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We journey through each issue of the most underrated Marvel series of the 80’s while drinking beer. Please join us in rediscovering the joy of the Power Pack comic.

Unpacking the Power of Power Pack Jeff and Rick Present

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We journey through each issue of the most underrated Marvel series of the 80’s while drinking beer. Please join us in rediscovering the joy of the Power Pack comic.

    Episode 90: The New Warriors: Overview #1

    Episode 90: The New Warriors: Overview #1

     


    With special guest star Corey (@NewWarriorsTalk) from the New Warriors Continuity Conundrum and covering:


     


    The New Warriors #47 - 50

    Night Thrasher #11 - 12

    Nova #6 - 7


     


    OK, what is going on. This is a Power Pack Podcast and it is not Halloween. What is happening here?


     


     


    So you see, after the original Power Pack run, Alex got his briefs in a bundle and he decided it was time to make a new family. One that really has issues...and I ain't talking about volume count.


     


     


    So there is a reason why we are devoting some time to these books, but why so many at one time? Thank you disembodied voice for asking such a deep question.


     


     


    We do not want to hit each issue for what is a passing reference to the oldest Power kid, so we are doing them in blocks. Four to be precise. After this, we promise to get back to single issues. This is just an experiment. Don't get mad.


     


     


    Awkward. It will be interesting to see what we do the next time we run into one of these long series. But for now, we are just trying something out. Let us know how it is going.


     


     


    Oh, I guess I should talk about this run....uhm....the New Warriors are tossed in the time-stream by some Egyptian dude and a new team is put together to save them.


     


    Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/the-new-warriors-overview-1/


     


     


     


    Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.


     


    You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! 


     


    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u


     


    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/


     


    Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    Pinball Spring by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4218-pinball-spring
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license



     

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 89: Hilary Barta Interview

    Episode 89: Hilary Barta Interview

    Another interview....are we insane!!!????!!! Well, maybe. We were not sure what we would be getting into once we asked Power Pack Inker Hilary Barta to talk with us...and we are still not sure what happened, but we do know it was a lot of fun.








    The range of topics for the discussion wandered over art styling, development of skill, breaking into the business, lawn work, and animals. We also talked about some music, or at least his work on the comic version of Shakedown Street.








    We also managed to talk a bit about his work on Power Pack and his friendship with Jon Bogdanove. It is always amazing to talk to creators who work with other great creators, and listening to stories and tales about how much they respect each other.








    We also managed to ask him about some of his other work, specifically giving some of the love to Plastic Man. Hilary had the opportunity to draw a mini-series that he was very proud about.








    But above all else, we were able to talk about his love of the wacky and crazy. From his Screwy Tuesday posts to his Mars Attacks work and especially his work on What The!? Hilary is someone who loves the silly and goofy.








     


    Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/08/29/interview-with-hilary-barta/


    Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.





    You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! 





    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u





    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/





    Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 88: Carl Potts Interview Part 2

    Episode 88: Carl Potts Interview Part 2

    And this is our second part of our chat with Carl Potts. We hope you enjoy this shorter episode as we ask him some fan questions and get some more information about why Carl is so fascinating.


     


    Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/interview-with-carl-potts/


    Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.


    You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! 


    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u


    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/


     


    Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
     

    • 49 min
    Episode 87: Carl Potts Interview

    Episode 87: Carl Potts Interview

    Like Pokeman, we gotta catch them all. Carl Potts was the original editor of Power Pack, and shepherded the book for 52 issues. As the editor, he not only brought together world class talent for the book, but he also developed a passion and team that made it one of the books creators wanted to be on.








    His influence also appeared in some artistic and plot choices as well. His passions for marine biology and baseball snuck into a couple of early stories, and his sense of style helped guide a few of the artistic choices as well.








    Beyond his work on our favorite book, Carl has a deep creative history with comics that may have began with drawing, but has developed into his own inspired stories and work with so many other amazing artists and writers in comics. A teacher as well as a mentor, Carl has been passing on his knowledge of art and storytelling to guide new creators, while at the same time still developing new content.








    We hope you enjoy our two episodes as we talk to this amazing individual about his past and experiences.


     


    Check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/interview-with-carl-potts/


    Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.





    You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! 





    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u





    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/





    Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 86: New Mutants#49 and X-Force Annual #1

    Episode 86: New Mutants#49 and X-Force Annual #1

    I know this is a little unusual, but it is going to really get weird soon. We are past the border and heading into the wild west, but first we have to go back and forth in time to cover some stories with a touch of the pack in them.








    So we have an older Katie sporting all of the Power powers in a New Mutants issue that takes place in the future.








    And we have a young lady who is a descendant of some member of the team also sporting all the powers and also in the future. It feels like some wires are crossed here.








    So what should we talk about first. Well, we should talk about the definite change in storytelling. I mean, really, this is technically the same book/team. New Mutants became X-Force...so this should be a straight comparison, right?








    Not really. We have moved from the 80's to the hard 90's. We have moved from matching costumes to belts and pouches. How many pouches? All of the pouches. All of the time...and guns. Do not forget the guns.








    New writers, new characters, new art. Also, a new future. I mean, DaCosta is the bad guy in one and just a team member in another. These are the choices made and the dimensions we explore.








    As you can tell, I am really skating around, looking for an interesting topic to fill this space with. We promise our listeners a chance to see the images we are talking about, so we should show them. I sometimes just struggle to keep a narrative going.








    I need an idea to come in like a cannonball. Really surprise me or inspire me. I know you all count on me to be funny and stuff....but the future can get depressing. Especially when we are talking authoritarian rule. We need something wacky or silly to make us happy.








    Yeah....a duck skateboard raspberry should just about do the trick. I think that is a good place to wrap this up. Hopefully you all will enjoy the trip to the future. Remember, all experiences are personal and may have nothing to do with the real world when you return.








     


    To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/new-mutants-49-ashes-of-the-soul-and-x-force-annual-1-the-mirror-liars/


    Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.





    You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! 





    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u





    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/





    Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Le Grand Chase by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4670-le-grand-chase
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 85:What The?! #1

    Episode 85:What The?! #1

    Satire is a lesson, parody is a game. - Vladimir Nabokov





    I can make that into a new song. - Weird Al (probably)








    It is time to get silly! And we are not going to dive into the madness alone. We are going to bring a fan with us.








    No, not that kind of fan. The type of fan that actually sees us perform live at a campground and trades a mess of Hero-clix for a really cool tricycle. Of course I am talking about Jeff Polier. He is the guy who reminded us about this issue, and he gets to suffer through it with us.








    What type of insane story is this? Why would we even be covering a parody? Why would anyone want to mock the comic book series they love? None of these are good questions, so we are just going to say that 2/3rds of us find this to be pretty funny, and it is always a sign that you have made it if people want to mock you. At least, that is the story I told myself while I was growing up.








    Do not get us wrong, we love these kids and the comics. But we have to take the time to give them both a little ribbing once in a while. Besides, most of the people working on this issue have done work on the main book. You can tell they love these kids.








    Now for those of you who do not like parody, well, that is just sad. A good parody is fun. A bad parody is cruel. I am pretty sure that I just made up that quote. Feel free to spread it around and use it in every day communication. I am hoping to one day be remembered as the creator of a useless and annoying quote.








    And I guess we should mention Cloak and Dagger are mocked as well. We hope you enjoy this episodes silliness.


     


    To view the art from this issue, check out our website: https://jeffandrickpresent.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/what-the-1-the-bower-brats-meet-clunk-and-dagnabbit/


    Don’t forget to support us on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/JeffandRickPresent.  We have started to release monthly episodes for our Energizer and greater tiers. We are covering the alternate versions mini-series that started in 2005.





    You can also subscribe and listen to us on YouTube! 





    We also have some merchandise over at Redbubble. We have a couple of nifty shirts for sale. https://www.redbubble.com/people/jeffrickpresent/?asc=u





    Our show supports the Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need.  http://www.heroinitiative.org/





    Eighties Action by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3703-eighties-action
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
    Hackbeat by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3843-hackbeat
    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 1 hr 19 min

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Nory Polier ,

I have four power pack comics.

I have four power pack comics.

MaxwellChris ,

Pack-Men (and Pack-Daughter) Leading the Pack!

This show has it all: 1980s comic books! Beer! Science! Refrigerator Art! G-Forces! And commentary from an actual target-age child (she steals the show every time of course!). The creators of Power Pack have been guests, too! Tune in, or be less Energized than you could be!

Bradleyman612 ,

Love it

Two guys who are enjoying beer and underrated comics- also with “science corner” and “kid perspective”- a combination that makes sense with the comic they are covering- more fun then the comics were- and the comics were a blast-

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