Category Archives: comics
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.
This week, their examination of Jeff Smith’s Bone series continues, with guest Greg Sahadachny. See and hear more after the jump.
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about El Capitan, the Vision, Darth Vader, and our long-awaited return, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
It’s never to early to start considering what’s going to hit your Hanukkah or Christmas list. Especially for the Marvel Zombie in your life. And like clockwork, our pals at DK have a brand new title that will look oh so nicely on your shelf alongside all of their other fantastic hardcover Marvel books.
Let’s assemble after the jump and I’ll tell you all about The Avengers Encyclopedia!
[EDITED 11/13/2015 7:33 PM EST] As I sit here tonight listening to the news reports about the barbarous attacks in Paris, I find it fitting that the post below went live today. Mlle. Marie is a fictional character, written and illustrated by Americans, but there were real French women in the Resistance who were more daring, more fierce, and more determined even than Marie, and tonight, even as gun battles still raged, fires still burned, and cowards held innocents hostage, Parisians marched down the Boulevard Magenta towards the Stade de France – towards the explosions – Le Tricolore held high. Families are opening their doors to offer strangers sanctuary, while men and women and children of all ages risk their lives to help the wounded, comfort the grieving, and to light a fire against the darkness. These are the descendants of those who inspired the creation of Mlle. Marie, and tonight they inspire the world, and we stand with them, saying again, Lafayette, nous sommes ici. Vive la France!
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
In 1959, DC’s line of war comics was going strong, and on the verge of becoming one of the most profitable, and reliable, group of titles in the entire DC stable. In the June issue of Our Army at War, Robert Kanigher (the editor and main writer for the war line) had penned a story called “The Rock and the Wall” and assigned it to artist Joe Kubert, thereby giving birth to Sgt. Frank Rock. Marking not only the creation of one of the most well-known characters in American comics, Our Army at War #83 also began a turn in war comics away from the traditional anthology format, with several different, unconnected stories featuring non-recurring characters in each issue. Following the advent of Sgt. Rock, each of DC’s war titles gained a headliner who would appear in every issue, becoming the ongoing core of each book. Two months after the debut of Sgt. Rock, Kanigher and Jerry Grandenetti gave Star- Spangled War Stories (SSWS) its own lead, the deadliest, most effective leader of the French Resistance: Mademoiselle Marie.
I think it’s safe to assume that we’re on the verge of new footage being released from next spring’s tent-pole film: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Yeah. It’s still an awful title.
But there’s a sense of escalating excitement over the film and the direction that DC Comics/Warner Brothers is taking with their various superhero franchises. This is the first hit of filmic crack candy, after all. Everyone – and everything – spins out of this film. It has to succeed at the box office.
It’s not like anyone needs to read a new iteration of Superman’s origin right now. Everyone knows it. Doomed planet. Surviving son. New home. New parents. Incredible powers. Super man.
Still, there’s a lot about the young man that would become super, that we don’t know about. And DC Comics aims to hitchhike on the cape of mounting fan excitement and treat us to some of those stories beginning today.
Follow me after the jump for the low-down on the very interesting Superman: American Alien #1!
Marvel Comics brings us the ongoing series starring the Scarlet Witch by James Robinson and Vanessa Del Rey this coming December, featuring some of the hottest comics creators in the business. Check out the special preview of the first issue, along with a few of its variant covers, after the jump.
A retro-past. A dystopian present. A hard-boiled mystery. And monsters.
Look, I know it’s November. I know we’re post Halloween 2015 and that we should have our minds set on the relentlessly upcoming holiday season, but like Kit Kat and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, how can you possibly get enough this kind of stuff? It’s the fodder for great comic books and Dark Horse Comics, publisher of some of the best comic book around, has got another title that should turn your head.
And, beyond the intriguing story, it’s got one of the premiere names in the industry attached to it.
Follow me after the jump for all the info on amazingly-titled Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1!
Back in the autumn of 1971, comic book writer Mike Friedrich had been chronicling the adventures of the Justice League of America for almost two years, and it had occurred to him that he hadn’t created a major lasting opponent for the team. He decided to go all out, and not only manifest their most dangerous and powerful villain, but a true horror as well. In Friedrich’s grand finale of his time on the JLoA, he created the emotional parasite, Starbreaker. Meet me after the jump as I discuss the Justice League Vs. the Cosmic Vampire!
I’ve written several times about kaiju eiga (Japanese giant monster movies) here at Biff Bam Pop! before, but the thing that much of the population should know is that despite the fact that they do rule, not all giant monsters are Japanese in origin, nor are they specific to the movies. I’m going to talk about three here whose ‘careers’ extended into the world of comics. Meet me after the jump for three pretty cool comic book kaiju – Gorgo, Konga, and Reptilicus!