leads, its historical setting, its stunning visuals... and maybe even a potential flaw or two. (1:15:45)
6/7/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 45 seconds
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1655 - A Conversation with Karl Kesel

Presenting a CGS sit-down with veteran creator Karl Kesel: Inker, Inditer, and Impresario of the Impossible!! Flush with victory after the successful funding of a Kickstarter campaign to revive his and Tom Grummett's creator-owned comic SECTION ZERO, the celebrated Mr. K joins us to discuss the second life of that series; several of his fan-favorite past projects; and any other topic we throw at 'im. Good clean fun with a true gentleman of the comics profession! (1:07:20)
6/3/20171 hour, 7 minutes, 20 seconds
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1654 - Impromptu Comic Talk

When you can't get it all together... improvise! That's what we did to produce this episode, and the result is a succinct but savory sampler of subjects, a bit of bonus comic talk to help you through your mid-week. Topics include the return of Twin Peaks, the Walking Dead comic, DC's 'The Lazarus Contract' crossover, Chris's thoughts on 'The Button,' and more! (51:22)
5/24/201751 minutes, 22 seconds
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1653 - Off the Racks Review on 'The Button'

Button, Button, who's got 'The Button'? WE have! Here's our take on the four-part story (Batman #21-22 and The Flash #21-22) that takes Batman and the Flash back to the Flashpoint reality and outside time itself, on the trail of answers to the questions raised by last year's DCU Rebirth Special. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (1:13:36)
5/19/20171 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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1652 - Comic Talk

Pop open the tape decks on your iPods and slip in this Awesome Mix of fun topics! Included in the playlist for this episode are fond reflections on the fun and frolics found on Free Comic Book Day 2017; thoughts on the current run of Blue Beetle from Shane and Wonder Woman: Earth One from Murd; and, taking up the entirety of Side B, our SPOILER-saturated salute to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2! Plus bonus tracks! (1:35:55)
5/12/20171 hour, 35 minutes, 55 seconds
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1651 - May 2017 Previews

Time again for Previews. We go through the May 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in July. (1:10:32)
5/4/20171 hour, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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1650 - The 2017 C2E2 Tapes

Pants and Murd were in Chicago for C2E2 and did some interviews with Steve Bryant, Shawn Pryor and Martheus Wade, and Julie Benson and Shawna Benson. (1:06:04)
4/24/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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1649 - Comic Talk

Bryan Deemer and Shane rejoin the fold for this free-form folio of four-color folderol, which includes reactions to the bits of news and amusement dribbling out of this year's Star Wars Celebration; a kung-fu insider's take on the Iron Fist Netflix series; a massacre of a Muddle the Murd; and more! (1:14:44)
4/20/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 44 seconds
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1648 - April 2017 Previews

Here it comes to save the day! That means the Previews show is on its way! Listen along as we go through the April 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in June. (1:32:57)
4/15/20171 hour, 32 minutes, 57 seconds
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Murd's Time Bubble - The Twenty-Eighth Time

Just in TIME for Easter, the Time Bubble comes hippety-hopping down the timestream with a big basket of back-issue reviews, from Murd to you! Among the plastic grass and marshmallow chicks, you'll find reminiscences and ruminations on Harley Quinn in wartime, the origin of Wolverine, a cosmic adventure of the Avengers, an off-brand incarnation of the Suicide Squad, and the debut of Jessica Jones, among other goodies. (2:18:51)
4/12/20172 hours, 18 minutes, 51 seconds
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1647 - Off the Racks: Nova #1, Supergirl: Being Super #1, & WW '77 Meets Bionic Woman #1

Something old (the retro vibe of Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #1), something new (the youthful protagonists of Nova #1 and Supergirl: Being Super #1), something borrowed (Murd's copy of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #23), and something blue (Blue Rider, the Led Zeppelin wannabes seen in Rockstars #1): a perfect marriage of elements for a great Off the Racks episode! And join us afterwards at the reception for some TV talk on Iron Fist and Legion. (1:16:37)
4/3/20171 hour, 16 minutes, 37 seconds
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1646 - Spotlight on SHAZAM! in the Golden Age, Part Three

Holey Moley! The World's Mightiest Spotlight Series is finally back for one more look at the adventures of Captain Marvel &amp; Family in the superhero heyday of the Forties (1946-49). Appearing on the Historama are the official incorporation of the Marvel Family as a team; the debut of new friends like Freckles Marvel and Mr. Tawny the talking tiger, and baddies like Black Adam, the Sivana Family, Mr. Atom and >shudder< Aunt Minerva; Captain Marvel's second (and last) multi-part 'serial' of the Golden Age, 'The Cult of the Curse'; and plenty of miscellaneous quirky-but-wholesome 1940s fun... plus a couple of spankings. (3:30:09)
3/27/20173 hours, 30 minutes, 9 seconds
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1645 - 3D Printing Game Scenery

Bryan is a big gaming fan, and 3D printing game terrain and scenery is quickly becoming his favorite hobby. In this episode we talk to Matt at about their current Kickstarter campaign for a modular castle system. (26:00)
3/13/201726 minutes
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1644 - March 2017 Previews and a discussion of 'Logan'

Previews! We go through the March 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in May and afterwards have a brief discussion on the 'Logan' movie. (1:27:09)
3/9/20171 hour, 27 minutes, 9 seconds
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1643 - The CGS Best of 2016 Awards Results Show

Tonight's the night! Elbow your way past the paparazzi and take your seats for the big reveal of the winners of the CGS 'Best of 2016' Awards, as chosen by YOU, the listeners! (All envelopes guaranteed to contain the correct names!) (56:50)
3/1/201756 minutes, 50 seconds
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1642 - Comic Talk

Be vewy, vewy quiet--we're talking comics! Popping out of the rabbit-hole in this episode are a salute to the late Richard 'Apollo Adama' Hatch; a spirited discussion of The Lego Batman Movie and the Legion TV series; a recap of Pants' trip to Gallifrey One; reading recommendations from Chris; a touch of toy talk with Shane; and a teaser of the upcoming DC/Looney Tunes crossover one-shots. Th-th-th-that's all, folks! (1:06:06)
2/24/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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1641 - The CGS Best of 2016 Awards Nominations Show

Out of the seething crucible of excellence in comics production that was 2016, there must now emerge those elite few comics, concepts, characters and creators that deserve to be known as... 'The Best'!! In this episode, part of a time-honored Comic Geek Speak tradition, we the Geeks--and YOU, the listeners!--put forth our nominations for prospective recipients of the coveted CGS 'Best of 2016' Awards. Listen to learn who and what made the cut, then prepare to cast your votes for the ultimate winners! (2:10:46)
2/14/20172 hours, 10 minutes, 46 seconds
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1640 - February 2017 Previews

There's no need to fear - Previews time is here! Join us as we go through the February 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in April. (1:12:02)
2/10/20171 hour, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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1639 - Off the Racks: Thanos #1, Motor Girl #1, and More

We're kickin' it freestyle with Off the Racks this month! First, we collectively review Thanos #1 from Marvel and Motor Girl #1 from Terry Moore's Abstract Studio; then, each Geek presents an additional OTR pick of his own choosing. Anything could happen!! (Very little actually does, though.) (1:15:42)
1/30/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds
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1638 - Comic Talk

In this savory slumgullion of comics-related miscellanea, we assess recent changes to Marvel and DC's policies on pricing and digital availability, look back on recent Superman movies, look forward to the new Rogue One ongoing comic, and open some Christmas presents. Plus Muddle the Murd, and the official announcement of the CGS 'Best of 2016' Awards! (1:24:20)
1/23/20171 hour, 24 minutes, 20 seconds
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1637 - January 2017 Previews

Previews time again! We go through the January 2017 catalog for items shipping to stores beginning in March. (1:28:44)
1/12/20171 hour, 28 minutes, 44 seconds