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CBH Podcast Episode 32: The Steranko Experience Part 2 with Alex Grand

Alex Grand interviews Steranko in a sequel to the Steranko Experience, discussing his life from when he finished out his term at Marvel Comics with Stan Lee 1970, creating the fanzine, FOOM, writing his 2 Volume History of Comics, starting his SuperGraphics publication company, his magazine series from Comixscene to Mediascene to Prevue, his 1975 Graphic Novel Red Tide, his 1981 Outland adaptation for Heavy Metal, his visual creator design of Indiana Jones for Lucas and Spielberg, his...


CBH Podcast Episode 31: The Steranko Experience Part 1 with Alex Grand

Alex Grand interviews Jim Steranko, discussing his life from when he was born in 1938, through his childhood comic book and strip fascinations, his teenage Magician and Rock and Roll years with Billy Haley, where he created the first Go Go dancer, his Advertising career in his early 20s, his 1965 stint with Harvey (with Joe Simon) and Tower Comics (with Wally Wood), a meeting with Ralph Bakshi, eventually landing at Marvel Comics with Stan Lee in 1966. This is the first of a two parter...


CBH Podcast Episode 30: Inker and Jack Kirby collaborator, Mike Royer Interview with Alex Grand, 1941 to Present

Join us from the Dallas Fantasy Fair, November 25, 2018 as Alex Grand interviews the famous inker, Mike Royer. Mike discusses his career starting out assisting Russ Manning on various projects like Tarzan in the early 1960s, Magnus Robot Fighter, then working in Animation making over 1/3rd of the work that went into the first 1966 Amazing Spider-Man season, inking Jack Kirby for Marvelmania 1969, and then DC and Marvel Comics for 10+ years, Plastic Man with Ramona Fradon, and his career at...


CBH Podcast Episode 29: 1950, Goodbye Superheroes?

Alex Grand, Somber Bill Field and guest co-host, Peter Coogan, PhD discuss 1950, the changing tide as American's get more domestic, and other non superhero genre's became much more in demand like Westerns, Romance, Humor, etc. The birth of the DC Comics editorial fiefdoms, Martin Goodman chasing genre comics, and the rest of the industry (mostly) says goodbye to Superheroes. The gang also says goodbye to Stan Lee, on the week of his death. Music - Standard License. Images used in artwork...


CBH Podcast Episode 28: 1984, Corporate Shift, Creator Rights & The End of an Era.

Alex Grand , Bill Field and special guest host, Comic Book Ph.D, Peter Coogan discuss 1984 as the year of Marvel and DC shifting toward corporate multimedia cross pollination with Secret Wars and Super Powers. Zot! by Scott McCloud and TMNT by Eastman and Laird and the larger independent 80s comic books markets as a trend toward recognition of creator rights, the 1960s Marvel co-creators getting their original art back, as well as four notable deaths in the industry, Pacific Comics, Sol...


CBH Podcast Episode 27: 1960, The Silver Age Takes Shape!!

Alex Grand and Bill Field discuss DC Comics, pre-Marvel Comics and Charlton in 1960, the year that the Silver Age takes shape. Superheroes assert their dominance as Green Lantern, Aquaman and the JLA solidify their comic book presence under the guidance of Julius Schwartz while Mort Weisinger puts together the first Superman Annual. Did the JLA influence Kirby and Lee to make the Fantastic Four? The pre-Marvel Monster Comics by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee with memorable monsters with some...


CBH Podcast Episode 26: 1973, A Year of Comic Book Death... and Rebirth!!!

Alex Grand and Bill Field discuss comic book goings on in 1973, a true year of Comic Book Death and Rebirth as events unfold like Dell Comics, Bill Everett, Syd Shores and Gwen Stacy dies as Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber create new work and new characters including the cosmic Marvel Death entity. How does the Berkeley Con of 1973 figure into this? The Shadow and Shazam? What about the Son of... Shaytan??? Music - Standard License. Thanos, Shang-chi, Spider-man, Marvel Spotlight,...


CBH Podcast Episode 25: 9/11 2001 and its Impact on Comic Books and the Film Industry

Alex Grand, Jim Thompson, and Bill Field return for this special episode on 9/11, its direct impact on New York City, its Comic Creators, as well as the resulting film industry. The background of Marvel's return from Bankruptcy, change in management, its published reaction to 9/11, DC Comics reactions, and the psychologically polarized reactions of Art Spiegelman and Frank Miller in Shadow of No Towers and Holy Terror. How did the comic pros react to an attack on their home turf? How did...


CBH Podcast Episode 24: Splash Page!: Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Marvel Universe and Julius Schwartz, co-creator of the DC Universe by Alex Grand

A first in a sub-series of the CBH Podcast, Splash-Page! Where one of the CBH Podcasters goes on an educational session of an aspect of comic book history. In this episode, Alex Grand reviews the importance of Jack Kirby to the co-creation of the Marvel Universe including Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Avengers, and Marvel Villains. This is also discussed side by side with Julius Schwartz, the sci-fi creative dynamo who co-created the DC Universe like Flash, Green Lantern,...


CBH Podcast Episode 23: SDCC2018 - CAC Panel: Attorneys vs Historians: Who Authors The Authorship Narrative? With Alex Grand and Jim Thompson

A very special podcast, Alex Grand and Jim Thompson along with Danny Barer presented this panel at the SDCC2018 Comic Arts Conference. Jim Thompson originated and led this panel, and discussed Joe Simon's ownership lawsuit over Captain America against Marvel. Alex was recruited to discuss Jack Kirby vs Stan Lee and Marvel for ownership of the Fantastic Four. Danny discussed Bill Finger vs Bob Kane and the creator credit of Batman. Special additional guest Marc Greenberg reveals his own...


CBH Podcast Episode 22: Neal Adams Interview 1959-Present with Alex Grand and Bill Field.

CBH goes to San Diego Comic Con 2018 where Alex Grand and Bill Field interview the chief Comic Book Illustrator himself, Neal Adams. CBH discusses his life and times starting when he graduated from the School of Industrial Art in 1959, his news strip and advertising work in the early 60s, his late 60s Superhero books, through the 70s with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and Superman Muhammad Ali, through his Continuity era during the 1980s and beyond. Who was Green Lantern and Green Arrow based...


CBH Podcast Episode 21: CBH Interviews Rand Hoppe, Mark Texeira, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and Scott Robinson.

Live from SDCC 2018 your favorite Comic Book Historians, Alex Grand, Bill Field and Jim Thompson walk around the Convention Floor in the second of a 2 parter discussing Comic Book History with Rand Hoppe from the Jack Kirby Museum with a crash course of Jack Kirby circa 1958, Mark Texeira Illustrator for both Marvel and DC, Jimmy Palmiotti inker and writer for Marvel and DC as they discuss their illustrator inspirations and encounter with Frank Frazetta, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, published...


CBH Podcast Episode 20: CBH Interviews Dan Parsons, Larry Houston, Athena Finger, Chris Burnham, Ron Lim, and Ger Appeldoorn.

Live from SDCC 2018 your favorite Comic Book Historians, Alex Grand and Bill Field walk around the Convention Floor in the first of a 2 parter discussing Comic Book History with Star Wars and ERB Illustrator, Dan Parsons, Larry Houston the creator of the 90s X-Men TV Show, Athena Finger the granddaughter of the co-creator of Batman, Chris Burnham from Batman Incorporated, Ron Lim from the Infinity Gauntlet, and Ger Appeldoorn from Behaving Madly. X-Men ©Marvel, Batman ©DC Comics, Star Wars...


CBH Podcast Episode 19: San Diego Comic Con 2018 Live Podcast with Guest Arlen Schumer on 1965-1968 Marvel Comics

Join us Live at San Diego Comic Con 2018 with your favorite CBHer's Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and Bill Field for a sit down podcast interview with Arlen Schumer, published Comic Book Historian and Silver Age expert as we discuss Marvel Comics 1965 to 1968 ranging from Jim Steranko to Jack Kirby, to Nick Cardy to Wally Wood to Neal Adams and many others. Robot Coupe - Lost European - Standard License, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art ©Schumer. Support us at...


CBH Podcast Episode 18: Rick Marschall Interview Part 2: 1978 Marvel Comics to Hogans Alley

Artsy Alex Grand, Jazzy Jim Thompson, and Bill Fantastic Field continue the Rick Marschall Interview starting when he first starts in Marvel Comics Magazines in 1978 and meets Jim Shooter for the first time, discussing his working with various comic book superstars of the time like Chris Claremont, Rudy Nebres, John Buscema, Dough Moench, Marv Wolfman and Len Wein, Tony DeZuniga, Don McGregor, Bob Larkin, Earl Norem, Frank Frazetta, Gil Kane, Marie Severin, John Severin, Stan Lee, Archie...


CBH Podcast Episode 17: Rick Marschall Interview Part 1: 1900s Newspaper Strips to 1978 Marvel Comics

Alex Googly Eyes Grand, Jim Snuffy Smith Thompson, and Little Orphan Bill Field interview Rick Marschall as we go through his life and times from being a teenage sidekick to veterans of the National Cartoonist Society like Rube Goldberg, to being an Editor at United Feature Syndicate working over more comic strip super stars like Charles Schulz, to co-writing the The World Encyclopedia of Comics with Maurice Horn, to meeting with Stan Lee and becoming an Editor at Marvel Comics. So grab your...


CBH Podcast Episode 16: 1956 Atlas Comics. Kirby, Ditko, Lee & Maneely! From Knights to the Year Atlas Shrugged

Alex Galahad Grand, Sir Billiam Field, and Jim the Bright Knight Thompson discuss Atlas Comics from 1955 Knights through 1956, to 1957, when Atlas shrugged. Why was Atlas the rising comic book company star of 1956? What brought Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Joe Maneely to work there along with a good chunk of the EC Comics artists? Why were Knights so popular in 1955 and how did the comics code shape this genre? What factors around this year and the next set course to later create Marvel...


CBH Podcast Episode 15: 1953 EC Science Fiction! with Superman and Astro Boy!

Alex Galactic Grand, Bill Assteroid Field, and Jim Jupiter Thompson discuss 1953 and the science fiction genre. Was EC Comics the King of Science Fiction? Who invented Science Fiction Comics and why were they popular at this time? Why did traditional Science Fiction die out as a comic book genre. What was the relationship between Bill Gaines and Wally Wood, and who are the best science fiction comic book artists of the time? Which science fiction author jumped on the comic book bandwagon?...


CBH Podcast Episode 14: 1953 Horror!!! Freedom of Screech or Speech? Tales of the Crypt and Wertham

Alex Gravedigger Grand, Bill Field of Screams, and Jim Empty Tomb Thompson discuss 1953 and the horror genre. Was EC Comics the King of Horror? Who invented horror comics? What other comics made horror and were they any good? Why did Crime Comics naturally lead into Horror? What was the relationship between Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein, and who are the best horror comic book artists of the time? Why did Wertham write anti-comics articles for the Ladies Home Journal? What psychologically led...


CBH Podcast Episode 13: J. David Spurlock discusses 1968, Steranko & The Super Silver Age

Alex Grand, Bill Field, Jim Thompson and special guest, Vanguard Publisher, Pop Culture Author-Historian, and Creator Rights Advocate, J. David Spurlock discuss 1968, the Silver Age, and its possible creative and design peak with Jim Steranko. In great detail, J. David Spurlock goes over Steranko's life before 1968, his music band, career in advertising, his comic book work in the late 1960s at Marvel Comics culminating in an incredibly celebrated run in comic books that peaked in 1968, his...