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Comic Book Historians Podcast

Comic Book Historians Podcast

Alex Grand, Bill Field and Jim Thompson start off a comic book history discussion between fans, historians and scholars in determining what happened and when in comics, from strips and pulps to the platinum age comic book, through golden, silver, bronze and then toward modern. All genre’s are open game here including Westerns, Comedy, Crime, Superheroes, Westerns, Horror, and Newspaper Strips. Causality and placement in the psychosocial spectrum is routinely discussed. Check out our Episodes below.

 

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Alan Moore’s Watchmen were based on Golden and Silver Age comic heroes by Alex Grand

Alan Moore’s Watchmen were based on Golden and Silver Age comic heroes by Alex Grand

In the first episode, Eight Ages of Comic Books, we discussed how the Dark Age was heralded by 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths, culminating into 1986 with The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. What all these books have in common and what made them effective is… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Who Wrote Jack Kirby’s 1st Story for Marvel:  HINT: Martin Bursten is not Jack Kirby.  A Review by Alex Grand

Who Wrote Jack Kirby’s 1st Story for Marvel: HINT: Martin Bursten is not Jack Kirby. A Review by Alex Grand

This is a bit of a lesson in how one moment of false reporting or lazy journalism, can result in a falsity becoming a fact among fans.  This one is a bit of a light controversy, but it’s interesting the path it took until the truth was finally revealed about the credit of the Mercury… Continue Reading

The Good Things about Frederic Wertham, the Bogey Man of Comics by Alex Grand

The Good Things about Frederic Wertham, the Bogey Man of Comics by Alex Grand

Fredric Wertham is notoriously known as the child psychiatrist who led an almost puritannical witch-hunt against the comic book industry.     His essays, and book, Seduction of the Innocent 1954 suggested that comics were a danger to children, and a direct cause of juvenile delinquency.  His efforts were not unilateral since there was a… Continue Reading

Marvel 1960s: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, & Steve Ditko; The controversy of who created what? by Alex Grand

Marvel 1960s: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, & Steve Ditko; The controversy of who created what? by Alex Grand

Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee created an incredible Superhero entertainment franchise in the 1960s, however there were claims of who created what, and controversies of stolen credit that have tainted their work in the decades since.  Let’s go down our timeline for each of the two crowning achievements of the 1960s Marvel Age,… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Popeye, The Original Super Anti-Hero before Superman, the Thing and Wolverine by Alex Grand

Popeye, The Original Super Anti-Hero before Superman, the Thing and Wolverine by Alex Grand

In this episode we will be talking about Popeye and Thimble Theatre newspaper strip and how its creator, E.C. Segar’s innovations affected comic book history. read below and/or click the video:   E.C. Segar started the Thimble Theatre newspaper strip in 1919, and built up a range of sequential ability by the time he created… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

The 1957 Atlas Implosion’s effect on Marvel’s Silver Age by Alex Grand

The 1957 Atlas Implosion’s effect on Marvel’s Silver Age by Alex Grand

Welcome to the second installment of CBH, today we’re going to briefly touch upon the 1957 Atlas Implosion and its effect on Marvel’s Silver Age leading up to 1968 acquisition of Marvel by Perfect film & Chemical with its switchover to Curtis Circulation as its main distributor. This talk will also include some of the… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading