The Under Guides Graphic Novel Podcast

The Under Guides Graphic Novel Podcast Vol V

The Metamorphosis Odyssey by James P. Starlin

Diabolu Frank and Illegal Machine look at the early years of Epic Illustrated, Marvel Comics’ bid at a Heavy Metal style mainstream newsstand anthology magazine. Launched with a Spring 1980 cover date, the magazine featured an unwieldy mix of creator-owned “indie” work, Robert E. Howard/Michael Moorcock fantasy adaptations, and corporate super-hero stuff like Silver Surfer saddle-stitched with a mix of thin glossy and heavy matte paper stocks (like Playboy back in the day.) More to the point, the boys focus on “The Metamorphosis Odyssey,” Jim Starlin’s sci-fi/fantasy, serialized across fourteen chapters and nine issues. Space pharaoh Aknaton spends millennia setting up a doomsday gambit to halt the onslaught of the Zygoteans across the Milky Wat galaxy before gathering his players and seeking to blow the Infinity Horn. You can also read the story in Slave Labor Graphics’ (dismal) 2000 collection or Dynamite Entertainment’s supreme hardcover, the best presentation available in print. This story introduced Vanth Dreadstar, lethal protagonist of a long running ongoing series published by more houses than most any other character in comics. Afterwards, Frank has another longish “Swords of Cerebus” installment, looking at issues #18-21 of Dave Sims iconic indy. Finally, your mail on the Alterna Comics episode, featuring some of their talent.

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One Song Each

One Song Each (Side A, Track 8)


On our music & memories show, co-hosts Joe Fixit, Ill Mac, & Diabolu Frank each select a song to discuss, relating facts about its release, its meaning, and how it relates to them anecdotally.


  1. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” from the 1976 album Ramones by The Ramones
  2. “Tainted Love” from the 1981 album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell
  3. “Candy” from the 1986 album Word Up! by Cameo
  4. “Opposites Attract” from the 1988 album Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul

Artists: Diabolu Frank, Illegal Machine, Mister Fixit
Label: Rolled Spine Podcasts
Format: MP3 Digital Download/Streaming
Country: USA
Released: 08 August 2018
Genre: Punk, Synth-pop, Funk, New jack swing

The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast

The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast #33

Dial H For Hero: Silver Age Part Two (1967-2000)

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This episode wraps our belated coverage of JLMay2018 with the second halves of both the Silver Age event and Robby Reed’s adventures in House of Mystery, as well as following the H-Dial across several additional decades of wielders. Writer Mark Waid makes a couple of cameo appearances, as well…

JLMay 2018– Silver Age (2000) Podcast Crossover Event
Agamemno reaches Earth as the incredible event begins! Gathering some of the JLA’s greatest foes — Lex Luthor, Sinestro, the Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Element, Dr. Light, Chronos, Black Manta, and Felix Faust — to help him in his plan to conquer the Earth, Agamemno switches the minds of the villains with those of their nemeses! Can the heroes foil the plot before the would-be conqueror prevails? You asked for it– and you got it! A STAGGERING SUPER STRUGGLE stretching across this month’s DC COMICS! Dig what’s Coming!

From here follow JLMay 2018 to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover a different issue of SILVER AGE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay2018 when discussing on social media!

JLMay 2018

  1. Silver Age #1 [Justice’s First Dawn]
  2. Silver Age: Justice League of America [Coffee & Comics Podcast]
  3. Silver Age: Challengers of the Unknown [Relatively Geeky Presents]
  4. Silver Age: Teen Titans [Super Mates]
  5. Silver Age: Dial “H” for Hero [Idol Head of Diabolu]
  6. Silver Age: The Flash [The Longbox Crusade]
  7. Silver Age: Doom Patrol [Waiting for Doom]
  8. Silver Age: The Brave & The Bold [Comic Reflections]
  9. Silver Age: Green Lantern [The Lanterncast]
  10. Silver Age: Showcase [Batgirl to Oracle]
  11. Silver Age: Silver Age 80 Page Giant [Chris & Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill]
  12. Silver Age: Silver Age Secret Files and Origins [Fire and Water]

Martian Manhunter in…

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Spawnometer 0:0:1:1: Supreme (1992)

Spawn #11 &
Supreme Vol.2 #1-6

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Spawn #11

by Frank Miller & Todd McFarlane

Dedicated To: Gil Kane

White middle class computer geek street gangs. At least it’s not a talking aardvark.

A turf war– and Spawn’s home is right in the middle of it.

Sure, this is a smelly, filthy rathole of an alley. But it’s my smelly, filthy rathole of an alley.

Supreme #1-6 (1992)

by Rob Liefeld & Brian Murray

“Second Coming”

You! Supreme… HAH!! This worn out carcass couldn’t be the Supreme! The legend… who led my people to victory at Maxia… bah! YOU DARE INSULT HIS HONOR!!

Your illustrious career and contributions are of course chronicled in history books…

Sentinel, Glory, Superpatriot… all my old comrades… gone. Once Earth’s greatest heroes, they were all ultimately defeated by their own mortality!

Image is Everything

Promotional Material

  • It All Comes Back To Superman: A new podcast from the Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network!
  • Word Balloon: The Weekly Pop Culture Audio Podcast Featuring In-Depth One On One Interviews with the creative minds behind Comics TV Film Novels & Animation. Hosted by Chicago Pop Culture expert, John Siuntres.
  • Superman Movie Minute: Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly analyze, scrutinize, and you’ll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the classic 1978 film, five minutes at a time.

Spawning Ground

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 088

Marvel Studios
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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Note: We like our language NSFW salty, and there be spoilers here…

Face Front, True Believers! This episode Illegal Machine, Mr. Fix-It & Diabolu Frank discuss that movie that comes between the two Avengers movies you were dying to see that isn’t the one you’re really excited about that stars the first female headliner in a movie, but instead that sequel to the tepid closer of Phase Two with a second-billed female co-star! Pioneering! Revisit Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and basically every single minor character from the first movie plus better than half a dozen new characters that largely replicate the roles served by those remaindered characters from the first movie to unquestionably diminishing returns! Oh, and like five more meandering Luis stories, as if the joke wasn’t completely played out by the stinger in 2015! Excelsior?

As you can tell, we love a fierce conversation, so why don’t you socialize with us, either by leaving a comment on this page or…


Spawnometer 0:0:1:0: Infiniti

Spawn #10 &
EXtra-Image Presents #1-4

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Spawn #10

by Dave Sim & Todd McFarlane

“Crossing Over”
Dedicated To: Don Heck

There is a line of men. Their hands are bound behind them. They are hooded. Helpless… Without them Spawn (I… He) could not exist… Beneath their hoods they are weeping.



Their creators. The ones who sold them. Like Cerebus said. It’s best not to think about it.


by Eric Stephenson & Richard Horie

“Awakenings”, “Awakenings Part Two”, “Strange Interlude” & “Bull Rush”

Trans-dimensional jump successful. I have arrived on Earth… and my readings indicate that these crude attempts at constructing artificial life from existing genetic matrices will suffice our needs.

On Capitol Hill today, Senator Edward Rife continued to push for renewed investigation into the dealings of former CIA Director Jedemiah Hagstrom.

Memory or no memory, I’m here for a reason. And no matter how self-righteous it sounds, it’s my duty to protect people. I bet Enigma knew it all along.

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Spawning Ground

B.O.N.D.I.N.G. Agents

B.O.N.D.I.N.G. Agents Episode 000: The Assets


Explicit Content: Authorized Eyes Only

Agent Codenames: Old Dude; Diabolu Frank
Assignment: Father & Son Spy-Fi Podcast
Mission: Deferred pending evaluation for fitness.
Summary: Proposed team discusses prior experience with the sub-genre of international intrigue embedded with strong science fiction influences. Overview includes mentions of J. Edgar Hoover, I Spy, Derek Flint, Nick Fury, James Bond, Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, Barbarella, et al. Additional biographical and scenario details provided. Far left wing leanings of subjects are briefly touched upon. Demonstrate assembly and disassembly of U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle and other firearms employed in From Russia With Love.

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