In celebration of our 10th episode and the recent birthday of Dr. Fredric Wertham (March 20), Bob cracks open a book cited in Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent. The cited story is featured while The Bridgekeeper, Tim the Enchanter and a host of extras keep Bob on track. You may think twice before doing AYCE Crab Night again!
POE #1: Carol loved AYCE Crab Night, the crabs had something else in mind.
POE #2: Following his new friends lead, Bill had Carol for...
In this episode, Bob examines a pre-code offering from publisher Ace Magazines. One story is featured and the Leroy Lettering System is briefly described. Somehow, along the way, Eartha Kitt and Chef Boy-Ar-Dee enter the discussion. Apologies in advance for the occasional audio mishaps.
POE: Roger always knew he should cut back on the midnight snacks.
After a 2-month unplanned hiatus, the 4CF Vault is back in business as Bob examines an offering from pre-code renegade publisher Stanley P. Morse. One story is featured and Peter Tork is remembered. It's great to be back!
POE #1: Fred thought some role-playing might spice things up in the bedroom.
POE #2: Rita found it difficult to keep herself together.
In this holiday episode, Bob takes a look at one of EC's horror titles that was on the newsstand in December, 1953 (cover date February-March 1954). Two Christmas-themed stories are featured and a few media clips from the 1953 Yuletide season are presented. Happy Holidays!
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POE #1: Headlights?
POE #2: Stephen, a struggling writer, earned some extra cash playing Santa.
Entertaining Comics set the standard for horror anthology story-telling in the pre-code days of the early 50's. In this episode, Bob examines an issue of one of EC's notorious horror titles. One gruesome story is featured and the upcoming holiday episode is briefly discussed.
POE #1: A Tree Grows in Sarah
POE #2: Michael loved peaches. Blood oranges? Not so much.
This time around, Bob examines an early example of a Comics Code approved title. One story is featured, the passing of Stan Lee is discussed and Bob's West Highland Terrier "Dexter" makes his presence known.
POE: Me and my shadow....
In this Holiday Special, Bob cracks open DC's recently released EC-inspired one-shot. One story is featured, several topics are discussed and the Vault gets it's first visitor! Hey, it's Halloween!
POE: Zatanna, Sammie and the Power of Imagination.
This time out, Bob examines an issue from one of DC's lesser-known horror anthology titles. Somehow, along the way, John Sayles, Caleb Carr, Bob's hometown movie theater and Hostess Twinkies are discussed. Go figure.
POE #1: The old hag took up flashing, the bum was not impressed.
POE #2: At the discotheque, no one just said "No".
Cast-Keeper Bob closes out his bio (which was cut short by the tangent last episode) before examining Eerie Comics #1. One story is highlighted and a few recurring features of the podcast are discussed.
POE: Margie (Gert?) vs. The Subway Train. The train won, by the way.
Bob pays tribute to Steve Ditko by examining one of his early works from his days at Charlton. One story is featured and the Random Comic Generator is energized for the first time!
POE: Gustav always knew that needlepoint course would come in handy someday.
In this introductory episode, Cast-Keeper Bob tells you a little bit about himself (until he goes off on a tangent) and his goals and hopes for the podcast.