iFanboy Video Podcast

iFanboy #57 – The Vault! Smax, X-Men: Visionaries: Neal Adams, & Batman: Nine Lives

Show Notes

Josh takes us on a fairy tale journey back to the world of Alan Moore’s Top Ten with the mini-series Smax, written by Alan Moore with art by Zander Cannon. Warning: Discussing this book might cause World of WarCraft flashbacks.

Ron pays tribute to a truly legendary creator with X-Men Visionaries: Neal Adams. No modern day artist packs as much innovation into the pages of a comic book as Neal Adams did, and he was doing it 40 years ago!,

Conor rotates things 90 degrees with Batman: Nine Lives, the DC Elseworlds tale by Dean Motter and Michael Lark and told in the unusual 16×9 format. Can the iFanboys handle a sideways hardboiled murder mystery?



Get Involved

Doing the podcast is fun and all, but let's be honest, listening to the 2 of us talk to each other can get repetitive, so we look to you, the iFanboy listeners to participate in the podcast! "How can I get in on the fun?" you may ask yourself, well here's how:

  • E-Mail us at contact@ifanboy.com with any questions, comments or anything that may be on your mind.

Please don't forget to leave your name and where you're writing from and each week, we'll pick the best e-mails to include on the podcast!


  1. And that’s how you sell comics to this man.  


    I love the vault shows! 

  2. I concur — nice vault show. That Bats book looks tasty, dudes.

  3. great episode, i think I may need to pick up Smax (through the ifanboy amazon store of course)

  4. mmm… pulpy.

  5. Ooh, that NINE LIVES was a great book.  Thanks for reminding the world, guys.  I need to bring back my one man campaign for more sideways titles. .  .

  6. Nine Lives looks great!! Guess I’ll have to make another purchase.

  7. Oh, man, these all look fantastic — I’ve seen the Smax book at my library and always assumed it wasn’t by Moore; I’ll have to seek it out now — the premise sounds great.

    I have all those X-men issues on the DVD-ROM, but the color’s not great, and seeing the close-up scans makes me really want to have the book to hold in my hands.  Adams’ character/costume designs for Angel and Beast, particularly, are some of my favorites.   

     And I want the ‘Nine Lives’ book as soon as I can figure out where I have the shelf space for a sideways hardback —

  8. I want to know what gave Ron comfort…

    … Also, I got distracted imagining Conor as Deadman for Halloween.

  9. Larry King?



    Really? What? is it ’cause he talks alot? 

  10. Wasn’t Larry King the peri-credit Easter Egg in this one?

  11. It’s a true story!

  12. This is the second time I’ve heard mention of Top Ten. I’ll have to pick up a copy of book one the next time I’m at the comic book store.

  13. I think it’s funny that the only self described writer in the Ifanboy trio mis-uses the term "literally".

  14. I’m poor and I have you to blame for these purchases: 

    League of Ex. Gentlemen Vol. I;  LOEG the Black Dossier; Marvels; Sin City Hard Goodbye.  All of these are fantastic.  Thankfully I had some of the others you recommended or I would be with out electricity.  lol 

    Seriosuly thanks for the great advice.


  15. I went to the book shop today and read smax. But I had to leave without reading the last issue! There are five in total and the four I read were very good. Loads of references to other fiction and deals with some touchy subjects in a real comical way. Awesome.

  16. that batman story looks really good

Leave a Comment