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As featured on Lego.com, Marvel.com, and Today Show, 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. Topical broadcasts are made and we also take important time in interviewing professionals to get to the source of comic book history. Support us ...
 
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Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic artist, fantasy illustrator and creative architect Bill Stout, discussing his early work in the comic fanzines, bootleg album covers, record label designer, his apprenticeship to Russ Manning on Tarzan and also to Harvey Kurtzman/Will Elder for Little Annie Fanny, Movie Posters, production design and stor…
 
A sit down chat between Alex Grand & Steve Ditko's nephew, Mark on various key aspects of the Spider-Man co-creators life, characters and motivations in this career spanning interview. Edited & Produced by Alex Grand. Interview ©2021 Comic Book Historians Images used in artwork ©Their Respective Copyright holders, CBH Podcast ©Comic Book Historians…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic archivist, author, critic and historian, Peter Sanderson who discusses the end of his Marvel tenure, Mark Gruenwald's death, the circumstances of the layoffs during the 1995 bankruptcy era, working with Bill Jemas, working for IGN for Comics in Context, later for Kevin Smith, and publishing various works …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic archivist, author, critic and historian, Peter Sanderson who was a regular contributer to Julius Schwartz' Flash Grams in the 1960s, to Omniverse with Mark Gruenwald, DC Universe's Who's Who making Crisis on Infinite Earth's possible with Marv Wolfman. In the first of a two parter, he also discusses joini…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic writer Don McGregor, in a second parter on his road to Black Panther, discussing how he moved from Warren Magazines to Marvel in the early 1970s, his first writing job with Gardner Fox, Amazing Adventures with Killraven with P. Craig Russell, his Black Panther run with Rich Buckler, Gil Kane, Billy Graham…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic writer Don McGregor, in the first of a multi-parter on his road to Black Panther, discussing his childhood, jobs out of high school, his first experience with social justice at a Hopalong Cassidy fan meeting, Phil Seuling Comic Convention, introducing himself to Jim Steranko in 1969, heckling Jim Warren i…
 
“Comics Detective” Ken Quattro talks in detail with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson about his terrific new book, “Invisible Men:The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books.” The lives of pre-Golden Age figures are examined such as Adolph Barreaux who contributed to the first DC and Harvey Comics, Matt Baker, Orrin Evans, George Evans, Hollingsworth, …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic artist, Ron Frenz in the third of a 3 parter discussing his run on the Mighty Thor with Tom DeFalco co-creating characters like Mongoose, Quicksand, Earthforce, Code Blue, the Celtic Gods, Stellaris, the New Warriors, starting up and ending Thunderstrike amidst the Marvel Bankruptcy, leaving Marvel to wor…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic artist, Ron Frenz in the second of a 3 parter discussing his run on Spider-Man with Roger Stern and Tom DeFalco, working under editor Danny Fingeroth and then Jim Owsley, co-creating characters like Black Fox and Puma, the circumstances of leaving Spidey, and ending up with The Mighty Thor for 5 years co-…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic artist, Ron Frenz in a first of a 3 parter discussing his childhood in Pittsburgh,his favorite comics as a kid, meeting Marie Severin at a local convention, reading How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by John Buscema, giving art samples to Jim Shooter at a later convention, his work in animation working on …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic artist, Joe Staton in a second of a 2 parter discussing his DC Career with All Star Comics, The Justice Society of America, Earth 2 Superheroes, Green Lantern, Omega Men, collaborations with Paul Levitz & Marv Wolfman, conflict with Sol Harrison, his art director career with First Comics working with guys…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview comic artist, Joe Staton, from his early fanzine days in the 60s, to starting his professional comic's career with Jim Warren Magazines, Charlton with their bullseye fanzine and the CPL gang, co-creating E-Man with Nick Cuti, Space: 1999, Six Million Dollar Man, inking Sal Buscema on the Avengers and Herbe Trim…
 
Alex Grand & Jim Thompson interview author & Comic Art Museum curator Kim Munson, the editor of the Comic Art in Museums anthology and the exhibition catalogs Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco and On Reflection: the Art of Margaret Harrison, as well as many contributions to academic books, journals, magazines, and other publications. She…
 
Alex Grand & Jim Thompson interview Lawyer and writer Brett Dakin, about his new book, a biography of his grand-uncle Lev Gleason of Lev Gleason Comic Publications discussing his formation of the first modern comic book with Charles Max Gaines, starting the Golden Age Daredevil and Crime Comics with Charles Biro and Bob Wood, his political battles …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview David Anthony Kraft discussing his Defenders run, then dive into his character defining run on She-Hulk in her first series, his Music references like Blue Oyster Cult, his Beatles Marvel Super Specials, his Children Books with Marvel Special Projects under Sol Brodsky, why he left Marvel and DC Comics in 1983,…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview David Anthony Kraft from his humble beginnings in the late 1960s becoming the agent of the Otis Adelbert Kline, Publisher of Fictioneer Science Fiction Books, his early 1970s Marvel work with Roy Thomas, his work at Atlas Comics in 1975 with Chip and Martin Goodman, Giant Size Dracula with Marvel new comer John…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Hendre Weisinger, son of former DC editor Mort Weisinger, discussing his legacy and career as science fiction author and agent, former editor of Thrilling Wonder Stories for Standard Magazines, DC Comics editor from 1941-1970, with a variety of concepts that came about under his editorship: Supergirl, Krypto, P…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Executive Editor and Epic Imprint Editor in Chief, Writer, Artist & Professor Carl Potts in part 2 of a 2 parter, where we discuss his later work at Marvel including building up the Punisher from a side character into his own character, with the Punisher Mini Series with Mike Zeck, creating the Pu…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Executive Editor and Epic Imprint Editor in Chief, Writer, Artist & Professor Carl Potts in part 1 of a 2 parter, where we discuss his early days at San Diego Comic Con 1973, breaking into DC Comics with fellow fanzine artist, Jim Starlin, assisting and learning comic book production with Neal Ada…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Erik Larsen in this third of a three parter, discussing his development of Savage Dragon, the Savage Dragon cartoon series for the USA network, Marvel in-jokes present in the series, working with Steve Gerber on pulling Howard the Duck out of the Marvel Universe, the corporate structure of Image Comics and the …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Erik Larsen, in the second of a three parter, discussing his run on Spider-Man, working with various writers like David Michelinie, trying his hand at a Nova comic book series, starting Image Comics with its cofounders, publishing material from his Highbrow Entertainment, creating the Savage Dragon comic book s…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Erik Larsen, in the first of a three parter, from his childhood reading his dad's Golden Age comics like Captain Marvel, creating the Savage Dragon as a kid, his early Fanzine Graphic Fantasy, his run in the Independent Comics like AC Comics for Sentinels of Justice and Eclipse for DNAgents, then breaking into …
 
The second half of the interview with Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comics Distributors who sits down with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discussing various phases of his comics career via livestream. We continue from his role as distributor, to various decisions positioning him as the president of the main comics distribution company in North America …
 
Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comics Distributors, formed 1982 sits down with Alex and Jim discussing various phases of his comics career via livestream. We start from his humble beginnings as a comics dealer, comics retailer, sub distributer, distributor, to various decisions positioning him as the president of the main comics distribution company …
 
A companion podcast to the previous episode highlighting Professor of Comics, Michael Dooley. Welcome to Michael Dooley's Design History of Comics and Animation class at ArtCenter College of Design, in the Ahmanson Auditorium on the Hillside Campus in Pasadena, CA at 7pm on Monday, February 25th, 2019. Michael presents two very special and esteemed…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Michael Dooley, Professor of Comics and Animation History at Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design and Print Magazine Contributing Editor for the past 20 years. Born in 1948, he discusses his youth as a New Yorker, reading Mad Comics and following the careers of Harvey Kurtzman and his disciples, Robert Crumb …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco in a third of a three parter, where we discuss his reign as Marvel as Editor-in-Chief, his run on the Fantastic Four with artist Paul Ryan, the original vision for the Spider-Man Clone Saga, the Marvel bankruptcy of the mid 1990s, the Clone Saga ending that led to his …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco in the second of a three parter, where we discuss his creative contributions to GI Joe, Transformers, Marvel Two In One Thing with Sandman, Peter-Porker/Spider-Ham, Machine Man with Herb Trimpe and Barry Windsor-Smith, writing Amazing Spider-Man with artist Ron Frenz, …
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco from his early days reading comics, his comic strip work in college, his meetings with John Goldwater, Louis Silberkleit working at Archie Comics, creating the Archie Digests in 1973, his work at DC with E. Nelson Bridwell including Jimmy Olsen, Superman Family, Starfi…
 
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 Advent…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 1939, 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 lice…
 
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 art…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Paul Levitz (currently writing his Visitor run for Valiant). Paul is former President and Publisher of DC Comics, who started in the Fanzines in 1971, assistant to Joe Orlando, working under Carmine Infantino then Jenette Kahn as Publisher, and Freelance writer, to full time Editor and writer in 1976, working o…
 
A very special podcast, Alex Grand and lawyer/panel originator Jim Thompson, team up with attorney Daniel Barer, and entertainment law professor Marc Greenberg at San Diego Comic Con 2019 Comics Art Conference to discuss how Cease and Desist changes the narrative of stories in the comics world using examples from the late 1970s to early 1980s, Stev…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Lauren Veneziani, also known by her social media handle, dcfilmgirl, knowledgable Film Critic based in Washington DC seen every Saturday on NBC Baltimore. We discuss the Comic Age of Movies dissecting the Richard Donner, Bryan Singer and Zack Snyder's Superman films, Tim Burton's and Chris Nolan's Batman, Blade…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Mark Chiarello, former painter, art director and editor in the comics business. As a painter, he has worked on such projects as the Batman story Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop and Clive Barker's Hellraiser. As an editor for DC Comics, he co-created the Batman: Black & White mini-series (for which he recei…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Mark Chiarello, illustrator, former art director and editor in the comics business. As a painter, he has worked on such projects as the Batman story Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop and Clive Barker's Hellraiser. As an editor for DC Comics, he co-created the Batman: Black & White mini-series (for which he r…
 
Alex Grand goes to San Diego Comic Con 2019 and interviews Anthony Tollin, Whilce Portacio, Jimmie Robinson, Benton Jew, and Jim Cheung for an All Star CBH Podcast special. Anthony Tollin was a prolific comic colorist influenced by comics from the Golden and Silver Age, who started working at DC Comics in the early 1970s discussing his influences a…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Josef Rubinstein, famous comic book inker that has inked over more characters and more pencilers than anyone else in comic book history. Josef discusses his inks on the Wolverine Limited Series on Frank Miller's layouts, his inks on Justice League, his favorite Inker on both Jack Kirby and Carmine Infantino, an…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Josef Rubinstein, famous comic book inker that has inked over more characters and more pencilers than anyone else in comic book history. Josef takes us into his early life in Germany, immigrating to the USA , being hired at Continuity Comics under Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, working with comic book greats lik…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades in a third parter. Danny takes us into his Darkhawk series and his final days at Marvel as Tom DeFalco was removed as editor in chief, and other changes that took place that caused him to leave the company, his time with Byron P…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades in a second parter. Danny takes us into his initial days as editor of the Spider-Man line of comics in 1983, writing Dazzler, editing writing other titles like Marvel Saga with Pete Sanderson, Star Wars, his hiatus as staff in c…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades, Danny takes us into his early life, being hired in comics under Larry Lieber, then working with various editors, Archie Goodwin, Louise Simonson, Jim Shooter, Tom DeFalco, and Sol Brodsky working on Captain Britain for Marvel U…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the Prince of Comics, Howard Chaykin part 2 discussing his work on American Flagg, the Shadow, Time Square, Blackhawk, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Black Kiss, Cyberella with Don Cameron, his Television career including the 1990s Flash TV show, Legend with Russ Heath, Hawkgirl with Walt Simsonson, his Marvel caree…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Howard Chaykin, discussing his life from when he was born in 1950 through his childhood comic book reading of 1960s Marvel, his training under Gil Kane, Wally Wood and Neal Adams in the late 1960s through the 1970s, his early Marvel, DC, Atlas Seaboard Comics, Byron Press Graphic Novels, Heavy Metal and on into…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the illustrious Trina Robbins in our sequel to episode 34, where we dovetail into 1985 and the beginning of her comic history career examining her evolving Women and Comics book that explores various women in comic history, A Century of Women Cartoonists, The Great Women Superheroes, Nell Brinkley, Women Who Ki…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Tim Sale, discussing his life and career in a second of a 2 parter which covers his work from his Marvel Color series and his involvement in the Heroes TV show in 2005, Superman Confidential with Darwyn Cooke, the Captain America White series which changed the way he and Jeph Loeb worked together, his run ins w…
 
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Tim Sale, discussing his life from when he was born in 1956, through his childhood comic book reading of 1960s Marvel, his training under John Buscema in the late 1970s, his 1980 inks of Mythadventures, his working relationship with Jeph Loeb on 1990s Marvel and DC like Batman Long Halloween and Superman for Al…
 
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