Kray Z Comics and Stories 567: Sid Jacobson of Harvey Comics, R.I.P.

This week, Joe and Cory!! were GOING to review comics, but the world got in the way. Harvey editor/writer Sid Jacobson passed away, and Cory!! talks about his career. This moves to a discussion of Harvey and Star comics as well as the rise and fall of that company.

They also discuss the state of San Diego Comic Con (spoiler, Cory!! is pissy about it).

Then, we get a discussion about what will be happening in WWE with Vince McMahon’s retirement.

They also discuss:

  • -Joe finally got Covid and THEN got pink eye, so he’s a festering bag of disease.
  • -Cory has ANOTHER job that has figured out how to twist his arm to cover more hours.
  • -Even Joe has “mandatory overtime”
  • -What was the First Star comic?
  • -Did Marvel want to buy Harvey Comics? Why didn’t they?
  • -Who the heck was Artie Awards?
  • -Toy companies are repackaging to to stop weasels from ripping them off.

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 566: July Previews

It’s time for the monthly look at comics coming up for the month of September from Previews catalog. Joe and Cory!! go over the new, the interesting, and whatever they think is interesting.

Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 565: A Kray Z Spotlight on The Mighty Thor

With a new Thor movie coming out, Cory!! and Joe are going to shine a spotlight on Thor. They discuss:

  • The origin of Thor in the Marvel universe and a little information about Thor in comics before that.
  • Cory!! does NOT spend two hours going over Kirby’s run. But he will…
  • The journey from a super-hero book to a book set mostly in Asgard
  • When Joe and Cory!! started reading Thor
  • Walt Simonson’s amazing run on Thor
  • Thor’s part in the 90’s Heroes Reborn
  • Cory and Joe talk about why JMS doesn’t finish stories at times
  • Jason Aaron’s run being the basis for the new Thor movie
  • What style of Thor stories do they like

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 564: Joe’s Toy Origin

It’s time for another Secret Origin, as this time Joe tells how he got the bug to collect and then sell toys!! Both Joe and Cory!! have discussed hwo theey started reading and collecting comics, but Joe is a Toy Guy (although he tries to deny it) and we go into where that came from!

They also discuss:

  • Cory!! Can’t figure out how to start the show!
  • Comics sales annual report from ICV2 and Chronichron is out for 2021 comics sales.
  • Cory!! and Joe went to Most Wanted comics
  • They discuss the comics they bought at that sale and why
  • Joe talks about the toys he saw at Most Wanted

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 563: Comic Reviews for June 2022

Joe and Cory!! read a lot of comics, so every month or so, they review them and let you know if you should Buy, Borrow, or Ignore them! This month, they review:

Not My Bag #1

Beware the Eye of Odin # 1

Hit me # 1 – 3

Skybound Presents: Afterschool

Teen Titans Beast Boy Loves Raven

New Fantastic Four #1

UltraMax #1

8 Billion Genies #1

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 562: Big News For Comics and Wrasslin’

This week, Joe and Cory!! saddled up to do reviews of the comics that have been piling up around them. However, Joe, as always, sidetracked the conversation and Cory!! lost all control of things, threw out the format and instead, they talked about stuff going on in comics. That’s right, it’s a comics NEWS show. They discuss:

  • Local comic conventions
  • Various Diet Sodas are discussed
  • Tim Sale has passed away
  • The College of Comic Book Knowledge is moving out of Uptown Minneapolis for the first time in over 30 years
  • The cover of Dark Knight #1 sells for record amount and other original art for sale
  • A friend of Joe getting his comic “The Eye of Odin” published by Image
  • Vince McMahon and his troubles with having an affair with a subordinate

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 561: Previews June 2022

Every month, comics fans get a big catalog of comics coming out in three months. And, every month Joe and Cory!! go through it to point out upcoming books they are interested in, that they recommend, or find interesting. It’s always an Extra Sized episode and this time is no different!

Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 560: Free Comic Book Day Comics 2022

We bought a copy of EVERY Free Comic Book Day comic so we could go through them and review them for you. And we are completists like that. But, this week, Kray Z Joe Rider and Cory!! review a big old handful of the free comic book day comics and let you know if they are interested in the series they promote and if they did a good job of making us anticipate them!

Books that they review:

  • Tex in the Land of the Seminole
  • The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics
  • Diana Princess of the Amazons
  • Tempest Tossed
  • Bunny Mask Tales
  • Hollow
  • 10 Ton Press Presents
  • Clementine – Skybound Comet

They also discuss:

  • More than you would ever want to know about Alex Saluga
  • Joe gives an update on his hernia surgery
  • Bargains are dropping at some local comic shops
  • Joe Quesada has left Marvel comics
  • How Quesada saved Marvel

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 559: Neal Adams Has Left The Building

It’s a sort of as fill in episode, as this was recorded right before Joe had his hernia surgery, but we had more than enough episodes recorded for when Joe was out, so we have this episode in the can. We wanted to use it before it got too out of date. It’s a tribute episode for three people who have passed away

Ivy Ratafia McLeod – Scott McCloud’s wife, who was active in the comics community

Pat McDonough – One of Joe’s customers and a long tiem member fo the Minnesota Comic Book Association.

Neal Adams – Legendary comics artist and activist

We speak about each of them and go over the lives, our connections with them and the lives they touched.

They also discuss:

  • Cory!! and Joe talk about how to leave instructions for your collection after you pass
  • How Cory!! discovered Neal Adams’s artwork
  • Comics they have been reading over the last week
  • This was pre-Free Comic Book Day, so they discuss that and Microcon 2022

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 558: 2022 Free Comic Book Day Part 1

It’s time for the annual tradition of Joe and Cory!! loading into a car and driving all over Minnesota for Free Comic Book Day, and you get to ride along! Also along is the legendary Bunkhouse Butch, and Minnesota Comic Book Fans Grand Poobah Kelly Wilhite!

And, as they drive to St Cloud, MN for their comics, they discuss all sort of nerdy comic book things. Yeah, they fired up a MP3 recorder and let it fly!

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