Untitled design(152)

JOURNEY WITH JACK, Part Six: Captain America #208

All right, folks… here we are at the end of our journey. We’re ending with Captain America #208, titled Captain American and Falcon: River of Death. Up until now, the Marvel comics that we’ve read of Kirby’s have been done in collaboration with Stan Lee, but this one is all Jack. Written, drawn, and even […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(151)

Animating Batman, Part II

For those who came in late: Last week, we began our examination of Warner Animation’s classic 1992 animated program BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and its various spinoffs and descendants. We left off having just started our discussion of the series’ treatment of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery, and so there we begin: Not every character would be […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(150)

JOURNEY WITH JACK, Part Five: Fantastic Four #51

Last time on Journey with Jack, we stepped into the world that many consider Jack Kirby’s best work… New Gods. This time, we’re going on an adventure with a work that many others consider to be the man’s greatest creation. Can you guess who we’re talking about? There’s four of them, one of them is […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(149)

Animating Batman

With this week marking its 25th anniversary, let’s take a look back at the standout Batman animated offering from Warner Brothers, the superlative 1992 classic BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Before ’92, action-adventure animation was all but dead on American television. Following the success of its new comedy series TINY TOON ADVENTURES, Warner Animation President Jean […]

Continue Reading
BC_0003_web_1190x552

Memories

Welcome to Episode 32 of The Blastoff Podcast. This week in Comics 101, Scott tells us about his friend and mentor Marvelous Mark Gruenwald, and in ReTales, Jud recounts the tale of two very special customers. This one is special, kids. Settle in. Links: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/06/comics-101-september-15-2004-gone-too-soon-remembering-da-gru/ http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2016/06/jud-meyers-retales-funny-books/

Continue Reading
Untitled design(148)

JOURNEY WITH JACK, Part Four: New Gods #7

On the last installment of Journey with Jack, we watched Jack Kirby pair up with Stan Lee for a classic issue of Thor. Now, Thor is potentially my favorite superhero of all time, so while we might have trouble topping my enthusiasm for watching the King take on the Thunder God, we’re at least sticking […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(146)

The Way It Began

In all of our talks in recent weeks about the Golden and Silver Ages and the early days of Marvel, we’ve been somewhat remiss in discussing the book that started it all, the book that was labeled “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” by Stan Lee as a tongue-in-cheek boast, but which history would later prove […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(147)

JOURNEY WITH JACK, Part Three: Thor #150

Last time, we continued our journey through Jack Kirby’s historic bibliography with Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #1. This time, we’re treading grounds that are a bit more familiar to me with Thor #150, as Kirby is joined by the man himself: Stan Lee. The issue, titled Even in Death… picks up in the […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(144)

JOURNEY WITH JACK Part One: Mister Miracle #1

Writing for Blastoff has been as much of a comics history lesson for me as it has been a writing project. I’ve known Blastoff Comics owner Scott Tipton for as long as I’ve been writing comics. Well, longer, actually. I added him on Facebook – being sure to avoid adding the congressman of the same […]

Continue Reading
Untitled design(143)

Jack Kirby Didn’t Believe in Losers

Even as the San Diego Comic-Con becomes more and more of a pop-culture/movie-and -TV/ glitzy Hollywood event with each passing year, I always make sure to attend a few of the strictly comics-focused panels, just to keep alive that spirit of what I originally fell in love with about Comic-Con. A few years back, one […]

Continue Reading
BCPodcast-website-featured-image-template-ST-JM-1190x552-02-17-C

There Were Kings in Those Days

Scott and Jud look at two American literary giants who loomed large in their childhoods and still do to this day: Jack Kirby and Ray Bradbury. Also, the debut of “Small Talk,” with Harley Salbacka and a very special guest. Links: https://www.blastoffcomics.com/2013/12/kirby-goes-kosmic/ https://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/05/jud-meyers-retales-a-ray-in-the-night/ From Scott’s “Ray Bradbury Story”:

Continue Reading

Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.