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    January 14, 2017 9:39 am Conor mentioned a series by Keith Griffin he considered "the best" (or something to that effect). Can someone tell me what it is? This seems to be a period where I wasn't reading much from the big two. Thanks!
    June 7, 2016 3:42 pm On Green Arrow, I loved the Woody Guthrie reference: 'This machine kills Facists." Either Johns or one of the art team actually knows something about American progressive/left politics.
    May 22, 2016 7:24 pm Part of your contribution is that many people now and in the future will come to appreciate their work through you. Take some comfort in that.
    March 24, 2016 9:04 pm Appreciate your measured comments about Stan Lee. Given what information we have I suspect only a professional historian could disentangle a reasonable account. I offer three thoughts. First, I think we should be be modest in our criticism and generous in our appreciation for all the major creators of that period at Marvel. It was transformational. Second, Stan Lee or whoever made the move toward routinely giving credit to the creative team in the books helped transform the industry. Third, when I look across the many new ideas at Marvel then, primarily Fantastic Four but also Spiderman, all the Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange, etc. is seems the one thing constant was Stan Lee. And when I look at the original work of Ditko and Kirby after their time at Marvel, while it has a lot of merit, it is not at the same level as that burst of creativity in the early-mid 1960s. So whatever the "Marvel method" it seems as if Stan Lee had a huge positive influence on what was going on then.
    September 7, 2015 3:08 pm Sorry to be slow leaving a comment. I too appreciate the pastiche of Neal DeGrasse Tyson in Prez and Seveneves. But check out the current science advisor: John Holdren. With great respect to NDGT, John is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, has won two of the environmental "Nobel Prizes" (Volvo and Tyler), etc. The real deal.
    June 11, 2015 5:12 pm Just listened to the show and again was struck by how much AirBoy reminded me of the "underground adventure" comics of Glibert Shelton (Fabulous Furry Freak Bros) and Rand Holmes (Herald Hedd). BTW, did anyone else have trouble getting Rebels from Comixology? I downloaded the first two issues but didn't see number three.
    June 7, 2015 9:18 pm Airboy, especially the artwork, reminded me of the great Rand Holmes.
    May 18, 2015 2:18 am Rebels: I turned the page and Wow! Not only do I live in Grand Isle, as far as I can tell the site of the battle is about 1000 meters offshore from my front yard! Never had that happen before. (Josh, if you ever decide to bicycle in the Islands, let me know.) Geographic connection aside, a great issue.
    May 3, 2015 9:22 pm Will be interested to hear what you have to say about FF 645. The first Marvel comic I bought and read was Fantastic Four #1. I have read every issue since then. Fantastic Four #645 will be the last Marvel comic I buy or read until Marvel sees fit to bring back “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine,” as Stan Lee put it.
    January 18, 2015 2:47 pm I can see why this was well liked but not my thing. I think some work is almost universally liked and respected: Barks, Eisner, Watchmen. But there are other things where the point where you first jump on has a lasting effect. For me Star Trek is more interesting than Star Wars, Fantastic Four than X-Men, etc. But I understand why others would feel the opposite. One interesting example is Kirby's DC work. If you were around when it first came out and were trying to get folks to take comics seriously as a form, it really didn't help. Neither did the campy Batman. But now that lots of folks accept the comic form, one can enjoy them for what they are.