Name: Tom Dietz


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August 20, 2021 10:55 am I thought the review was balanced (more than was the book where the negative tone was offputting). As someone who spends most of his time collaborating (in science) my view is that it is nearly impossible to allocate credit. As Josh and Conor note, the best work was when JK and SL worked together, and SDs' best work was with SL. So maybe it isn't either..or but both...and. Happens in music too, sometimes the solo albums are brilliant, sometimes not. But for sure JK got ripped off by Marvel.
February 21, 2021 8:59 pm By the way, a few years ago I read through all issues of Fantastic Four. Now, slowly, I'm reading through FF, the Avengers and Spiderman in order the order they were published. It's a slow project, but I don't read as many current books as Josh and Conor do so I mix this up with current books and trades/ graphic novels.
February 21, 2021 8:56 pm I appreciated Josh's comments on the Barks books, among my favorites. Josh, have you looked at Don Rosa's remarkable homages to Barks being reprinted by Fantigraphics?
February 9, 2021 9:52 am I believe JLA first appeared in Brave and Bold in 1960. So for the 1950s I would argue the best work and the most influential was Carl Bark's especially the epic Uncle Scrooge sagas. On the superhero side one might consider Challengers of the Unknown in the sense that it was the warm up for Fantastic Four. Or one might consider The Flash, which was 1959 and the first of the DC revivals that opened the door for the others.
April 19, 2020 11:02 pm There are so many trades and graphic novels. Many are amazing, many not so. I am really enjoying these Picks where Conor and Josh and ... just pick a book they want to read and talk about. When these strange times end, I hope they consider adding it again as a feature of the podcast. BTW, next Wednesday is the 50th Earth Day.
January 27, 2020 11:38 pm On collections from the Golden Age there are wonderful editions of the Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck books of the incomparable Carl Barks.
December 7, 2019 7:24 pm When FF48 appeared, it was stunning. One more part of the transformation of comics that Lee, Kirby, Ditko and the rest were accomplishing. And a big part of it was, and the Booksplode makes clear, this was part of an ongoing saga and that the readers were seen as part of a community with the creators.
August 8, 2018 11:30 am Sorry, should have said "is released"
August 8, 2018 11:29 am Just realized that the discussion of paradigm-shifting comics the week before the new #1 Fantastic Four is realized is prescient. If any comics can be said to have shifted paradigms, surely the list must include FF #1 and what followed in the next 12 months or so from Lee, Kirby, Ditko, et al. Hope you all discuss the new FF #1 next week. (Haven't read it yet.)
August 5, 2018 2:27 pm Great show! As often happens, there are books I'll read and enjoy as a result of your discussion I wouldn't have otherwise. The idea of major shifts in paradigms and the runs that inspired them is really interesting. I hope it comes up again. I wonder what other candidates might be. The first few dozen issues of Fantastic Four and Amazing Fantasy/ Spirderman for sure.