Kray Z Comics and Stories 506: Joe’s Sketchbook Part 3

The Dreaded Deadline Doom has hit and we are using one of our Fill in Episodes. This time, Joe and Cory!! go through Joe’s sketchbook and the stories behind the sketches. You can follow along:

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 505: Marvel Signs With Penguins?

Last week, Marvel Comics signed a distribution deal with Penguin Random House to distribute their comics to the direct market (comic shops). Joe and Cory!! go over this deal, how affects comic shops, fans and the rest fo the comics market overall.

Alse, they discuss going to a warehouse sale of comics, what these sales are like and the type of back issue finds they hunt for.

Cory!! lets us know that podcasts, actor, friends of the show, and all around great guy Blade Braxton has passed away. Blade was the co-host of WrestleCrap Radio on top of all of the other things he did, and we here at Kray Z Comics and Stories will miss him.

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 504: Comics Potpourri

No theme this week, just comics talk as Joe and Cory!! haven’t had a time to just talk comics as if they were hanging out at the comic shop, so you get to listen in. This week, they discuss:

  • For some reason, Cory!! sounds like he is recording from the bottom of a well. No work yet on if Buffalo Bill told him to put the lotion on his skin or he gets the hose.
  • What are Cory!! and Joe’s Holy Grails for collecting
  • Joe talks about how the Transformers toys he sold at Hot Comics are still floating around
  • A quick history of Marvel’s “Enigma Force” and Cory!! digs into the TRUE first appearance of the concept/character in Marvel Preview #4
  • Cory!! wants to borrow $1.5 million from Joe for a comic
  • How sales charts have changed since DC left Diamond.
  • Joe introduces us to Z2 comics, who do graphic novels about musicians.

All this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 503: March 2021 Previews

Every Month, Diamond comics distribution puts out the magazine Previews, a catalog showing what comics are coming out two months (or more) from now. Also, every month, Joe and Cory!! go through it to highlight the new comics and books they find interesting as help you find new comics you may want to order.

Along the way, they talk comics history, stories abut creators and general shenanigans.

Join them, won’t you?

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 502: Hero History Vision and the Scarlet Witch

After the conclusion of WandaVision, a lot of people are curios about the comics connections. Is it based on the comics, how true to the comics characters is the series, and just what IS the background of these characters. Joe and Cory!! do a rare “Hero History” (a series that used to be done by the magazine Amazing Heroes in the 80’s) to explain the convoluted history of these two characters and their connections. They also discuss:

  • Is the Scarlet Witch a mutant? Why or why not?
  • What TV character was the inspiration for The Vision?
  • Yes, the history of the whole thing is convoluted. I’ll be shocked if anyone can follow the Scarlet Witch’s history the first time through.
  • How many times has the Scarlet Witch “turned evil”?
  • What happened to the Vision where he wasn’t used much by Marvel for two decades?

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 501: Busting Comics Myths

After the massive 500th episode, we are not changing a damn thing, we’re gonna talk comics! This week, Joe and Cory!! go over stories they have heard about comics over the years that need clearing up and explaining, like:

Were Professor X and Magneto based on MLK Jr. and Malcolm X?

Were the Secret Wars toys successful?

Did the Super Powers toy line tie in with the Super Friends cartoon?

Dd Marvel vs DC kill the comic market in the 90’s?

  • ** Warning: Joe eats an entire blueberry pie in this episode **
  • Cory goes into the inspiration for Chris Claremont’s version of Magneto
  • LOTS of toy talk from Joe, including how toys may have spoiled movie plot twists
  • Joe goes into when comic distributors started selling toys and action figures?
  • Cory gives his theory as to why comics sales collapsed in the 90’s.
  • BEANIE BABY MADNESS!
  • Cory tells the story of the 1949 Timely/Marvel layoffs

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stores 500: Investing in Comics

It’s a big anniversary! Cory!! and Joe welcome Dangerous Dan Mohr for this special episode celebrating 500 episodes of comic book goodness!

This week, they discuss comics that are good investments! The rules are simple: Three books from each era, maximum of $10,000 per book, comics that we feel are good investments.We divide them into these ages:

  • Modern Age: 2000 – Now
  • Copper: 19865 – 1999
  • Bronze: 1970 – 1985
  • Silver: 1956 – 1969
  • Atomic: 1947 – 1955
  • Golden: Up until 1946

The also discuss:

  • Joe talks about high end investors and how they come up with their books
  • Joe also gives pure investment advice and how to make money off of flipping books on eBay
  • Grandpa Dan Mohr helps Wolfie celebrate our 500th episode
  • What is Poor Man’s Gold when it comes to comics?
  • Grading is discussed in DETAIL, even how comics grading has evolved over the years.
  • Most expensive books in each age
  • The story of the Mile High Comics Collection
  • Why are there only 3000 copies of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic?
  • When can a high dollar comic NOT be a good investment?

All of this, extra shenanigans and so much more in this massive Anniversary Episode!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 499: February Reviews

Cory!! and Joe are digging into the comics that have been stacking up from their trips to comic shops for cheap reads, and they have reviews of some of the books they have been reading!

  • Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom – Marvel
  • Represent – DC Digital
  • Kid Colt – Marvel
  • Green Arrow Year One – DC
  • Kill All Parents – Image
  • X-Men Legends #1 – Marvel
  • Spider-Man: Tangled Web – Marvel
  • Exiles – Marvel

    They also discuss:

  • A discussion of the famous Bucket of Sketti!
  • Dealing with the cold.
  • Joe wanted his daughter t grow up to be Madonna

All of this, plus the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 498: February Previews

It’s time for Cory!! and Joe to go through the Catalog of upcoming comics known as Previews! This time, it is for comics that start to come out in April of 2021. And yes, it’s called February because you need to order them by the end of February.

They highlight new series, hardcovers, trade paperbacks and other things that are NEW that they are either getting or are interested in, or want to point out to listeners. They also discuss:

  • It’s cold. Damn cold. Antarctica cold.
  • How to create boiling hot mist. Safely.
  • The Trial of the Flash
  • Marvel is not putting out any True Believers or Facsimile editions.+
  • Boom! is making a big mistake with their Magic: The Gathering comics
  • Cory!!’s “hanging at the home” is in freaking, so…yeah.

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 497: February Reviews

Cory!! and Joe read lots of comics and at least once a month they go over some of the ones they have and let you know if you should BUY them, BORROW them, or simply IGONRE them! Th comics they review this time are:

  • The 25th anniversary of Kingdom Come
  • Marvel Mini Comics
  • Rain Like Hammers – Image (Cory said it was a one shot, but it’s part one of the five part mini-series)
  • The Vein – Oni Press
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Boom!
  • Gullivera – Humanoids Press

They also discuss:

  • Comics News – The New Mighty Marvel Masterworks reprints are discussed.
  • Another million selling comic
  • WWE Network moving to Peacock.
  • You can read all of the Plastic Man run by Jack Cole for FREE!!!!
  • Joe loves him some Elvis movies

All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!!

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