Saturday, May 27, 2017

Episode 9 : Invasion 2 : Battleground Earth!

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Check out our newest episode: Episode 9 : Invasion 2 : Battleground Earth!

Still ongoing... The Invasion.

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

Still leaving this note out there for you guys: 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....

First this episode I look at the Invasion crossover on CW's tv shows (which involved Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.. more or less)...  Listen in as I talk about what I loved about it and it's (sadly) many flaws.....

Then at 12 minutes in to the show, I look at the main book, Invasion #2

Invasion 2: Battleground Earth!
Invasion #2
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: November 8, 1988
Cover Price: $2.95
Page Count: 80
Editor: Andrew Helfer

Title: "Battleground Earth"

Plotter/Penciller: Keith Giffen
Scripter: Bill Mantlo
Penciller: Todd McFarlane
Inkers: P. Craig Russell, Al Gordon, Josef Rubinstein, and Tom K. Christopher
Letterers: Agustin Mas, John Costanza
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Cover Credits
Penciller: Bart Sears
Inker: Josef Rubinstein

Reprinted In:
Invasion TPB (2008)

This is the second issue of a three part series that continues the alien alliance's attack on Earth and our heroes.

Then at an hour and thirty four minutes in, I look at Flash 21.
Flash 21

Flash 21
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: October 11, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Title: "Invaded Lives Part One"

Writer: William Messner-Loebs
Penciller: Greg LaRocque
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt
Letterer: Steve Haynie
Colorist: Michele Wolfman

Cover Credits
Penciller: Donald Simpson
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt

This issue of Flash happens concurrently as Manhunter 8.  Which we talk about at 2 hours and 10 minutes in to our show.

Manhunter 8 where he's attacked by Swamp Things?  Listen to find out....
Manhunter #8
Cover Date: Holiday 1988
On Sale Date: October 11, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Title: "Flash Point Part 1"

Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: Frank Springer
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Coloris t: Julianna Ferriter

Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

This story (as I said earlier) happens at the same time as Flash 21.
Check out how Manhunter gets involved with Wally West.

Then finally at 2 hours and 47 minutes, I finally cover Starman #6
Starman 6

Starman #6
Cover Date: January 1989
On Sale Date: November 29, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Fortunes of War"

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

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