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Brief history of Ancient Aliens in Pop Culture & Comic Books (with Jack Kirby) by Alex Grand

Brief history of Ancient Aliens in Pop Culture & Comic Books (with Jack Kirby) by Alex Grand

Welcome to CBH. Today we’re talking about a topic that’s enchanted and mystified historians and pseudo-historians for centuries and even possibly millennia. Ancient aliens or ancient astronauts are thought to have been extraterrestrials that visited Earth before its recorded written history and influenced early mankind and shaped its mythologies. There are many debates that the… Read More

CBH Podcast Episode 6: 1972 Marvel Horror Comics Halloween Special!!!

Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1972 Marvel Horror comics movement pushed mainly by Roy Thomas for our Halloween podcast extra spooky extravaganza.  How does DC’s exploration into horror in 1968, effect Marvel in 1972?  How do the Universal Monsters fit into Marvel?  Marvel experiments with monster anti-hero’s with Werewolf by Night,… Read More

CBH Podcast Episode 2: 1966 Part 2/5: The Me-Too Superheroes

Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books.  This episode goes beyond Superhero TV shows discussing how there was a Superhero glut this year flooding the market and children’s living rooms creating a whole host of me-too Superhero comics including Dell… Read More

Where does Superman come from? First Answer is …

by Jim Thompson The obvious answer is Krypton …  but that’s like asking for someone to recite the alphabet and only receiving an  “A” in response. Krypton is the DIEGETIC answer, meaning it’s the answer based solely on the subject TEXT, and not any outside determinants, such as authorship, the popular culture zeitgeist, literary antecedents,… Read More

The Golden Age Movie Stars That Shaped the Face, Body and Look of the Comic Superhero by Alex Grand

The Golden Age Movie Stars That Shaped the Face, Body and Look of the Comic Superhero by Alex Grand

In previous episodes we discussed how both Newspaper Comic Strips and Pulp Fiction Stories pioneered the artistic choreography, story telling techniques, and fictional story plots of the first Comics books of the 1930s and 1940s.   There was a third very strong factor that went into the visualization of the early Comic Strips and Books that… Read More

A History of the Lone Ranger by  Jeff Kepley

A History of the Lone Ranger by Jeff Kepley

 IN SEARCH OF “OUR LEGEND” It was a pleasant Wednesday afternoon, not your typical hot July 3rd day in the Sacramento Valley.  I was hoping and praying that the movie I was about to see would recreate and add to the legend that was started at a Detroit radio station 80 years ago.  For me… Read More

From Atlas Monsters to Marvel Superheroes by Alex Grand

From Atlas Monsters to Marvel Superheroes by Alex Grand

In this episode of CBH, we’ll be discussing how many of the Marvel super characters from the 1960s or 1970s derived their names from older characters of the same company, either Timely 1940s, Atlas 1950s, or their Monster period under Independent News Distribution late 1950s to 1962. read below and/or click the video: The relevance of… Read More

1969 to 1972 early Jim Starlin Fanzine Art by Alex Grand

1969 to 1972 early Jim Starlin Fanzine Art by Alex Grand

Star Studded 16, 1969 is a fantastic “Amateur Magazine” containing very early work by Jim Starlin, as well as a Ditko style adventure by Dennis Fujitake, and a pre-professional pin-up by Dave Cockrum amongst alot of other content. It really is a wonderful lens into some very creative comic/magazine work of the late 1960s/Silver Age.… Read More

What is up with Wolverine’s hair??? by Alex Grand

What is up with Wolverine’s hair??? by Alex Grand

Welcome to CBH, today we’re talking about Wolverine’s jelly roll hair cut and its roots in Comic History.     Read below and/or click to view the video:   We’re going to start in the year 1982 with an iconic image of Frank Miller’s cover to Wolverine Limited Series 1. I think we can rally… Read More

From Golden Age to Marvel’s Silver Age by Alex Grand

From Golden Age to Marvel’s Silver Age by Alex Grand

Welcome to CBH, today we’re talking about interesting Golden Age Precursors to Silver Age Marvel Characters. Marvel Silver Age Superhero’s are a lot of fun, and get a lot of screen time in movie theaters these days.  Some fans will check out the 1960s comic books and have a great time watching these characters being created… Read More

From Newspaper Strips to Comic Books by Alex Grand

From Newspaper Strips to Comic Books by Alex Grand

Welcome to CBH, today we’re talking about interesting newspaper strip precursors to later comic books.  Newspaper comic strips predate the first comic book by a definite 5 or so decades, and the first comic books were compilation reprints of newspaper strips.   Comic book stories and choreography, evolved from old pulp magazine storylines as well as… Read More

From Pulps to Comic Books by Alex Grand

From Pulps to Comic Books by Alex Grand

Welcome to CBH, today we’re talking about interesting Pulp Precursors to Comic Books.  Superhero’s are a lot of fun, and get a lot of screen time in movie theatres these days.  Some fans will check out these old comic books and have a great time watching these characters being created by people like Jerry Siegel,… Read More

The 8 Ages of Comic Books by Alex Grand

The 8 Ages of Comic Books by Alex Grand

* Welcome to CBH, today we’re talking about the 8 ages of comic books including the: Platinum Age (1897-1937), Golden Age (1938-1947), Atomic Age (1948-1955), Silver Age   (1956-1969), Bronze Age (1970-1984), Dark or Copper Age (1985-1991), Extreme Age  (1992-1998), Movie Age  (1998 – 2016) Read below and/or click to watch the video:   How does… Read More

CBH Podcast Episode 7: The Comic Strip and Comic Book Industry circa 1934!!

Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1934 newspaper comic industry specifically the decline of the old guard like Windsor McCay, and the upsurge of the new guys who would end the newspaper golden age with a bang including Milton Caniff and Alex Raymond.  How did Milton Caniff and Alex Raymond change the […]

CBH Podcast Episode 6: 1972 Marvel Horror Comics Halloween Special!!!

Alex Grand, Bill  Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1972 Marvel Horror comics movement pushed mainly by Roy Thomas for our Halloween podcast extra spooky extravaganza.  How does DC’s exploration into horror in 1968, effect Marvel in 1972?  How do the Universal Monsters fit into Marvel?  Marvel experiments with monster anti-hero’s ...

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CBH Podcast Episode 2: 1966 Part 2/5: The Me-Too Superheroes

Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books.  This episode goes beyond Superhero TV shows discussing how there was a Superhero glut this year flooding the market and children’s living rooms creating a whole host of me-too Superhero comics including Dell […]

CBH Podcast Episode 1: 1966 Part 1/5: Batmania, Cartoons and Merchandise

Alex Grand, Bill  Field and Jim Thompson discuss 1966 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books as well as Animation and Television Pop Culture in general.    Topics include the Batman 1966 show, the Spider-Man animated show, Dell Superhero Monsters, Captain Action, and more. ©Comic Book Historians   For reference, we highly […]

Where does Superman come from? First Answer is …

by Jim Thompson The obvious answer is Krypton …  but that’s like asking for someone to recite the alphabet and only receiving an  “A” in response. Krypton is the DIEGETIC answer, meaning it’s the answer based solely on the subject TEXT, and not any outside determinants, such as authorship, the popular culture ...

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The Comic Book Relationship between Jack Kirby and John Byrne

The Comic Book Relationship between Jack Kirby and John Byrne

As shown in other episodes, Jack Kirby co-created the Marvel Universe and co-plotted, and drew an incredibly high amount of output for Marvel in the 1960s. read below and/or click the video: Frankly, there was no Marvel as we know it today until Jack came along after the Atlas implosion and co-created the Marvel Universe […]

The Lone Ranger Big Little Books by Larry Lowery and Jeff Kepley

The Lone Ranger Big Little Books by Larry Lowery and Jeff Kepley

  The legend of the Lone Ranger was born on Detroit radio station WXYZ in January 1933, the product of station owner George W. Trendle and writer Fran Striker. The program was a success from the start, and within a year was also being heard on WGN in Chicago and WOR in New York in […]

A History of the Lone Ranger by Jeff Kepley

A History of the Lone Ranger by  Jeff Kepley

 IN SEARCH OF “OUR LEGEND” It was a pleasant Wednesday afternoon, not your typical hot July 3rd day in the Sacramento Valley.  I was hoping and praying that the movie I was about to see would recreate and add to the legend that was started at a Detroit radio station 80 years ago.  For me […]

Doc Savage, a Pulp Precursor to Comic Superhero’s by Alex Grand

Doc Savage, a Pulp Precursor to Comic Superhero’s by Alex Grand

In this episode, we’ll discuss Doc Savage and how this pulp character influenced various characters in comic book history. read below and/or click the video:   As we remember from the Pulps to Comic Books episode,     Doc Savage was first created as a pulp hero by Lester Dent in 1933 and his name was […]

Enough about Marvel, What’s up with DC’s Silver Age??? by Alex Grand

Enough about Marvel, What’s up with DC’s Silver Age??? by Alex Grand

We’ve spent alot of time talking about various factors behind Marvel’s Silver Age, but we forget that DC was a company with characters that started off the Superhero Golden Age and found some new traction in the 1950’s and 1960s that inspired Marvel to follow suit in its own way. read below and/or click the […]

From Atlas Monsters to Marvel Superheroes by Alex Grand

From Atlas Monsters to Marvel Superheroes by Alex Grand

In this episode of CBH, we’ll be discussing how many of the Marvel super characters from the 1960s or 1970s derived their names from older characters of the same company, either Timely 1940s, Atlas 1950s, or their Monster period under Independent News Distribution late 1950s to 1962. read below and/or click the video: The relevance of ...

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Steve Ditko, co-creator of the Marvel Universe by Alex Grand

Steve Ditko, co-creator of the Marvel Universe by Alex Grand

We all know Stan Lee, but who is Steve Ditko?  Steve Ditko is many great things, but one thing for certain he is a co-creator and founding father of the Marvel Universe.     No one really can say with certainty what was the nature of the creative discussions between him and Stan Lee, but […]

Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Marvel Universe by Alex Grand

Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Marvel Universe by Alex Grand

We all know Stan Lee, but who is Jack Kirby?  Jack Kirby is co-creator and a founding father of the Marvel Universe.     No one really can say with certainty what was the nature of the creative discussions between him and Stan Lee, but no doubt they (with the help of Steve Ditko) came […]

1969 to 1972 early Jim Starlin Fanzine Art by Alex Grand

1969 to 1972 early Jim Starlin Fanzine Art by Alex Grand

Star Studded 16, 1969 is a fantastic “Amateur Magazine” containing very early work by Jim Starlin, as well as a Ditko style adventure by Dennis Fujitake, and a pre-professional pin-up by Dave Cockrum amongst alot of other content. It really is a wonderful lens into some very creative comic/magazine work of the late 1960s/Silver ...

Read more