Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #536 – Superman: American Alien #7

Show Notes

In an emotional and stripped down episode, Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, and Ron Richards have a few drinks, talk about this week’s comic books, and remember Darwyn Cooke and Timmy Wood.

Running Time: 01:13:22

Pick of the Week:
00:00:45 – Superman: American Alien #7

Comics:Superman_American Alien_7
00:10:28 – Power Man and Iron Fist #4
00:14:47 – Astro City #35
00:18:35 – Spider-Woman #7
00:21:38 – Civil War II #0
00:30:29 – Invincible #128
00:32:08 – Clean Room #8
00:33:22 – Spidey #6
00:35:55 – Future Quest #1

Audience Questions:
00:43:19 – Adrian from Vancouver, Canada has many questions about number one issues.

• Donate to the Darwyn Cooke Memorial Fund at the Canadian Cancer Society.

• Donate to the Timmy Wood Comedy Memorial Fund.

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  1. You guys are fucking pros. Proud to be an iFanboy contributor!!!

  2. Nicely done guys.

  3. 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.

  4. I was going to write a big thing about this show (and, in particular, the last 20 minutes), but, seriously : “Thank You”. That’s it. Thank you 3 for what you guys do.

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself. “Thank you”, indeed.

      And, once again, so sorry for the loss of your dear friends.

    • I third that. Man, I didn’t even know about Timmy Wood. Feels like it was just yesterday that I was giggling over something he’d written on here. What a heartbreaking time for you guys.

  5. Capt. Caveman was noit in the Wacky Races, those two wee the Slag Brothers in the boulder on wheels car.

  6. A very tearful “thanks”.

  7. The show made me shed tears towards the end, i loved Darwyn’s work.

    Gene Ha’s Mae was probably my pick of the week it was pretty great.

    I am looking forward to rebirth, it sounds like it may be what we have been waiting for.

    Thanks for the show this week.

  8. A very emotional thank you.Very well done guys in these sad times.

  9. Thank you guys, for this doing this episode and for giving us this show every week.

    There has been a absolute flood of emotion and appreciation for Darwyn Cooke and his amazing contributions to the artform this past week, but I can’t imagine a more honest and heartfelt tribute than this episode. Well done, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

  10. Well done gentlemen. Thank you.

  11. Thanks for the show guys. That was lovely.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing your love for both Timmy and Darwyn.

  13. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in tears listening to that tribute. Thanks for giving us an extra glimpse to both of those.

    On the comic front, I hope people got a chance to check out Uncanny Avengers #9 this week. I was completely blown away by how full of an issue this was, both in story and character development, not to mention a certain appearance towards the end.

  14. As much as it hurts to lose someone like Darwyn as a fan, I can’t imagine how much it hurts to lose him as a friend. Thank you so much for sharing those memories and thanks for the panel at WonderCon.

  15. I hadn’t heard that Timmy Wood had died, I’m so sorry. Condolences to you all on the loss of Timmy, and Darwyn Cooke. Hugs.

  16. beautiful show. thanks guys.

  17. i spent all week thinking about commenting on this podcast.
    perhaps just a note relating to the personal nature of loss versus the public expectations of interaction.
    I weighed my past experiences with it, versus the unfillable hole that is the reality of it…
    but after much thought, a more important issue needed addressing…
    defending the honor of DItko’s “Speedball”!

    Think back to the late 80’s, to a time when you weren’t tripping over new #1 issues as you are now. Think about how difficult it was to even see past issues from classic creators. Think about the post Miller-post Moore-post Byrne mature tidal wave that was beginning to crest.

    And then think about how exciting it was to see a new number 1 issue, that you could collect starting at the ground floor (not Amazing #288 or FF #332), and not by just anyone, but created by the very same legend you saw honored in your reprint adventures in Marvel Tales each month, and think about how Peter Parker at this time in comics history, was post college, living in sin with MJ, with over flowing adult problems and here comes a teenage Spider-Man analog drawn by the man who invented the character. Take the week and just think about it…

    Then of course the issues came out and that was an entirely different story.
    But, it was wack-a-crazy fun, insane characters, drawn like classic a Spider-Man issue, with teenage character with comic book teenage issues, and oh yeah, Speedball had a pet cat, who also had the same powers!

    Yes. His cat had his same powers.
    Just think about it.

    p.s: Ditko at this time got the series probably as a favor to keep him off the street, but because of his Objectivism beliefs he would only put forth the least amount of effort possible when creating them, since he could not use his full artistic vision. People saw it as him being old and a has been (which his fashion styles were dated) but you can see his personal work from around the same time is much more detailed (check out “Avenging World” amazing art)

  18. Thank you for sharing a little bit about your personal reactions to loss with me. It definitely rang true to me when I have lost those close to me. And for the show it was great as always.

  19. I don’t think it would be too rude to mention in here a site that Cooke’s family set up to raise a little bit of money for the Canadian Cancer Society.


    That link should work, but I know the guys have posted it on there respective twitter feeds as well.

  20. Thanks for the show guys. It was great to hear you talk about Darwyn and Timmy. It’s the best way to keep the ones we’ve lost alive. I don’t think the grief ever truly goes away but it eventually takes on a new form. For those of us who didn’t know them: we’ll always have their work to appreciate.

  21. Conor, your comments about that DC Rebirth bus stop advertisement were spot on and absolutely hilarious. I seriously stopped and just stared at that page, for awhile. It just looks sooo stupid, on multiple levels. Here’s hoping we aren’t burdened with these ill-conceived adverts in the future. However, there is a part of me that enjoyed how amazingly terrible it was…weird.

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