Jan 27, 2014

Phantom's not good enough for my Granddaughter.

The Phantom was both a daily comic strip and a weekly Sunday strip. The Sunday strips were originally presented in glorious full colour. But they also get printed in black and white. The strip I wanna look at today is from 1955, and it's called A Proper Husband.

The Phantom comic strips had two driving forces for drama back in the day. There were the adventure plots that the Phantom was involved in. Fighting pirates -- that sort of thing. But there was also his romance with Diana Palmer. In fact the romance with Diana was often front and centre as the spur that got him INTO adventures and strips quite often barely had the Phantom in it, for weeks on end, as we followed Diana.

So let's do that. Let's follow Diana for a few weeks, waiting for the Phantom to show up.

Hooo boy. I can already tell this is gunna be good!

Jan 21, 2014

80-Pagecast 22: Rising like a Pheonix

This fortnight we reflect upon comics such as Deadpool Gauntlet, Superior Spider-man (again), Superior Foes (again), Afterlife with Archie (smell), Revolutionary War (UK flashback), Dark Cybertron & Transformers breaking news, Young Avengers (joyously gay), Harley Quinn (girl Deadpool), and 7 Billion Needles (read right to left). Then ramble on some about our favorite & most hated comicbook character resurrections.

Jan 7, 2014

80-Pagecast 21: 2013: A Year That Happened

The Year of the Snake is ending, it was filled with Spider-mans anyway. The Year of the Horse is coming, but Dark Horse won't have Star Wars much longer. We look back at what we read and saw in the last year. The good. The bad. Take them both and there you have this episode. Plus we talk about the Windblade kerfuffle because we are massive Transformers fans.