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Spawn #1 & Youngblood Battlezone

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Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

“Questions,” Part 1
Dedicated To: Jack Kirby

I want to die… again.

1987: Services were held today for Lt. Colonel Al Simmons at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.

1992: I remember there was someone… to love. Someone to hate. And I was something. Something special.

Youngblood Battlezone (1993) by Rob Liefeld

The government has a department for almost everything. In 1984, our heads of state decided that they needed a powerful public force; a force that could represent the government to the people. They also needed an edge to put our nation ahead of other world powers; an edge that they could control and the people could trust. By the end of the year, YOUNGBLOOD was underway.

Image is Everything

Spawning Ground

Amazing Heroes Interviews Episode 2

J.M. DeMatteis at Comicpalooza 2015

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Interview conducted with treasured comic book scripter and screenwriter John Marc DeMatteis at The Texas International Comic Convention, Houston’s Comicpalooza, on May 24, 2015. The interview has been edited for time, content, consistency and quality.

  • 02:13 Doctor Strange and The Defenders
  • 06:29 The Son of Satan & Hellcat
  • 11:21 Captain America
  • 14:05 Patsy Walker
  • 15:49 The Gargoyle Isaac Christians & Sophistication in Comics
  • 19:35 The New Defenders
  • 22:56 In memory of Harry Osborn
  • 26:36 Justice League Detroit
  • 30:06 Justice League International
  • 35:50 The Life and Times of Savior 28
  • 45:10 Keith Giffen & Breakdowns
  • 56:09 DC Animation

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Diana Prince: Wonder Woman Podcast #13

Operation: Cheetah (1992)

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Finally, we’re talking about the William Messner-Loebs run on Wonder Woman, the host’s favorite series of Amazing Amazon adventures! Unfortunately, the transition out of George Pérez’s long and well regarded run isn’t the smoothest. We chart some of the bumps along the way from War of the Gods to Wonder Woman Special #1 & Wonder Woman (Vol. 2) #63. Bonus interview material read from Amazing Heroes #197 featuring Loebs, artist Jill Thompson, and editors Tom Peyer & Dan Thorsland discussing thoughts early in the run, story plans that never came about, and more!

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DC Special Podcast: Justice League Unite Trailer (2017)


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Meanwhile… Mr. Fixit, Illegal Machine, & Diabolu Frank talk about the first official trailer to the 2017 Warner Brothers Justice League film for about twenty times longer that the trailer actually runs, and the CGI is nowhere near as bad as our audio.

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Diana Prince: Wonder Woman Podcast #12

Who is Wonder Woman? (2006-2007)

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This episode we look at the first four issues and only annual from the 2006 volume of Wonder Woman, written by film co-screenwriter Allan Heinberg and drawn by Terry & Rachel Dodson. Introducing Agent Diana Prince of the Department of Metahuman Affairs and featuring every Wonger Girl, as well as a slew of other heroes in cameos. For Martin Gray’s Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 review, visit TOO DANGEROUS FOR A GIRL!

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The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 069

The Sting of the Black Widow!

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Face Front, True Believer!

This week we return to Marvel’s ex-Soviet super spy Natasha Romanoff for spotlight episode #2.5! After being an Iron Man villain and a Hawkeye femme fatale, the Black Widow hangs up her fishnets and goes ginger, donning a more film-familiar costume and gadgets to fight crime! Petty, prosaic, politically problematic street crime! And also your Friendly Neighborhood Web-Head, beginning in July 1970’s The Amazing Spider-Man #86 by Stan Lee & John Romita! Then we continue to her first “solo” series (she was a glorified back-up for The Inhumans) in the bifurcated anthology Amazing Adventures #1-8 (1970-1971,) although we only synopsize the first three by Gary Friedrich (him again) and John Buscema! Beware the Black Widow’s stinger! It’s a knockout! Excelsior!

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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Ballistic Sword of Azrael

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Bloodlines: Outbreak is nearly over! Before the first quarter of the event closes, we meet ex-S.W.A.T. officer Kelvin Mao in his insectoid exoskeleton, and a new blond Batman who is never positively identified throughout the story (with the reasons for his replacement only alluded to.) Guess that means we should also look at the Batman: Sword of Azrael mini-series and do an overview of Knightfall/Knightquest/KnightsEnd to better understand what Jean-Paul Valley is doing here. I once did a wine tasting tour in the Jean-Paul Valley. That’s a joke I now regret because it conjures imagery I hadn’t considered before making it. Where was I again? These were not engaging stories, so I keep getting distracted, but you can follow along with 1993’s Batman Annual #17 at Scans Daily and get a deeper dive on the Azrael mini-series at NOT BLOG X.

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