Saturday, November 26, 2016

Episode 8 : Invasion Part One!

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Check out our newest episode: Episode 8: Invasion Part One!

It's finally here.... The Invasion.

Invasion was a DC Crossover from 1988.... In fact, it was the first real crossover after I started collecting comics.....  as I mention on the show.

Before I get started with information on today's shows, let me mention that I'll only be covering the main Invasion series, the Starman books, the Manhunter books and a couple of books that crossed over (Firestorm and Flash mainly).

If you want FULL coverage on Invasion and all of the Invasion crossovers, check out friend of the show...  FIRST STRIKE: THE INVASION! PODCAST
In this show, the Canadian hosts Siskoid and Bass cover each book of the series and every book that it crossed over in to.  Be sure to check out our friendly Canadians podcast....

In fact, this past week, they just released episode 15, Starman #5... which I'll mention in just a minute.... but first....

First up, I look at the main book, Invasion #1
Invasion 1
Invasion 1
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: October 11, 1988
Cover Price: $2.95
Editor: Andrew Helfer

Title: "The Alien Alliance"
Pages: 80

Plotter: Keith Giffen
Scripter: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Todd McFarlane
Inkers: P. Craig Russell, Al Gordon, Josef Rubinstein
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Cover Credits
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Reprinted In:
Invasion TPB (2008)

This is the first issue of a three part series that shows an alien race called The Dominators leading a handful of other races in to an attack on Earth.  Also, I believe we get the first post-Crisis appearance of the Daxamites (of which Mon-El is now appearing on CW's Supergirl)....

Then at 52 minutes in, I look at Firestorm, The Nuclear Man  #80
Firestorm 80... a great cover!

Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: October 11, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Dennis J. O'Neil

Title: "The Battle Joined"
Writer: Robert Greenberger
Penciller: Tom Grindberg
Inker: Sam DeLaRosa
Letterer: Duncan Andrews
Colorist: Nansi Hoolahan
Cover Credits
Penciller: Tom Grindberg
Inker: Sam DeLaRosa

Then finally at one hour and twenty three minutes I finally cover Starman #5
Starman 5... another great cover!

Cover Date: Holiday 1988 
On Sale Date: October 25, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Don't You Know There's a War On?"

Writer: Roger Stern
Penciller: Tom Lyle
Inker: Robert R. Smith
Letterer: Robert M. Pinaha
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Tom Lyle

Note: Pages 12-15 take place concurrently with Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #80 (as I mention on the show).

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Episode 7: Manhunter 7!

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Sorry for the delay, but The Invasion is still coming.....  watch for it....

Until then, we're going to look at 2 different issues.
First up, I'm taking a look at Suicide Squad Annual 1 which I did for Task Force X.  Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm just going to copy that part of that episode and play it here.

Suicide Squad Annual 1 concludes the story from Manhunter #6 from last month.
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: August 16, 1988
Cover Price: $1.50
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Ghosts and Shadows"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Timothy Dzon
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Then, I continue on with....

Comic Title: Manhunter #7
Cover Date: Winter 1988
On Sale Date: September 13, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Writer: Kim Yale & John Ostrander
Penciller: Doug Rice
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits Artist: Doug Rice

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Episode 6: Manhunter 6

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The Invasion is still coming.....  watch for it....

Until then, we're going to look at the sixth issue of Manhunter.


Comic Title: Manhunter #6

Cover Date: December 1988
On Sale Date: August 16, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Title: "Prelude to Havoc"

Writer: John Ostrander &  Kim Yale
Penciller: Pablo Marcos
Inker: Romeo Tanghal
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

And we end with Cosmic Tracks:

And stay tuned to the end for a great podcast promo, from friend of the show,

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Episode 5: Manhunter 5!

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The Invasion is coming.....  watch for it....

Until then, we're going to look at the fifth issue of Manhunter.


Cover Date: November 1988
On Sale Date: July 12, 1988

Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Title: "Interface"

Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: Mary Mitchell
Inker: Romeo Tanghal
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

And we end with Cosmic Tracks:

And stay tuned to the end for a great podcast promo, from friend of the show, Pat Sampson.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Episode 4: Starman and Manhunter Issues 4!

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First I look at the fourth issue of Starman as Will finally meets...  The Power Elite.



Starman #4
Title: "Baptism of Fire"

Cover Date: Winter 1988
On Sale Date: September 27, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Writer: Roger Stern
Penciller: Tom Lyle
Inker: Robert R. Smith
Letterer: Robert M. Pinaha
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Tom Lyle

Then at 27 minutes in, we look at the fourth issue of Manhunter.


Manhunter #4
Title: "Through the Mask"
Cover Date: October 1988
On Sale Date: June 14, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: Doug Rice
Inker: Kelley Jones
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

And we end with Cosmic Tracks:

And stay tuned to the end for an important announcement on the possible future of this show.........

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Episode 3 : Starman 3 and Manhunter 3!

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First I look at the third issue of Starman!
Issue Three of Starman


Cover Date: December 1988
On Sale Date: August 30, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Page Count: 32
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Lone Star Takedown"

Writer: Roger Stern
Penciller: Tom Lyle
Inker: Robert R. Smith
Letterer: Robert M. Pinaha
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Will Payton gets a job offer in San Antonio.  He decides to fly there on his own to save airfare, when he is suddenly attacked by Bolt.  Starman defeats him, causing Bolt to teleport himself away.
Will gets the job in San Antonio and learns that he can telework from Phoenix.  Bolt reappears in San Antonio and once again the two do battle.  This time Bolt has boosted his power, so he lasts longer, but is still soundly defeated. During the battle, his teleporter is destroyed, leaving him no way to get away.
Being a professional, Bolt refuses to name his employer.  Said employer, Alan Madison, reports his failure to Dr. Melrose (of the mustache twirling Melrose’) who authorizes the Power Elite to take on Starman!


Then at 36 minutes in, we look at the third issue of Manhunter.

Manhunter 3

Cover Date: September 1988
On Sale Date: May 10, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Title: "The Gentlemen of Japan"

Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: Doug Rice
Inker: Sam Kieth
Artist: Kelley Jones
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

Synopsis: (from Mike’s Amazing World of Comics)

Mark Shaw is taken to a Yakuza leader following his battle with Dumas in Japan. Eiji Hasegawa explains the debt he owes to Mark's stepfather Eliot for saving the life of his wife years earlier. Hasegawa then helps to smuggle Mark out of the country and back to America.
Dumas does not want to fight the Yakuza, so he waits until Mark is back in America to renew their fight. He kidnaps Mark's mother and uses her as a hostage. Mark and his family all come to her aid. Mark's brother is injured in the fight in which Dumas escapes, but they are successful in rescuing Rose Shaw.


And we end with Cosmic Tracks:

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Episode 2 : Yep the second issues of Starman and Manhunter!

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Check out our first episode: Episode 2 : Yep the second issues of Starman and Manhunter!

First I look at the second issue of Starman!
2nd issue of Starman


Cover Date: November 1988
On Sale Date: July 26, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Title: "Field Testing"

Writer: Roger Stern
Penciller: Tom Lyle
Inker: Robert R. Smith
Letterer: Robert M. Pinaha
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Editor: Robert Greenberger
Cover Credits
Penciller: Tom Lyle
Inker: Robert R. Smith


Synopsis:
After revisiting the scene of where he got his powers, and find the local sheriff doing his own investigation, Will joins his sister, where they experiment to find out the extent of Will’s powers.
Wondering what he should do with his life and powers, he notices an article in the newspapers about a serial killer.  Wanting to help out, Starman introduces himself to the local police where he hears a report on the where abouts of the killer (headed to Mexico).

Starman stops the serial killer and rescues his hostage/next victim, earning the praise of the media. The cops still seem divided on him.

Meanwhile we find Dr. Melrose checking on his patients.  One of his assistants suggest they hire someone to bring Starman in.  We end the issue meeting the someone… Bolt!



Then at 46 minutes in, we look at the second issue of Manhunter.



Cover Date: August 1988
On Sale Date: April 12, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Title: "Dumas Kills"

Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: Doug Rice
Inker: Sam Kieth
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Synopsis:
Mark Shaw accepts an assignment from his father to travel to Japan to serve a subpoena to Stephen Lee, an American living overseas. The trip turns out to be a trap set by Dumas, an international assassin, who is actually Stephen Lee. Dumas uses his power of disguise to frame Mark for murder, then battles it out on the streets of Tokyo with Manhunter. Mark barely escapes, then he is approached by the Yakuza.

As for Cosmic Tracks:
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