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CBH Podcast Episode 27: 1960, The Year 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: San Diego Comic Con 2018 Walk Around the Floor Experience Part 2 with Alex Grand, Bill Field, Jim Thompson and special Comic Pro guests!

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: San Diego Comic Con 2018 Walk Around the Floor Experience Part 1 with Alex Grand, Bill Field and Special Comic Pro Guests!!

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 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: 1968, Steranko & The Super Silver Age with J. David Spurlock

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...


CBH Podcast Episode 12: 1976, Marvel Bicentennial with Editor clashes and DC Publisher Changes

Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss 1976 with the pertinent goings on at Marvel and DC. Marvel Editor-In-Chief plays music chairs, and DC has their own backdoor shake ups as Carmine Infantino is out and Jenette Kahn is in. Jack Kirby returns to Marvel to celebrate the bicentennial, Marv Wolfman creates Nova, and Steve Gerber shakes up the Marvel Universe with a Howard the Duck presidential run, as Vance Astro and Nikki copulate to prevent a universe wide cataclysm, and Phoenix...


CBH Podcast Episode 11: CBH Christmas Special, The Gang's Top 5 Christmas Comics!

Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson celebrate the Holidays and Dawn of the New Year by going over each of their top 5 Christmas Comics of all time. Bill and Jim come up with their theories on why Stan Lee hardly ever wrote a Christmas story, Bill wrestles a gay bear, Alex brings up a yuletide christmas Superman tale that reaks of a prison (g)rape scene, and Jim weeps and mourns... for Starman!? Is the best comic story of all time found in a comic strip or comic book? You decide! Topics...


CBH Podcast Episode 10: 1992 - The Present, Tom Orzechowski Interview part 2 of 2

Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson interview legendary Marvel, Image and Darkhorse Comics Letterer, Tom Orzechowski discussing the history of Comic Books alongside his personal and professional involvement in comics, in part 2 starting with why he left Marvel Comics and started working with Todd McFarlane on Spawn, as well as his heavy involvement with Manga, and the change from manual to digital lettering. Alex asks Tom about Jim Shooter’s editorial involvement in the X-Men, and more...


CBH Podcast Episode 9: 1958-1992 Tom Orzechowski Interview part 1 of 2

Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson interview legendary Comics Letterer, Tom Orzechowski discussing the history of Comic Books alongside his personal and professional involvement in comics starting in 1958, through the impression that Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Artie Simek made in the Silver Age, through to the Detroit Fan Fair Comic Convention that united him, Jim Starlin, Arvell Jones, Rich Buckler, Al Milgrom and Mike Vosburg as they entered Marvel Comics with a passion pushing the...


CBH Podcast Episode 8: 1986, The Year Comics Grew Up or Turned Out the Lights

Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss 1986 as the year comics grew up, or became modern, or just became dark while discussing some of the creative achievements of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Jim's not personal favorite, John Byrne. How did Frank Miller and Alan Moore change comics forever? Did John Byrne break a new creative height or did he jump the shark that year? What did Mark Gruenwald have to do with DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths? Did Maus popularize the serious adult...