Wed, 28 May 2014
As Brother Bryan is sequestered on the job, Billy Z and Justin start the show off with a terrific interview with writer Clifford Meth. Cliff has compiled a series of his past columns about the comic book industry into Comic Book Babylon, out now from Aardwolf Publishing. Cliff takes us through his history in comics and his advocacy for creators rights, why he decided to put together Comic Book Babylon and where he thinks the industry is at today. Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan, Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Harlan Ellison and many other figures work their way in and out of our conversation. Cliff also discusses what's coming up from Aardwolf Publishing, the continuing sale of Dave Cockrum's comic book collection and hella more!
The show wraps up with a discussion about comic books that were cancelled before their time in light of the recent New 52 cancellations from DC. Listen in as the bear boys offer up their picks for brilliant-but-cancelled books which had the axe fall on them way too soon such as Captain Britain and MI-13, Agents of Atlas, Fearless Defenders, O.M.A.C., The Thing, The New Invaders and more.
Links to Clifford Meth's work
And if when you buy Comic Book Babylon, make sure you purchase it directly from Aardwolf!
And because we love you, here is the full episode breakdown -
Intro - "Where You Get Love" - Matthew Sweet
1:11 - Introducing Clifford Meth and what Comic Book Babylon is all about
2:41 - Clifford's first comic book experiences
4:18 - Cliff's original art collection
5:19 - The inspiration behind putting together Comic Book Babylon and the pitfalls of creators from the Silver and Bronze Age
15:37 - Harlan Ellison and Neal Adams
18:53 - Dave Cockrum and Gene Colan
27:57 - Artists who have had 2nd or 3rd "acts"
31:43 - Where Clifford thinks the comic book market is at and how the industry has changed
36:90 - Aardwolf Publishing
41:29 - Selling Dave Cockrum's comic book collection
45:38 - Creator credits, Stan Lee and more
1:02:39 - DC Cancels six New 52 titles and comic books that died before their time
1:06:54 - Captain Britain and MI-13
1:09:13 - The New Invaders
1:12:00 - Agents of Atlas
1:16:03 - Justice Society of America (1992)
1:19:49 - Fearless Defenders
1:23:05 - The Thing
1:24:10 - O.M.A.C.
1:27:40 - Man-Bat
1:34:01 - The Woofs of the Week
Outro - The Zombies - "Care of Cell 44"