59 episodes

Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-hosts start off a Journalistic Comic Book Historical 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. We also take important time in interviewing professionals to get to the source of comic book history. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

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Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-hosts start off a Journalistic Comic Book Historical 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. We also take important time in interviewing professionals to get to the source of comic book history. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    CBH Podcast 59: Bob Camp & George Lowe, Maestros of Animation

    CBH Podcast 59: Bob Camp & George Lowe, Maestros of Animation

    Alex Grand moderates an Animation Panel at Dallas Fantasy Fair 2018 interviewing two titans of cartoons, Bob Camp and George Lowe with an overview of their careers. Bob Camp talks about starting at Marvel Comics working with John Buscema and Larry Hama, moving onto animation working on cartoons like Thundercats, Real Ghostbusters, Tiny Toon Adventures and Ren and Stimpy. George Lowe discusses his work as a DJ then a voice over actor including his work as the voice of Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Ren & Stimpy ©Viacom, Space Ghost ©Warner Bros, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    • 42 min
    CBH Podcast 58: Frank Thorne, Wizard of the Comic Arts Part 2

    CBH Podcast 58: Frank Thorne, Wizard of the Comic Arts Part 2

    Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Frank Thorne, Born in 1930, he discusses his past and current works, with a career that spans from the late 1940s, utilizing and expanding on inspirations like Alex raymond, Hal Foster, and Neil O'Keefe, a late 1940s graduate of the At Career School in Manhattan, working at Dell, Gold Key and DC Comics with an explosion of fan activity in the 1970s and 80s with his comic work centered around strong beautiful female characters like Red Sonya. This episode finishes after his work on Red Sonya and we explore his famous other femme fatales like Ghita, Lann for Heavy Metal, Ribit for Comico, Danger Rangerette for National Lampoon, Moonshine McJuggs for Playboy, his working relationship with Hugh Hefner, his interactions with other greats like Alex Toth, Jim Steranko and Neal Adams. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    • 32 min
    CBH Podcast 57: Frank Thorne, Wizard of the Comic Arts Part 1

    CBH Podcast 57: Frank Thorne, Wizard of the Comic Arts Part 1

    Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Frank Thorne, Born in 1930, he discusses his past and current works, with a career that spans from the late 1940s, utilizing and expanding on inspirations like Alex raymond, Hal Foster, and Neil O'Keefe, a late 1940s graduate of the Art Career School in Manhattan, working at Dell, Gold Key and DC Comics with an explosion of fan activity in the 1970s and 80s with his comic work centered around strong beautiful female characters like Red Sonya. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    • 36 min
    CBH Podcast 56: The Legacy of Harvey Comics with Jonny Harvey

    CBH Podcast 56: The Legacy of Harvey Comics with Jonny Harvey

    Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discuss the history of Harvey Comics with the grandson of Leon Harvey, Jonny Harvey, documentary filmmaker. From its humble beginnings in 1940, Al Harvey started Harvey comics from a business deal with Irving Manheimer and Worth Carnahan. His two brother’s, Robert and Leon Harvey joined and this family found success licensing characters for comics like the Green Hornet, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon and Paramount Picture's Casper the Friendly Ghost. Harvey developed Casper into what we know today and also created original characters like Richie Rich. In 1958, Harvey purchased the rights to Casper, and got more characters like Hot Stuff printing comics for young kids. Despite its huge pop cultural success, Harvey Comics ceased in 1982. How did this mighty empire collapse and leave us the legacy of Casper the Friendly Ghost? Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    • 58 min
    CBH Podcast 55: Paul Levitz: DC Comics Fan, Writer, Editor, Publisher & President Part 2

    CBH Podcast 55: Paul Levitz: DC Comics Fan, Writer, Editor, Publisher & President Part 2

    Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Paul Levitz, former President and Publisher of DC Comics, In this second of a 2-parter, we discuss his writing and editing Batman in 1978, working with Julius Schwartz, the changes in the 1980s that he and Jenette Kahn brought to DC Comics, Jim Shooter's effect on both companies, the payment of royalties to artists and creators, publishing Will Eisner's work, the effect of the DC Movies on DC Comic's corporate identity, growth of the Direct Market, hiring Frank Miller, John Byrne, Alan Moore, Karen Berger's Vertigo, his role as President and his new project for Valiant Comics, The Visitor. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    • 1 hr 9 min
    CBH Podcast 54: Paul Levitz: DC Comics Fan, Writer, Editor, Publisher & President Part 1

    CBH Podcast 54: Paul Levitz: DC Comics Fan, Writer, Editor, Publisher & President Part 1

    Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Paul Levitz, former President and Publisher of DC Comics, who started in the Fanzines in 1971, assistant to Joe Orlando, Carmine Infantino as Publisher, and Freelance writer, to full time Editor and writer in 1976, working on All Star Comics with Wally Wood, Stalker with Steve Ditko, and promotion to upper management, Vice President in the 1980s with a lengthy run on the Legion of Superheroes and co-creating many characters like Huntress. Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians. Thumbnail Artwork ©Comic Book Historians. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians

    • 1 hr 10 min

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