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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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: You May Call Me Doctor Mist!


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The ancient immortal African mystic Doctor Mist was introduced in a cameo on the last page of 1978’s The Super Friends #12 before continuing into appearances in The Super Friends #13 & 45-46 before officially forming the Global Guardians in DC Comics Presents #46. We cover these comics to varying degrees, but our primary focus is the supposed true story of “Nommo,” appended to tales starring Zatara and Zatanna. Is Dr. Mist one of the most powerful and important figures in the history of the DC Universe, or a sad and lonely fraud? You decide, and you can follow along with our reading of 1988’s Secret Origins #27 at The Secret Origins Podcast.

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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: The Green Fury meets The Super Friends


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After slipping to an unintentional monthly schedule with some uncomfortable elements and unfortunate timing, the DC Bloodlines Podcast returns for a thirteenth episode set on breaking its unlucky streak (and nearly broke Diabolu Frank with all the editing it required.) In this novel edition, special guest Pekita Trotamundos helps produce a two-person radio drama in the style of ABC-TV’s 1979 Saturday morning favorite, The World’s Greatest Super Friends. This is meant to reflect the early appearances of Brazil’s premier super-heroine in the DC Universe, Beatriz da Costa, originally known as The Green Fury! Later known as Fire, she was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon for the comic book tie-in Super Friends #25, cover-dated October, 1979. After that brief cameo battling Superman, The Green Fury went on to appear in issues #42-44, with her origin finally revealed in a full length starring role in the series’ final issue, the August 1981 cover-dated #47. Foregoing the usually biting commentary and contemporary music soundtrack, this episode is a loose adaptation of these stories featuring scores culled from numerous cartoon favorites of the era. However, there is a political subtext that’s hard to miss. For a peek at the early Beatriz da Costa in action, here’s a look at sample pages from The Super Friends #43 at Scans_Daily.

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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Nightblade


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This episode looks at Nik Mayak, a New Blood with extraordinary body regeneration powers, supplemented by great agility and uncanny accuracy with blowing blades. Debuting in 1993’s Green Lantern Annual #2, we give an overview of the rest of his career in Eclipso Annual #1 & Bloodbath #1-2, the Blood Pack mini-series, Guy Gardner: Warrior #29 & 39, Deathstroke the Terminator #49, Infinite Crisis #7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D #1-2, and finally 2010’s Adventure Comics #4-5. You can follow along with our reading of the annual at Scans Daily.

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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Green Lantern


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The Guardians of the Universe chose Hal Jordan to be their Emerald Gladiator for Space Sector 2814, wielder of a Power Ring that could create jade energy constructs limited only by the bearer’s willpower and a necessary impurity that rendered it ineffective against anything colored yellow. However, the day would come when Hal Jordan would falter, and on that day his successor would rise to command the energies derived from the Master Power Battery on Oa, and that man’s name was John Stewart…

This episode, we look at the 1970s adventures of Neil Adams’ & Denny O’Neil’s Green Lantern John Stewart, DC Comics’s first African-American super-hero (unless you count Vykin the Black or Black Racer, which virtually nobody does, despite Jack Kirby publishing them nearly a year earlier.) Also, an obligatory history of that jerk Jordan, mostly cribbed from Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones. You can follow along with our reading at Scans_Daily. Also, check out the Neal Adams interview at Robin Hood: Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood.

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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: The Origin of Captain Comet!


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“He was a mystery to himself! Why– young Adam Blake wanted to know– was he so different from other people? How did it happen that there was no one else like him in the whole wide world?
Where did he really come from? Who was he? All these questions which might have unsettled an ordinary mind– only served to whet the brain and steel the mettle of the extraordinary youth who, without knowing it, was fated to fulfill a grand and awe-inspiring destiny on Earth– as Captain Comet– First Man of the Future!”

This episode, we explore comics’ first mutant super-hero, a prototype from the Atomic Age who was a mental marvel and physical dynamo! Explore his Strange Adventures from the June 1951 cover-dated ninth issue through the twelfth, plus comparisons to 1987’s Secret Origins Annual #1. You can follow along with our reading at Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine.

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The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Myriad!


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This episode looks at the New Blood Myriad and the Cyborg Superman, neither of whom debuted in 1993’s Superman Annual #5 (the only instance of that occurring in the Bloodlines annual event that was specifically created to introduce new characters.) Getting to know Hank Henshaw means going back to 1990 to cover Superman #42, Adventures of Superman #465 and especially Adventures of Superman #466, followed by Sasha Green’s first (and technically last) appearance in Superman #77. Next we get to the actual story “Myriad!” followed by her cameo in Bloodbath Special #2 and her quasi-posthumous mentions in 1994’s Action Comics #696 & 700 plus 1997’s Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #7. Finally, an overview of Frank’s reading of Superman comics overall, as well as the career of Hank Henshaw specifically. This one gets political, so if you’re still hypersensitive about the concept of President Trump, take heed. Bonus: Our podcast’s debut appearance of the most successful New Blood, Hitman! You can follow along with our reading of the annual at Scans Daily.

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