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Indie Comic Book Noise 323: Courtney Crumrin and GI Joe Books

Host Derek Coward talks about Courtney Crumrin 10 and 9, Snake-Eyes/Storm Shadow 21, and GI Joe 1. There’s also a brief mention of The Bionic Woman.

GI Joe 1 Cover
GI Joe 1 Cover

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Comic Book Noise 251: The Ryan King Collection

Host Derek Coward talks about his history with podcaster and friend Ryan King and reviews Action Philosophers Vol 1, Alias, The Pulse, and Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol 3.

Ryan King

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More Comic Books For Me

After a weekend of buying comic books at Heroes Con and then going to Detroit Comics, I was pleasantly surprised when I got a package of comic books that I bought from Heath Holland a while back.

Here’s what I picked up:
Heartbreak Soup: A Love and Rockets Book (Yes, this is the fourth time I have bought this particular story, but it is one of the best stories of all time) TPB
Arana Vol. 1 Digest
Arana Vol. 2 Digest
Dynamo 5: Post-Nuclear Family Vol. 1 TPB
Justice Vol 1 HC

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Marvel Noise Episode 82

XForce9Host David A. Price takes a week off and let’s Derek Coward take over. Pat Loika talks about the week’s new releases, Steve Raker talks about Marvel in the year 1972 and Derek talks about great Marvel comics from the 90s(!).

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Music: Franciszek Dukla Wiejska Banda, Nikto to nam niemo ze

(http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Franciszek_Dukla_Wiejska_Banda/)

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Comic Book Noise 155: The Best of 2008, Part Two

Host Derek Coward finishes his look at the best of 2008 by talking about the titles that he has heard good things about but has never checked out yet, best miniseries that didn’t finish in 2008, best #1 comics of 2008 and the best graphic novels.

Related links (*-Amazon link, so help a brother out):
* Rasl Volume 1: The Drift
The Boy Who Made Silence
* House of Mystery
* Young Liars
* Captain Britain and MI:13
’76
* Tangent: Superman’s Reign
The Infinite Horizon
Stephen King’s The Stand: Captain Trips
* The Twelve
* Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
* Madame Xanadu #1
Comic Book Comics
* Locke & Key
Kick-Ass
* Man With No Name
* Queen and Country Definitive Edition
* Noble Causes Archives
* The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer
* Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician

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My latest purchase revealed

My mystery comic book finally arrived today from the Amazon Marketplace. Since I have it in my possession and I don’t have to worry about people rushing out to buy it (and therefore driving up the price for me to get it), I can finally make the big reveal.

It is JLA: Secret Origins by Paul Dini and Alex Ross, the only one of their oversized books that I didn’t own.

jla_secretorigins

I haven’t read it thoroughly yet, but I like what I have seen by just thumbing through it. It appears to be a collection of two page retellings of the origins stories of the Justice League of America (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow (with Black Canary, but her origin wasn’t told.),  Captain Marvel (the real one, you know “Shazam!”), Hawkman (and Hawkgirl, whose origin has always been intrinsically tied to her husband’s), Atom, Plastic Man,  Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

Since I cut my teeth on DC Comics way back when, there  is nothing in here that I didn’t already know but it never looked like this.  There is also a retelling of the Justice League of America themselves, which is restricted to one paragraph. The real treat on the JLA spread is Adam Strange, Zatanna, Metamorpho, The Elongated Man, Phantom Stranger and Red Tornado each getting the Alex Ross treatment for a panel.

After the story, there is an interview with Dini and Ross that includes a lot of sketches and a painting of the Big Seven, which is beautiful and I wish I had a poster of it.

Now my Dini/Ross oversized collection is complete and I can start getting some of the other books that I saw on TreasuryComics.com. This could take a while and get expensive. Luckily for me, I’m not as obsessive about such things as I once was.

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Another Long Box

As long time listeners of Comic Book Noise know, one of the recurring themes of the show is when I find another long box that I thought was long gone. I have moved a LOT in my adult life and I have made the mistake of leaving long boxes at one place or another. Now that I have been living in my own homes (as opposed to living with family or renting from friends), I have slowly been reassembling my comic book collection. Since I have started the podcast, I have found comics at my mother’s house, at the house of my ex-wife’s mother, in my best friend’s basement and in the garage of my sister’s ex-husband (also my former housemate).

Some times, long boxes just appear. I’m not sure where they come from, but I know they are mine. I recognize some of the comics. For some reason, those familiar comic books are not in my database (which is Comic Collector 4.2, for those of you wondering), which means that in the grand scheme of things, they don’t exist. I even have piles of loose comics in the database as Location: None.

There has been a long box sitting near my desk for a while now and I have never really paid attention to it. I have always meant to put it with the other boxes, but it wasn’t in the way, so no big rush. Today I decided to take a look at it and discovered that it is not in the database. And like I said, if it isn’t in the database, it doesn’t exist.

Hurray for free comics that spontaneously exist.

I’m not sure what is in the box, but just quickly looking in the box shows:

  • a lot of American Flagg (including most of the DeMatteis/Badger run and the Time Squared special),
  • Grendel #1 (featuring Christine Spar),
  • all twelve issues Howard Chaykin’s Amerikan Flagg,
  • Infinity Gauntlet (the entire mini),
  • Infinity War (just the first issue),
  • Infinity Crusade (just the first issue),
  • Infinity Inc (including the annuals),
  • Invaders (including the battle against The Crusaders and the return of Union Jack)
  • Invasion (the entire thing),
  • a bunch of old Iron Man issues (Layton artwork. The stuff around the Sunturion times),
  • Judgment Day Aftermath (by Alan Moore and Gil Kane),
  • the first 30 issues of Nexus/Nexus Legends,
  • Starman Secret Files and Origins (which I didn’t even know I ever bought),
  • a bunch of the Millennium Giants crossover issues,
  • Superman Red Superman Blue with the 3D glasses and the other Superman reprint issue,
  • Superman Forever with the Alex Ross cover,
  • Trinity #1 (Green Lantern, The Darkstars and L.E.G.I.O.N.),
  • A long run of Walter Simonson’s X-Factor (very underrated stuff),
  • The first five X-Factor annuals,
  • X-Force #1 (I wonder how much this is worth now),
  • Two copies of X-Men #1 (ditto),
  • and a lot of grass clippings in the bottom of the box.

It looks like I have to do a lot of bagging because none of the Iron Man or X-Factor issues are in bags and they look like it. The issues are readable, but they feel dirty. I also need to confirm their existence by adding them to the database.

Who knows, I might even get a chance to read some comic books. If I do, then I will shamelessly steal from Just Bill and talk about what I enter into the database.

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