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Wait, What? Ep. 137: Zombook Club!

This and Battling Boy are the subjects of today’s book club. Go pick up copies and argue along! Greetings from the Cosmic Habitrail! (That is how Flash now gets from one dimension to the next, right?) Due to an overabundance of running around and an underabundance of organizational skills, I have very, very brief show notes for Episode 137, our Book Club edition. but! I do also have a two hour long podcast for you, so… <nudge, nudge>. Eh? Eh? After the jump…both of those things!

“…I Won’t Insult You By Quoting Neitzsche.” COMICS! Sometimes Chaykin Is Your Higher Power!

John Kane

Hey, it’s another version of Iron Man‘s origin but with a more realistic approach to booze abusing! So it’s over to the Master of The Mai-Tai hissownself Mr. Howard Victor Chaykin, with an assist from Mr. Gerald Parel, to bring all the short term memory loss, vomiting, visuo-spatial impairments, erectile dysfunction and renal failure fans of The Inebriated Iron Man demand! Anyway, this…

“…Not As A Mystery–But As A MAN!” COMICS! Sometimes The King Knew The Score!

John Kane

Celebrate your Dad, come on! (Let’s Celebrate!). Smooth segues be damned on this, The Day of The Father; didjya know that Jack Kirby was also a Father? Like all Fathers Jack Kirby knew of “The Task” but only Jack Kirby dared speak of it. The final, greatest “task” of any Father; when he must remove the bomb from his child’s head while waving him or her off into “The Future“, remaining behind to be blown up in their stead. Wait, maybe it was a metaphor! Or maybe I just wanted to post some Jack Kirby covers because, hey, today I get celebrated (COME ON!!!) so bit busy, yeah?  Maybe more substantial content later? J_Smitty did some reviews one post down…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 119: Watching You

Yup, we talk about Action Comics #18!  And I think…we even have stuff to say? Maybe, kinda? Behind the jump: show notes annotating the podcast commenting on the industry having one of its craziest weeks ever!  Action verbs! Jazz hands! Psychedelic Superman!

Wait, What? Ep. 118: Skypenet Techpocalypse

Why, yes, Stevie Wonder performing Superstition on Sesame Street is indeed relevant to this week’s podcast, thanks for asking! After the jump, somewhat hasty show notes for our somewhat hasty episode (less than two hours?  What has happened to us?)

“Thrill Someone You Love…” COMICS! Sometimes It’s The Other Stuff That Catches The Eye!

John Kane

Well, I finally got The Haunted Scanner working so naturally I diddled and faffed around with it a bit. Put it through its paces and all that. Rather than have that time be classed as wasted I thought I’d share with you, the peoples of the World, some of the neglected visual delights within a bunch of 1971/1972 Marvel Comics. Adverts, I’m talking about adverts there. Look, it’s probably better than you fear but not as good as you hope. I can’t say fairer than that. So let’s skip back to the dawn of the 1970s via a scanner and some stapled and browning paper. In a way, it’s a kind of time machine. Maybe. Oh, it’s not making it…  Read More…

“I’m A STUART, Grandpa.” COMICS! Sometimes The Weird Porous Kid Walks It!

John Kane

Here at Savage Towers the UK contingent is experiencing problems with The Haunted Scanner. So, just the covers this time out I’m afraid. Apparently my brain is no longer under warranty so I can’t help the words that accompany the pictures. So here’s a shoddy make-shift Sunday look at some comics. Or you could go outside and play in the snow!

Wait, What? Ep. 110: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

One of the two delightful pieces of art made for us by the impressively talented Garrett Berner (a.k.a. The Mighty Gar) It’s our last podcast of the year!  Yes, after this two hour and ten minute Whatstravaganza, you get a nice two week vacation from our wee voices nattering on and on, answering your questions, picking apart your comics.  Finally!  Some peace and quiet for your holidays!  Doesn’t that sound pleasant? Anyway…after the jump!  More art!  Lots of links! A hastily assembled and incomplete “Best of” list! And also: Show Notes!

“Why Is That Puppet’s Bosom EXPOSED?” COMICS! Sometimes Corben Endures!

John Kane

Good morrow! It is I, the man who skipped a week without notice! I’m sure your rancour and anger have abated somewhat. If indeed they ever existed. Perhaps it was a feeling more akin to relief. As when the drowning man releases that last bubble of air and watches it rise unhurriedly to the surface through clouded but resigned and unpanicked eyes. No, my American friends, I have no idea what I’m talking about as – Christmas? Getting in the way of your free content it appears.  Anyway, this…

“…A Cascade Of Wasps Attacked the Furry Monster!” COMICS! Sometimes You Worry About The Men Who Made Them!

John Kane

That’s right I read some comics. Some of them were old and some of them were new and one of them wasn’t really a comic at all. But only one of them made me think it was a miracle anyone was actually conceived in the ’50s. Yes, paging Dr. Subtext! Outbreak of ’50s gynophobia! But then to nostalgic old fools like me ’50s gynophobia is arguably the finest gynophobia of all! Anyway, this…

“I Tried Everything Else.” COMICS! Sometimes Chaykin’s Awake!!!

John Kane

Hopefully you all made it through any storms okay, my American friends! If you did I’ve got some rubbish about comics for ya. Content! You might not want it, you might not like it but it’s there!

“Walter-bout An Audition?” COMICS! Sometimes It’s That Company That Doesn’t Respect Jack Kirby!

John Kane

Then I read some Marvel comics! I wouldn’t want anyone to accuse me of being in DC’s pocket now would I? I should bloody cocoa, chum! So yeah, the same one-note entitled whining will now follow but with different pictures posted in between the words! Bountiful Brian Hibbs’ Shipping List is under this linguistic lard!

Wait, What? Ep. 100: Year Zero

(One of my favorite hundredth issue covers, by Joe Staton and Dick Giordano for DC Comics) I don’t know why, but for a moment there… I was very afraid this episode wouldn’t end up existing?  I think because, you know, you say something is a thing, as opposed to just being business as usual, and the next thing you know there’s a certain nimbus of expectation around it, even if only to yourself?  Sometimes it  seems like that kind of nimbus makes the best kind of target for capricious fate… Anyway, enough of that “and then he tore his eyes out in the fifth act!” musing, join us behind the jump for show notes and celebratory waffles, yes?

Wait, What? Ep. 97: How soon is NOW

Just listen.  Trust me. Episode 97! We are getting very, very close to the triple digits!  And, as you can see with the show notes after the jump, we are still capable of bringing the high weirdness. (After the jump: Hi, Weirdness!)

“Let ‘Em Loose, Bobo!” COMICS! Sometimes They May Arouse The Proles!

John Kane

How goes the day! I guess after that Olympics Opening Ceremony I should just assure all our American friends, particularly your President, that the National Health Service doesn’t actually mean that you have a socialist nation 3,000 miles off the coast of America. And, no, if you let this stand all of Europe isn’t going to go next in a kind of domino effect. You guys are so ansty! Connor Willumson/Jason Latour (art/words) I read some comics and then did the words thing. You can do the reading bit if you like, if there’s nowt on the box.

Newest TILTING is up!

You can find it at Comic Book Resources. I discuss what I perceive as the marketing and branding failure for “Marvel NOW!”. I’ve hit some sort of nerve, as it’s already got 25 responses before 9 am…. As always, feel free to comment here if you don’t/can’t reply there.   -B

Wait, What? Ep. 94: The Basement Japes

Above: The Farm Fusion Waffle, which is a liege waffle topped with mushroom, spinach, roasted pepper, tomato and marinated chevre, from the Waffle Window, Portland, OR. Yes, that is one mighty tasty waffle, let me tell you — although let me be honest, I do not tell you in episode 95, I merely mention it to you now. But!  Trust me, it’s darn good. As for what we do discuss in this episode, join me behind the jump for… show notes!

“Nobody Messes With The USA And Gets Away With It!” COMICS! Sometimes They Are Liberal-Leaning!

John Kane

Hello! If you were at Comic-Con on Friday 13th then I’m sure you did the decent thing and spent the hours of 2 to 4 at the Hermes Press booth where Howard Victor Chaykin was due to manifest in physical form, to enrich all who gathered to hear about his forthcoming BUCK ROGERS project. I wasn’t there due to restraining orders and such legal trifles that need not concern us here, but I did read a HVC book so I didn’t feel too bereft. So, without any further ado lets dunk the silky biscuits of our attention in the hot and steaming coffee of HVC comics! Cawfee! “I Like Ike!”(1) Oh yeah, this one’s for all the patriots out there!

Wait, What? Ep. 90: Back in the Game

Ladies and Gentlemen: GRAEME MCMILLAN IS. The nice thing about writing a post during which you lose your mind and decide the best thing to be done is to embed as many of the lyrics of an Elvis Costello song as you can is you realize: (a) it can’t be topped; and (b) maybe you’re allowed to go easy on yourself every now and again; and (c) your attempts to give the page a catchy image and a bit of punchy jibbety-jab really only go so far, as it’s the actual thing you are introducing that people are (or are not) here for. (Also, you realize you are addicted to parentheticals and alphabetized lists, and have no idea exactly how…  Read More…

“A Moi La Légion!” COMICS! Sometimes I Have Too Much Sun!

John Kane

Greetings! It has been sunny in England for more than three consecutive days. This means that the entire nation is required by Law to sit outside until their skins glow like pink suns and crack like dry riverbeds in Texan heat. So I have been doing that. This means I didn’t read many comics and when I wrote about them the fact that my brain had been lightly boiled in its own juices didn’t seem to have a beneficial effect on my thought processes or judgement. But, hey, I made my deadline! I made it, Ma! I’m a hack!

“RAK TAC TAC TAC TAC.” COMICS! Sometimes They Do It All Over Again!

John Kane

So I went to the library and got this here book out. As is customary on my planet I read it and , as is inadvisable in my experience, I wrote this. Evasions, justifications, terrible writing, pointless digressions and probably unintended offence are probably in the offing. Why not join me as we look again at Marvel‘s first superhero team! Reed Was beginning To Suspect His Friends Would Never Share His Pleasure In His Colonoscopy Results.

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