Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast Jeff Parker Part 2

Show Notes

We continue our 2 part conversation with Marvel writer Jeff Parker. Jeff discusses his 2010 Oni Press book with Steve Lieber UNDERGROUND, and how a leaked pdf of the book at 4chan ended up being a positive publicity happening resulting in new readers and sales for the overlooked project.

We also discuss the X-Men First Class film, and Jeff's minor advisory involvement, more Thunderbolts talk including future guest stars and more on Man-Thing's unique role on the team.

We talk about the old guard of comic book/strip creators like Alex Toth, Al Williamson and Burne Hogarth . Adventure comic strips like Steve Canyon, Rip Kirby, Prince Valiant, and Flash Gordon from old and current creators Milton Cannif, Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, Mark Schultz and Gary Gianni .

You'll hear about fantasy books, from The Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books, to The Hobbitt and disgraced author James Frey's I Am Number Four . Plus loads of old movie talk. From the implausibility of Dean Martin making good westerns, (Rio Bravo & Bandolero) to the best John Ford films like The Searchers, The Last Hurrah, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance .


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  1. funny & interesting stuff in Part 2, John. Parker definitely likes his Man-Thing. 😉

  2. Great interview, a very funny man with good opinions

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