What, us podcast? Yes, us podcast, specifically about Mad Magazine, this week! How did a weirdo li’l book like this come to be created and run for so dang long? Who made this stuff? Just how many times did they get sued or threatened by the US government? We answer…some of these questions.
But before we even get to that, Merk guides us on a trippy dippy trip into the world of album-and-movie sync-ups and weird comic book theories! We sincerely hope this episode won’t make you say blech!
Halloween is upon us! To celebrate the spookiest day of, let’s face it, a pretty spooky year, Kyle challenges Merk & Bry to a haunted journey to get more Clamato for their Bloody Marys in a Halloween spectacular CHOOSES THE DOOZES Giant Size Classic! Strange things are afoot on the way to the Circle K! Will a graveyard shortcut bring them to their goal, or will they run afoul of Jack Kirby’s Clamato Gang… or Count Duckula… or the Frankenwolfmanstein… or maybe a portal to Vampire World!? This twisted web has many spooky —- and frankly, inappropriate —- threads, dear listener!
But the scares don’t even start there! Thunderbolt Ross lives once more through the performance of ol’ Indy Solo himself, Harrison Ford! Recounting the latest Terror in the Bay horror festival! We have a nice li’l chat about a Halloween-themed DC horror anthology, Terrors Through Time! Archie gets Mad – Mad Max, that is, in Archie vs. the World! And hey sure, let’s talk a bit about Black Adam’s reception while we’re at it!
Resurrecting seemingly-dead franchises and series is all the rage these days, from Snyder finally getting his Cut, to returning Batmen, Spider-Men and Supermen, to fan campaigns to bring back old favourites as far as the eye can read! We have a chat about this trend and what it means for fandom and creativity, but then get a whole lot less critical as we pitch a bunch of other revivals we may actually see, considering how things are going! We’ve got an All-Punishers Squad! A House of Constantines! The return of REB BROWN! And more! More!!
But first, Kyle pits Merk and Bry against each other in a battle between two random characters! And SUCH NEWS: Image Comics staff unionizes! Dark Horse Comics is bought by a video game developer! Jeff Lemire gets exclusive with Image! Scott Pilgrim becomes an anime! And c’mon, guys, Morbius is never coming out.
Superman: beacon of hope, or beacon of NOPE? That’s the question we grapple with today! Does Superman inspire humanity to greatness, or is he just a power-rich jerk in a dumb cape? Do other heroes better represent the hopeful ideal? (And what is “hope”, anyway? Sounds made-up!) We go to some places with this one!
PLUS! All the news you can listen to: Black Widow, the Dwayne McDuffie awards, Power Rangers on Kickstarter, Miles Morales, Scott Pilgrim, and… [sigh]… Morbius. And we create new characters improv-style in a special Superman-themed Character Storm!
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! It’s that time once again! August Audness as we call it, where we pick 8 comic characters and put them through a round robin tournament to name a champion! Some are pretty tough calls and it takes all our combined comic nerd power to make the call! And then there’s the moment where ‘Cap just wangs it’….. it happened. Also this week, Bry is ecstatic doing a ‘Read This Now’, talking about Boom Studio’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini series. And news, news, news! Big news this week as the ‘bloodbath’ layoffs at Warner Media blindside so many. And IDW’s bizarre promotion, administrative leave and firing of a publisher all within a few weeks. All that and More!!!
This week it’s all about music in comics! We talk about some existing fictional bands, assemble an X-Men rock supergroup, make just… so many bad superhero music gags, and compile a complete ‘80s soundtrack for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. And even sing a few songs! It’s musical madness up in here!!
Also! Some very big news, including the upcoming Batwoman TV series! A “Read This Now” about a surprisingly special Aliens licensed comic! And we create a five-course meal based on ‘90s DC heroes!
Canada and comics! Two topics the Zero Issues boys are especially qualified to discuss. This week’s episode is about Canadian comic series, characters, and creators! We’re talking about all your favourites, like Red Ketchup, the Polka-Dot Pirate, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Captain Newfoundland, Purple Rider, and of course… Puck! Pour yourself a glass of Ontario craft beer and join us for an in-depth and funny chat about all things Canadiana in comics! And only like 7 weeks too late for Canada Day!