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OSU Marching Band gets right in 105 seconds what Zach Snyder, David Goyer, Chris Nolan and a 225 million budget couldn’t figure out in 2 1/2 Hours.

Jordan Smith

I know I promised Prophet but take a few minutes to watch and I guarantee heart growth commensurate to The Grinch on Christmas. Anywho, The Best Damn Band in The Land made their Oscar case a little early this year by delivering a Hollywood extravaganza at halftime of the Penn State game. The trauma of Man of Steel is that for a second I FULLY expected Superman to fly through that building of band members and shatter it into hundreds of falling / uniformed pieces / corpses. I should have known that a flipping marching band would be able to better see the soul of a creation than those who’ve made careers out of exploiting someone else’s better ideas.

Wait, What? Ep. 138: Gone Galoshing

Jeff Lester

Ahh, nostalgia. I used to love that cover….and I know I should crop out that border.  But. Hey, Internet! My apologies in advance–things are rushed, except maybe a little more so! My Monday schedule changed around a bit so it’s gonna be a rush on my part to make sure they still happen before Tuesday morning. All of which is to say: join me after the jump for some very hasty show notes, yes?

Wait, What? Ep. 137: Zombook Club!

Jeff Lester

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!

Wait, What? Ep. 133: Born Before ’61

Jeff Lester

As I reacall, Patti Smith shit-talked the Bizarro Movement in Just Kids, didn’t she? yes yes yes this is a real thing that was published and yes yes yes it is Steve Gerber how did you know? After the jump, another episode of our humble little show, complete with show notes that are even more humble and, um, even more little?

Wait, What? Ep. 127: Capers

Jeff Lester

Welcome to my nightmare, ladies and gentlemen.  My terrifying longbox filled nightmare. After the jump: very quick shownotes because I am running behind, and I have a tummy ache! (And I am apparently eight!) (Oh, and check out those John K(UK) posts below, would you?  They’re very good — I’m not even a father but I felt a special paternal glow from having all those 2001 covers and splash pages reprinted.  The perfect gift!

Busiek Red – Busiek Blue

Jordan Smith

I gave away a big, big bunch of Superman books this week.  It took no small amount of reading back and I was actually conflicted about what to put out due to some suggestive content issues with the Superman line.  I get the feeling this is going to be an ongoing concern.  Read on to get my extended take. In 2005 I was established as a young idiot with a local comic store, disposable income, and THE INTERNET.  So, it’s not really surprising that I found myself extremely excited at the prospect of one Kurt Busiek signing a DC exclusive contract and taking over Superman.  In hindsight, we can throw all the shade one cares to at the “exclusive” and…  Read More…

“You See That? He’s STILL The Greatest!” COMICS! Sometimes It’s GilWolf Unbound!

John Kane

A-huh! HUH! It’s another instalment of Gil Happy! Unsightly blemishes are a thing of the past as Gil Kane and his plucky sidekick, Marv Wolfman, team up with friends galore to document the exciting, amazing and thoroughly ridiculous adventures of 1980s Superman. Bonus! Feel the years just fall away as we revisit that time a comics creator flicked DC’s tie back in its face! Documentary evidence provided! Anyway this… DC’s Legal Department in a self congratulatory mood…oh, sorry, it’s actually Brainiac!

Wait, What? Ep. 116: G-Mo K-Hole

Jeff Lester

Because it is Hook Jaw, and Because it is My Heart… Yep, we are back!  Sorry for our absence from the podcasting broadcast waves and of course the Savage Critic site itself. After the jump–show notes!  But before we get there, I wanted to congratulate House to Astonish for their 100th Episode!  I’m listening to it now, and want to recommend it for people who like what Graeme and I do but would maybe like it if it was done much better?  Congrats to Al & Paul! Now, then.  Where was I?  Oh, right.

Wait, What? Ep. 115: Less Than Greek

Jeff Lester

“It’s funny! It says ‘I choo-choo-choose you’ and then there’s a picture of Aquaman.” Well, on the plus side? It is a Monday and we have a new Wait, What? for you–almost an entire day early! On the minus side, we won’t be recording this week due to Valentine’s Day, so there won’t be a recording next week, I am totally behind the eight ball on my other projects, and I couldn’t get Graeme to draw a Don-Wan Kihotay for us. After the jump, this week’s episode and some super-speedy show notes!

Wait, What? Ep. 114: Everything We Could Stand

Jeff Lester

Jaxxon drawing by our very own renaissance man, Graeme McMillan… Skip week is over so we are back for another episode or two (we will probably skip Valentine’s Day, I am betting that right now). Before we get into it, though: look at that Jaxxon! What a great drawing of a very old, obscure Star Wars character that I dearly love! Well done, Mr. Graeme McMillan, well done.  Please email me if you want to be part of the crew that tries to peer pressure Graeme into drawing more comics… After the jump: Love! Links! Show notes!

“…Primitive Lyricism…” PEOPLE! Sometimes Gil’s Gone!

John Kane

Gil Kane died on 31 January in the year 2000 A.D. Time enough has now passed that although I still feel the loss of his gargantuan talents I am past the garment rending and hair pulling stage. I will never be beyond the celebrating his work stage though. So what follows is a brief visual burst of Gil Kane’s genius from the ’80s. After all ACTIONs speak louder than words and Gil was a man of great experience…

“Believe!..BELIEVE!!” COMICS! Sometimes Imagination Changes EVERYTHING!

John Kane

I hear your pain, people! January is a real nutcracker ain’t it. What we need, as  Bonnie Tyler advised, is a hero. And, yes, Virginia, there are still heroes. It’s just sometimes you have to root about in the back issue bins to find ‘em. I found one. I found a Hero.

“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!

Wait, What? Ep. 105: Ringing Endorsements

Jeff Lester

Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads: Worth the Trip Safe and dry on the left coast, we are willing and able to provide you with two-plus hours of distraction.  At no point in the following podcast do we mention the extensive rat population of New York clawing their way to higher ground even if it means going through dark, electricity free apartments and the helpless population contained therein to do so.  Not once! So…join us after the jump and help us think happy thoughts, won’t you?

“You’re Wrong. I’m Not STRONG.” COMICS! Sometimes Legends Are Involved!

John Kane

Merciful Minerva! It’s a content-pocalypse here at The Savage Critics! Below this there’s Amazing Abhay taking a comic by the throat in his talented teeth and shaking it until its neck snaps. Beneath that there’s Gentle Jeff Lester using duct tape, tact and sheer pluck to bring you, via technology, not only the cheapest comics…but the best comics! Beneath that there’s Bewildered Brian Hibbs vs. online journalism! Bang-on Brian Hibbs cracking the heads of several  cape comics together was also a thing that occurred! As ever, earlier in the week the best Commenters in any seven dimensions you care to mention took on the Shipping List and, of course, Gentle Jeff and Garrulous Graeme’s audio bliss in Podcast form remains…  Read More…

“Choke! Gasp!” Not A Podcast! A Sort Of Smörgåsbord! Look, It’s Free. Okay?!?

John Kane

Hey now, hey now, hey now, now! I hear there’s no podcast this week because Gentle Jeff is blowing up balloons and Glamorous Graeme is helping out by asking him how that there balloon blowing up stuff is going!  It’s a skip week is what I’m saying. Dry your eyes, o child of woe, for I have written about some stuff I bought with my own money and read with my own eyes. Yes, Superman’s in it. A bit. Oh, I will make you miss Jeff and Graeme, I will make you hunger for them..! (Panel by Steve Ditko & Len Wein from THE DEMON in The Fatal Finale, Detective Comics #485, 1979, DC Comics)

The Last Week Of the First Year: A quick DC Survey

Brian Hibbs

Next week starts month #13 for the DCnu, so maybe it’s a good moment to take stock? Surprisingly, yes, it is, with what they shipped this week!

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

Jeff Lester

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!)

“But Hold Onto Your Watches And Wallets!” COMICS! Sometimes Gil Kane Did ‘Em!

John Kane

Bit pressed for time, I’m afraid. So here’s: Gil Kane,  Superman and some words about them both. Maybe some of it makes sense, that’d be a turn up for the books! Cheers! Doo-doobie-dee-doo (Doo-BE-DOO!)

Here comes Crankypants!: Hibbs’ 5/23

Brian Hibbs

Here I am, here I am!

Wait, What? Ep. 86: Defending Your Life

Jeff Lester

(Visual from Art Spigelman’s piece on Maurice Sendak unrelated to this episode, but I adore it too much to ignore it!) Hail and well met, fellow Whatnauts! Sadly, my M.O. of dashing something off in a state approaching sheer terror continues as I managed to put this together in time to hit all of our deadlines but with unexpected side-effect of stripping my soul down to its most bald-tiredian self. Forgive me, won’t you? But, hey, at least as a result you get to dig into the nougaty goodness that is Wait, What? Ep. 86. Packed with seven essential vitamins and minerals, the latest episode of Graeme and I answering your questions is part of this complete breakfast. [Quick shot…  Read More…

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