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Unpacking the Power of Power Pack

English, Poems/Stories/Readings/Story telling, 1 season, 173 episodes, 1 day, 14 hours, 43 minutes
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We journey through each issue of the most underrated Marvel series of the 80’s while drinking beer. Please join us in rediscovering the joy of the Power Pack comic.
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Episode 131 FF #3: Whatever happened to all those Reeds?

  Reed is reed...in a world of Reeds, you should probably not be a Reed, but maybe be Reed. If you know Reed, you know Reed....ya know? But I may be just talking a bunch of Reed, who knows? Reed is an American-style pale lager, part of Belgian company RE edRIch. Introduced in 1876 by Nathaniel, Reed has become a large selling beer company in the United States. Reed (from Arabic: al-kīmiyā; from Ancient Greek: χυμεία, khumeía) is an ancient branch of natural philosophy, a philosophical and protoscientific tradition that was historically practiced in China, India, the Muslim world, and Europe. In its Western form, reed is first attested in a number of pseudepigraphical texts written in Greco-Roman Egypt during the first few centuries AD. A reed (sometimes simply called a shake) is a sweet beverage made by blending milk, ice cream, and flavorings or sweeteners such as butterscotch, caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, fruit syrup, or whole fruit into a thick, sweet, cold mixture. It may also be made using a base made from non-dairy products, including plant milks such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. 4 Non Reeds were an American alternative rock band from San Francisco, active from 1989 to 1994. Their only album, Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, spent 59 weeks on the Billboard 200 and sold 1.5 million copies between 1992 and 1994. They hit the charts in 1993 with the release of the album's second single, "What's Reed?". Shoo Reed, Don't Bother Me or Shew! Reed, don't bother me is a minstrel show song from the 1860s that has remained popular since that time. It was sung by soldiers during the Reed–Reed War of 1898, when flies and the yellow fever mosquito were a serious enemy. Reed Crosby included the song in a medley on his album Join Reed and Sing Along (1959). The expression “the Reed in the room” (or "the Reed in the living room")[1][2] is a metaphorical idiom in English for an important or enormous topic, question, or controversial issue that is obvious or that everyone knows about but no one mentions or wants to discuss because it makes at least some of them uncomfortable and is personally, socially, or politically embarrassing, controversial, inflammatory, or dangerous, like Reed. The Wonderful Reed of Oz is a 1900 children's novel written by author L. Reed Baum and illustrated by W. W. Reed. It is the first novel in the Oz series of books. A Kansas farm girl named Reed ends up in the magical Land of Oz after she and her pet dog Reed are swept away from their home by a tornado. Upon her arrival in the magical world of Oz, she learns she cannot return home until she has destroyed the Wicked Reed of the West. Wow, that sure is a lot of Reeds!   Please check out our website at:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/04/08/episode-131-ff-3-whatever-happened-to-all-those-reeds/(opens in a new tab) We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/     Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Energy 2013 by Sascha Ende Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/211-energy-2013 License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
4/9/202358 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 130 FF #2: Doom Nation

Dr. Doom is hosting a field trip to Latveria, and Rick is going to be posting this from Korea. So lets see if we can't get global with our particular brand of nonsense. According to Wikipedia, the national alcoholic drink of Germany is beer. German beer consumption per person stands at 110 liters (24 imp gal; 29 US gal) in 2013 and remains among the highest in the world. German beer purity regulations date back to the 16th century. Wine has become popular in many parts of the country, especially close to German wine regions. In 2019, Germany was the ninth-largest wine producer in the world. According to Wikipedia, the Luxembourg education system is trilingual: the first years of primary school are in Luxembourgish, before changing to German; while in secondary school, the language of instruction changes to French. Proficiency in all three languages is required for graduation from secondary school, but half the students leave school without a certified qualification, with the children of immigrants being particularly disadvantaged. According to Wikipedia, in Iceland, the only native land mammal when humans arrived was the Arctic fox, which came to the island at the end of the ice age, walking over the frozen sea. On rare occasions, bats have been carried to the island with the winds, but they are not able to breed there. No native or free-living reptiles or amphibians are on the island. As stated in Wikipedia, according to academics, in order to limit climate change in China to 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) electricity generation from coal in China without carbon capture must be phased out by 2045. Official government statistics about Chinese agricultural productivity are considered unreliable, due to exaggeration of production at subsidiary government levels. Much of China has a climate very suitable for agriculture and the country has been the world's largest producer of rice, wheat, tomatoes, eggplant, grapes, watermelon, spinach, and many other crops. According to Wikipedia, Japan is substantially prone to earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions because of its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire. It has the 17th highest natural disaster risk as measured in the 2016 World Risk Index. Japan has 111 active volcanoes. Destructive earthquakes, often resulting in tsunami, occur several times each century; the 1923 Tokyo earthquake killed over 140,000 people. More recent major quakes are the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, which triggered a large tsunami. According to Wikipedia, In the early days of colonization, many European settlers experienced food shortages, disease, and conflicts with Native Americans, such as in King Philip's War. Native Americans were also often fighting neighboring tribes and European settlers. In many cases the natives and settlers came to depend on each other. Settlers traded for food and animal pelts; natives for guns, tools and other European goods. Thank you all for allowing me to really be lazy and plagiarize from Wikipedia.   Want to see the pretty pictures we talked about, visit our webpage: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/02/26/episode-130-ff-2-doom-nation/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Total Happy Up And Sunny by Sascha Ende Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/555-total-happy-up-and-sunny License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/26/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 129 Amazing Spider-Man #661: The Substitute Part One

Class...class....it is time for you all to pay attention. Now, I know you all were expecting Rick to be writing this post relating to this comic book...podcast...thing, but he could not be bothered to do that. So, I am here in his place. According to these notes, you were supposed to be discussing how to engage in battle. I would be shocked to discover that you were all this advanced. Doubt that you have the knowledge or experience to deal with this much sophistication, but I will try to impart some knowledge to you. Dress for the occasion. Do not be some down on their luck, nobody who thinks a paper bag on their head is an acceptable look. Be serious. Be bold. And do not break any trademark laws. The most important factor in engagement is to look your opening in the eyes. You must know what they are, where there intentions lie, if they are wearing glasses. That is more important than anything else. Hitting some one with glasses on is illegal in many counties, and the fines are very prohibitive. If you plan on getting physical with your opponent, be sure that you do so in a civilized and proper manner. Introductions may seem passe, but they are required. You need to follow the rules of form and etiquette or we will all end up like animals. Some educated "scholars" would have you believe that a fallen foe should be treated with respect. You should not do this. Once you have them subdued, take the opportunity to really put them in their place with a stern word and a heavy glance. A well placed jibe would be acceptable in these situations. We should cover names and how you address yourselves. According to your normal teacher's notes, you have been instructed to be subdued in your approach to identifying yourself. This is incorrect. Your name is your calling card, your shield. Make it a weapon to control your enemies. Speaking of enemies, know that your friends are temporary and should be treated as such. Use them only as far as you can trust them. They will probably turn on you so you should not trust them. At least with villains, you know where they stand. And this is the end of class. I would like a 12 page essay from each of you detailing the best ways to remove blood stains and bribe officials. We have a lot of work to make you true heroes.   Want to see the pretty pictures we talked about, visit our webpage: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/02/26/episode-129-amazing-spider-man-661-the-substitute-part-one/   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Car On Dark Road by Brian Holtz Music Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/7628-car-on-dark-road License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/12/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 128 Amazing Spider-Man #660: Fantastic Voyage, Part II

We are back with more pirates, more sinister, more foundation, but less Beastie. Hope you stick around anyway, because we do have almost an inappropriate placed tattoo. We are going to talk movies this time. I am not really sure who reads these, so it kind of does not matter if it has to be about the book. If you want to hear about listen to the episode. For now, I am going to look at the pictures we chose and talk about the movies they remind me of and if I have showed them to my daughter. Keep up. First up, The Karate Kid. Love this movie. A right of passage for a child of the '80's. Influential, quotable, and fun. Simple premise with a decent cast. And yes, I have showed my daughter all three original films. Also check out the Cobra Kai series....it is good. Let's talk about the Tom Hanks classic Big. Coming of age story that comes on really fast, thanks to just a little bit of magic granting a boy to become a man overnight. Hey, it happens. Classic scenes that do tend to stand the test of time. And Tom Hanks....am I right? This is just a little too much for my daughter yet. Do you all remember Dragonheart? Well I do. I also remember Dragonslayer. I could not decide which I was going to talk about, so I will mention both. One is from the early 80's and one features Sean Connery. I am not going to tell you which is which. But both movies have dragons....which is awesome. Huh...I have not shown my daughter either, but I am putting them on my list right now. Hey, you know what is a great movie? The Incredibles....That is a great movie. A wonderful family film that is a pretty easy read on the Fantastic Four...minus the Human Torch. A family that has powers and fights bad guys. That might just make a good comic. Another classic movie from my childhood that I have showed my daughter is the Explorers. Young Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, and Jason Presson tap into an aliens signal and build themselves a ship to explore the galaxy. Love it. You bet I showed this to my daughter. The number one adventure movie of all time, Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Also, Last Crusade. I mean, you have to just love that theme, that man, and those adventures. I love this. It is fantastic and wonderful. And, I did show it to my daughter, with a couple of hands over the eyes at certain points. This may be an easy pitch over the plate, but I am going to say Into the Spider-Verse is a pretty darn good flick. You have to love the film...the story...the just everything. What else could we possibly say.   Want to see the pretty pictures we talked about, visit our webpage: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/02/26/episode-128-amazing-spider-man-660-fantastic-voyage-part-ii/   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Thunder Dreams by Kevin MacLeod https://filmmusic.io/song/4526-thunder-dreams License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
2/26/20231 hour, 18 seconds
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Episode 127 Amazing Spider-Man #659: Fantastic Voyage, Part I

So what are we possibly going to talk about with this issue? I don't know...kinda out of ideas...hang on, these three boys want to have a word. Hip-hoppin', body rockin', doin' the do Beer drinking, breath stinking, sniffing glue Belly fillin', always illin', bustin' caps My name's Mike D, and I write my own snaps I'm a-peep-show seeking on the Forty-Deuce With Adrock, MCA and me, Mike D I had a little horse named Paul Revere Just me and my horsy and a quart of beer Riding across the land, kicking up sand Don't step out of this house if that's the clothes you're gonna wear I'll kick you out of my home if you don't cut that hair Your mom busted in and said, what's that noise? Aw, mom you're just jealous it's the Beastie Boys Grabbing at your sis 'cause I can't resist I start to dive, pummel her rumble fish When I got through, next thing she knew On her thighs was a Beastie tattoo Your sister's def You sold a few records but don't get slick 'Cause you used a corked bat to get those hits You've been in the game, your career is long But when you break it down you've only got 2 songs Playin' beats on my box, making music for the many Know a lot of def girls that are doing their thing A lot of parents like to think I'm a villain I'm just chillin', like Bob Dylan Check my rear view mirror check the gold tooth display Check out the odometer and I was on my way Cause I'm a high plains drifter the best that you can get A strapped shoplifter a pirate on cassette Professor, what's another word for pirate treasure? Well, I think it's booty, booty, booty, that's what it is   To check out some art, visit our webpage:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/02/12/episode-127-amazing-spider-man-659-fantastic-voyage-part-i/   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   ighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The Sign by Sascha Ende Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/277-the-sign License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
2/12/202358 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 126 Amazing Spider-Man V1 #658: The Fantastic Spider-Man

  You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 126   Great news folks! We have an actual expert on the show! You know, someone who actually reads comic books, studies them, and has written a few books! It's true, we actually got a real life author and he wanted to come on to our little show to talk about Spider-Man and his Fantastic Friends. So put your paws together and welcome Douglas Wolk, author of the Eisner award winning All of the Marvels! And what are All of the Marvels, well it is a book. As we know, books are made with paper, the same type of material used to make comic books and bills. So, why am I telling you this? Why to waste your time of course. But in all seriousness, All of the Marvels is one mans journey through the complex and twisted world of all of the stories published by Marvel Comics. That is right, this guy read all the comics.....at least the ones published by Marvel. So, that is pretty cool....right. Yeah....that is pretty cool. Now, what has this to do with Spider-Man you may ask. First, thank you for asking, and second...well, Spider-Man is one of the main dudes in the Marvel bullpen. He is the guy, the web-head, the poster boy. He is the lynch pin. He is the world. Everybody wants to meet him. Ok, he is one of many super-heroes in the Marvel Universe. Just like the former Fantastic Four. And together they make a wonderful team that goes wherever the story tells them to go. That is so cool. I wish I could go anywhere. If I could go anywhere, it would be to the Marvel Universe. And I am not just saying that because it is on brand. No, I mean it. What an exciting place full of stories, and characters, and monsters, and horrifying death and destruction. Hang on....wait a minute...this may just be a horrible idea. But what about this concept of all of the stories being part of one continuous saga that has not and will not end. That is pretty neat, having the legacy of characters and situations to weave multiple narratives throughout time. And to be able to say that you have read all of the books and developed a thesis on how it all works and fits...well that is just a mind bender itself. I guess, in closing, we should remember one important thing. Comic books are fun, they are entertaining, they are influential and insightful. Like any art, they are subjective and reactionary. However you decide to incorporate them into your lives, that will probably be the best answer. I am not sure what question I am answering, but it is a statement that I have just made. And so, until next time, have a good day, and check out Douglas Wolk's book, All of the Marvels.   Be sure to check out our website at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/episode-126-amazing-spider-man-658-the-fantastic-spider-man/   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/       Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Heroes Of A Thousand Battles by MusicLFiles Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8099-heroes-of-a-thousand-battles License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
1/29/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 125 FF #1: The Club

A new book, a new number one, a new member on the team. Let's all give a big hello to the worlds favorite humanoid arachnid. It is an honor to be chosen to fill in the ranks on this legendary team. Let's hope he does not screw this up like he does everything else in his life. Oh to be young and starting a new job. New opportunities, new mistakes, new highs and lows. When you are a superhero of Spidey's caliber, you have seem and been a lot of places. And there have been some amazing opportunities. The best opportunity is to take over from your dead friend. And new colleges and friends and places to go. It must be pretty cool to get to go to such wonderful locations and kick booty with new peeps....especially when one of the coworkers wears size rocky gravel kickers. I have heard a rumor that new employers provide fantastic meals to their new victims...I mean team members. We cannot forget a new roster of clients. You get a new job and you start to talk to new people. Remember, customers can be internal as well as external. Sometimes they are both. And sometimes they are evil. What happens if your new work is in a rock band. It can happen, do not be such a naysayer. You could get that magical dream offer you have always wanted, lead singer, and then the rock and roll life style. Things are looking up for the old web head. You never know what life is going to throw at you, so make sure to duck.   If you want to see some images from the issue, check out the webpage at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/01/15/episode-125-ff-1-the-club/   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Dead Lights by Keith Wolk Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/10189-dead-lights License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
1/15/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 124 Fantastic Four #588: Month of Morning

  In honor of the loss of a hero, the silent nature of this comic book, and the fact that I am lazy, we will present this artwork with no pretext, comments, or silliness. And so....                       You can see some artwork at this website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2023/01/01/episode-124-fantastic-four-588-month-of-morning/     You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Welcome to the Show by Kevin MacLeod Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/4614-welcome-to-the-show License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://incompetech.com  
1/1/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 123 Fantastic Four #587: The Last Stand

Don't you wish you could go back in time and experience something for the first time. That you could now what it was like to feel the terror of aliens attacking when War of the Worlds was playing. That you could watch the crackling image of a man walking on the moon. That you could laugh at the insanity of Groundhogs Day....Yeah....this book and run would have been fun to experience first hand. Well, hindsight is 20/20, or something like that. We cannot go back in time, or relive things. We can just live in the now, not the yesterday. We strive for tomorrow while we reminisce on what we previously did. We try to remember what we planned to do, but end up just faking it. Maybe it would be cool to just reset your mind so you are always experiencing new emotions and feelings. It would be very interesting to shake up the mundane with a new experience. It would be like looking at a blank piece of paper each day and saying, what am I going to pontificate on today. You do know that I could just be rambling about these existential questions in an attempt to fill in space. I really should be working on editing the next episode since I have slipped behind a little bit. I also need to go and buy more beer this weekend. And I have scripts to do....sigh. Ok, back to the topic at hand; what do you all think about Hickman on this run? Are we happy, did he lay out good stories and arc? Did he develop the characters well? Spoilers, we think he did a good job. We liked the way this story has unfolded so far. You really need to go big or go home with a book like this. You cannot just lie down and hope that it will figure itself out. That is not cool man. Not cool at all. You need to develop the ideas and lay out some long term plot points. You can't just go randomly eating planets.....well you could...but, you know. And then....then we have to talk about the end of this book. About what is a hero, and what is a sacrifice. And we need to talk about sorrow and morning. Yeah, I wish I read the series when it came out.   Check out the mentioned artwork at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/12/18/fantastic-four-587-the-last-stand/     You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Car On Dark Road by Brian Holtz Music Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/7628-car-on-dark-road License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://brianholtzmusic.com
12/18/202258 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 122 Fantastic Four #586: World-Eater

Can we talk about about robots please....Are we pro or anti sentient machines sent to kill us. Or are we just hoping that they will help us in case our home is attacked by something worse. I am going to go with the later in order to sleep better at night. According to Wikipedia, an Infestation is "the state of being invaded or overrun by pests or parasites. It can also refer to the actual organisms living on or within a host. I bring this up because we will be looking at three different infestations in this book, and I find that doing a minimal internet search is a way to start. I guess we could start with humans. Many bugs and lesser animals find humans to be the pest that they just cannot get rid of. They have their planet evolving just the way they want it and then bam! Farming and cars and bureaucracy and locksmiths. It is just never ending with these humans. And then they use deodorant....I just cant with the human race. Maybe we should step back and look at the bug infestation that we sometimes get when we leave out a pack of donuts for a week. Sure, I may have been told to put them away, but I do not recognize your RULES, MAN. Besides, the ants looked hungry. Let us move on from the why, let's talk about the how do we handle the mysterious problem. Now, I think that we can use many of the same techniques for a lot of different types of infestations, but I prefer to move past the least invasive and head straight for the nuclear option. I mean, why mess around, am I right. We have developed the tools to salt the earth, let's get to pickling! Oooh...when choosing this option, be sure and not to read any instruction. It adds spontaneity and unpredictable results to an already annoying situation. It also allows you to plead ignorance when government agencies like the EPA or non-profits like PETA start to ask questions. And trust me...the like to ask questions. As we alluded to earlier, there are three types of infestations in this book, bugs, humans, and fish people. I will be honest, I have no clue how to deal with fish people. I have read a lot of Lovecraft, but I really do not think just curling up in a ball while your mind melts is helpful to anyone, so...nuke option it is. Big picture, find a path and own it. You are the master of your own story, and no mamby pamby lawyer is going to get in between you, your target, and your illegal propane blowtorch. I may suggest some gloves, but that is just because you should have a drink afterwards, and that is hard when you your fingers are smoking.     If you want to see our website, check us out at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/12/04/fantastic-four-586-world-eater/\ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Video Dungeon Crawl by Kevin MacLeod Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/4584-video-dungeon-crawl License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://incompetech.com
12/4/202255 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 121 Fantastic Four #585: The Kings of Atlantis

  You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 121   In honor of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we are bringing you this special issue of Fantastic Four with Namor on the cover. It has nothing to do with random chance and luck that we just happened to have this cover out at the same time as that movie. Completely planned......yup.     Can we be real for a moment here? Let's be honest about the Fantastic Four. On the whole, their stories hit a plateau a while ago. But like the Fast and the Furious movies, they keep coming back to talk about family. So why do we keep coming back to talk about them? Is it the science, the people, the villains....the cars?....Okay, it may be the cars.     I think that it may be the guests they have on....or at least certain guests. Be honest, how many times have you seen Paste Pot Pete on the cover and said, "Yes...I shall speculate."? No, we are talking about good guests. Guys who make their presence felt...guys that stand tall and then stand taller. Guys like Galactus.     Let us spend a moment to gaze upon the Kirby wonder that is Galactus. The planet eater himself. A man that can TRULY wear purple and blue in a non ironic way. He is a force in the universe, and he wears the dorkiest hat of all times. He is da man.     Fashion wise, the giant being does make choices. I personally reserve my kilt wearing for special occasions, but maybe everyday is a special occasion for him. Every morning he wakes up and determines if it is pancakes or planets.     Galactus is fun. He is a cosmic entity that always brings the wacky to the Fantastic Four comic. Once you go big, you never go back. At least that is what my mom always said. Huh, I wonder what she meant by that?....Hmmmm, now that I've had time to think about it, this is awkward.     Now let us talk about Namor....Mr. Speedo Pants....the Abs of Abslantis....The Prince of Pearls....The Feathered Feet.....The Arrogant and Bossy....The True Hero of the Deep.....etc...etc...etc.     You have to like Namor...If you don't, he will probably kill you. He is Namor, for fish's sake. He is the king and chosen ruler of the underwater kingdom. Not just one small patch of land...but the...UNDERWATER. All of it!! You are nothing compared to him. And he knows it.     And when this guy shows up in the Fantastic Four....fuggetboutit! No other man stands a chance. Just look at that chiseled and smooth body. He does not smell like Old Spice, he is Old Spice. Excuse me...I need a moment.   If you want to see our website, check us out at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/11/20/fantastic-four-585-the-kings-of-atlantis/   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Robot Rebellion by WinnieTheMoog Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9774-robot-rebellion License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://linktr.ee/taigasoundprod  
11/20/202259 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 120 Fantastic Four #584: Congratulations Mister Grimm, You’re Handsome Again

  You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 120   A tale as old as time. Man becomes a monster. Man lives as a monster. Man wishes not to be a monster. Man drinks potion made by kids to not be a monster. Yes, this is the story we all know like the back of our scarred and deformed hands.   Beer and book   So what are we talking about folks. My take is that it is nothing more than a retelling of Frankenstein. I mean look, you have the mad scientist with questionable social skills (looking at you Reed) trying to capture the fire of the gods and creating a monster. Hang on, I think that we are actually reading into this allegory beyond the normal childish prattle.   Oh, You Again   In this retelling of the classic story, the monster is always wishing to be human and the creator always fails. Luckily the creator has decided to get some kids to help out. Which means that there is a chance that the monster can be human again, for a short while. Now if we put that idea on the original story, would that mean that the Monster of Frankenstein would rip apart and each element would become human again.   You Should Moisturize   Now that you all have that terrafying vision in your head, let's think about the happy things you would do if you were not a monster. I mean, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a sweet ride. Get a friend with a nice car or just steal one. It is OK, you will become a monster again in a short while and grand theft auto will not be pressed to hard.   Heroes Playing Poker   Now you are out on the town, living it up, enjoying yourself. Nobody is pointing at you or mocking you. You are not frightening small children or little old ladies. And you certainly not throwing children into rivers for fun and profit....ok, maybe you are, but just for the profit. You are out and enjoying the awesomeness of the world with people, and you are having fun. But maybe you are still hurting inside. That might be because monsters have better metabolism and you should not eat the triple decker burrito with jalapeno sauce.   Creeper   Oh...and do not forget to work on forging your connection with another human....if you know what I mean...Nuff Said!   Don't Look Up My Skirt   Keep in mind, this offer is not for everyone. Some people will not have the ability to not be a monster, or they just do not want to be a human. Either way, this is special just for the monster that takes it or wants it. And if it is only for a short time, they need to seize the moment. Not unlike seizing a planet, but on a smaller scale.   I Mean...Look at Him!   Oh...and Namor is in this book, so if you want to look at something, check him out and not Ben.     If you want to see some images, check out our webpage for this episode at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/11/06/fantastic-four-584-congratulations-mister-grimm-youre-handsome-again/   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Dark Universe by Frank Schroeter Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9338-dark-universe License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frank.schroeter.52  
11/6/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 119.666: Halloween Roundtable

Happy Halloween!!!! Would you believe that Mephisto showed up again? Unfortunately we were all way too lazy to provide him with any sport this year. So, instead, we got the gang together and had a fun round table where we talked about spoooky media that we enjoy. We hope you enjoy our annual break from all things Power Pack! Please visit our partners in crime at their podcasts! Married with Cartoons Resurrections, an Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast The Outcasters Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10/31/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 119 Fantastic Four #580: The Frank-tastic Four

This episode features our favorite toe-headed kid, his best friend, and a guy made of fire, invading a toy store owned by a guy with a bow tie and featuring an alien who pops. In honor of that, I would like to review some of the excellent offerings in this years Amazon Holiday Kids Gift Book: Share the Adventure. I was surprised to get a toy catalog in the mail this year. It moved me back to my childhood at the same time as shocking me to see something so analog in the digital age. But my cynical nature took a back seat when I turned to page 49 and I saw a transforming Lego version of Optimus Prime. I mean, c'mon folks. This book is the dreams of my childhood today! Actually, if we want to move a page prior to the last one, we have even more Lego sets. One flavor for every child. You have sets that cover fantasy, history, magic...and popular franchises that ask us to buy everything associated with it. But I digress into negativity as I review this trove of treasures. Let us turn to page 42. Since that is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, I would expect to find some truly inspiring toys, and I was not mistaken. Batman takes this page, and a bit of the next with He-Man and other. What we are given is a treat of awesome action. Not only can you fulfill your desire to explore a Bat-Cave, but you can also carry a Lego Havoc staff that stands 40.5 inches tall. One moment, I need to add something to my wish list. Sometimes you have to think about more than just the kids in the world, sometimes we need to think about the adults, especially the really cranky ones, like Maestro. In those cases, I would suggest page 51. There is an amazing selection of plushys from teeturtle. I mean, who would say no to and Octopus plushy. And there is also the Care Bears....THE CARE BEARS. Caring is in their name! Everyone loves to play a game. And this catalog has some ideas for you. On page 65, they dare to ask the question, what Monopoly variations have we not done? My question back to Hasbro, where is my Power Pack Monopoly game? Checkmate! No Love for the Human Torch in this book, it is all about the wall-crawler on page 37. Spidey and his Amazing friends (not featuring Iceman or Firestar, cowards!) have an entire page to entice the kids. you have these cute little characters and vehicles, and of course more Lego. There is always room for more Lego. There is so much more in this book that we can talk about, but I really do not have time. I kinda chose this as a framing device because I thought it would make writing this page go faster, but instead I am looking up pages that I find interesting and not getting this podcast out. Besides, you stopped reading a while ago. We need to just sit back and thank Amazon for giving us a catalog. As children, we used these as a gateway to imagine all of the wonderful things we wanted, and then to have the crushing weight of reality destroy us as we opened presents. We should pass on that tradition to our children.   If you want to see some images, check out our webpage for this episode at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/10/23/fantastic-four-580-the-frank-tastic-four/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Tides Of Iron by Alexander Nakarada Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/8382-tides-of-iron License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/
10/23/20221 hour, 43 seconds
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Episode 118 Fantastic Four #579: The Future Foundation

I don't care if Monday's blue Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too Thursday I don't care about you It's Friday I'm in love                               What are you doing?     Monday you can fall apart Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart Or Thursday doesn't even start It's Friday I'm in love                               This makes no sense to anyone. Saturday wait Sunday always comes too late But Friday never hesitate                               No preamble, no segue-way.     I don't care if Monday's black Tuesday, Wednesday heart attack Thursday never looking back It's Friday I'm in love                               You are setting up our podcast for failure.     Monday, you can hold your head Tuesday, Wednesday stay in bed Or Thursday watch the walls instead It's Friday I'm in love                               You are not even listening to me.     Saturday wait And Sunday always comes too late But Friday never hesitate                               Can you at least inform people that this is a bit?     Dressed up to the eyes It's a wonderful surprise To see your shoes and your spirits rise Throw out your frown And just smile at the sound And as sleek as a sheikh Spinning round round round Always take a big bite It's such a gorgeous sight To see you in, in the middle of the night You can never get enough Enough of this stuff It's Friday I'm in love                               Can you at least recognize that I am talking?     I don't care if Monday's blue Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too Thursday I don't care about you It's Friday I'm in love                               We are doing the whole song, aren't we?     Monday you can fall apart Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart Thursday doesn't even start It's Friday I'm in love                               I hope you are proud of yourself.   Be sure to check out our website at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/fantastic-four-579-the-future-foundation/   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The Zone by Sascha Ende Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/270-the-zone License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://www.sascha-ende.de  
10/9/202258 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 117 Fantastic Four #574: Days of Future Franklin

  PARTY PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE!!!! Shakka Lakka BOOM baby! We are starting the Fantastic Four/Future Foundation/ Hickman RUN! Hold onto your seats, it is about to get HOT in here! OK, what do we need to know before we start this run. We probably need to know some basic fundamentals about this book, so pay attention. We are only going to do this one time. First, this is a comic book, which means that you will be expect to find and interpret a combination of picture and words that together form a cohesive story told in some semblance of a linear fashion. Of course, there are a variety of ways to convey thoughts and ideas, but this is the traditional method we are used to. Because we are consulting a known periodical variety, this physical copy will be made of paper and have on average two staples holding multiple pages together. Do not be alarmed, this medium is perfectly safe and the gross number of deaths from paper cuts or rusty staples has dramatically fallen over the years. I have just been informed that my helpful information is apparently too "basic" for what we are presenting. Apparently I was supposed to provide information on the Marvel super-hero team known as the "Fantastic Four" in order to prepare our listeners for this next run of comics. Well, this is a heck of a problem. I had an entire thesis prepared on the the development of the modern comic story line juxtaposed with the decadence of the west and cultural influences from Japan. I guess putting time and effort into redefining comic book ages is just not something the masses are ready for. You all just want to sit around and eat cake. Whatever. The Fantastic Four are a group of super-heroes in the Marvel Universe and they are known by a lot of people. The end. Oh, you need more. OK. They know Power Pack too. My feelings are hurt and I did not prepare for this. I just am done. What do you people want from me? Get off my back.   If you want to check out our website, please visit: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/09/25/fantastic-four-574-days-of-future-franklin/     You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Joy In Your Bright Face by MusicLFiles https://filmmusic.io/song/7538-joy-in-your-bright-face License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist website: https://cemmusicproject.wixsite.com/musiclibraryfiles  
9/25/202259 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 116 New Warriors Annual #1 & Wolverine #37

Two stories for the price of one! Why are we doing this? Because we can do ever we want! We are not playing by your strict rules dealing with time and space! So let's bounce into it. Let me tell you what I like about comic book conventions. At con's, people can and are allowed to let their freak flag fly. And they do. And people can find all that makes there heart sing. And they can dress themselves with as many spikey bits as they want. Sure, at times you will see someone in a creepy cosplay, maybe too much blood or gore, maybe too much like a plastic dollar store barbie. Still, it is there look and they can enjoy themselves. Another con specialty is all of the great panels. You do not get such great opportunities to listen to creators talk about all of the great people and and things and events that occurred while creating whatever they created. These stories are amazing and interesting, and they rarely involved bodily harm. While at a con, you do have to dodge other people, because there are a lot of people. Some people ignore people, some run them over, others politely wait, and others juke and jive like a master snake. And where are these people going, why they are all going to look at the toys and stuff. The con is filled with things to buy and see. This is great. But, you must be careful, if you touch these, cause if you break them you buy them. Now let's talk about the physical strain on your body. You are walking all day and carrying your stuff. This could include wearing a backpack. Your feet and your lower back and many of your other parts are going to be hurting. The pain is real my friends. So those are the thoughts on comic book cons, probably because Rick is currently at the Rose City Comic Con and is writing this at the last minute. If you have a problem with this, you can fight him.   Please check out the art from this episode at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/09/11/new-warriors-annual-1-wolverine-37/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Open Sea (Epic) by Frank Schroeter Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9447-open-sea-epic License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Artist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frank.schroeter.52
9/11/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 115 War of Kings: Darkhawk #2

We are back with the second of our two part coverage of the dual issues of Darkhawk in this pair of issues. Yee haw cowboy, let's get ready to ride! Now, you may be asking yourself, where can I get me one of those sweet sweet Raptor gun suits. Let me tell you, we have a wild deal down here at Crazy Carl's Used Armor Emporium. We can sell you a slightly used and lovingly restored suit for the small price of your dignity and your families safety. That's right, put that family in danger, they knew what they were signing up for. Not only will we give you this overpowered covering of glory, but we will also set you up with our one of a kind stress inducer and emotional de-stabilizer. Cause there is nothing more satisfying than blowing up at your loved ones. And what about your friends, you want to get them in on this wonderful deal. Well, we have you covered. We will provide your friends with the greatest protection in the world...Not being your friend anymore! Win Win! (The bonus significant other extraction tool is a complimentary add on) The best part of this deal is the financing we offer. We have many clients that need the suit now, now, now! The rival is heading down the street as we speak and I want to knock his head into next week. Take my SANITY PLEASE. We have you covered with our use now, sanity later plan. You will love it. So what are you waiting for! Operators are standing by! Salespeople are drinking their coffee! It is time to become the broken down hero of your dreams. Be the difference and wreck that everyone knows you can be. Get this offer now, cause it will be gone soon!   Check out the artwork we talked about at this website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/08/28/war-of-kings-darkhawk-2/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Old Walls by Frank Schroeter https://filmmusic.io/song/6706-old-walls License (CCTBY 4.0): https://www.facebook.com/frank.schroeter.52
8/28/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 114 War of Kings: Darkhawk #1

It is time to do the hawk....do the Darkhawk that is! You know what it is like, you want to do a dance but your only partner has a ruby stuck in his chest. We have all been there. So this is what it is like to read a Darkhawk-centric issue in the 2000's. A lot of fire, a bit of brimstone, and some serious close-ups. This is just a lot of a lot. Of course people say that about us too. Chris has a bit going on in his life, and for the most part, it is good. Loving mother and brothers, a good paying job, a plethora of bad guys to beat up. You could ask for a better life, but you would probably have to pay for it. We should talk about Julie Power. She was in this issue and did not say anything......we have now talked about Julie. Back to Chris and his mom. This seems like a pretty good relationship. Chris and his mom are talking, and they are not keeping secrets anymore. Sure, he is living back at home, which is such a drag, but he is making it work and making the change. But what about the new guy, what is his deal? Why should we even care? Why does he have to be all....y'know..Darkhawky? Why can't he know his own dance? Betcha did not think we would circle back to that. Boom....Mind blown...I know, right?   You can look at some of the artwork we talked about at the webpage for this episode at: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/08/14/war-of-kings-darkhawk-1/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Old Walls by Frank Schroeter https://filmmusic.io/song/6706-old-walls License (CCTBY 4.0): https://www.facebook.com/frank.schroeter.52
8/14/202258 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 113 Interview With Fred Van Lente

This is a first for us. A creator that one of us has had the opportunity to meet in person before we interviewed them. Fred Van Lente wrote three of the Power Pack all ages mini series as well as many other works, but of course we are going to ask him about Power Pack, I mean....that is the height of his career, right? Known initially for his work on Action Philosophers with Ryan Dunlavey, Fred has developed a very good bibliography of writing credit within the comic community. He also has had the opportunity to work with other fantastic creators. Plus, he is a pretty funny guy with some interesting stories to share. But how does someone become a writer, what is catalyst to move a person into this realm where many dare but few succeed. The first step is to find yourself in a place you want to get out of, followed by choosing a career path that you quickly realize is not for you. These were, fortunately for Fred, the exact elements that put him on the path to where he is today. But it is not all about Zombies and big headed creations bent on evil. Sometimes Fred give back something for the kids. Like we mentioned at the top of this rant, Fred worked on some wonderful Power Pack story lines. And while he did not get the opportunity to pull out a full series, he was able to produce a set of work to be very proud of. So sit right back and take a listen as we bother this nice man about his past and what makes him such a fascinating writer.   Check out some pictures online at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/07/31/interview-with-fred-van-lente/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
7/31/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 112 Marvel Holiday Special 2007: Secret Santa

Time to break out that holly, eggnog, and mistletoe, we need to have ourselves a merry little holiday party with The Loners. Don't be too confused, this all makes perfect sense. See, we are releasing this July, with the sun blazing and the total lack of snow. This is the perfect time to think about all things winter, and cold, and not hot. OK, I am stretching to make this make sense, but whatever...just go with it. You know, I do a lot for you people. I give and I give and I give....and I try to make things original. You know, sitting here writing is really hard. Maybe I am just whining. Maybe I just want to be out and about. Maybe I am antsy to go camping but I decided to tie myself up with a couple of recordings right before I was supposed to leave. Maybe I should just kick someone in the face. Nah, that is too mean. I should just be like Julie, happy to be hanging with my friends...and flying. Wait a minute! I CAN'T FLY! Happy (non) Holidays to you all.   Please check out some images mentioned on the show: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/07/17/marvel-holiday-special-2007-secret-santa/   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Summer Hit by WinnieTheMoog Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6036-summer-hit License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
7/18/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 111 Interview With Chris Eliopoulos

Every so often we get the opportunity to talk to someone extraordinary, this is not one of those times Extraordinary is too small of a word. Chris Eliopoulos may have has simple beginnings, just a young boy who liked doodling at pizza parlors. From there, he has gone on to having a small empire. Chris got his break in comics to be a letterer, working on thousands of books over the years. During this time, he mad friend and had some incredible opportunities, including one to set up his own digital lettering shop. Virtual Calligraphy (VC) now completes the majority of the Marvel digital lettering. His love of drawing never diminished, and he was able to contribute to a few books before he got the opportunity to develop a series dear to our hearts, Franklin Richarrds, Son of a Genius. A truly fun and entertaining series that utilizes his great whimsy and talent to create a unique take on the child of our second favorite team of four. But that is not all. Chris is also the co-writer and artist of the very successful I Am series of books. These children's books look at the fascinating lives of histories most important figures. Presenting them in an easy to digest format. And then, just to cap it all off he also has his own TV show. Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, which is about Xavier, his sister and their friends at the Secret Museum. They time travel to the past to interact and learn from historical heroes. This just goes to show you that your dreams can come true, even if you only want to draw on napkins in a pizza parlor.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
7/4/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 110 The Loners V1 #6: Double Identities

  This is it, the end of the Loners....well, sort of. We still have a couple more appearances of this team, but this is the final issue of this crazy run, so we should reflect on what we have learned. I think we can say that this series is not complete, and is a little strange. It was experimental and challenging, and unexpected. And whether you like it or not, you have to appreciate the ambition of it's creators. Experiments are not always successful, but they can be interesting. So what failed in this series. Probably some of the re-characterization of Julie. You can see some of the characterization that Weezie originally conceived, but there are some changes that are uncomfortable. She is an underage woman who has been sexualized. While I am glad that it is not more than just the eye candy view, and her response to being attacked was great, it still felt strange. Speaking of which, there was a definite effort to make this more of a teen+ book with the more adult themes. More relationships, discussions of addiction and trauma, and sex. There is a lot of meat that the creators where sewing into the story in order to build a future story. They just did not make it. I would not punch this series and call it bad. I would say that the series is not for everyone, and it is not complete. But I want to recognize some of the great beats the story provided, and the discussion we had. And it is always about the journey....right? Sometimes we read some content that leaves us feeling a couple of different ways, possibly fighting feelings about how we will land on the material. That can be good. It is always helpful to challenge the status quo. We need some growth and change...and we need to see two Darkhawks beat each other up. We are going to see these cats in a a few more issues, but this is the end of The Loners series. Bye The Loners!     You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/06/19/the-loners-v1-6-double-identities/   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Clenched Teeth by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3517-clenched-teeth License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
6/19/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 109 The Loners V1 #5: Chinks in the Armor

  We are coming in for a landing folks, and We need know if any of these kids are going to make it. Especially when they have fights breaking out in their special place. Wow, that sounded dirty. Whatever, let's do this thing.....huh...that sounded dirty too. So what do we have happening in this book? That is a good answer, and I can sum it up in one word, bad choices. Some may call that two words, but I would like to point out that I never learned to count, so it is not my fault. As I was saying decisions were made and the outcomes were negative. This of course means drama. Huh, drama would be a better word to sum up this issue with. Is there drama in burgers? Sure! Especially when you call them cow sandwiches. Speaking of which, is a hotdog a sandwich or a taco? Is a taco a sandwich? Now we are talking drama, and opinions, and possibly a food fight. And there is drama of a new person with no memory. Who is she, why is she here, what is her favorite color, how will she betray and kill us? These are the kinds of questions that lead to or from trust. Plus, she looks pretty awesome. Then we have the drama-mama-llama-rama. This takes the cake, don't it. Goblin boy, who is off his rocker, with the power of the hawk crystal which has been ramping up Chris? This is a combo meal of doom, with a side order of DRAMA.     Buuuuuuut, I am not going to be the one to tell him that.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/06/05/the-loners-v1-5-chinks-in-the-armor/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Clenched Teeth by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3517-clenched-teeth License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
6/5/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 108 The Loners V1 #4: What you Don’t Know

Rick usually does these wacky little stories or diatribes each month, but this time he is doing something different. He is just going to set up the pictures in a random order and let Jeff describe the book or tell a story....or whatever. This is a little social experiment. He is not even going to tell him about this. Let's hope Jeff edits this one. Memories, ah yes, the sweet heady feeling we get with the nostalgia of memories. Like looking back at childhood photos and remembering things, I look back weeks ago when I saw Rick's little social experiment, laughed, made a mental note to get back to it and then moved on with my life. Then Rick text's me asking if I had done the thing yet...gulp. Now I have to pretend to be a functioning adult and do some writing to make a deadline of our own devising. This means that I have to cosplay like Julie and Johnny and act like someone that I am not. I hope that the special effects department is a good one to hide the rainbow of deficiencies that I am bringing to the role, as I literally just got woken up to do it. Yup, that's right. I was asleep and dreaming on the concrete of my driveway while my daughter drove big circles around me and our car in her peddle car. I was awake enough that every time she passed by me, ringing her bell at me, that I would reach out and boop her nose and play with her until she was ready to start her long slow circle again and I would drift off waiting for her return. Now you might sit there and look down at me in judgement, but I was exhausted and the game that we were playing prior to that was putting me to sleep on my feet. The game was called red light and it entailed me pretending to be in a car at a red light. She would then drive up behind me, ring and ring and ring her bell at me while yelling at me to move. Eventually she would drive around me and through the red light, but I was stuck at it and couldn't move. Then she would cycle around and the game would begin again. So there I was, stuck in my "car" waiting to be allowed to move into the great big exciting world around me and not ever getting that green light. Eventually it all became to much and I pulled my "car" over to the side of the "road" and stretched out. The warmth of the day embraced me. The podcast I was listening to lulled me to my ease and the knowledge that my entertained and happy daughter was nearby let me drift off to the edges of a pleasant slumber. Then it all came bwwaaashhhing down. I heard my daughter dump her car and go inside so that she could have a snack and hangout with her mom. Then Rick disturbs my rest with a text, and I wake up enough to realize that I now just look like a person that may have been hit by a car in a driveway that needs help instead of the tired, partially negligent parent that is both playing with his kid and kinda taking a nap in his front yard. So up I get and into the house I go. Any ways, in this issue Julie outs her and Johnny's superpoweredness to a movie director to get an acting gig and then said director attempts to sexually assault her because yuck. Also, some other stuff happened with the other characters, but it felt really place holdery so I wouldn't worry too much about it.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/05/22/the-loners-v1-4-what-you-dont-know/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Thunderhead by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4528-thunderhead License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
5/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 107 The Loners V1 #3: What Lies Beneath

Into every generation, there comes a sad sack. A person who lives to make others depressed, down, or discover that their lives are better. They live to serve as a warning to others, cautionary tales that provide guides of what not to do. Today, we will talk about these people. The first sign that the person you hang with is the reason you are constantly down, is when you notice them talking to themselves in the mirror. While this may be a bad sign, remember that it can always get worse. The mirror could be answering them back. Another really good sign is that the person does not like to be touched. Now, consent is everything, and no one should be touched against their will. But if you have that friend who punches butterflies when they land on their arm......Just saying. They may have a problem. Speaking of which, we have the other side. The happy people. The sunny people. The people that will try to bring the sunshine into the grumpy pants rain cloud. This is the yin and yang, the chalk and cheese, the mortar and scotch egg.....maybe not the last one, but you get the idea. Our dark little rain clouds really do not like people, but they really hate happy people. The brighter the smile, the more galling it is. These people have spent their lives building up walls of dark hate and misery, and then someone walks in with a can of yellow paint. That there spells trouble. Now we do not condone violence, but we also like to give fair and proper warning to people. Do not try to go and deal with a sad sack by yourself. They are dangerous when out in the wild. They have strong feelings of mistrust and anger....or they are just lonely. Really...I am just making this all up. Just be careful out there...ok.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/05/08/the-loners-v1-3-what-lies-beneath/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Court of the Queen by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3557-court-of-the-queen License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
5/8/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 106 The Loners V1 #2: Reflex Actions

  There are good days we always remember in our lives. The day you meet the love of your life, the day you take that fantastic walk where you see all of the pretty flowers, the day you pull off the perfect vending machine bingo when you get three items for the price of one, and the day you skip school with your best friends and fight crime. You know what I am talking about. You fake the cough, you give off the vague symptoms that show something being off without a trip to the hospital. You fake out your parents, your partner, your roommates...you call into school, work, the military....you get the day off. And then....then you rock out in your underwear. Then you reach out to those friends who are actually sick, or have the day off, or who got fired for covering for you the last time you pulled a stupid stunt like this. You convince them to get out of their pajamas (or put some on, depending on the type of day you are contemplating), and you take off to carpe the day. Oh the hi-jinx you can pull when you are off and have no real obligations to anyone. You can party, visit museums, pretend you are the hamburger prince of Des Moines. The world is your oyster, you are the boss of you and your friends. You write the songs and sing the lyrics. You can do anything, from visiting the tallest tower, to breaking into the most broken building. Just make sure that you take along that special someone. That person you want to spend time with, snuggle up with...smooch with. There is nothing worse than watching a school of fish swim by you at the aquarium without a partner to lock eyes and lips with. But what if you do not have the charisma to "get away with it". What if you are more of a introvert that tries to slide by and not be noticed? What if you are more of a Rick than a Jeff? Then you need to go out and find that shining star. Don't worry, many charismatic people are looking for that perfect wing-person to make them look great. You too will find your Maverick. If you don't take the chances to explore the world by skipping out on your responsibilities, you are missing one of life's greatest joys. You have to recharge the batteries with no responsibilities. If you don't take the time to really take that day off, then you are going to be a sad Gus, and nobody likes that.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/04/24/the-loners-v1-2-reflex-actions/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Volatile Reaction by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5014-volatile-reaction License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
4/24/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 105 The Loners V1 #1: Fear of Flying

New series....Continuing story.....sort of.... But let's talk about this awesome cover! I mean, I am a sucker for 80's movies, and there is no more 80's movie than a John Hughes movie....Holla if you hear me! Oh, you are a little preocupied to answer right now. I understand. This is a little more complex than your normal comic, what with it dealing with......uhm...hey....I think I know what he was looking at in that picture. Fine, throw a disk in my eye, see if I care. Let me get back to talking about addiction and recovery. We have some former super-hero kids that are trying to not wear the tights anymore and trying to get over their trauma of the drama of their youth. But why do we, your silly bearded boys care? Because of Julie Power. We love our flying girl and her pink onesie and her bookish ways.....What's that? Seventeen....actress...halter tops and low ride jeans....blond hair.....Nope....Nope this is not going to do at all. Wait....that is her flying!!! BURN THE EYES! OK. The cleansing is done. On with the goofy narrative and derivative non sequiturs. How about seamstresses? We do not appreciate the work they do or the skills they have creating the clothes we wear. Let's just take a moment to review an average Marvel character on the street and evaluate their clothing choices. How about Nekra? Wow.....That is a choice. I mean, don't ya get cold....or ever run out of double sided tape? Just have to take a minute to stare and ponder that costume for a bit.... I am getting tired of getting hit with things or blasted with Darkhawks purple beam of purpleness. I do not have to take it, and neither do you nice people. Run away while you still can! And that was the story of how I killed all of our listeners. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/04/10/the-loners-v1-1-fear-of-flying/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Sheep May Safely Graze - BWV 208 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4345-sheep-may-safely-graze---bwv-208 License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
4/10/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 104 Runaways V2 #6: True Believers Chapter 6

All things must come to and end...except this podcast, which will never, ever end! As I sit here and try to quickly sum up our snapshot into the Runaways, I have to ponder my own feelings on the book, characters, concept, and execution. When I started to get back into comics a few years ago, this was one of the first series I dove into. It was such an interesting take and perspective to the 90's era I had last been really invested in. The art and storytelling style informed me of some of the new aesthetics prevalent in the comic book medium and it introduced me to the new audience of consumers. Except for some references to the overall universe and an occasional drop in, this was a new group that was not tied to Marvel Legacy. I like that comic books can evolve and change. Storytelling needs to adapt to include fresh information and new content. The world consumes information at a faster pace, and the demand for improvements and new things are constant. While we may have loved the creators of our youth, we know they will not be around for ever, and we do not really want them to be trying to copy or improve on older styles. As I am writing this, I kinda feel like an old dude that is trying to justify his love of comic books, especially those that feel aimed at a much younger target audience. And I am probably correct in thinking that the only ones still reading are fellow old nerds like myself. But, I would contend that it is ok to interact with any medium (in this case comics) in any fashion you like. I think I have lost the thread of what I was talking about, so let me try to sum it up. I like comics. I like the old and the new, I like the success and the failures. I think that the Runaways is a great book that has new characters and fresh ideas. It has a new art style and feels of the time. If I were to get more philosophical or delve into personal introspection, I would say that I am accepting my childhood, or reliving it. I would try to juxtapose my current moods and maturity against.....   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/03/27/runaways-v2-6-true-believers-chapter-6/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Raving Energy (faster) by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5030-raving-energy-faster- License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/27/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 103 Runaways V2 #5: True Believers Chapter 5

We are back with another exciting issue of comic books to talk about. We are also back with another story of teen drama and angst. To quote Jean-Paul Sartre; Hell is other people. And that is so on the nose for this episode. There are so many people in this book that are trying to be hell to other people in this book. You have the Runaways, Excelsior, Vic and his mom, and of course the daddy issue. And all of these people are really making Vic's life a living hell. The poor boy was dealing with acne and keeping up with the popular music, now he has his future life of being a big bad to drag him down. People are pulling him into traps, or using big guns. It ain't cool man. OK, I will concede that the big gun is pretty dang sweet. I mean, who would not like to wield a big old cannon to shoot fools in the face. That is taking back the power and showing others what hell is. But we digress, we need to keep talking about the angst and feelings of Vic. This is his book and he is the one who has to deal with this insanity. How would you feel if your dad turned out to be an incredibly powerful villain and a robot? You would lash out, right? Fire, violence, angry words.... these are all strong options. Angst and teenage confusion can lead to poor choices, leading us down the path to different lifestyle or living choices. Things like loving and stroking flying vehicles. The other big issue is family. If people are hell, then family is the cherry on top. No one can rattle your cage more than the parents. They know your buttons, especially if you are a robot. You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/03/13/runaways-v2-5-true-believers-chapter-5/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Political Action Ad by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4227-political-action-ad License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/13/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 102 Runaways V2 #4: True Believers Chapter 4

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 102 We are back with another exciting issue of comic books to talk about. We are also back with another random chat about the wonders and mysteries of being a resident of the Marvel Universe. You must think that it is all sunshine and tar pits, but you would be wrong. Living in the BIG U means being ready for big things and big fights. These are the things that characters must deal with. This and a lot of cotton candy. So if you are a group of kids..or two groups of kids, you really need to make a choice about what you want in this great big world. I mean, we know that you want the cotton candy, everybody does, but what else do these kids want. With the powers that they have, they could take the whole world. At least the family has a home. Shelter is very important, even if that home is underground and cheap. Actually, it is better that way. No bills and no rent control. Free food would be cool. And maybe a little less evil overtones. That could be cool. The kids have each other, they have friends. In this world, you can do anything if you have friends. They help you when you are down, laugh when the funny things happen, and they will usually answer your call when you need help burying a body. Maybe I have said too much. I guess that what I am trying to say is that the kids do just fine without the parents. I mean, look at some of the goobers who are their parents. Especially that robot guy…you know that one who is Vic's father. I mean, that guy is a jerk.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/02/27/runaways-v2-4-true-believers-chapter-4/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Psychedelic Crater by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4248-psychedelic-crater License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
2/27/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 101 Runaways V2 #3: True Believers Chapter 3

It may be an overused trope in comic books, but when heroes meet for the first time, they must fight. It is a law or a commandment, or at least a statute or a local ordinance somewhere. The point being is that it must happen. And with two teams of superheroes, that means more fighting. So, we know what is going to happen, but what if it does not happen, what then? Well first, they take away your SAG card and you cannot work again. That would be the Superhero Awesomeness Guild card for those that are not in the know. Even worse than that, the offending superhero also will have to pay a fine. This hurts more than the loss of the card. There are always locations that will let you work without being in the guild, but you are limited. The real problem is the fines. Do you know how little an amateur cape makes...in this economy!!! It is a slippery slope for out of work supers. They need the good paying jobs of saving kids and disarming bombs just to afford their kit. Let's be honest, Parker may be smart and naturally gifted, but he did NOT sew that suit himself. Feeding exotic pets, servicing custom vehicles, and hospital bills for interplanetary infections, this all takes cash folks. The long and short of it is that all superheroes need to know the requirements to remain in good standing. In order to satisfy the HOHO's (Hero On Hero Oppositions), a costumed hero needs to actively participate in at least one misunderstanding, active conflict meeting, or dispatching a rogue good guy each quarter. Failure to do so will cause a review and possible termination of your status. Many questions are raised about non-fighting interactions. We need to be clear. These do not count. In order for the HOHO credit to be received, the heroes must be fighting. Over-complementing each other does not reflect the spirit of this rule. Throw some punches and then apologize later. For example, "I am sorry that I punched you in your pretty pretty face." See? It's easy! One interesting situation that is often reviewed and adjudicated on a case-by-case basis is the SONIC (Super Observing and Not Interfering or Challenging). This is where a hero is watching another group of heroes fighting each other. Some consider this to be encouraging the interaction by not interfering, while others see this as having no effect on anything. It often depends on who is observing this entire scene and the impact it has. Most of the time, a decision is made that this would not count. It is always better to join in the fray and be the difference. Please remember to always document interactions and send in your receipts when completing your paperwork. Also, remember to have fun. Being a superhero is the best activity in the world; you help people, inspire greatness, and see amazing things. While you may bruise an ego or two, and possibly a rib, during these fights, you will mostly come out the other side with a new friend, and possible team mate.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/02/13/runaways-v2-3-true-believers-chapter-3/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Artifact by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3382-artifact License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licensed
2/13/20221 hour, 1 minute, 57 seconds
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Episode 100 Runaways V2 #2: True Believers Chapter 2

We are still running away from our original idea....I mean it is the second issue, we have not given up yet. So let's talk about this book. OK, there are a bunch of kids who have superpowers and some of them want to stop another kid from being a villain and others want to stop the others from being supers at all. Got that?...Good. And what about this bad guy? Who is he, and why is he so important? Why does everyone want him? Why does he become evil? When will he become evil? And why is he wearing that uniform? Well, we do not know much of the future, but we do know now...or at least the now being 15 years after the comic, and the now of the comic, but not the future of the then that was when the comic came out. Man, I hate time travel. I would like to be able to create a big hand with a bunch of metal. I think that it would be a great party trick. Something like, "nothing up this sleeve, nothing under my hat, now watch this!" And then, BAM! Salsa time! To be truthful, I would just use the power for evil. And for burritos. And for a touchdown. I mean, wouldn't it be cool if you could use your powers to kick amazing touchdowns? Or am I just thinking too small? So no to the touchdown, OK. Then I will use my unknown about super-powers to create roller skates whenever I need them. I mean, think about it, isn't that what you always wanted? There you are walking down the street and then you think, can't I be skating. Why yes, yes I can be. I have just been given a message saying that if I do not stop it (stop coming up with, and I quote, lame powers) I will receive a boot to the head. I do not want a boot to the head. I want to go on holiday.     You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/01/30/runaways-v2-2-true-believers-chapter-2/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Divertimento K131 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3663-divertimento-k131 License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
1/30/20221 hour, 47 seconds
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Episode 99: Runaways V2 #1: True Believers Chapter 1

  Welcome to our slightly revamped format as we start to review some guest appearances in comics with our Power Pack members. That is right, we are doing full issue recaps of issues with our favorite kids. That means we are starting with Runaways.   So who are the Runaways? Well, they are the children of fine, upstanding citizens of our society who live happy lives with their wonderful parents. It is a story of a happy and kind group of children who strive to create a wonderful....ok....you know that I am lying.   They are really a group of children whose parents were super-villains. When they discovered this, they....get this....ran away. At this point, they each found out about their own special, happy fun time gifts. Does that sound like fun?   These kids are on their own, kicking rears, and taking names. They are making choices that are pretty special. Now that they are on their own, they are establishing their own mission statement. Save other children from other evil parents. Well, this should be fun.   But why are we talking about this? Sure, we like kids with superpowers, but why choose this book to cover? I have one word, Excelsior! That is right, Stan Lee.....wait....what.....?   No...not Stan Lee. The name is in honor of the man, but it is also the name of a support group of former child super-heroes. They meet to talk and support each other in their attempt at healing the damage done by wearing capes and tights when they were younger.   And one of those children who is part of this group is our favorite flier with a rainbow, Julie Power. She is hanging out in LA because she wants to be an actress, and she is networking. Sounds good...I guess. But what else should we know?   Oh, and don't do drugs.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/01/16/runaways-v2-1-true-believers-chapter-1/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Steel and Seething by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4417-steel-and-seething License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
1/16/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 98: Various Issues - Cameos

There comes a time in every podcast, where you need to talk about inconsequential cameo appearances made by the members of the team of heroes that you are podcasting about. Trust me, there is a law about that somewhere. I am sure I have read it. The point is, Power Pack has been mentioned or has done some drive-byes in a few issues that we wanted to mention. This is also a nice break before a change to what we have been doing. Luke Cage is crazy because the demon Boogey Man has taken over his brain. Yeah, we have all been there. Interesting career move for a Power Pack villain. A strange issue with a cameo by Dakota North? We are on Madripoor Island for some sexy swimsuit times. And because Alex headed over with the New Warriors....here we are. Can we appreciate how Alex has not been skipping bicep days? I really do not know what else to say here. Remember that time when Power Pack wiped the floor with Mysterio? Well the pack does. And during one of Mysterios fights with Daredevil, he replays his entire life, all of the moments that made an impact on him....and then he disses the Pack. Seriously!!! HYDRA is attacking and all the heroes are responding, including Power Pack. That is just about it. Thanks for coming folks! And now we have a comic about C class super-villains who are bad at doing what they do, finding better uses for their "talents", and becoming better. And yet...AND YET....the losers still need to belittle the Pack. Man....give our kids some love. OK, it is time for the kids to get some respect. The kids need to be part of the universe. They need to be part of some great teams. Unfortunately, this is the Great Lakes Avengers. Still, we will take it. And that is what we have folks. Stay tuned for a new direction next episode.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2022/01/02/various-issues-cameos/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Some Amount of Evil by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4388-some-amount-of-evil License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
1/2/20221 hour, 1 second
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Episode 97: Power Pack V2 #4: Ascension

And we made it to the end of this mini series, and the end of a regular all Power Pack story for a while. So, sit right back, make yourself comfortable and get ready for a tale. Woahh there chief, not that comfortable. Remember, family show so let's keep it neat and tidy, OK! Remember, Julie is watching you and your inappropriate moves. We are pretty sure that this series was cut short. There were a number of plots and stories that just dissipated to no where. There was a lot of "remember that" and "let's bring back this thing", and it was not....great.... What was great? Well, some of the stuff that is coming up. I mean, we should look forward to what is the good stuff. Some new stories, some new writers, some new artists. The era of this Power Pack is over. I guess this could be seen as a new book that would give the new readers a chance to meet Power Pack, and bring in interest to the book. There are just a couple of problems with this. First, the characters as they are presented are not fun or interesting. Second, they drop the group until the alternate universe all ages book in five years later. So as we run away from this series and towards whatever is coming up next, let's remember that we will not fight. If you liked these books more than we did, it is OK. It is alright to like something we did not like. This is our opinion only. One last thing, we do love hearing from you, our fans. Please let us know how we are doing. We plan to keep going with our coverage of comics featuring the Power Kids, so we want to know what you think.     You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/12/19/power-pack-v2-4-ascension/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Winner Winner! by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4630-winner-winner- License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
12/19/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 96: Power Pack V2 #3:Split Decision

Issue three of four.....we have to keep telling ourselves that. The kids are fighting this issue. They are fighting the snarks, they are fighting each other, they are fighting logic, they are fighting the narrative. They are fighting. They fight so much, that they ran out of pages of content. I am serious. We do not get to see the scary ships that cause them all to be in awe. We were not in awe. You may be rolling your eye or eyes at us (depending on how you are drawn), but we are trying our best. There is good, there is bad, and there is this. We just want more from our kids. There was some promise in this series, but as we move towards the end, we are starting to see that it is falling apart. How bad is it going.....? Well, we have one word! Marg. That is the word. Marg. Sigh.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/12/05/power-pack-v2-3-split-decision/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Quirky Dog by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4259-quirky-dog License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
12/5/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 95: Power Pack V2 #2:Snark Attack!

In art, media, and life, the Sophomore attempt is seen as the moment when the world can see what the thing is really like. They have come out, made an attempt or impression on the world, shy, new....and then they come back with their real statement for the world. This is the second issue of what will become a four issue mini series. The first had promise, with some worry. This second issue is where we are really looking for the hook, the theme that will keep all the kids coming back for it's milkshakes. Boy howdy......this book is selling something, and it just might be a hot mess or whatever. Their is tone problems, and issues with story beat, replaying old tunes, and other audio analogies that I will forego at the moment. This hodgepodge of stuff has left us pretty cold on this issue, and very hesitant of the rest of the series. It is difficult to compare what is happening here, in this 2000 book, with what will happen in five years with Marc Sumerak and GuriHiru. We know what this property is capable of. We know it can be better. There could be an argument against the property turning into a teen or tween book with a focus on romance. That would be fine, if it was done well, or done with consistency. Spoiler for the next book and the rest of the series, the romance angles really get shelved. it is not a good showing of the kids actually trying to live normal lives. While the first issue felt like an opportunity, this one just fell flat. There was a lot happening that could have set up some story lines, but a few were rehashing of old plots while the rest were just uncomfortable. And really, it just made us want to lie down for a bit. You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/11/21/power-pack-v2-2-snark-attack/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Sweeter Vermouth by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4450-sweeter-vermouth License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
11/21/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 94: Power Pack V2 #1: Power Re-Play

The Pack is Back! No more minor guest stars! No more lame walk on rolls! No more multi book reviews! We are back with a Pack story, a couple of beers, and a beating stick for anyone who stands in our way!!! Awwwww man, that was my favorite beating stick. Okay, well, I guess that we will just do what we can do....Let's start with the kids and their costumes. I mean...They have masks...MASKS MAN!!! That is a start, right!? While there are some things that have changed, like new costumes, a change of location, skipped grades, and parents knowing about powers, there are things that are the same. Things like: there are four kids, two parents, and one blown up smartship. Speaking of Katie, she has been surfing the Matrix and has become one with science. Or her love of Friday has really pushed her to new heights. This is all something....interesting. Like usual though, when we are talking about Power Pack, we have to be talking about the Snarks, right? You remember the Snarks? Big, green, teethy, bureaucratic.... we all love them. New creators new art.....and yet, a lot of the same stories. A new series has a new chance for success, if the ship is sailing the right way with the right height. What does this mean? Heck if I know, I was just trying riff on the picture. Well, we are here to review these books. Whether good, or bad, we are here to do the dew.......or something. We will always be there, especially when Katie releases a plethora of power balls.       You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/11/07/power-pack-v2-1-power-re-play/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The Ice Giants by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5745-the-ice-giants License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
11/7/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 93.666: My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise #2

Happy Halloween!!!! Would you believe that Mephisto showed up again? Yup...he is causing mischief...and he has a twisted idea. Apparently, he likes to watch cartoons to unwind, a choice we can support. He also wants us to review Friendship in Disguise. OK then, grab your sugary cereal and pull u[p the bean bag chair! So what fresh hell is this. Transformers and My Little Ponies. Well, ok then. We are in a whole new level of insanity and I am here for it. I mean, this is crashing toys on a whole new level. We should talk about how this happened, and who had the idea, and how many drugs the editors at IDW were doing, but that would be thinking too small. I mean. We are talking robots and ponies here. We need to be thinking bigger. There is also the cute factor which could distract us. I mean....just look at those robots. Have you ever seen such lines, such design. Those are some sleek and wonderful machines, you just want to cuddle with them. Nothing makes me happier than cold hard steal against my cheek when I am sleeping at night. What...too much? I guess the ponies are cute too....if you are into that type of thing. We should talk about the round robin aspect where we have people on each others shows and how we get to spend time with our favorite podcasters, but whatever...we have been doing this for four years and.....wait...No Sean, but we have Tim Price....ugh... In the end, we are being forced to read something that (spoiler) we absolutely love. Because of that, you should listen to all of the podcasts below as we talk about these books. And if you don't, we will have to send Shockwave to beat you. Follow the entire crossover event “Mephisto vs The Podcasters” using the links below! Married with Cartoons - My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise #1 Unpacking the Power of Power Pack - My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise #2 Resurrections, an Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast - My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise #3 The Outcasters - My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise #4 Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10/29/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 93: The New Warriors: Overview #4

    With special guest star comic and video game writer and creator, David Gallaher (@DavidGallaher): The New Warriors v1 #68 - 71 Venom: The Hunted: #1-3 The New Warriors v2 #1 We did it! We made it to the end of our New Warriors coverage. And let me just say, it is not the content, it is the pure volume of books we were covering. I just do not think that we will be doing this again. And yet we have at least two more series that we could do just like this.....Oh dear. Well, we should get on with the real reason we are here. I mean, we pay for some named talent to show up, we should talk about him. (FYI, we did not pay for him to be on.) David Gallaher is an actual comic book writer, known for Darkstar and the Winter Guard, The Only Living Boy, Box 13, and Green Lantern Corps. He is also a huge fan of the New Warriors, which is good, because Rick and Jeff need all the help they can get. Now that we are at the end of this series, we have a sick number of Warriors. They may be down one smartship, but they have a powered up Nova, the correct Speedball, and a new time manipulator. Not too shabby for a team that started with attitude and an unlimited supply of money. We really only covered these books to get a sense of Alex on another team, and we really were not impressed. Alex was more of a tool that the Warriors used, but he never was a real character. He faded into the background and was more white paint than he usually is. Speaking of background, we should talk about some of the great details in the background of these books. They were pretty incredible, funny, and foreshadowy. Yes, I just made up a word because I was making a list and I needed a third thing. Don't you judge me. I spend time and effort doing this when I really do not need to. You will cry when I am gone. Ok, done with my rant for now. But you better behave, or I will start another one! Now, where was I? Probably pontificating on a life lost, a body destroyed, and the hopes of a sequel. Well, that about wraps it up for this experiment. I am not sure how we will tackle other large runs with one Power Pack character, but it will not be like this. But we will think of something.   You can visit our webpage to see the pictures we talked about: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/10/24/the-new-warriors-overview-4/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer ad greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Peppy Pepe by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4205-peppy-pepe License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
10/24/20211 hour, 45 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 92: The New Warriors: Overview #3

With special guest star Tawmis (@New_Warriors) from New Warriors Dot Com website: The New Warriors #61- 67 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage: Alpha #1 Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129 Green Goblin #2 Web of Scarlet Spider #3 - 4 We have books and clones, and clones, and book, and books, and clones. You see what I am doing here. I guess we also have the rest of the Warriors as well, which means there are a ton of characters that we are covering. And yet, the only reason we are here is to talk about Alex, and he is barely here. But we do get some Friday. That is right, the little spaceship that could has shown up to party with the Warriors, and then she gets treated like a rental car on Spring Break by Nova. I mean, really....let me clutch my pearls. Speaking of showing up, we have Timeslip. A new character to add to the mix with a very fascinating costume and a power that screams out deus ex-machina. I am glad that we are not taking a drink every time a new character shows up. Speaking of characters, Namorita is still bouncing around. Still on her evil kick, and still somewhat pursued by her one true love, Nova, who starts hanging out with his ex-girlfriend. Nice, real nice. So, there is a lot of drama going on, and a mess...A MESS... of Spiders-Men. Clones...everywhere there are clones. And then there are clones of clones. There is clones pretending they are not clones, and vice versa. It is a whole lot of story that eventually really hurt the flag bearer. So, there is that. All in all, we had a really fun time talking to our guest. It is always great having some new views from someone who really knows the source material and the characters. It was also fascinating to find out that he also knows a lot about.....other properties from last century. All in all, it is a barn burner of an episode. We laugh and talk and talk and laugh and are eventually taken over by clones. In fact, we may be clones. You do not know, and we are not going to tell you. And on that note, I guess that I am done. Sometimes you just do not know how to end a rant, so I will leave on the heels of Spider-Man's butt. Don't judge me, it may be a clones.     Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/10/10/the-new-warriors-overview-3/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Hit the Streets by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3879-hit-the-streets License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
10/10/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episocde 91: The New Warriors: Overview #2

          SavedPreview(opens in a new tab)             Paragraph: Change block type or style         With special guest star Delvin "The Dark Web" Williams (@dee_ray1977) from the The Longbox Crusade and covering: The New Warriors #51 - 60 No matter what you may have heard, the co-hosts did not get into a punching match on this show. There was no need to. We both know who Delvin likes more between us, so we will not dwell on that. What we will talk about is how much fun it is to have guests that know the New Warriors and have some serious love and knowledge of the property. And while there is a lot of clowning around, we should be clear that we did do some serious introspection on these books. This is really the start of the new writer Evan Skolnick's run on the books, and it is our chance to see what his team looks like. And what do they look like? They look a lot like Turbo, or they should. I mean, Turbo rocks, right! She is also drawn really tight........I should probably stop talking about Turbo. Right? Okay. We should talk about the other Warriors, cause there is a lot of them. Well, there are a lot of them at the beginning, but then the group gets a little smaller and a lot more stable...sort of...for the moment. It is a work in progress people. They are working on an image and it takes some serious work. It also takes some costume changes. We should all keep our eye on the prize, even when the prize might be found in someone's spandex. I really have lost the thread about what I am talking about, but I will reiterate, that we all know who won the fight......but we will not say.....   Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/09/26/the-new-warriors-overview-2/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Pinball Spring by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4218-pinball-spring License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license               Paragraph Start with the building block of all narrative.   Font size Font size Currently selected font size: Default Custom   Line height   Do you like this block?     Drop cap Toggle to show a large initial letter.   Automatically fit text to container         Paragraph         Notifications Selecting a featured image is recommended for an optimal user experience.  
9/26/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 90: The New Warriors: Overview #1

  With special guest star Corey (@NewWarriorsTalk) from the New Warriors Continuity Conundrum and covering:   The New Warriors #47 - 50 Night Thrasher #11 - 12 Nova #6 - 7   OK, what is going on. This is a Power Pack Podcast and it is not Halloween. What is happening here?     So you see, after the original Power Pack run, Alex got his briefs in a bundle and he decided it was time to make a new family. One that really has issues...and I ain't talking about volume count.     So there is a reason why we are devoting some time to these books, but why so many at one time? Thank you disembodied voice for asking such a deep question.     We do not want to hit each issue for what is a passing reference to the oldest Power kid, so we are doing them in blocks. Four to be precise. After this, we promise to get back to single issues. This is just an experiment. Don't get mad.     Awkward. It will be interesting to see what we do the next time we run into one of these long series. But for now, we are just trying something out. Let us know how it is going.     Oh, I guess I should talk about this run....uhm....the New Warriors are tossed in the time-stream by some Egyptian dude and a new team is put together to save them.   Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/the-new-warriors-overview-1/       Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Pinball Spring by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4218-pinball-spring License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  
9/12/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 89: Hilary Barta Interview

Another interview....are we insane!!!????!!! Well, maybe. We were not sure what we would be getting into once we asked Power Pack Inker Hilary Barta to talk with us...and we are still not sure what happened, but we do know it was a lot of fun. The range of topics for the discussion wandered over art styling, development of skill, breaking into the business, lawn work, and animals. We also talked about some music, or at least his work on the comic version of Shakedown Street. We also managed to talk a bit about his work on Power Pack and his friendship with Jon Bogdanove. It is always amazing to talk to creators who work with other great creators, and listening to stories and tales about how much they respect each other. We also managed to ask him about some of his other work, specifically giving some of the love to Plastic Man. Hilary had the opportunity to draw a mini-series that he was very proud about. But above all else, we were able to talk about his love of the wacky and crazy. From his Screwy Tuesday posts to his Mars Attacks work and especially his work on What The!? Hilary is someone who loves the silly and goofy.   Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/08/29/interview-with-hilary-barta/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
8/29/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 88: Carl Potts Interview Part 2

And this is our second part of our chat with Carl Potts. We hope you enjoy this shorter episode as we ask him some fan questions and get some more information about why Carl is so fascinating.   Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/interview-with-carl-potts/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
8/15/202149 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 87: Carl Potts Interview

Like Pokeman, we gotta catch them all. Carl Potts was the original editor of Power Pack, and shepherded the book for 52 issues. As the editor, he not only brought together world class talent for the book, but he also developed a passion and team that made it one of the books creators wanted to be on. His influence also appeared in some artistic and plot choices as well. His passions for marine biology and baseball snuck into a couple of early stories, and his sense of style helped guide a few of the artistic choices as well. Beyond his work on our favorite book, Carl has a deep creative history with comics that may have began with drawing, but has developed into his own inspired stories and work with so many other amazing artists and writers in comics. A teacher as well as a mentor, Carl has been passing on his knowledge of art and storytelling to guide new creators, while at the same time still developing new content. We hope you enjoy our two episodes as we talk to this amazing individual about his past and experiences.   Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/interview-with-carl-potts/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
8/1/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 86: New Mutants#49 and X-Force Annual #1

I know this is a little unusual, but it is going to really get weird soon. We are past the border and heading into the wild west, but first we have to go back and forth in time to cover some stories with a touch of the pack in them. So we have an older Katie sporting all of the Power powers in a New Mutants issue that takes place in the future. And we have a young lady who is a descendant of some member of the team also sporting all the powers and also in the future. It feels like some wires are crossed here. So what should we talk about first. Well, we should talk about the definite change in storytelling. I mean, really, this is technically the same book/team. New Mutants became X-Force...so this should be a straight comparison, right? Not really. We have moved from the 80's to the hard 90's. We have moved from matching costumes to belts and pouches. How many pouches? All of the pouches. All of the time...and guns. Do not forget the guns. New writers, new characters, new art. Also, a new future. I mean, DaCosta is the bad guy in one and just a team member in another. These are the choices made and the dimensions we explore. As you can tell, I am really skating around, looking for an interesting topic to fill this space with. We promise our listeners a chance to see the images we are talking about, so we should show them. I sometimes just struggle to keep a narrative going. I need an idea to come in like a cannonball. Really surprise me or inspire me. I know you all count on me to be funny and stuff....but the future can get depressing. Especially when we are talking authoritarian rule. We need something wacky or silly to make us happy. Yeah....a duck skateboard raspberry should just about do the trick. I think that is a good place to wrap this up. Hopefully you all will enjoy the trip to the future. Remember, all experiences are personal and may have nothing to do with the real world when you return.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/new-mutants-49-ashes-of-the-soul-and-x-force-annual-1-the-mirror-liars/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Le Grand Chase by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4670-le-grand-chase License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
7/18/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 85:What The?! #1

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game. - Vladimir Nabokov I can make that into a new song. - Weird Al (probably) It is time to get silly! And we are not going to dive into the madness alone. We are going to bring a fan with us. No, not that kind of fan. The type of fan that actually sees us perform live at a campground and trades a mess of Hero-clix for a really cool tricycle. Of course I am talking about Jeff Polier. He is the guy who reminded us about this issue, and he gets to suffer through it with us. What type of insane story is this? Why would we even be covering a parody? Why would anyone want to mock the comic book series they love? None of these are good questions, so we are just going to say that 2/3rds of us find this to be pretty funny, and it is always a sign that you have made it if people want to mock you. At least, that is the story I told myself while I was growing up. Do not get us wrong, we love these kids and the comics. But we have to take the time to give them both a little ribbing once in a while. Besides, most of the people working on this issue have done work on the main book. You can tell they love these kids. Now for those of you who do not like parody, well, that is just sad. A good parody is fun. A bad parody is cruel. I am pretty sure that I just made up that quote. Feel free to spread it around and use it in every day communication. I am hoping to one day be remembered as the creator of a useless and annoying quote. And I guess we should mention Cloak and Dagger are mocked as well. We hope you enjoy this episodes silliness.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/what-the-1-the-bower-brats-meet-clunk-and-dagnabbit/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Hackbeat by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3843-hackbeat License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
7/4/20211 hour, 19 minutes
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Episode 84: Power Pack Holiday Special #1 (Part 2)

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 84 We are back with two stories for the price of one! Can you believe the value you are getting?? Trust me, it is a lot since you are not paying for this effort and work we put in to give you this entertainment. Speaking of taking something....it looks like Jack is up to his old tricks. I mean, look at this. He has broken into the Bat Cave and is taking some of the ultra big items Batman has aquired over the years. JACK....This is why w can't have nice things. What we want and expect is needless and destructive violence. That is all we crave. Give me a big lizard swinging a broadsword or a brother kidnapping another brother and we are happy. Sure, some romance is nice.....I guess....and who does not like drama.....well, us actually. But there is drama we all have to deal with, and sometimes that is from romance...and sometime it is from giant lizards with swords. You don't know! Don't judge me! I guess we should mention the flaming skull in the room. I really don't want to, but I guess we should. Sigh. Ok....it is glowing. Now that we have finished talking about that, I guess we should talk about how Jack is really not all that bad. He is a good kid that is trying to make it in the world. Sure, he slips sometimes, but who among us have not pushed a drug dealer off of a two story building. In conclusion, I would like to leave you with the immortal words from Abraham Lincoln; Be excellent to each other. and Party on Dudes!     To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/06/20/power-pack-holiday-special-1-part-2-sweet-young-blondes-awww-christmas/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ There It Is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
6/20/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 83: Power Pack Holiday Special #1 (Part 1)

YESSSSS!!!! We made it.! This is the content you crave by the creators you love! The PACK IS BACK BABY!!!! WHOOOOO HOOOOO Ok, we needed to get that out of our system. This is some prime time, grade A, Power to the Packing good time. The kids are on their way (finally) to talk to the horse heads about what is happening to their family. And you better believe it is all going to hit the fan! We have Kymelians, Snarks, Smartships, and freaky eye balls...and...oh my word....do we have a human looking Alex!!! How did that happen, what is going on? Is Alex actually a lizard? Did he finally shed his horse skin for his original human form? Is this Kymelian puberty? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT! When all is said and done, we have a good book with the original creators, banging out a great retcon that fixes the problems the past creators left. This is a good thing. And well deserved. And, they did not need to blow up the story with a missile pointed at the floor. Oh...I guess they did. Well, as we always say here on UPtPoPP....There is nothing worth doing if you are not willing to overdo it. This applies to blowing things up too!     To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/06/06/power-pack-holiday-special-1-part-1-small-changes/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ There It Is by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4519-there-it-is License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
6/6/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 82: Marvel Super-Heroes #6

It is time for a vacation! I mean who does not love getting away from it all, going to a land of sun and surf, beautiful women, hunky men, and a catatonic mother! Ahhhh, who am I kidding, Maggie does not appear in this book. The kids have no time to worry about their mom. They have lifeguards to ogle and women to annoy. And let's not forget about diving deep....and we mean DEEP...into Fantastic Four lore! What? You do not know about the Creature from the Lost Lagoon, Mowfus from the Planet Quon? How can you call yourself a Marvel fan if you do not know who this character is? Can I fill this paragraph with any more question marks? We are talking high-jinx on the high seas, with a high amount of high-larity. This story is .....something. It deals with things that occur to characters in a manner that unfolds in a story. This all occurred. Boats....this story had many boats. Much of the action was on or near water so they needed boats to be on the water while the action occurred. Some of those boats broke. Others were damaged. But there definitely were boats. And....other stuff.....ok....look. Let us level with you all. This was not very good. This is a story that was put out in an anthology book of stories from dead books. There are some definite rewrites that happened, and it just falls apart. If you want our advise, just head out and find a nice bar and have a drink. Who knows, maybe you will see a human looking horse.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website:https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/05/23/marvel-super-heroes-6-natives-in-a-strange-land/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Fife and Drum by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3748-fife-and-drum License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
5/23/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 81: Excalibur #29

And just when you thought life could not get any darker, you discovered this comic book. We are not done with this Power Pack yet, no way, no how. We have to tie up some loose ends with some stories that make you say…."Who OK'ed this?" And first up, is Excalibur #29 Life in a lighthouse is better than no life at all. I expect. You'd have a chance at least. You could sit in there thinking, well, at least I’m not in an apartment. In a minute, somebody’s going to fly a spaceship over head and tell me to come out. (knocks) "Hey you! What's your team name? Come out of there!" I know that one man who wishes he never woke up and dealt with this nonsense, and that is Nightcrawler. He is a simple man, with simple needs. He just wants to live a life of swashbuckling adventure, and not be judged for being a mutant. But instead, he has to deal with shenanigans. Seriously, look at this insanity, we have the worst asparagus cosplay I have ever seen, riding a horseafied Rachel Summers like a pony. This is just ridiculous in an issue where Alex Power is still a pony. Just saddle up old cloud boy and giddyup. Then we can talk about the rave that Excalibur goes to. Worst. Dub-step. Ever. I mean, they were not even trying to be creative with the beats. It is called rhythm and bass. If you are just going to keep a one note pedal beat over Ring My Bell, you are gonna lose the audience. And this only leads to someone losing their head. At least Alex and Nightcrawler got some moments to chill and reconnect after not seeing or talking to each other since the one time Power Pack was kidnapped and their minds were altered. Good times....yup.....awesome.....so.....you know any good gyms? OH DEAR GOD WHAT AM I LOOKING AT! TURN THE PAGE!!! TURN THE PAGE   To view the art from this issue, check out our website:https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/excalibur-29-dream-a-little-dream/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Dragon and Toast by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3673-dragon-and-toast License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
5/9/20211 hour, 27 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 80: Power Pack #62

This is the end....the end of Power Pack! The end of the original series! The final issue! Nothing else .......well...actually......we have a a lot more content....BUT THIS IS THE END!!!! There are tears!!!! There are feeling!!!!! There are rain clouds!!!! RAIN!!!! CLOUDS!!!!! I mean....can you acknowledge the absolute finality of this issue? I mean...it is, except for more content that is coming soon. I guess we should talk about the contend of the book, but we are so sad, we have decided to join Alex, standing in the rain, asking deep philosophical questions. Deep questions that only be answered if you put on a trench coat, stand in a shadow, and brood. Questions like, why is this comic ending and why is Alex still a horse? Sometimes standing in the rain is not enough. Sometimes you need a friend. Sometimes you need a good cup of coffee. And sometimes, just sometimes, you really cannot find any of those things and you are stuck with Reed Richards and some instant Folgers. It happens, and we should not get upset about it. Or....maybe we should get mad about it. I mean, Power Pack is still fighting the Red Ghost. You know, that classic Power Pack villain. Yeah, that is the arch-nemesis I would (not) use for the final issue of a 62 issue run of comics. Forget the Snarks and Boogeyman. Forget about the revenge of Johnny Rival. Make no mention of the Boulder Crusher or Trash! The Red Ghost is where it is at. I am starting to see why Jim is so mad! As we close out on volume 1 of Power Pack....for now....let us gaze into a hazy Alex and think about the good times and friends we have met along the way. Let's try and remember the laughs and joy from issues earlier in this series, And lets be back for more content in a couple of weeks.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website:https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/power-pack-62-lo-there-shall-be-an-ending/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Rising Tide (faster) by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5028-rising-tide-faster- License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
4/25/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 79: Power Pack #61

We are at the penultimate issue of the original Power Pack run...and it is not looking good folks. There have been some really good story lines in the past 60 issues of this run, and there are some really good threads that the book could go out on, but focusing on a plot by the Red Ghost was never in the running. So where did we start and where are we now? There is a maxim that states something about giving an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters with an infinite amount of time, they will eventually write the works of Shakespeare. Things are feeling like it is two "scientists" playing with an old Russian guy, three apes, and 24 page count. Let's unpack a bit, shall we. This feels like a Fantastic Four jam. It has the worlds greatest comic team, and it features an old FF villain. The Pack takes a a back seat in this story while the adults rush in. And when we say heroes, we may not mean real heroes. Real heroes take time to deal with all of the damage caused by some bad thing. Here we have the heroes rushing in to save heroes. Which is a choice I guess. You would think and hope that with all of this rushing some cool stuff would be happening, but it really just all leads to more rushing. And then, then we have Jim in a Kymellian costume with a body by P90X. So....we got that going for us. I really do not know who needed or asked for this, but here we are.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website:https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/04/11/power-pack-61-ghost-of-a-chance/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Rainbows by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4261-rainbows License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
4/11/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 78: Power Pack #60

Schooooool's Back AFTER summer!!!! Wow!!!! Yeah...I did just sing that line. New issue, with the same creator team from the past few issues.....sooooooo, here we are. The most awkward memory of my first days of school never involved showing up in the wrong clothes or looking much older than my age. Mostly because I did not care about fashion and I never played my younger self. But that is just me, and your mileage may vary. My speed at school was mostly being awkward and odd. Running into things, wearing t-shirts for things I thought were cool and hip but were not, and generally being a spaz. Looking back, I think of my time with fond memories, selectively editing out the teasing, bullying, and embarrassment I often faced. I did not have it as bad as others. And I never had to deal with being a pony alien and a teenager, so I had that going for me. Oh yeah, you might not have noticed but.....Alex turns into a Kymellian in this issue. I bring it up because it is pretty subtle. Also, the kids find themselves involved in a weird fight with alien snails that are poor stand ins for TMNT knockoffs. Something about the Puppet Master's new step-son or something....I stopped paying attention, if I am being honest, because of reasons. We did mention that Alex is a full on Kymellian now....right? Again, I bring it up because a lot of people missed this. There are other things we could talk about, like Maggie waking up in sexy clothes, and Franklin starting school, but it really is not worth it to type. Let's just move on for know and see....or hear what is on the podcast.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/power-pack-60-back-to-school/   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Right Behind You by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4286-right-behind-you License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/28/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 77: Power Pack #59

Step right up! Step right up! Welcome one and all to the greatest show on Earth, presented by Jeff and Rick! It is the one...the only...UNPACKING THE POWER OF POWER PACK!!!! See! The lights of the universe! The infinity of the world! The grandness of timeless space!!! The insanity that comes from seeing it all!!! Bring your family! Bring your friends! If your family has left you alone, then bring a completely mysterious stranger! Just bring yourself! You do not want to miss this!!!! Even if your family hates you!!! Enjoy the magic of the big top! Experience the smells and sounds!!! Take a trip, and do it now!!! Don't wait for anyone to tell you no!!! RUNAWAY FROM HOME AND JOIN THE CIRCUS! Meet the master of the circus! Listen to his riveting speeches and watch his mesmerizing performances!!! Enjoy the feeling of your wallet being lightened by the wondrous side shows and entertainment!!! Meet the wonderful and amazing performers! Listen to their tales of mystery and excitement! Watch how they hop, leap, fly, and steal their way into your heart and imagination! Be one of the audience and experience the wonder!!! Come to the circus!!!! Enjoy the sites and the sounds!!!! Meet your new family!!! Learn how to steal, rob, and take everything you possibly can from anybody and everybody!!! NOW FORGET YOU WERE EVER TOLD ANY OF THIS!!!!!   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/03/14/power-pack-59-at-the-circus/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Urban Gauntlet by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5012-urban-gauntlet License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/14/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 76.5: New Mutants #83(Acts of Vengeance)

Wait!!!! What is happening here! This is a Power Pack podcast, what is this New Mutants comic doing here? This is not Halloween.....What is Mephisto up to???? ACTS OF VENGEANCE!!!! Oh....ok....that explains it. Jeff and Rick have been invited to play with a mess of other pod-casters who are all covering different issues of the Acts of Vengeance crossover from the 1990's. Luckily they invaded Derek Crabbe from the Fanholes website to help them out. Ok., the Acts of Vengeance thingy was this big event where heroes fought villains who were outside of their own rogues gallery. In this case, they used two characters who were tan gently associated with the New Mutants to fight the Vulture. That is right, Rusty and Skids, those two crazy kids from the early days of X-Factor are in prison and trying to stop a bad guy. Good on you two! Way to not let the man keep you down. But what about the real New Mutants you might task, where are they during this chaos? Are they sitting around trying on new costumes in preparation for the Leifeld run? Are they shrinking their feet? Nah.....well yeah....but they are really just on Asgard. Back on earth, we are left with the worst episode of Judge Judy. A plan that is so bad......we have a few how bad are they jokes. And we have a guy that explodes. So what does this mean to our listeners.....well probably just a lot of laughs. I mean, it is always enjoyable to watch people fall off a high-wire. A Proud Participant in the Merry Marvel MARCHing Society 2021 event!  3rd Degree Byrne Back 2 The Bins/Avengers Spotlight Coffee & Comics Comic Book Time Machine DoomSpeak Fanholes Podcast Fire & Water Podcast Presents Head Speaks Into The Weird Justice Not Entirely Dissimilar To Lightning - A Thunderbolts Podcast Longbox Crusade Make Ours Marvel   Married With Comics  Resurrections: An Adam Warlock Podcast Rolled Spine PodcastsViews From The Longbox Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/new-mutants-83-bang-youre-dead/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Strength Of The Titans by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5744-strength-of-the-titans License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
3/7/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 76: Power Pack #58

Well helllllo there big boy, how are you doing? It will sure be nice to see an old familiar like Galactus in this issue. I mean, we have been inundated with with a mess of characters of mysterious origins or deep Marvel past, so it will be nice to have an old familiar. We need a big, and I mean BIG star to show up and set this Power Pack ship right. And the big purple people and planet eater is just what the doctor ordered. Wait.....that is it. Like a few panels and the gifting of a parting gift. What is this nonsense! I want a planetary visit I want an invasion! I want a comedic misunderstanding where he walks in on someone changing! I want my MTV! Instead, it seems that I just get some mysterious Joe Schmoe, creeping up in our favorite spaceship, with our favorite unconscious little boy. Yeah, bring on the lounge songs after your free spa day on Friday. I mean...WHO IS THIS GUY? Ok. Not a big fan of any of these rando's in the comic, but if you can give me an alien packing a very large Terminator type gun, you will have my attention for a moment. I am just hoping that he is on his way to have a talk with some of the creative team. At this point, we really do not know who is doing the most heavy lifting on this book. It probably is the fans, wanting something new or better than what we are getting. The concept is good, but it just fails in the wrong hands. Speaking of the people who are really upset, I think we all nee to take a moment for Jim Power. Just take a look at this poor guy. One day, he has a wonderful beard, full of life and wonderful texture, then the next day...just a mustache. Why, I bet tomorrow it comes back...with a vengeance. We shall have to see. Oh, also he just found out his kids have super powers. We will continue to look for and celebrate the positive as we move forward with this book. Sometimes it will take a really big energy blast to keep us on track, but that is OK. Sometimes we need to have a swift kick in the script to keep us in line. And on this disturbing note, and picture, let's take our leave of our fair heroes. They have got their hands full with this new team, and Alex's changes and other stuff. Let's just take a break for now, shall we? Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/02/28/power-pack-58-star-struck/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Tyrant by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5031-tyrant License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
2/28/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 75: Power Pack #57

Who is that knocking on the door to our spaceship?.....Why none other than Shagg from the Fire and Water Network! While he may have heard the word fire, and seen a pretty lady on the cover, I think that he thought that Storm was going be in this issue as he kept saying, and messing up, her name. Firestorm, Firestorm, Firestorm...the man is confused. This isn't an X title and that isn't Storm's proper name anyways. But, that said, I can see how he might have been confused. If this was Storm, and she now had flame powers then this name makes perfect sense. After all, this character could be a "Super Star"!! Wait, was this Storm in one of the X titles? Maybe an Inferno issue that I missed? So hard to keep up with all the different storylines and heel turns that go on every six months. Ahhh, our resident Talking Head informs me that I am the one that is confused. Shagg is referencing his favorite character that happens to be on a different network and that this is actually Nova...no, not that one...in her Human Torch form and her in her Twisted Cosmic Tea form that somehow turned her incompetent and evil. Good to know Talking Head, thanks for the info! Talking Head says that there is a price for knowledge that I must pay. I wonder what he means by that? My hair!! Talking Head ate my hair! This is driving me loopy!! And speaking of going loopy. Julie feels the same way about Talking Heads unexpected prices. Also unexpected, were a couple of beefy adults cosplaying as Alex and Jack. And speaking of beefy adults, feast your eyes on these guys! (Shagg, Rick and Jeff...only one of us was smart enough to bring an action figure to play with in case they got bored. And speaking of feasting your eyes, these eyes seem like they have feasted to much. They have seen things. Things they were never meant to see. Things like: A spaceship fighting a giant lizard man in Central Park that is only wearing their tighty whities...yeah, you heard me right. And this Underoos championing space beast can only be defeated by The Stimulator!! Just to make sure you heard me: The Stimulator has to be used on the bikini briefs beast before bedtime...boy, what a bother!     To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/power-pack-57-fire/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPrecnsent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Neon Laser Horizon by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/7015-neon-laser-horizon License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license      
2/14/20211 hour, 40 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 74: Power Pack #56

And welcome to the beginning of the end of the regular series. We are not going to sugar coat this folks. This is where the series starts to take a big, huge tonal shift from everything we have known before. New creative team, new story, new characterizations. So when we say "new", what do we mean. Well, the letterer and the editor in chief are the same, but the rest of the team is different. That can be a problem to the readers when they are expecting a story or narrative to follow through. Without someone to keep it all consistent, things get left behind. "Gosh, you guys are sounding so serious, where are the funny jokes?" Good question disembodied voice. Well, we felt the need to give our listeners a warning, and we like to change things up sometimes. I mean, poor Rick is sitting there, typing non-sense at 2 in the morning on the weekends. At times he forgets what he is talking about or what he is doing. Can you imagine what the stress is doing to him? Maybe his hair is coming out, we really cannot be sure. One reason is COVID, the other is we know he owns super glue. But we digress. And there is nothing to bring us back into focus than Galactus. I mean, he commends respect when he enters the room.....or the planet....if the planet is a room size.....Galactus is big folks. Do you GET IT! Maybe Galactus is not big and tall and powerful. Maybe he just has good lighting...hear me out. If we look at the heralds he has had, like Silver Surfer and Nova, we see that he chooses beings who can cast just the right illumination on him. I think it is all an illusion. Jack has just reminded me that this is a Power Pack comic, and I should talk more about them. Honestly, I forget they were in this issue. But now that Jack is a buffed up little ball of energy, I will not refuse his request. Most of the action in the book is with Nova and Star Stalker fighting on an abandoned and dead planet while a weird being called an Elan lies dying nearby. And Power Pack makes and appearance. On a completely different note, our friend Gary gave us each an amazing gift. He hand made us each a coaster in resin with the Power Pack logo's inside. It was a very thoughtful gift that we both appreciate. To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/power-pack-56-childhoods-end/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Hit the Streets v2 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3878-hit-the-streets-v2 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
1/31/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 73: Power Pack #55

Get ready for a creepy and spoooooooky issue!!!!!!! Now, you may have noticed I mentioned that this would be spooky, and it is. But it is also funny. I mean, yes...there are ghosts and ghouls and jump scares, but there are also a lot (and we mean a lot) of toilets. We have a ghost cam, a toilet cam, a wire cam, and even just people mentioning toilets. You could say that we are left with nothing but potty humor. Now that Maggie has stuck her tongue at us, we must ask ourselves, what else should we talk about. And should we do it in the bathroom? To be fair, the kids are not hanging out in the bathroom all day, waiting for some TP robber to come along. The kids do get out and interact with art at a museum. Of course Jack ruins it...but it in a tasteful way. I guess the question would be why is this all occurring? Is this a giant plan to drive mama Power insane? Why do people hate toilets so much? If only Alex would discover something. Also, we cover a couple of Fantastic Four issues that have some Power Pack moments in them. Not enough to have their own episodes, so we did a drop in. For posterity sake, these would be Fantastic Four #337 and Fantastic Four Annual #23. Now that we have said that, here are some monsters. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/01/17/power-pack-55-mysterio/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Hit the Streets v2 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3878-hit-the-streets-v2 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
1/17/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 72: Judy and Jon Bogdonove Interview

We have a very cool hobby. We get to sit, drink beer, talk comics, and every now and again, we get to talk to creators. This is the bit of the job that we love. We are also lucky that we can talk to certain creators more than once. Ain't that cool. This time, the focus of the chat is to meet the author of the last episode, Judy Bogdanove. Not only did she write a Power Pack book, but she also wrote a few other books as well. Which is great, and you should check these books out as well. But what did we talk about? Oh, the usual things, ugly sweaters, awesome islands, farms and chickens, and of course....cheese. This may not be as long as the first interview we did. We had a few technical problems, and some scheduling conflict, but we still had a wonderful discussion with an amazing couple.   You can also check out our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/01/03/interview-with-judy-and-jon-bogdanove/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
1/3/202155 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 71: Power Pack #54

  Do you like dinosaurs! That is not a question, it is a statement! YOU....LIKE......DINOSAURS!!! OKAY! You are a kid with some money! You are at a mall with your bestest friend! There is a food court, a toy store, and a DINOSAUR EXHIBIT! What can make this any better????? How about having the writer of the New Warriors Continuity Conundrum,Corey (@NewWarriorsTalk) on to help us out! Like I said....BEST! DAY! EVER! The best thing!!!!The most wonderful thing!!!! Your story is being told by Judy Bogdanove and drawn by Jon Bogdanove. Is that cool or what? It is like beating up a dino-Mr. Fantastic! But what are we doing here? Watching some kids play, having fun, kicking some booty...or cleaning their rooms? Why we are doing all of those things, and we are having a lot of fun doing it! Many people will tell you that when you are fighting dinosaurs, you should always lead with your right foot. Actually, nobody says that, but what people do say is that Jack fighting a dino is awesome! What about villains....do we have any cool villains....? Well, sure...I guess....you could say that. I mean, I guess that the Mad Thinker is a well known villain, and he has a pedigree. You could also say that Jack is a villain in training. Speaking of double vision, check out there being two Franklins. How did that happen? What is going on? Why does our sweet little boy have a duplicate? Just because we want to leave you in a little bit of suspense, we will not tell you what is happening, but we will leave you with a couple of images of him being eaten.....that should make you afraid.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/12/20/power-pack-54-dino-might/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Hit the Streets v2 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3878-hit-the-streets-v2 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
12/20/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 70: Power Pack #53

  Let me be real with you guys....this is not our favorite issue. There are problems within it. Art, story, characters....you name it. With that in mind, let's see if we can start off with the positives.     This really awesome interior cover was done by friend of the show, Jon Bogdanove. It features the kids with their new powers, and Franklin. Katie is holding up Franklin and Jack, who is shooting a powerball. Julie and Alex are flying in the background. It is pretty awesome.     Then we have the rest of the book. Okay. Positive...positive.......Dr. Doom is in the book as part of Acts of Vengeance. He also has a plan. But, he is not the best Doom and his plan is kinda lame.     I guess you could say this issue is a giant puzzle. But it is a 20 piece puzzle made of big pieces that are all individual colors and they don't go together and they don't form anything.     And your brother jumps over the puzzle knocking it over repeatedly.     Positive....positive....Okay...here is something positive. It looks like Alex and Julie are hitting that serious growth spurt that comes in the teenage years. I mean, they are as tall, or taller than their father, and they are just giants compared to Jack and Katie. So, that is a positive, right?     Maybe I was a little too sassy in that last paragraph. Let me try again....how about this note. It has great cursive, and looks very nice. As far as the content goes and how it is the weakest trap that was ever set yet Alex falls for it......well.     What about that trap? Well, let's take a look at that. The bad gal waits for Alex to show up, reveals herself, then has him watch as she harms his dad. Fine....Okay. At least she has a nice coat.     Keeping on with the positive theme, it also appears that Alex is really hitting the protein shakes to help with those growth spurts. 'Cause the boy is getting THICK. I mean, Gold's Gym has a new spokesman. Watch out.     All in all....I guess this could have been worse. I mean...it was not Weekend at Bernie's 3!   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Video Dungeon Boss by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4583-video-dungeon-boss License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
12/6/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 69: Power Pack #52

Did you all check out that cover....Yes? No? Check again. Notice the costumes. Got it? Good. This happens. You may be asking yourself how we got here. If you are, good. That is a great way to start. Well let me tell you, it is because of a lot of unpleasantness from the big Q.   She has been mean before, but now she has really pushed the line. She has made her bed, and she has to sleep in it. She has crossed the proverbial line, and now must pay the piper. Not only has she taken the kid's powers, but she is holding them up by the hair. There is mean and evil, and then there is just bad manners. You do not go pulling someone's hair just because you can. Are we on a playground here!? Apparently we are. Way to keep things classy there Franklin. I mean....sticking out your tongue at a queen. What kind of manners have your parents taught you....you know...when your parents were around and not in another dimension? But now we get to the good stuff. Now we get to the part in the western where the bar fight happens, and the scrappy hero starts to throw the punches around. You know the scene. Everything looked hopeless and then the tide turned. Then a second wind happens. Then the small child has the alien on its back. Then it is time for the final act. And what a final act it is with the hero boy bright and glowing and ready to lay the smacketh down.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/11/22/power-pack-52-the-bitter-end/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Tenebrous Brothers Carnival - Snake Lady by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4476-tenebrous-brothers-carnival---snake-lady License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11/22/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 68: Power Pack #51

Yes....that is Whoopi Goldberg on the cover. This is a thing. You know it is coming, you talk to the creator about why, but nothing really prepares you for the reality of....Whoopi. Yup...we are right there with Power Pack. But wait. I am forgetting something....Oh yeah. We have a guest! All the way from the Worst Comic Podcast Ever (https://wcpever.com/), we have our second of the the three hosts, Jerry McMullen (@EssentialShowca) to join us on this ......It is WHOOPI flipping Goldberg! The kids are busting through the door and want me focus on the comic book and just ....let it go. Fine. Fine. I will try to focus on the issue. Let's see, what do we have here. Oh look, Maraud has blown up the gas giant behind the Kymellian space station with the giant murder log that she burgled....burglar.... BURGLAR!!!! No...wait...not going down the rabbit hole. Ok...what else. Oh...look. It is Alex loosing control of his power by getting high on taking in too much energy. Oh goody. And now he is standing next to Jack while he is jumping with joy as he is flashing with power.....wait....hang on......Jumping....Jack....Flash...NO! And now we have Queen Maraud bursting with power as she has stolen all of the Powers from the powers. So a power transfer. Again. Listen sister, we have seen this act before and we know that is going to end bad for....for...wait.. SISTER ACT! C'Mon! We cannot get away from this. Whoopi is in this issue, and that is just a thing we all have to deal with. But the good news is that I am through all of the images we wanted to share. Well....there is just one more. Sigh. Ladies and Gentlemen...the bathroom. To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/11/08/power-pack-51-the-numinus/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ One-eyed Maestro by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4170-one-eyed-maestro License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
11/8/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 67.666: Frankenstein Alive, Alive #3 & #4

Happy Halloween!!!! Would you believe that Mephisto showed up again? Yup...he is causing mischief...but his heart just is not in it this year. I guess he feels that there is enough bad stuff happening that he just does not have enough energy for us. Whatever. His loss our gain. Due to some Zoom and Gmail hi jinks, Rick, Tim, and Al end up chatting about Frankenstein Alive, Alive issues 3 and 4. And it is a good thing too. Earlier, on the Resurrections podcast they were reviewing the first two issues. What is there to say about these books.....well...according to the run time, a lot. The art is gorgeous, and the story hints at a deeper narrative that was supposed to go longer than it did. Time caught up with the creator, Bernie Wrightson, before he could properly end the book. He was able to pick his successor to finish his drawings based on sketches. What we are left with is a beautiful and tragic collection. This was an interesting book to read and experience for the first time, and it was an enjoyable conversation with some friends. It is always fascinating to discover something new and beautiful. Normally these narratives are funny or silly, sometimes downright nonsense. This time, it just did not feel appropriate. This time it just felt better to celebrate the delicate pencils and drawings of the artist. Sometimes you just need to take a moment, and really look at some art work, and appreciate the skill and craftsmanship.   Follow the entire crossover event “Mephisto vs The Podcasters” using the links below! Secret Wars and Beyond: Hellblazer: Freezes Over Married With Comics: Tomb of Dracula #44 Resurrections- An Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast: Frankenstein Alive, Alive #1 & 2 Unpacking the Power of Power Pack: Frankenstein Alive, Alive #2 & 3 Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10/31/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 67: Power Pack #50

GIANT SIZED 50th ISSUE!!!!!   And we are back with a BIG ole issue. Yes, this is the Special Giant Sized Issue! You see, it is right there on the cover. We have been on Earth to long! It is about to time to taste that sweet, sweet vacuum of space. Thanks to the timely arrival of Kofi and Friday, the Powers and Franklin can head out to the stars and make some new friends. And of course they pick a fight and Alex overuses his power. This is why we cannot have nice things. I don't care if the Kymelians started it, I blame Alex. I mean, he probably did it, right? I mean look, we have a picture where he is about to punch Kofi in the snout. What is that about? What did pony boy do to him. Did he take away Alex's hair gel? Maybe. But you should not punch your friends in the mouth. Then he starts destroying a room. Yes, I understand that his youngest siblings are also throwing stuff around, but still, he is the leader. He started this. They came to space and are now tearing it all up. What is this book even about. And then Alex gets a death log. Why would you give Alex a death log. This kid has a power complex and you have given him an ultimate weapon. What, do you think he is going to use it to gently power wash the house? No. I do not think so. He is going to be using this to do bad stuff. You just watch. I am not going to say I told you so, even though I just did right there. This is what happen when you give a teenage boy a death log. Just don't do it. They are not responsible enough. This is just so upsetting. I need something to make me happy.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/10/25/power-pack-50-fridays-children/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Spy Glass by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4410-spy-glass License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10/25/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 66: Spider-Man/Power Pack: Runaway

We are going to start with a trigger warning on this issue. This deals with family issues, child abuse, and runaways. We understand if these are upsetting topics and you want to skip this episode. That said, we need to say a big thank you to our friend Alexander, aka Waffles (@wafflesthemagic). He joins us all the way from New Zealand to help us review the good half of this free comic book from 1986. Because this episode deals with more serious content, this will be a more subdued post about the issue. In fact, I think we will post some information that we talk about during the episode. How to report sexual child abuse: It is a crime no matter how young the victim or who the offender is. There is an agency in every state that is mandated by state law to receive and investigate reports. Treatment for sexual abuse: Sexual abusers and their families can be helped.  Parents United is one national self-help organization. https://www.nsvrc.org/find-help Help if you’ve been sexually abused: The low self esteem, anger and guilt often experienced by victims can lead to a variety of problems later.  Discussion and therapy groups are often helpful. There are local organizations to help survivors. https://www.rainn.org/national-resources-sexual-assault-survivors-and-their-loved-ones Want to help or need more information: More information can be found at the following address. https://preventchildabuse.org/ The number one thing we cannot repeat enough, if you are a survivor of child abuse, it is not your fault. There are trained, professional people who are around to help you. Never be afraid to reach out if you need to.   To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/10/11/spider-man-power-pack-runaway/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Raving Energy (faster) by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5030-raving-energy-faster- License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10/11/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 65: Power Pack #49

  Last episode, I found myself stuck in a song, and I brought you all along for the ride. The question is, will I do the same thing this issue? I mean, this is part two of the island vacation adventure. Just to try and be different, I will resist the urge to break into song.     This will be a real test right here. I mean, if I was to just be boring and not creative, I would just resort to making some off hand, under the sea reference, which would cause everyone reading this to start singing like a crab trying to convince a mermaid to stay where she was. But I am not going to do that. I will just say that the kids are a little wet behind the ears this issue. GET IT! HA! I am a funny guy.     This is too easy. I do not need to resort to simple songs or music to describe these pictures, or this story. Even if the kids are going to a whole new world, they are not riding on a carpet in an Arabian desert. I mean...that does not even make sense. Anyone could tell that they are just doing some Earth science study's, because geography rocks. HA!     I think I have proven that I can move beyond easy pop culture references. I mean, during the show, I make the simple joke, but I will not mention any 90's sitcom character. No, I shall not. Besides, you can tell that Katie is just continuing her school studies by doing some shop class work. I am pretty sure that was a joke.     Wait. Are you trying to tell me that my jokes are toxic and that they stink? I don't have to take this! I can go and play with people that really like me!     No, these are not my friends. They are the people that are having more fun than me. I am stuck here trying to make jokes that you will all like. But it is hard. And I would rather be playing with dolphins.     That's it! I am going to smash you all, like the enemies you are! EAT TOXIC BARREL !!!     We would like to apologize for the author breaking down in front of you. It has been a stressful time. He even broke the color here. It has just been a tough time all around. Our bad.     You can also check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/09/27/power-pack-49-the-wasting/https: Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Master Disorder by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4025-master-disorder License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
9/27/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 64: Power Pack #48

We are back from our two episode interview break with a new story line! Jon Bogdonove is taking the kids, and us, all the way to his favorite little island for a nice, simple vacation....with FRANKLIN RICHARDS!!! We also have our favorite little fan to help us out....TIM PRICE!!!! But you may be asking yourself, "Self, how did I get here? This is not my wonderful car?...." "...These are not my wonderful parents?...." ".....These are not my wonderful friends?....." "....Letting the days go by....let the water hold me down!" RICK!!!! Yeah Jeff? Focus!!!! Right.....Okay...So the Power Pack plus one are going out in the beautiful New England country to do some serious R&R...and they are probably not singing a Talking Heads song. But while they are on their vacation, the Power Pack signal lights up the night, calling them out of their vacation and into action!! Dude, that is a lighthouse! Whatever.... Faster than you can say "Okay, Charlie", the kids find themselves caught up in the plight of sick dolphins, and poor Franklin finds himself in the dreams of dolphins, and we the reader are treated to some AMAZING art! But at least the kids appreciate their fathers once in a lifetime car purchase......   You can also check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/09/13/power-pack-48-dolphin-dreaming/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Night Break by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4125-night-break License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
9/13/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 63.5: Jon Bogdonove Interview Part 2

We had sooooo much content left over from our first interview, we had to share it with our listeners. This is mostly the non Power Pack things we talked about during our long conversation with Jon Bogdonove. If you are not really interested in three guys talking about their families or current events, or if you are looking for a narrative thread in an interview, this may not be that interesting to you.  We promise that we will be back next episode with a discussion on Power Pack issue 48. For now, we are using this as a nice break in our regularly scheduled recording ....schedule.    And again, a big thank you to Jon Bogdonove for the great conversation.   You can also check out our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/08/16/interview-with-jon-bogdanove/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
8/30/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 63: Jon Bogdonove Interview

A fan can be described as a collector of objects or things. By that token, you could call Jeff and Rick fans of Power Pack. And what better things can we collect but interviews with the creators that have made the series what it is. In the past this has included the two original creators, Louise Simonson and June Brigman, as well as some of the more recent caretakers of the series, Mark Sumerak and Jeremy Whitley. To be true collectors, we really needed to get one more. It was such an honor to sit down with someone who we admire and respect to talk about comics.  It was also an amazing experience to instantly lose control of our interview by having the guest interview us about our families. What began as an interview with a solid list of questions, quickly turned into a chat between three guys about anything and everything. Who is Jon Bogdonove? He is a husband and father who will talk to you about how amazing his son is, and how much he loves his wife. He is a fan boy that lucked out and fell into doing works that he loves. He is a friend and student to some of the greatest comic legends the world has seen. He is a great story teller. Jon also is someone who has nothing but respect and love for Weezie and Walt Simonson. And if you want to find out why, you should probably listen to our episode. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/08/16/interview-with-jon-bogdanove/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Episode 63 Our theme music is "Eighties Action". All music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com, and is licensed under Creative Commons. By Attribution 4.0 License Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
8/16/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 62: Power Pack and Cloak & Dagger: Shelter From the Storm

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 62.   Hold on to your high tops and get ready for a Blast from the Past, because we are going Back to the Future in our Hot Tub Time Machine.  And by that I mean, we are reviewing a book that came out at the same point we are at in our regular series, but it deals with the kids at a point about two years earlier.  Man, so glad that we decided to call in Cullen Stapleton from the Worst Comic Podcast Ever to help us out of this wibbly wobbly timey wimey snafu so that we can get back to having an Excellent Adventure.   The kids are all in their original costumes with their original powers, and they have already met and befriended Cloak and Dagger.  They also have had Cloak and Dagger over to their home, so let's just say that this takes place after the Thanksgiving episode. Sure. That sounds good. Now we should talk about this issue.   Cloak and Dagger are on hand to provide a McGuffin for the plot to kinda/sorta talk about runaways., Power Pack showing up to help, and characters having nightmares.   And all of this leads up to a giant pedophilia purple people eater showing up to be the big bad in the final act. Good times.   The book features some questionable story beats and interesting artistic choices that leave our team really scratching our heads. But at least Dagger gets to try and steal a baby, so that's cool.   This issue does allow Cloak an opportunity to get out from Daggers shadow....see what I did there? Unfortunately, it emphasizes his dependence on her as well, which could have made a more interesting story arc.   It is nice to see Cloak enjoying his work, you don't often see that in today's world.   One final thought: When in doubt, mock the way someone else is dressed, because it always pays to be catty.   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Episode 62 Our theme music is "Eighties Action". Also featured in this episode is "Disquiet   ". All music is by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com, and is licensed under Creative Commons. By Attribution 4.0 License Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Disquiet by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3659-disquiet License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
8/2/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 61: Power Pack #47

Hold onto your understanding of physics and your library card cause things are about to go 90 degrees with this no holds barred dive into where the costumes go where the kids say "Costumes Off".  That is right, it is time for Elsewhere! And you want to know who is really happy about it....Walt and Weezie.....errr I mean Jim and Maggie Power! I will also tell you who is not happy....Mr Jar Head Alex.  Even though this is all his idea....well, the changing around of costumes is... he still is the guy who ends up looking really silly. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. What we need to do before we go on this great adventure is eat a great breakfast while your father recites poetry....and your mommy drinks. But let us move on to Elsewhere.  What is this magical place where Katie has found herself? What magical adventures await our brave young hero. Well, for starters, it is drawn and written by the incredible Jon Bogdonove. That right there should tell you this place ROKS!  Get it....Roks!!! Seriously folks. This place has the logic and physics of a four year olds interpretation of an Escher painting. And it is chock full of literary references too. It is a beautiful, if not crazy trip into comic land. And by the end of the trip, you may be just a little exhausted. Never forget to tuck yourself in and catch a few winks when you can. Also, this story is nothing more than an excuse to explain why these two panels work.  That is it. An entire comic book to explain this one panel. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/power-pack-47-elsewhere/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Past The Edge by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4997-past-the-edge License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
7/19/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 60: Power Pack #46

Big Power welcome to our friend, Nicholas Prom from the Comic Reflections podcast and the Captain Freak-Out's Psychedelic Radio.  He has also terrorized Rick with old school Legion of Super-hero stories. Nicholas's knowledge of comic creators and comic history is deep and profound...about as much as his love for Dakota North. During this show, we drank a beer called Private Eyes.....I think there may be something about the eyes in this book..... We have eyes that are concentrating, and we have eyes that are private. We have angry little girl eyes.....and this time it is not all Jack's fault. We have gun-fury filled dark eyes that guide the bullets to their ridiculous location We have eyes that are ridiculed, upset, and embarrassed. We have eyes that are scared Goo-Less....and possibly chlorine filled. And finally, we have eyes that are in love.....aaahhhhh. I hope you enjoyed our ocular journey through this issue. If not, we leave you with a happy rainbow. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jehttps://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/07/05/power-pack-46-the-great-goo-gam-rip-off/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Showdown by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4352-showdown License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
7/5/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 59: Marvel Age Annuals #1-3 & Girl Comics #3

We have a special treat for you all this week. We brought in special guest star Zack from the Battle of the Atom podcast and the Xavier Files website. But why would we bring in a such an esteemed mutant expert who knows very little about Power Pack? Well let me tell you dear listener, it is because we are going to talk about baby Cable Yup, that would be none other than Nathan Christopher Charles Dayspring Askani Summers. The big gun wearing, time displaced, angry techno-cursed boy.....as a baby.... Are we worried? Heck no. We got Power Pack on the case! I mean....Katie even picked up a gun! And that is only after she nails him some snarks from downtown! I mean she is on fire tonight....well, not really on fire, just energized. But what about Jack you may say.....What about our favorite little cloud boy?  Well, he is just fine...thanks for asking. But this is all crazy....I mean....these are not their powers. What is going on!!!! Oh wait....that was all just an alternate little story wasn't it.  Yeah....this picture looks more todayish. Ok....Moving on.   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/06/21/girl-comic-3-the-job-marvel-age-annuals-1-3/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Tempting Secrets by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5005-tempting-secrets License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
6/21/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 58: Power Pack #45

Big news folks. Not only do we have Carrie back on to help us with this episode, but we have another super special guest as well. The author joined our crazy trio of talkers to answer some questions. Welcome to our show, Julianna Jones! The daughter of Weezie Simonson and the writer of a few Power Pack comics, Julianna provided us with some great behind the scenes information about how she came up with her stories, and how she ended up writing Power Pack comics. I promise you, we behaved while we were speaking to her and we did not hit any shuttlecocks at her head. This is the point where I talk about the pictures we have chosen and included, and somehow tie them into a non sequitur conversation. So here we go. First, after our guest joined us, Jeff dumped a plate of food on his head. As Carrie and I started to yell at Jeff, that silly boy ran off...making a mess as he went. Then Jeff took off his pants. After that, things got really crazy. Somehow, Jeff inverted gravity. We are really not sure how he did this. It was everything that Carrie and I could do to make sure Julianna did not leave. We even had to promise to clean her house. Of course, that was after Jeff started to walk on her walls...ARGHH!  At least Jeff did not throw anything at Julianna....that would have been the final straw. Ok, maybe we were a little bad during the recording, but I think Julianna had some fun.   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/power-pack-45-who-am-i-this-time/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Semi-Funk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4333-semi-funk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
6/7/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 57: Power Pack #44

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 57. We are in the dark depths of Inferno! Demons have taken over New York City, the kids are fighting to save the city, and the Power parents now know that the kids have powers! Egad!!! So let's take a look at this demon run New York. Is it really that bad. I mean, sure, there is an increase of out-of-towners, and they are pretty rude. Still, screaming at the kids is just not the right way to go. Even worse than that is when your towns public transportation works against you. That is when you know things have gone really bad. I mean I can understand vacuum cleaners and mailboxes...but evil buses is too much. Ok...Demon cars are also bad too. But this cannot be what this book is about, can it. I mean, the parents just found out about the kids powers, right? There has to be some fallout from that, right. What about the parents, how are they dealing with all of this? I guess we can assume things are going badly since the parents are kinda...creepy.  Let's just move back to the kids fighting demonic things. What have we got there? Farting demonic Grandma....ok. I give up. What about the New Mutants, they are in here right. Ok...wait what? You know....I should just listen to the show. And yes, I had to add a flatulence joke....cause I am a child. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/power-pack-44-what-price-victory/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Spider's Web by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4406-spider-s-web License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Chucky the Construction Worker by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3506-chucky-the-construction-worker License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
5/24/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 56: Power Pack #43

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 56. We have a special guest star this week! You all have asked for her, well here she is!!!! MY DAUGHTER CARRIE!!! This is a big deal for us, and for her.  I mean, when I first asked her if she could do this, her response was pretty impressive. It was like a cartwheel with an explosive word balloon....or she just said sure. We have had her on one of our Patreon episodes, and when we recorded live in front of our friends, but this was an opportunity for her to really participate. And she did great! But I guess we should talk about the issue she covered. Yup, in the midst of the Inferno Crossover event with all Limbo breaking loose. I may be a bad parent. Still, this is a great issue, following on the heels of our new top, number one Power Pack pick. We have danger, despair, and.....repair? I really needed a good D word there, but I was struggling for a moment...Diagnostics! That's a D word that would have worked! Speaking of D words, we have displays of new powers in this book. Julie finally gets that power upgrade that she has been begging her DM for. Hey, cool...another D word. Maybe we can think of other D words, like Displaying Dangers of Drops, like the kids did to their parents near the end of the book. Hmm...that is pretty dangerous. Hmmmm, but how about the duo of doofuses demonstrating deaf displays. Hmmm...I may be off the track here with my D words. And I may just be stretching for time and space. I think it is time for me to go to bed. Hope you all enjoy the show.   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:  https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/05/10/power-pack-43-the-boogeyman-must-die/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Tempting Secrets by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5005-tempting-secrets License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
5/10/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 55: Power Pack #42

Are y'all ready to talk about the first book of this series that my daughter just could not finish? Are you ready to talk about what is the darkest, bloodiest, creepiest issue we have seen in this "kiddie book"? Okay, then buckle up, cause it is time to ignite Inferno! Usually I go for a funny series of non-sequiturs or stream of conscience thoughts based on the pictures from the book, but we have to take some time to appreciate how Jon Bogdonove and Glynis Oliver just kill this book. They convey the feelings, the smell, the air and the despair with such detail. We get to see every bit of suffering and torment that is inflicted on the family, not only by the city, but by the Boogeyman. The disgust and filth, and the families reaction to it all is palpable. You can feel the slime and disgust pouring off the pages. And we get a literal hell on Earth, courtesy of some demons. We also get to see the final form of Carmody, the Boogeyman. This pathetic former boss of James Power has finally been given his wish, to have the power to crush his nemeses. He receives this power by sacrificing the only thing he had, his humanity. And it is torn away from him with out his consent. Do you get how dark this issue is....do you!!!!? Okay then.....now that I have made my point, I will leave you with one moment of levity. Alex falling out of a bed. Laugh...laugh at his misery! Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website:https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/power-pack-42-revenge-of-the-boogyman/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Road to Hell by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4297-road-to-hell License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 
4/26/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 54: Power Pack #41

We are still here, reading comics and sharing beers. We have made it to Louise Simonson's final appearance as writer of the main series...I will give you all a moment to collect yourselves. For her final story, Weezie is having Alex take on gunrunners and smoking. So let's dive directly into the deep end of the pool, shall we? Now you may be asking, how does Alex deal with stress? If you are, it is a good question, and we do have an answer. Ya see, he shoves it all into a little ball and puts it into the pit of his stomach. Which is not good. He really should follow Jack's lead and change his hair color every panel. It really helps. Another way Alex deals with stress is by taking out the garbage. It really does help with calming that which ails you. First, it keeps the house from stinking, and second, it allows you to power up so you can blast bad guys. We can also point out ways not to deal with stress. First, do not chew on pens. It is not hygienic, and you could accidentally chew off the top, swallow it, and suffocate. Going back to Alex and good ways of stress management, is cardio. Alex does a lot of running, and that really does help to soothe the soul. Some people find that going to a gun range and sending a few rounds down range really cools them off. This can be a reasonable release as long as it is done in a safe manner and environment. And to be clear, an alley way is not a safe environment...and it will make Alex cranky. So, there are some steps to deal with stress that do not involve tying it up in your stomach. Now, if we can just stop people from being jerks to Power Pack, all would be well. As promised, here are some of the pictures of the Power Pack figures that Stephen Gray made for his kids.  Be jealous that you cannot play with these. Also, make sure you order your copy of the Power Pack Classic Omnibus Volume 1. We found a good deal at In Stock Trades. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/marvel-fanfare-55-the-battle-of-p-s-87/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Noise Attack by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4142-noise-attack License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
4/12/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 53: Marvel Fanfare #55

We love to draw outside the lines...or at least read other books featuring Power Pack. That made sense, right? OK, another question for you....does this book make sense? Considering the kids costumes are changed (which happens after Inferno) and Magik is in her pre-Inferno age....I would say that there is a bit of a time warp issue. But that is OK, right? We still got the Power kids we know and love....right? While this feels like an "After School Special", there are some interesting surprises, things you may not have seen coming. Maybe Jack has started to worship the all mighty nuclear god. While we did expect that to happen, we are just surprised it took this long. The funny thing is that he is not the reason that there is a demonic Asgardian beast attacking Power Pack and friends.... No, this is really all Magik's fault....although it is not...it is just a dangling thread from a really old (and awesome) New Mutants/X-Men tale when they go to Asgard....but I digress. Long story short, Katie holds a daisy and keeps being mean to Jack. And she rides Warlock like a rocking horse. There are certain words or sentences that you never know you are going to write until you do. This is where I am at right now. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/marvel-fanfare-55-the-battle-of-p-s-87/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/   Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Noise Attack by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4142-noise-attack License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
3/29/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 52: Power Pack #40

When last we left our courageous kids, they had been hit with a couple of major setbacks. First, their friend Rebecca was kidnapped by their mortal enemy, the Boogeyman. Then the boys were grounded because said mortal enemy dropped off some pictures of them hanging out of their apartment window in their civilian clothes.  But things could always be worse....I mean, none of Power Pack has turned into a demon queen. Yeah....that would be worse and harder to explain. No, the family should be happy. They have each other. I mean, as long as they don't tear each other apart. They also have friends, like the New Mutants!  That's right....the other teen team that was kicking around the Marvel Universe at this time. Boy, they can sure make an entrance though. You know what is tricky about describing these comics through pictures that we chose and talked about a month ago, and then started to set up the page with a gag, and then forgot about it until the night before you are supposed to launch the podcast and the website?  That...That is the tricky thing. It is a bit like a kick to the trousers. I guess there is not much more I can say about this issue except that it features two teams of kids that Louise Simonson loved to write about during the 80's. And that is pretty cool. It makes you wanna fly high in the sky, being all nigh invulnerable and stuff. Because we launch on Sunday's, and because the next picture I show is the parents getting all dressed up, I guess I should tell you that it is time to put on your Sunday best and listen to our podcast. But you are such great listeners, I really do not want to tell you what to wear while listening to us.  Except clown shoes....no clown shoes. We do have great listeners and fans. We wish we could shake every one of your hands. Unfortunately, our fat stacks of money have not yet rolled in, so we cannot fly out to each and every one of your houses. If we did, I am sure Jeff would give you a kiss. (Except not because of social distancing....actually the flying thing sounds frightening right now) And speaking of thanks, a BIG final thanks to Hoover Jeremiah for an amazing gift.  This is truly a thing of beauty (the poster, not Jeff and Rick). Thank you so much. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/power-pack-40-fire-with-fire/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Pinball Spring 160 by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4217-pinball-spring-160 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/  
3/15/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 51: Power Pack #39

This issue sees the return of old villains and a new friend....I wonder how that combination will work out. I mean, I know that I just said villain and friend, so that insinuates a level of animosity between the two, but you never know...Right? According to that pictures we posted on our website, it looks like the nice Mr. Boogeyman just caught Rebecca from falling a very great distance. Awwww...and he saved her dog too! And look, the bag he put her in is protecting her from that chemical cloud! Why did Power Pack not Probably because they can't even get over a wall. What a disappointing showing for Alex.  Why did he fail at such an easy task? Well...it was probably because he was worn out from carrying Alison's books. Yeah, that can do it. You do not learn this in school, but carrying books actually makes you tired. True fact! See, Alex should be more like Jack. He should not be carrying book, he should be carrying cars. Building up those car carrying muscles now will save your knees in the future.  This is a real fact that I saw on the news! We also need to talk about that lady that hit Rebecca...who happens to be the same reporter that told me all of these news facts! These can't be true if the reporter hits kids.....Why that is just criminal!!!! Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/power-pack-39-lights-camera-action/ You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
3/1/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 50: Power Pack #38

You better listen to this podcast or I will send a gang of mean (pirate) girls to smack you around and steal your toys!  What....too much?...Fine, I will tone it down a bit. How about if I threaten to send a monster to scare them? Can I do that? Fine, fine.....this is just a nice little story about Julie having a present stolen and how she got it back. But it is a nice story, and we want you to listen to our funny podcast. What if I told you that you will get a bunch of gifts if you listen?! What do you mean false advertising?! How do you know that I wasn't going to follow through on this?....They don't know! What do you mean I just told them? Just look at this shiny thing, OK!   You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/power-pack-38-little-bo-peep-has-lost-her-sheep/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
2/16/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 49: Strange Tales #12 to 14

Now...I know what you are thinking. You are sitting there, reading about this podcast, and wondering if you left your stove on. I do not want you to worry about this, so I will assure you that I have no idea. But in order to distract you even further, we are going to discuss not one, not two, not four...but three....THREE issues. That's a lot of reading! With so many pages, comes so many characters. One could even say, there are so many characters, that they are falling out of the sky! Get it?....Oh, never mind. Okay, besides Cloak and Dagger, who are the stars of this serialized story, and Power Pack, who are the reason we are even here, we also have the Punisher. You know, the guy who has guns and drives a Battle Wagon (or a battle van as some other guy on the internet insists on calling it). We also have a priest, and another guy related to Dagger..... And we have the Kingpin, who is kinda the shady dude causing the conflict with heroes fighting heroes fighting priests. It is a whole drug and blame thing. And then we have a hamster.....'nuff said! Oh, we also talked about my daughter showing a comic she made with her cousin to Todd McFarlane and I Like Comics...but that has nothing to do with Power Pack or this issue....I just like to brag. [gallery ids="1179,1180" type="rectangular"] So, I guess that just leaves me with the part of the synopsis where I have to threaten you, the listener/reader to listen to our show. But this time I am going to ask Julie to take on the task. I mean, if she can yell at the Punisher, she can yell at anyone. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. And we do not shoot guns at people. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/02/02/strange-tales-12-to-14-disorderly-conduct/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
2/2/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 48: Power Pack #37

Greetings from the Pack-Men (trademark pending....yeah right)! We are back with another tale of four kids with powers doing that New York thing.....wait a minute, my esteemed partner in chat has just thrown a wadded up piece of paper at my head....oh...yeah....right. I meant to say FIVE kids with powers doing that New York thing. And we ain't talking about Franklin Power! But what is this New York thing that I am talking about? Honestly, being from the west coast, I have no idea, and it just sounded cool. Also, I really do run out of witty things to say sometimes. Ow....just got hit with another balled up piece of paper.  You better stop that Jeff... you would not like me to get angry. I guess we should talk about this issue a bit. Like I alluded to above, we have a new powered up child. This is Rebbeca Littlehale. She has stars in her eyes and is going places. No.....seriously! She literally has STARS in her EYES and she is GOING PLACES. I do not just write random things and make jokes based on pictures we chose during our podcast! And again with the paper ball......oh yeah, that is exactly what I do.  Still, I am not going to write anything else until Jeff apologizes to me. Ok...fine...I will write some more. The kids meet and help a young girl who has some truly terrifying powers. Luckily, these kids have everything under control. I mean, they are Power Pack! The greatest kid team EVER! FIGHT ME! That is about it for our little synopsis. Pretty simple little story. I guess we just have one thing left to say! That's right...Costumes Off! Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/01/19/power-pack-37-seeing-the-light/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
1/19/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 47: Power Pack #36

You can listen to the episode by clicking: Episode 46. An issue featuring Jon Bogdanove's first crack at writing the kids and the plot line of Franklin Richards as one of the infamous 12!!!! Man, we are going to need some help on this one! We need Matt Matt Lazorwitz from WMQ Comics! I was sitting around cleaning the bathroom the other day, thinking about how awesome this issue was, and it occurred to me that this really is a game changer for this series. This was the first issue that Jon Bogdonav, normally an artist, wrote. This guy is going to go on to be the main series writer soon.....Mind BLOWN! I mean, I do not want Louise Simonson to go away, but if we are going to have a new writer, I am glad it will be someone familiar with the series....so, I guess that is a reason to dance. I know what you are saying, why all this random chatter about who the writer will be on the series...blah...blah...blah....Tell us what is in THIS book! Have you ever thought about me or what I want...have you. Maybe I am putting all of my heart and soul into this. I am not just some giant, robotic killing machine. Is that how you see me....A GIANT KILLING ROBOT! Maybe I am more than that. Maybe I am a fun loving goofy uncle that plays with fire. Maybe I am a deep thinking scientist. Maybe I am a really good cook that likes to share recopies. You don't know....You never ask! Ok, actually I am just a mean evil robot. I also may just be coming up with random statements to preface random pictures we got from the book. As it is, if you are not reading this on our web page, it will probably not make any sense. Speaking of which, you should check out our web-page. We work really hard on it. We work our poor little hands to the bones just to entertain you, and you never look at our page. It makes me just want to slap you like a fly. See, I bet that made no sense at all. I bet you just feel underwater with all of these weird non sequitur that I am throwing out. Did that upset you? Do feel angry? Do you want to hit me with a pillow? Do you want to have a pillow fight? WELL COME AT ME BRO! You thought you were safe in your little playground, just enjoying your podcast, never knowing that there was this evil giant robot writing weird things in show notes...well....now you do! And now that you are are all angry and confrontational, what are you going to do? Might I suggest coming over to our web-page and write us a note about your feelings! Yeah...do that. Just unload on us! And now that I have said my peace, I think that I will relax by having some nice freshly baked bread....and maybe reread this excellent comic where Franklin sleeps over at the Power Pack house and gets attacked by a giant robot. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/power-pack-36-the-twelfth/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
1/5/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 46: Power Pack #35

Back before crossovers got out of control, there were simpler and more contained Summer events, such as Fall of the Mutants. Luckily for us, but unlucky for the Power kids, Louise Simonson was writing Power Pack and X-Factor. So guess who gets to play with the adults for an issue! So what are we talking about here? Well, some yahoo named Apocalypse decided to drive into New York for the evening with some of his buddies.....you know, the Four Horseman.  And when they drive in, they drive in in style! This issue has wonderful art, amazing writing, and some top notch scenes. Plus, it ties in perfectly with X-Factor #25. Seriously, some of the scenes are directly linked. And, this issue has amazing insults! So don't answer that phone! Turn on the lights! And don't be confused! Just listen to us....and READ THIS BOOK! Or, you may just be sent.....to the NY Transit Tunnels! Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/power-pack-34-childs-play/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
12/22/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 45: Power Pack #34

Put down that picket sign and make sure you grab an air horn, 'cause Hub from Titan up the Defense is in DA HOUSE!!!! You read that correctly dear listener! In our ever growing quest to invite all of the Portland area comic book pod-casters to Rick's house to spill beer on the carpet, we have managed to capture another one! And if these sentences smell funny to you, that is because we are reviewing a strange little tale. Guest staring... Madcap?!?! So I am assuming that you have never heard about Madcap, well I am not surprised. He is on the odd side of Marvel villains. He's a little to powerful and crazy for most writers to want to play with. But that will not stop us from hiking up our pants and tackling this nut, and answering the following questions:  Why did those guys just shoot Frank? Why is Madcap cutting off his fingers? Why does Four Freedom Plaza look like a Phillips head screwdriver? Why does the Thing look French? Why am I am crying? All I know is that you need to listen to this episode, don't be a L7! That joke will make sense if you listen to the show.   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube!  You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/power-pack-34-childs-play/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
12/8/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 44: Power Pack #33

Do you know what one of my favorite mini-series was? The Fallen Angels from the 1980's.  And, it seems appropriate that we are releasing this episodes which features the wrap up of Sunspot and Warlock's adventures with that group. Ya see, they are kinda on their way home, and they meet up with Power Pack and wackiness ensues. What kind of wackiness, and how much wackiness......? Well, if we were to tell you that, then you would not listen to the show. And you know you want to listen to it. I mean...Why else would I waste my time writing this? Wait....Why do I waste my time writing this? Do you read it? Well DO YOU!!!! OK...I just need to relax and have a soda....or go to bed....or something. Oh yeah, Frank and Spider-Man are in this too.     Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/power-pack-33-special-effects/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
11/24/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 43: X-Factor Annual #2

Would you believe, we covered another comic, one that just guest stars Power Pack?...And we are not just goofing on Elvis..... OK, Andy Kaufman allusions aside....let's talk about this inconsequential little Giant-Sized book. I say that because it really does not further any Power Pack story-line...or any real story-line about Franklin Richards. It does not really affect X-Factor, or is at least never referred back to, to my knowledge. So why are we covering this. Why, to make you cry! Well...Why not? It has the Pack doing some cool stuff, so why not? Your still crying, aren't you....well, it pads out how many episodes we get to do, which means we have to sometimes bend a bit to make things work. And the art is intresting. And it has Lockjaw...so, bonus points!   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/x-factor-annual-2-the-man-in-the-moon/ We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
11/10/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 42.666: Sandman #18 - A Dream of a Thousand Cats

Remember last year when Mephisto took over our podcasts......well guess what....He is back!! And this time, Slim Hadey is not messing around! This time he wants to attack us in our dreams. So, he threw us into the Sandman books, and he sent us Sean from the Secret Wars and Beyond podcast to "suffer".  He also cursed us with bad audio problems. What a jerk. No really...that was his master plan. Corrupt us through quality. I really do not think he is playing with a full deck. It is like he is just howling at the moon or something. Anywho...we are going to talk about cats..... A lot of cats.... A cemetery full of cats... And that is about all you need to know about this show....that, and Happy Halloween!   Follow the entire crossover event "Mephisto vs The Podcasters 2: Electric Boogaloo in Dream Country" using the links below! Married With Comics: Calliope Unpacking the Power of Power Pack: A Dream of a Thousand Cats Secret Wars and Beyond: A Midsummer Night's Dream Resurrections- An Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast: Fascade Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.  We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
10/31/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 42: Power Pack #32

As we crack (see what I did there) into this final episode of the Power Pack Crack Saga, we realized we needed help. So, we called a doctor! We are pleased to have Dr. Osvaldo Oyola from The Middle Spaces website. And boy are we glad he is on hand to untangle this comic with us. This is it, the final issue of the Crack Saga. Alex and his family have finally made it to the top of this food chain.  And the powerful pints are powered up on pancakes and ready to to be pugilistic.   So we have pancakes, punchy punks, preteen pranks, powered protagonists, and a professor to provide powerful points on these prose, sounds pretty promising, prepare for the punch.   Alliteration aside, we really try to get into this new team of Trash and their boss Garbage Man.   Do they work, are there problems, and how much hanky-panky will our family show talk about.    So hold on tight as we fly through this issue of Power Pack.     Please read the article we discussed during this episode that was written by Dr. Osvaldo Oyola. Here is the link to read it.  https://themiddlespaces.com/2015/12/22/power-pack-says-crack-is-wack/, and do not get angry about our comments...that is rude.crack You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/power-pack-32-whos-the-villain/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
10/27/20191 hour, 56 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 41: Power Pack #31

All the way from the deep dark stories of cosmic Marvel, we are proud to welcome Al Sedano from the Resurrections- An Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast.  And we welcome him to this weeks edition of the adventures of Furious Boy. He hates drugs, he is a teenager, and he has super powers. Oh Boy....What trouble can he get into now! Short answer....a lot. But luckily he has brought along his family for back up....right....right? Okay, wait a minute. I am getting confused. Isn't Alex supposed to be on a rage infused, one boy crusade against the evils of crack ever since the brother of his former long time rival, current short time best friend was killed by cops for robbing a grocery store What, am I boring you now!!? Well that is just rude! Okay...in all seriousness, we continue our talk about how Alex has really gone off the deep end. He is sure that he can single handedly rid the world of crack. And he is just not caring who he upsets. And his attitude has a lot to be desired....but at least Jack is wearing a mustache through the whole issue. We are also proud to provide you with your own recipe for crack, straight from our science corner. We did not know we had the recipe hidden back there, but after we cleaned out all of the rats, we found a lot of interesting stuff. So join us as we try to clear up some of the fog that probably exists after reading these confusing notes Oh...also there is the super villain (?) team Trash....so yeah.... probably should have mentioned them. You can find more of Al Sedano's podcasts at this website: https://asedano.podbean.com/, or find him on your favorite podcatcher at Resurrections- An Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast. You can also find him on Twitter as, @AdamThanosPod. During the episode, we referenced a fantastic article written by Dr. Osvaldo Oyola. Here is the link to read it.  https://themiddlespaces.com/2015/12/22/power-pack-says-crack-is-wack/ You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/power-pack-31-crack-down/ Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/
10/13/20191 hour, 37 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 40: Power Pack #30

Issue one of the Crack Saga.  This is the issue that Alex begins his crusade against the insidious drug....CRACK! But, how is our blonde boy going to find out about this drug and what it does? Why through his new bestest (and possibly only) friend Johnny Rival and his gang. What a nice group of boys. I would like to tell you that this is a sunny tale, full of rainbows and unicorns, but there is not one equine looking creature around, and even the rainbow quota is low..which is impressive since one of the team can make rainbows at will. What we do have is a lot of physical abuse against family members and friends, criminal activities, drug use and, overdosing, and homicide. Remember how this is supposed to be a "kids book?" But we try to lighten the mood as much as we can, so don't be too sad. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/power-pack-30-crack-up/ Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/ During the episode, we referenced a fantastic article written by Osvaldo Oyola. Here is the link to read it.  https://themiddlespaces.com/2015/12/22/power-pack-says-crack-is-wack/
9/29/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 39: The TV Pilot (LIVE)

IT'S A-LIVE!! Live.....LIVE?....ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! Yup, we did a live show! It was in front of a small audience of friends at Champoeg State Park, in the middle of a 4 day, semi-annual camping trip we go on. The theme was Sci-Fi/Aliens. We felt that this fit. It was really wonderful to do this in front of a group of friends. And it was very special to have my daughter join us "on stage"...even though she thought it would be very scary. She did great. But what could we possibly be talking about? Well, how about the unaired 1991 TV pilot, Power Pack!  Yeah....yeah....that is exactly what we did too. Oh boy! Hey, at least we got to discuss it with our friends and family...and a fan. Jeff Polier came down with his daughter to check out the show.  How awesome was that?  Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/power-pack-the-tv-pilot-live/ Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/    
9/15/201946 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 38: June Brigman & Louise "Weezie" Simonson Interview

In celebration of the newest addition to Power Pack cannon, Grow Up #1, we are proud to present our interview with June Brigman and Louise Simonson. These two wonderful ladies were gracious enough to join us for an extended talk. We had the opportunity to talk about a number of topics including Weezie's inspiration for the crack story-line in Power Pack, June's awesome work on Captain Ginger and the changing world of the comics marketplace.  We also found out a few surprises......and if you want to know what they are, you are going to have to listen to the episode. Trust me, listen to the episode, you will want to know the surprises. Of course the majority of conversation was on Power Pack: Grow Up #1. If you have not read the comic yet, beware: THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!! You have been warned. Also, we should warn you that this episode contains heaps of praise, a ton of respect, and an Infinity Stone's amount of love. These two friends and co-workers have worked on many projects together and have nothing but respect for each other. And it was our pleasure to talk to them about this great book. And in this book....Power Pack is back! The feel and the look of this comic is like falling back in time.  So sit back and enjoy a trip down memory lane!   Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/interview-with-june-brigman-louise-weezie-simonson/ Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/
9/1/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 37: Power Pack #29

With Special Guest-Star, Tim Price!! We have the fantastic honor to host one of our favorite, and first fans, Tiiiiiiiiim Price! (insert Price is Right sound effects here).  Tim, a serial podcast listener, fried chicken eater, and commentator, has been a long time Power Pack fan and a great supporter of our show. He flew in and asked us really nicely if he could cover this episode with us....that should have been a sign. What to say about this issue...well, first of all, most of what you need to know is on this cover. We have Spidey, Hobgoblin, Alex and Johnny Rival fighting, a gun, and a whole lotta chicken talk. This also kicks off the Alex/Crack story arc, so hang onto your pigeons, 'cause things are about to get serious. Look, I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but I told you to keep hold of your birds. I am not responsible for all of the aviary accidents around here. Just keep your fowl comments to yourselves. And don't you dare preen in front of me, Mr. Rooster, I will not stand for that. Awww.....have I gone and hurt your little soft and feathery feelings?  Does someone need a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a hug? Well pluck up and fly right because these chickens have come home to roost and this poultry won't tell it's own story. The fox is in the hen house, we have counted our eggs before they have hatched and a bird in the stone is worth two bushes........I may have just cracked. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/power-pack-29-obsession/ Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/  
8/18/20191 hour, 34 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 36: Power Pack #28

Don't you, forget about me... I'll be eating breakfast with Hercules... Good morning campers, and welcome to a new day...well actually it is the same day from the last issue where our awesome adolescents climbed out of the sewers after facing Stephen King levels of horror. Instead of returning home, they have gone to the Avengers Mansion. Why you might ask, 'cause Franklin is sad and wants his parents. A little light breaking and entering later, with some minor property damage, the kids sit down for flapjacks with some of Earth's mightiest heroes. So what is in this issue, well holy space junk....we have two clobberin' time sightings!?!? What else do we have? Oh, the Fantastic Four making some fascinating choices while in space. So check out this episode of our amazing podcast....or else I may have to send Mr. Fantastic out to give you a hug. Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/power-pack-28-the-breakfast-club/  
8/4/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 35: Jeremy Whitley Interview

We had the amazing opportunity to speak with Jeremy Whitely, the writer of Princeless, My Little Pony, the Unstoppable Wasp, and the upcoming Future Foundation comic which will feature Alex and Julie Power! Jeremy has an amazing skill with writing all ages comics, specializing in developing solid characters with unique personalities. We had a wonderful time talking to him about his past work and his upcoming series, which comes out August 7, 2019! According to Marvel Comics: A BRAND-NEW SERIES STRAIGHT FROM THE PAGES OF FANTASTIC FOUR! When the Richards family is called back to Earth to be the Fantastic Four again, they left behind the Future Foundation — a think tank of the most brilliant young minds in the universe — with one mission: to find the pieces of and rebuild their friend Molecule Man. But that’s proved harder than imagined as this crew of young geniuses, Atlanteans, Mutants, Moloids and androids have run into every problem in the Multiverse. Now, with the leadership of Alex and Julie Power and a little extra firepower from guest professor Yondu Udonta, the team will undergo their most dangerous mission yet — a PRISON BREAK! Be sure to check out Jeremy's web-page, http://jeremywhitley.com/. And be sure to check out our web-page: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/interview-with-jeremy-whitley/ Also, don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u
7/21/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 34: Power Pack #27

We have one word for you: SMORELOCKS…… Don’t worry, you will get it later.  Oh….I have more words for you: Miles Stokes from Jay and Miles Xplain the X-Men! ( https://www.xplainthexmen.com/ ) Yes! We have the most awesome and excellent Miles on our show…..because it is about time we did!  Ok...to be fair, that may not have worked as well as I wanted it to. Moving on, don’t look back! This episode is the intense Mutant Massacre crossover. While primarily focusing on the mutant X-Titles, the Simonsons decided to bring in their own properties of Thor and Power Pack to witness the horrific death and destruction brought on by the Marauders…..yay? Don't you worry none, there is some fun stuff too...I guess.  And what do our sweet, sweet kids have to endure? Just death, violence, a nearly shirtless Wolverine, and Sabertooth. So grab your galoshes and check your Red Cross Donor card, because it is time to go back in the sewers! Like always, if you don't want to listen you don't have to...but if you don't, guess what....Jack will hit you....and you would not want that. Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u You can also check out the art we talk about at our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/power-pack-27-whose-power/ We had a listener, Mark Melton, who sent one of his friends pieces of artwork which we have added below. Mark Marianelli is the artists name and this is his website. http://www.6amcomics.com Check it out!  
7/7/20191 hour, 52 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 33: Power Pack #26

Take me home...old country roads...to the planet...I am from!!!! There is a reason I do not sing, but I cannot remember why? Anywho, the kids are heading home from their space oddity. And is a good thing too. I mean, the Power Parents are worried, Cloak and Dagger are getting all fidgity…..and the Fantastic Four even noticed….I mean, look, they left a note! There is not much action in this comic, but that is ok. Instead, we have some really good character beats and moments, and a scene where Jack grabs Dagger. But mostly, this is about families and dads. Which is good, because we got two big daddies bringing you this fantastic Power Pack action. And there is also this moment where Alex seems to have forgotten talking to Katie back in issue number 13.... During the thank you portion of our show, we mentioned Stephen Gray and the really cool Friday 3D printed model he made. If you are interested in trying it out, here is the website where you can download the design. www.thingiverse.com/thing:3643404 Don’t forget  to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.   We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u And you can always check out our webpaqe at, www.jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com  
6/23/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 32: Power Pack #25

With Special Guest-Star, Kwanza Osajyefo!! Jeff and Rick are proud to have Kwanza join them for their double-sized, 25th issue special event. We really needed the extra help. We have Jakal brimming with power, Katie brimming with defeat, Maraud brimming with overconfidence and Bhadsha brimming with poison. There is just a lot of brimming going on around here...and we do not like it... OK, we like Katie brimming with power, but not Jakal. We actually like a lot n this book. This is a fantastic issue with a mess of stuff going on. The writer and artists are swinging for the Snark equivalent of the fences, and they are connecting. Man, I really love to mix my metaphors. I guess what we are saying is that you really should drag your friends over to listen to this podcast. And if they resist, improvise. But for now, let me tell you more about our guest. Kwanza is, in his own words, ...a story-maker – cobbling together tales made of little daydreams, memories, and discoveries. An alchemist of words seeking immortality in scriptures that live on when I am done and dust, but still warm in minds and hearts of sons and daughters I will never know. I wear hats. We really could not say it better ourselves. He is a lifelong fan of Power Pack, and is also the writer of a an amazing series of books, Black and Black: America's Sweetheart, both by Black Mask Studios. And he has more coming out, including a title from Humanoids called Ignited with Mark Waid. Be sure to check out his website: https://kwanzaosajyefo.com/ and be sure to order his books: https://www.blacksuperpower.com/ Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.  And also be sure to visit us on our website to see some pictures from this comic. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  Right now it is just shirts and other knick-knacks featuring our logo.  Eventually we will come up with some more stuff.  https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u   And also, check out our website, https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/power-pack-25-power-trip/, to see the panels we selected for our refrigerator gallery.   
6/9/20191 hour, 50 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 31: Power Pack #24

I would like to apologize for the low energy in this episode. Rick was not feeling well, so we can just blame it on him. And it is a shame too, because this is a pretty good issue. Sure, it starts off in a dark cave with Katie drowning in a pool of water, and the other Power kids are still captured, and Franklin runs away from home, and Kofi is shot at…… Hang on…..this sounds horrible!  Why would anyone do this to a bunch of kids! I thought this was supposed to be a happy, silly, kids book!?!?  What is going on with all of this capturing, torturing, maiming, and war! Don’t worry folks, low energy Rick or not, this duo of daddies will dust themselves off and deliver you, our listeners, a delightful detailed description of these deeds. So sit back, relax, and listen to the gentle popping of lava bubbles. Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  Right now it is just shirts and other knick-knacks featuring our logo.  Eventually we will come up with some more stuff. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u  And also, check out our website, https://wordpress.com/post/jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/740, to see the panels we selected for our refrigerator gallery. 
5/26/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 30: Power Pack #23

  Do you ever wake up and realize that life is just not going your way.... You were taking a nice nap, frozen in the ice, and then you get yanked back into the real world... Yeah, I just got back from vacation, and I realized that I had not prepped this synopsis.  And that just makes me cranky. Kinda like this. Ya see, when the Fantastic Four vacation, they do not mess around. They pack everything. And they have to, I mean, how else can they show their powers.  Power Pack just packs Jack. Ok, time to get serious. The kids have been kidnapped and are being forced to find the hidden and frozen Jakal, and then are flown across the universe.  I wonder how they feel about this, wonder if they will fight? Oh yeah....they will fight.  Yes...They will fight. They will also escape, but find them selves on Snarkworld.   But I am sure everything will turn out fine. Nothing bad will happen to anyone.  Beyond this awesome story, I would also like to point your attention to one of our fans, Gibson, who created this amazing PAWody. He is an artist and writer and does some great work. Please check out his work.  https://lloydandthebear.com/ Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.  And also be sure to visit us on our website to see some pictures from this comic. We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble.  Right now it is just shirts and other knick-knacks featuring our logo.  Eventually we will come up with some more stuff.  https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u
5/12/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 29: Power Pack #22

I bet you forgot that we are not an interview show….we certainly did. Lucky for you, we eventually remembered that we are a baking show!! Nope….that is not right….Are we a winter sports show? Does not feel accurate! Oh, we are a show that talks about haunted houses and ghosts!h "NO YOU IDIOTIC HATCHLINGS! THIS IS A SNARK SHOW!" Close....we are a Power Pack show. And in this issue, we have the prelude to the Snark Wars. Before that storyline can start, we decided to let the kids play in the snow. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, yeah...Alex can behave like a possessive jerk and get into a brawl with another kid. That seems about right. But at least they can trust Jarvis! Just sit back, have a nice bath, ....And wait for a nice girl to propose to you while listening to our podcast! Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.  And also be sure to visit us on our website to see some pictures from this comic. https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/
4/28/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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Special Announcement

We are changing our podcast hosting site. Hopefully this will not affect your listening, but you never know. Please be patient while we figure this all out. 
4/20/201933 seconds
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Episode 28: Louise "Weezie" Simonson Interview

You read that correctly, Weezie Simonson is on our show this week!!! The co-creator and main writer of Power Pack agreed to join us for a long and rambling conversation about Power Pack. And we do eventually get around to talking about our pint sized super powered team. But first, we have to handle some important questions about food, wine, and beer. And we asked her the story behind these pictures! Weezie’s love of literature, and her adventurous youth have factored into her creations, and she gladly shared stories about her creative process. We discuss how she began her comic career, and how she developed her idea into an actual comic with June Brigman. We also make her laugh, which I cannot help but think is the most important sentence of this paragraph. We may sound like rambling and blithering fan boys, but that's because we are. A year ago, we never imagined we would be in a place where we would be talking to one of the great comic book writers. And we are immensely grateful to her, and the Power Pack fans who support us. We hope that you enjoy our talk with her. Make sure you check out our web page, https://wordpress.com/post/jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/686. And don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.
4/14/20191 hour, 44 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 27: Marc Sumerak Interview

This week, we are pleased to present a fantastic interview with Marc Sumerak. This gentleman has an amazing list of writing credits, but we are only really interested in his work on Power Pack. Marc is responsible for bringing back the quartet of cool for the mini-series starting in 2005. This successful series pushed Marvel to develop a total of 11, four issue mini-series. During the interview, we had a wonderful opportunity to ask questions about the choices made to age up the characters, redefining their personalities, super hero tropes, and how he developed the overall feel of the mini-series. We also laid the foundation for a new podcast idea (TM) as Marc joins us in pairing cheeses with the Marvel Universe. Marc’s clear and fun writing style and love of the characters and property show in these books. We have been reviewing theses series as bonus content for our Patreons, but we highly recommend everybody read them. They are available as part of the Marvel Unlimited subscription. If you would like to find out more about Marc and his other books, please check out his website. http://sumerak.com/ And if you would like to hear us review his Power Pack comics, support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers.
3/31/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 26.5: BONUS EPISODE - Power Pack V3 #1

Our first full length Patreon Episode. And all thanks to the lovely people who donated to us. Thank you so much for your help, assistance, and patience. We will try to upload one of these a month, in between our regular programming. These Patreon episodes will focus on the all ages mini-series that started showing up in 2005. They are a lot of fun, but different than the regular continuity, and so we have changed some of the format. In this alternate universe setting, we find slightly older Power kids still figuring things out after getting their powers over the prior summer. And right now their biggest worry is Katie outing them as she uses their origin story as a school report. Marc Sumerak and Gurihiru bring us some truly entertaining stories in an all ages telling of Power Pack!! Make sure to come back next week for our interview with Marc Sumerak! And if you like this story, you can hear more by supporting us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.
3/24/201947 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 26: Power Pack #21

Oh, a wiseguy….huh!!!! Half of Power Pack finds themselves mixed up in a kidnapping plot of Katie’s favorite author….and the bad guys are two thirds of the Stooges…..I swear to some deity that I am not making this up. Yup, it is the Great Goo-Gam Treasure Hunt! We have instructions for escaping trunks, really bad impressions, a new microphone, an exotic beer, and a web-head cameo….cause why not. Things are happening in the Jeff and Rick Production office! We have the next two episodes recorded, and they are both very….very special, so be sure you are ready to listen to some great upcoming content. And also be sure to visit us on our website to see some pictures from this comic. https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/ Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent. We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.
3/17/20191 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 25: The Uncanny X-Men #205

We are back in the pages of X-Men for this amazing Katie and Wolverine adventure. Uncanny X-Men #205 is an amazing and dark issue that features body horror, cyborgs, sacrificing humanity, torture, violence, death and, our favorite, REVENGE!. Of course you want to have a kidnapped five year old on hand for these shenanigans.   Join us for this dive into an amazing issue, as we just gush over the awesome art by Barry Windsor Smith. Helping us out with this is Rick’s good friend TJ. A a lifelong comic book fan who continually put Rick in dangerous or unsafe situations when they were children, he was a good resource to talk to about this book. There are many lessons to take from this book. Lessons like don't sell your soul,keep your fluids inside your body, always bring a sparkler to a knife fight, and always bring a buddy when you head out into the snow! Be sure to check out the Jay & Miles XPlain the X-Men episode 55, How Nightcrawler Got His Groove Back. ( https://www.xplainthexmen.com/2015/05/55-how-nightcrawler-got-his-groove-back/ ) Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.
3/3/20191 hour, 28 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 24: Power Pack #20

You know what a comic book about super-powered kids needs….No....not babies, more super-super powered kids!!! That’s right. This week we have got the New Mutants stopping by for a visit. And since that book about the teenage pre-X-Men team is known for cheery, bright, and happy stories, I am sure nothing bad will happen while they guest star…..hold on, just getting something handed to me… Ahh..demons, death, Manhattan sucked into Limbo, Katie kidnapped…..sigh.  Well, at least we know there will be some beer to get us through the bad night at the hospital. At least they don’t have to mention the Beyonder this time…….I have just been handed another piece of paper...oh are you kidding me? So get ready and turn on some bright lights, pull Santa out of the street, and smoke em if you got em, cause it is gonna be a dark and stormy night! Don’t forget support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.
2/17/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 23: Power Pack #19

If you only listen to one episode of our podcast this month, then first, shame on you, and second it should be this one!!!! So call a friend and tell them!!!! Here it is, the double sized infamous Thanksgiving issue! That’s right! This is the one with the insane meal that includes Beta Ray Bill, Wolverine, Leech, Cloak and Dagger, AND MORE!!! It also has errant balloons and angry lizards! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS!!! DO IT!!!! Or we will stick you in a box, like Leech!!!! Seriously, this is one of the most iconic issues of this series. And it is a beautiful book and a great story.  It also includes balloons...and everybody likes balloons. Except Wolverine. So listen to this episode! And don't forget to tie your shoes! Also, please check out Sean ( @Sean42AZ ) and Greg’s ( @garaujo1 ) excellent Secret Wars and Beyond podcast to learn more about Secret Wars II and to hear Rick talk with them about this issue. http://secretwars.libsyn.com/-marvels-secret-wars-beyond-season-2-episode-6 You can support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent. We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.  
2/3/20191 hour, 35 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 16.666: Mephisto vs The Fantastic Four #1

Wait….What is going on? Mephisto has taken over our Power Pack podcast and is forcing us to review one of the issues of his strange “Mephisto vs” from the 1980’s! What madness! How can Jeff and Rick survive this Halloween terror? Never fear true believer! Greg from Secret Wars and Beyond ( @garaujo1 ) has been sent to FWOOSH with the Power Pack Pals. Also, since this is a crossover event, Mephisto has left a breadcrumb trail of tortured souls for the listeners to follow. Be sure to check out these other podcasts to complete this insanity. Unpacking the Power of Power: Mephisto vs The Fantastic Four Secret Wars and Beyond: Mephisto vs The X-Factor Resurrections- An Adam Warlock and Thanos Podcast: Mephisto vs The X-Men Married With Comics: Mephisto vs The Avengers
10/31/20181 hour, 22 minutes, 45 seconds