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#1 Edited by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi Tony (and guest),

At some point in the last couple of weeks, you mentioned on one of the podcasts that the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons from the '90s were largely based on runs from the comics. I was aware of this but had never really connected the dots before to ask this question: like what I assume to be many (maybe most) others, the way the Spider-Man cartoon from that time ended still bugs me because it never got any resolution, so is there an arc in the comics that would work to wrap up that story line that had Peter trying to find the real Mary Jane?

Also: you've mentioned before that you worry if members with low post counts get impatient and wander off. I obviously can't speak for everyone, but in my case, I just don't have much time to spend on the forums; I read the news and listen to the podcasts on my fairly lengthy commute, but most of my post count is from the occasional post to ask a podcast questions.

#2 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

When they put Justice League and JLUnlimited on DVD, they did each as two seasons even though the actual broadcast orders were divided differently; I own both sets of each, and they are definitely the complete runs. Looking at the streamingsoon link in the article, the promo art for each of the two seasons of both shows matches the DVD box art (and Netflix's model is based on published DVDs, even for streaming typically). I'd say this probably means all of both of those will show up.

#3 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I definitely like the new format. Like others, I've got more time that I can spend listening than watching, so this works out really well for me. I had actually started missing the videos each week because they seemed to be getting longer and I didn't have the time to watch them all.

#4 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I think this has potential. Seeing not only Superman do good, but Clark try to do good is important, and certainly it's not unrealistic to think that the sensationalism they allude to in these pages would be anathema to what Clark/Superman wants to do as a reporter. There's a lot of good journalism that happens outside of major media outlets (or at least, outside of the traditional major media outlets).

What I think stands to be the most interesting--and perhaps most important--part of this decision is watching Clark go through the process of finding an audience. Exploring the dichotomy between being a celebrity superhero who creates a buzz about truth and justice and trying to become the voice for those things as a mere mortal seems rich with opportunity to delve into the relationship between his separate identities as well as how he perceives Earth.

#5 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I know it came out earlier in the month, but I've busy for the last six weeks and am just getting caught up with all the books I read and was curious about the Phantom Stranger's appearance in Action Comics #13. Both Issues #0 and 1 of Phantom Stranger stress the point that part of his punishment is that he has to betray everyone he tries to help. I haven't seen much scuttlebutt about potential fallout from him helping Superman, but doesn't it seem probable that something less than pleasant will come from his appearance in the Phantom Zone? And do you guys have any idea where such a betrayal might lead?

Also, I asked a question a few weeks back in the middle of some of that period of time where you guys were playing catch up with questions and never heard an answer. That's really not a problem, since it wasn't time sensitive, but here it is again: I'm still fairly new to reading comics (though I've followed the characters all my life in other media), and I'm working on filling in some gaps in my knowledge. I'm particularly curious in terms of what I should pick up from Geoff Johns's run on Green Lantern before New 52 rolled out, but any other suggestions are welcome, especially in terms of stuff that is more off the beaten path.

Thanks for all the work you guys put into the podcast and the site as a whole.

#6 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Greetings all,

I've been lurking about the site for a few months now, reading the news and listening to the podcasts; so first, thanks for all the hard work and keep it up. My question wound up being wordier than I intended, so if you guys are pressed for time, just jump down to where I've marked the actual question with <TLDR> for a somewhat shorter version.

I grew up with comic book superheroes omnipresent in my entertainment: the 1960s Batman (in syndication) is one of the first TV shows I have memory of watching; I grew up with Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman: the Animated Series on TV every Saturday morning; I had a sort of ritual on the Friday nights in my freshman year of college of turning on Justice League/JL Unlimited on Friday nights to relax once my roommate went home for the weekend. In all of that, I never really had the income/knowledge of continuity/understanding that continuity wasn't the giant obstacle I thought it to be to read monthly comics, so I didn't begin regularly reading comics until The New 52. When it comes to current books, I feel like I've got a very solid footing at this point.

This brings me to my question: I've been taking advantage of the sale going on on DC titles on Barnes and Noble's website to stock up on older trades; so far, I've picked up a good deal of Starman and Sandman, but I also feel like this would be a good opportunity to fill in some knowledge gaps in the histories of some of the more mainstream characters as well. <TLDR> I've tried a couple of times over the last few years to decode which of the myriad Green Lantern trades I should pick up to hit the highlights of what Geoff Johns has done with the character in a way that keeps the narrative coherent, but sorting that out--especially as things lead into Blackest Night--always eludes me. I picked up Rebirth and Vol. 1 of the Sinestro Corps War a couple of years ago, but I am unsure of where to go from there (beyond, perhaps obviously, Vol. 2 of Sinestro Corps War). I ask about Green Lantern specifically since a good deal of Johns's work currently seems to continue to build from his pre-Flashpoint books, but if any of you has recommendations in addition to Green Lantern, Starman, and Sandman, I'm all ears (especially in terms of books that are off the beaten path; I know things like All-Star Superman or The Killing Joke are recommended regularly with good reason, but part of the appeal of a situation like this is being able to take a risk on something with less monetary investment).

#7 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I am fine with him eventually getting it back, but I'd like to see writers leave him vulnerable for a while. Mortality may not be funny in real life, but in fiction impending death can be humorous. Take Buster Keaton, for instance: one of the central conceits of his films is that he's only alive because he's really lucky--not observant or driven by any sense of self-preservation, but lucky. A building can fall down around him without him noticing, and he'll survive because he happens to be standing where the window lands.

Or, as Mel Brooks put it, "Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall down an open sewer and die." This idea is ingrained in the history of comedy; from ancient Roman farce to the American vaudeville traditions of slapstick comedy to Peter Griffin periodically battling with an oversized chicken, vulnerability and mortality are funny as long as you have a little distance. The trick is, as an audience, accepting that your protagonist won't die (granted, this isn't a given in comics as much as it is in other media) and appreciating the timing or how he gets out of a scrape or just how far in over his head he really is.

#8 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Oxford Comics in Atlanta, GA. I started using them while I lived in the city and still buy most of my comics from them despite it requiring an hour and a half drive. They've keep a great inventory of recent titles and always seem to have just about everything from the last couple of years. (Image from Yelp)

I've also started using Fantasy Factory, the local shop in Dalton, GA, some while I've been here. They're a smaller shop (though I give them serious credit for hanging on in a town like this) and tend to keep more stock in back issues than current books, but that's obviously not a problem with a pull list. (Image from Google.)

And like everyone else, Amazon and eBay fill in some gaps.

#9 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll have to track down the source, but at some point in the last couple of weeks, either Bendis or Aaron made reference in an interview to Jean Grey crossing paths with the school and having to come to terms with it being named for her, so that happening is just a matter of time.

#10 Posted by AlexLaVelle (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Has anyone else noticed that the right side of the #2 cover looks like it joins up at the left side of the #1 cover?

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