Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast – Stephen Wacker & Marty Pasko

Show Notes

Great conversation in this Word Balloon double feature. First Marvel Editor Stephen Wacker joins us to talk about the books he oversees like the Spider-Man titles, Daredevil, The Punisher, and Moon Knight. We talk about the realities in today’s market. Why some projects of the past couldn’t get greenlit in this tighter economy.

We also discuss Steve’s days at DC including many stories about his work on the weekly all-star event 52.

(This conversation was taped before the announcement that Moon Knight had been cancelled)

Then Marty Pasko is back for an insightful discussion about his observations of the current comic market. Marty has heard the phrase “comics are doomed.” since he joined the business in the 1970’s. While he believes there are big changes on the horizon, he’s also optimistic enough to suggest a few ways the Direct Market stores can stay in the new expanding digital comics world. We also get more great anecdotes from Pasko’s DC Bronze Age days, his work on Batman: The Animated Series, The Fox 1994 animated Spider-Man series and as the liaison between Time Warner’s various media divisions, other TV Network and Film production companies, and DC Comics.


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  1. I love your interviews with Marty Pasko 🙂

  2. Love the Marty interviews! You guys have a great back and forth, and I like how you defended the Peanuts comic from Boom!.

  3. Great episode this time.

  4. This was a great! I think I read every current Wacker book, so hearing from the mind behind all the ties of pretty much everything I love at Marvel right now is great. Then Pako’s interview was just a trip to hear all the history and older side of some of the comics and shows that I loved as a kid.

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