Comics Who Love Comic Books is the podcast where comedy and comic books meet. Every episode we talk about comic books and comic book related topics with a different comedian. Your host is Brett Singer, a standup comic who has been reading comics for 40 years.
Spawn is a Horror Comic - Ep 97
Today's guest is Jonas Barnes and we're talking horror comics and horror movies. How long have Jonas and Brett been reading comics? Is Spawn a horror comic? What is Spawn's deal? Why was Spawn put at the back of the comics shop? What made Spawn comics different? What made it not for kids? Was there backlash to Spawn? What happened when Brett read the first Marvel Zombies series? What happened with the Killing Joke animated movie? Why doesn't Jonas like Superman? Jonas likes the heroes more in Marvel but the villains more in DC. What about you? What makes Galactus awesome? Why does Jonas not like Superman's villains? Why were the Ghost Rider movies no good? Should Venom have been a horror movie? What happened with The New Mutants movie? Is Blade a horror film? What makes something a horror movie? What did the Deadpool movies do well? What is the movie Faust: Love of the Damned about? What happened in Batman: Damned?
Reading list: Marvel Zombies (first one); Spawn; Batman: The Long Halloween; Killing Joke; Gotham by Gaslight; Superman: Red Son; Snelson: Comedy is Dying; Batman: Damned
Recorded 6-18-22 via Zencastr
Kamala Khan Explained - Ep 96
Our guest today is Stephen Brophy. Killer reading list, check it out. What does Stephen like about Marvel Comics? What is the comic Marvels about? Who does Alex Ross make Reed Richards look like? Where did Asgard wind up in the early 2000s? What independent books does Stephen like? Who is Travis McGee? Look up "Darker Than Amber fistfight" on YouTube. What was writer Tom King's former job? What happened to Frank Miller? Why did the Watchmen HBO series end? How does Brett feel about Geoff Johns? What does Stephen write? Who's better, John Cena or Dave Battista? What policy does James Gunn have on his sets? What is Stephen's job? What's wrong with the Punisher? What frustrates Stephen about some comic books? Which are some good comics drawn by Alex Ross and which are bad? Who is Kamala Khan? Are there things that are too young for us?
Reading list: John Byrne/Chris Claremont X-Men; Frank Miller's Daredevil; Marvels (also Marvels narrative podcast); Criminal, Captain America, Sleeper, Icognito, Reckless (all by Ed Brubaker); Vision, Mister Miracle, Batman, Rorschach and Strange Adventures (all by Tom King); Batman by Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil; Elektra Assassin; Before Watchmen; Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire; Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire; Punisher by Garth Ennis; anything by Greg Rucka; Kingdom Come; Astro City by Kurt Busiek; Gotham Central; Ms. Marvel (Kamala Kahn)
Recorded 5-14-22 via Zencastr
Batman or Superman? - Ep 95
This week we're joined by Dan Alonso, who is not a comedian but is comedian adjacent. What cool thing does Dan own? How would Dan describe Batman? What is his favorite Batman movie? Who does Brett prefer, Batman or Superman? Who was the original Atom? How much can comic books shape your sense of what's right and what's wrong? What Batman issues does Dan have in his collection? How much is too much to spend on an old comic book? What makes Detective Comics #33 special? How do you feel about heroes killing in the movies? Is it unrealistic that heroes in the comics don't kill? What happens in the comics when a character kills someone? Did the Lone Ranger kill people? Is The Batman Who Laughs too scary? Are new comics valuable at all? What's special about Flash #123? How about Brave and the Bold #28? Is there any money in speculating on comic books? How many is too many comics? Who is Dan's favorite Batman? How many superheroes has Ben Affleck portrayed?
Reading list: Elseworlds; Superman Earth One; Batman Earth One; All-Star Superman; Superman - Red Son; Justice League: The Nail; Hard Traveling Heroes (Green Lantern/Green Arrow); The Dark Knight Returns; Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?; Batman by Dennis O'Neil/Neal Adams; The Ultimates; The Batman Who Laughs; Superman by John Byrne
Recorded 5-14-22 via Zencastr
DC Continuity Issues - Ep 94
My guest this week is comedian Joe Pontillo. Why does DC keep blowing up their continuity? Is it frustrating when books don't have continuity? Did the Spider-Man clones mess everything up? What happened to everyone's feet in 90's comics? What was the best thing to come out of the 90's? Do the people who see the superhero movies also read the comics? Which one of the Guardians of the Galaxy would make the best standup comedian? What is Knightfall? How was Bane different in the movie as compared to the comic books? Why does Batman quit in the Christopher Nolan movies? Why didn't Joe like the first Avengers movie when it came out? (Sacrilege!) What comics can you give to people who aren't into comic books? Why have comic books stopped having footnotes? What happened in Crisis on Infinite Earths? What happened at the beginning of the Arrow series? What was weird about the Smallville TV show? What happens when Kevin Smith directs The Flash? Are Professor Zoom and Reverse Flash the same character? What do the Flash's rogues have in common? Which famous talk show host has a cameo in Dark Knight Returns? What happened to Green Arrow in Dark Knight Returns? What is something Zack Snyder is good at? Who was in the original Sinister Six?
Reading list: Batman - Knigthfall; Crisis on Infinite Earths; Green Arrow - Longbow Hunters; Green Arrow - Quiver; Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison; The Dark Knight Returns; Days of Future Past
Recorded 5-15-22 via zencastr
Snelson and More - Ep 93
This episode has more signing than usual. What happened when Brett tried to watch Swamp Thing? What happens if you know the difference between Swamp Thing and Man Thing? What IS the difference between Swamp Thing and Man Thing? What happened in the first Thunderbolts comics? How are the photos from the Blue Beetle movie? Why is representation important? Do you need to read the comics before you watch The Boys? What is Hard Traveling Heroes? What happens in Green Arrow: Quiver that made Brett uncomfortable? Why do we need more women writing comics? What did Judd Winick do in his Green Arrow arc? What does Women in Refrigerators mean? You need to read Snelson: Comedy is Dying. What's the best comic to start with if you want to read Spider-Man from the beginning? You should read Footprints by Joey Esposito. RIP to George Perez and Neal Adams. Who are Megalith, Toy Boy, and Armor and the Silver Streak?
Reading tips: Thunderbolts; Swamp Thing; Web of the City by Harlan Ellison (novel); Green Arrow: Quiver; Green Arrow: Straight Shooter; Snelson: Comedy is Dying; Hot Lunch Special; Ultimate Spider-Man; Amazing Spider-Man; Footprints by Joey Esposito; New Teen Titans; Crisis on Infinite Earths
Recorded 5-27-22 via Audacity
Hot Lunch Special and More - Ep 92
Today Dan Bublitz Jr. returns to discuss some of his favorite comics - Hot Lunch Special, Dying is Easy, and Knock 'em Dead. What is Hot Lunch Special about? Is it time for Brett to get over his aversion to spoilers? What are two things that make Hot Lunch Special so good? What show did Dan not like the ending to? Does Brett read comic books too quickly? Would Hot Lunch Special work as a novel? What is Dying is Easy about? What thing in Knock 'em Dead made Brett think the author had done standup comedy? (Which he did.) How did they display stand-up jokes in Knock 'em Dead? What happened the first time Dan went on stage? What kind of jokes did Brett used to do? How does Dan find these cool comics? Good Boy is about a dog getting revenge; you should read that too.
Reading list: Locke and Key; Hot Lunch Special; Dying is Easy; Knock 'Em Dead; I Kill Giants; Hit-Girl Vol. 4: In Hollywood; Green Arrow/Green Lantern Hard Traveling Heroes; Green Arrow: Long Bow Hunters; Midnight Vista; The Paybacks; The Vein; Cult Classic; Snelson: Comedy is Dying; Wolverine: Patch; Good Boy; Newburn
Recorded 5-13-22 via Zencastr
Brett is a great interviewer
A show that celebrates not so serious things in a respected manner with no wrong answers. It transports me back and has me considering further (re)embracing of comics.
My two favorite things comedy and comics, so this is a perfect pod for me
Great deep dive into comics
I really liked the first episode! Brett is a great host and a really good interviewer and I liked that they did a deep dive into old school comics for this one! Hearing about Archie was fun and I like that it spread out into other areas of geekdom!