The What If Podcast on Tumblr! New Audio!

 

I just started putting up small “PodBlasts” (a term which is terrible and won’t catch on) on my What If Podcast Tumblr page. Basically talking about what’s coming up on the podcast, mixed with some random musings about comics related things. It should be fun to spew out a couple minutes about subjects I’ll forget about by the time we can get together to record a podcast. Check it out!

WIP Episode 27 – Love and Marriage on YouTube!

The What If Podcast returns, discussing love, marriage, and Spider-Man. What If Vol 2 Issues 20 & 21, What If Spider-Man Had Married Black Cat instead of Mary Jane? Plus we discuss Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD, Jessica Jones, and butt stuff!

Over The Top Tales!
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The WIP is featured on theslimjames.com/wip

As well as iTunes:
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Stitcher:
http://tiny.cc/wipst

Blubrry:
http://tiny.cc/wipbb

Vimeo:
http://tiny.cc/wipvm

WIP Bonus Episode 8 – Halloween Spooktacular! (What If Podcast)

The What If Podcast presents a very special retrospective on Halloween and DC Elseworlds’ Batman: Castle of The Bat! It’s Frankenstein meets Batman meets Man-Bat. All this and the Ghost of Hank Hill!

Over The Top Tales!
http://www.indyplanet.us/product/126499/

The WIP is featured on theslimjames.com/wip

As well as iTunes:
http://tiny.cc/wipit

Stitcher:
http://tiny.cc/wipst

Blubrry:
http://tiny.cc/wipbb

Vimeo:
http://tiny.cc/wipvm

WIP – What If Podcast Episode 26 Stan-Man on YouTube!

Ant-Man, Stan “The Man” Lee, Jack Kirby, The Fantastic Four, and Archangel are discussed on the What If Podcast? How many horseman of the apocalypse are there, anyway? And didn’t you ever wonder what it would be like if Stan Lee could stretch his body to outrageous proportions?

Over the Top Tales: http://www.indyplanet.com/front/product/126499/

The WIP is featured on

theslimjames.com

As well as iTunes:
http://tiny.cc/wipit

Stitcher:
http://tiny.cc/wipst

Blubrry:
http://tiny.cc/wipbb

Vimeo:
http://tiny.cc/wipvm

and YouTube:
http://tiny.cc/wipyt

Over The Top Tales – New Comic Available!

Over The Top Tales is available for purchase at IndyPlanet.us/product/126499/

99 Cents for Digital Download

$2.50 for a Print Edition (plus shipping)

Late last year I worked on a comic book, “Over The Top Tales”, which is a pair of stories set in World War I. A full length, black and white comic, “Over The Top Tales” features:

The Beacon –  A young black man from the United States’ 24th Infantry Regiment as he is thrust into action on the front lines of WWI, even before the U.S.’ official involvement! Will Tyler Durham die for a country that won’t even acknowledge his existence in combat?

Into The Mud – Another young soldier who sinks deep beneath the surface of the Ypres Salient in 1917. What emerges will horrify both you and him!

If you’re interested in WWI, horror comics, or black and white comics, give it a look here!

And if you want a sneak peek of what’s inside, take a look over at GiantSizeComicThings.com!

The Monday Morning Quarter-Bin: How Not to Treat Your Comic (Captain Marvel #13)

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This past weekend I attended the Boston Comic Con. I had a great experience, dressing up as Fantastic Five Spider-Man (from What If Vol 1 No. 1) on Saturday, scoring some signatures on a few books (Frank Brunner on the iconic Man-Thing #1 was a particular favorite), and then on Sunday attaining comic book nerdvana by getting my copy of Amazing Spider-Man #45 signed by Stan Lee. In between all of this I was gleefully raiding the $1 bins and other low hanging fruits; with a wedding coming up none of the “big ticket” items were tempting enough to overcome the hundreds of dollars I’ve had to dish out in the last few weeks. Still, a few good finds were had, including 2001: A Space Odyssey #1 for $1, Dr. Strange #178 (a Silver Age appearance of The Black Knight) for $2.50 (in acceptable condition, at least by my standards), and, from the same guy, Captain Marvel #13 for $1.50.

A 12-center for $1.50?! Surely he must be crazy. I’m a sucker for Silver Age Marvel, and given I could spend the same amount on some X-book from 1995, I decided to partake. I could already see that the front cover had a corner torn off — it was to be expected for such a low price. Still, upon further inspection I found a litany of defects, and given what I paid for it I could only chuckle as I began to make a mental list in my head:

  • Corner torn off.
  • Initials written on front cover in pen
  • Captain Marvel logo partially colored in with pen
  • Water damage on front cover
  • First page has bleeding from ad on inside front cover
  • General wear around all edges of the book. And the coup de grace
  • On the back cover is two coupons to send away for seeds to sell One coupon is cut out (!) and another has a name written on it, matching the initials on the front cover.

After taking all of these into account, I saw this not as a damaged Silver Age issue, but as a piece of somebody’s childhood. Some kid had this book, drew on it, spilled things on it, tore off a piece of the cover lugging it around, and even decided to send away to sell seeds in hopes of the fabulous prizes promised by the advertisement. This comic book lost resale value, but gained sentimental value as it went through life with this kid. He probably got it because it had cool space stuff on the cover, and loved it, or at least gave it a wild life before it was retired and probably sold off as he reached adulthood. So as far as curios go, this is actually more fascinating to me than any damaged comic has a right to be, like a window into someone’s past.

As for the comic itself? Green and white Captain Marvel was always a bit silly to me, and in this he battles the Man-Slayer, a robot he had already defeated in a previous issue. Upon its self-resurrection, its “reserve power” only allows it to function if it denies its evil mission, though Captain Marvel still ends up fighting it off, then going up to a Kree spaceship to confront Yon-Rogg, Captain Marvel’s early nemesis.. There’s inconsistency abound (the titular character is referred to as Captain Marvel, Captain Marvell, and Captain Mar-Vell, as well as Mar-Vell), and it seems like many panels don’t have any background, just the primary characters and perhaps a small piece of the foreground filled in with a solid color for the background. Also striking me as bizarre was the lack of any sort of text bubble on the cover. Usually there’s a text box or some sort of writing hyping up what’s going on inside the book. Here the cover was just a picture, with no words, and it was a little jarring given what I’m used to. Despite this rushed appearance, the art has that classic Kirby-esque Silver Age style, and for all of its other flaws the pages are actually pretty crisp, so it’s definitely an interesting read. My advice? If you find a Silver Age book for $1.50, pick it up. It might not be a “collector’s item” in the traditional sense, but you’ll almost certainly find a place for it in your collection.