iFanboy Video Podcast

iFanboy #142 – Graphic Novel Reviews, Detective Comics #756, & Comic Book Ads: The Mighty Thor #384

Show Notes

It’s the return of the iFanboy Minis… sort of! This week on iFanboy, Josh, Ron, and Conor take a look at a variety of short subjects. Lately, Ron has been really into reading black and white graphic novels and he’s here to share his take on a few of his latest reads. In the return of It Came From The Storage Unit, Conor tries to figure out the plot of an old comic book just from looking at the title. And Josh takes a trip down comic book memory lane when he looks through an old comic book, not for the story, but for the advertisements.

Ron’s Reading Indie Comics

Ron’s had independent comics on the brain and here are a few that he’s read lately:

• The Troublemakers from Gilbert Hernandez is a meta spin-off story from the legendary Love & Rockets series.
• Noir is chock full of crime stories from some of comics’ biggest names in crime, so why does it disappoint?
• Second Thoughts tells the tale of two strangers who meet in an airport and fall into very complicated love. Who else has fallen in love? Ron. With this book.

It Came From the Storage Unit: Detective Comics #756

Conor has gone into his storage unit and randomly selected a stack of comics in an attempt to remember the stories just from studying the covers and jogging his addled memory. Will he be successful? The smart money says no, but it will be fun watching him attempt to access parts of his comic book reading brain that have layed dormant for years, and in some cases, decades. This week is Detective Comics #756 from May 2001! How will Conor do up against an 8 year old comic book? Well, if he goes by the cover alone he’s going to be in trouble!

Old Ads: The Mighty Thor #384

Comic book ads are a window to the past, and you see them in every book you read, and boy do they bring you back. Josh opens up The Mighty Thor #384 from Marvel Comics, by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, but doesn’t bother with the story. He’s here for the ads. Ooh look, prizes OR cash!


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  1. Oh no! Ron is trapped in the background of iFanboy!

  2. YEA Minis!!!!

  3. Well this is interesting, and one of these a month not only lets you get a break on show concepts but it’ll probably also cut down on travel costs for Ron

  4. WHOO-HOOO!!!


    My precious has returned!! 

  5. Oh Minis, how I have missed you so.

    It is like a sweet and gentle kiss from…. you know what that metaphor is just doomed from the start.

    Thanks for the Minis.

  6. Some weird, social commentary coming from Josh in this video. lol

  7. Ahhh the minis….

  8. nice, I was seriously going to suggest this format if you hadn’t started doing it anyway

  9. Oh the nostalgia… The minis will always remind me of waking up in my freezing cold dorm room and jumping immediately on my laptop to watch the newest mini while ignoring my roommate and trying to decide if I wanted to go to MATHS108.  I’ll never forget those two or three where Josh and Conor went through the Who’s Who binder.

  10. The Noir anthology has been sitting on my desk for weeks, along with the new creepy quarterly.

  11. I loved it Came From the Storage Unit and the Old Advertisement minis. Glad to see them making a comeback!

  12. Can’t wait to watch this.  I love the episode of minis idea.

  13. this episode was great, though it makes me feel greedy, I would love to have an episode like this once a week and a regualr episode. but alas I don’t think that’d be easy to do so I could settle for an episode like this once a month

  14. The minis are back! Woot!!!1 Or… are they? 🙁

  15. I feel the same way about Noir as Ron, but still am happy I bought it as there are some amazing writers and artists. Most of the stories were great and there was only one that I disliked.

  16. More it came from storage please! I bought that back issue last summer and was excited when saw it on  there.

  17. I ordered that Air Car from Johnson Smith.  Big disappointment at age 10 – I foolishly assumed it was large enough to ride in.

  18. Flip books were mad big in 1987!

  19. Brilliant show, guys! Really good to see those features back.

    (ps: June says thank you, even shed a merry tear or two. You are gents all)

  20. it’s a christmas miracle! from the storage unit!

  21. Yay the return of It Came From The Storage Unit!

  22. Love this episode. Bringing back the minis. gotta love it

  23. Now this was a classic show.  I loved the minis.

  24. btw I like the mini format coming back, but I can’t help feeling like you guys are in a trial separation. C’mon, work it out guys. Think of the children!

  25. Well done guys. Enjoyed this format as a change of pace from the regular one. That said the thing that makes me visit iFanboy is the interaction between the three of you. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve cracked up at your conversations while watching the podcast. I much prefer the normal format but a couple of these during the year would be good.

  26. haha!  Great show guys! 🙂

     Though, I don’t remember these, ‘mini’ reviews? O.o

     Ron, Great segment and spotlight on some cool indies I must check out!

    Conor! Fun stuff, but your intro sucks!  Why delve into what you THINK the issue was about, when it was just interesting hearing your thoughts after reading it?

     Josh, the final piece. Great stuff as I look at my old comics’ ads too! But, I mean, the M&M’s, they are not that much more detailed even now!  They are just round candies with limbs!

     Anyways, Happy Holidays guys!

  27. I gotta say, this format works for the minis, but for a 20 minute episode, eh.  I like the interaction between the three iFanboys, which obviously is lacking in a mini-esque episode.  Oh well, if this is done once in a while I will live as I always look forward to the weekly video show and enjoy them greatly. 🙂

  28. Thank You!  This was just as good a xmas present as the commentary for the first video podcast!

  29. I have to agree with @CGPO, I loved all these 3 mini episodes back in their mini formats but all 3 seemed to be lacking the eagerness / excitement of the actual mini episodes.

    Only my humble opinion.

     I think the only one of the 3 that really got close was Josh’s segment which made me laugh a few times.

    I still prefer my big episodes to be the 3 guys on the couch together (does that sound wrong?) … doing it.

  30. I liked the mini format, but not for a 20/30 minute weekly show, if you’re simply going to highlight something small each week I would love it, but I get such a kick out of laughing my ass off whenever the fellas get silly, chemistry people, chemistry.

  31. I understand though since it probably would save a lot of money on traveling.

  32. While we understand and appreciate the comments from those who weren’t thrilled by the mini show format, it’s a format that is here to stay for the time being. You’ll see a minishow just about once a month (not on a regular schedule, but just about once a month).

    It’s a format that we like and have a lot of fun with; it’s a format that allows for a much greater breadth of subjects we can cover (many, many subjects can’t sustain a full 20-30 minute show); and it’s a format that greatly eases our production schedule.

    For the rest of you who enjoyed the show — thanks! We’re very happy. We love doing these mini shows.

  33. I like the idea of these minis comprising a whole show, but I’m just not a fan of the two segments that Conor and Josh did. I never much cared for them in the minis, and the prospect of more of those isn’t exactly filling me with any glee. But still, with other segments I would be very happy getting this sort of treatment once a month.

  34. @drake: Those were, far and away, our most popular mini sgments so you’ll most iikely be seeing more of them.

  35. @Conor-I’m a weirdo. It’s all good though, I’ll grow to love them.

  36. Yeah, it’s great for keeping these on time since Ron doesn’t have to fly out. I like It Came From the Storage Unit (though maybe that’s because Conor is still going through a stack of Batman stuff) fine enough but Josh’s ad segment isn’t one I look forward too. I much prefer Josh repeatedly attempting to get a boat started. Best iFanboy editing moment ever.

  37. Oh and I totally agree with Ron about Noir. I’ve read most of it by now and it’s pretty forgettable.

  38. If it works better for you, watch one segment, wait 24 hours, watch the next, wait 24 hours, and so on.

  39. I think this is a great idea overall.

    These were my favorite mini’s and I am so excited to see them come back in some capacity. Although is there any chance to see the ‘Bad DC villains’ mini come back? Cause that is always hilarious when I went back to watch them. You guys seem to love seeing these awful characters like ‘Dr. Spectro’. 

  40. After taking a second view and it’s growing on me. One a month sounds about right. I really like Ron’s section and think it has the longest legs on it. I’m not sure that the other two sections will have the same lasting power. Don’t get me wrong, I liked both Conor’s and Josh’s sections but I don’t think I’ld find it as funny a year from now if we were still looking at old ads for 10 minutes every month. If there were 6 or 7 different types of segment that you could choose 3 from for every show it might prevent it from getting stale in the long run. I really liked Ron’s section because it reminded me of those excellent Vault shows you did. I’ld love to see you guys swapping around who does what segments as well – I can see Storage Unit being a lot different with Ron or Josh for example. And hey, if this makes you job easier I’m all for it. 

  41. You know, we did like 140 Mini episodes…

  42. I only came on to this site around Easter ’08 I think. I probably watched about 20-30 of the minis since then as they kinda winded-up soon after I started visiting. When they’re on their own they’re there and gone before you even notice and even though the new format contains a lot of similarities the pacing of a 30 minute is very different to those minis. I think variety is the key to doing this type of show and I’m sure you’ll want to keep it fresh for yourselves too. Bring em on! 🙂

  43. I enjoy this format.  Keep up the good work.

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