Kray Z Comics and Stories 510: Fave 5 Comics Book Deaths

Cory!! is reading through the incredibly long story from a few years ago, The Death of Wolverine, and Our Boys are going to talk about how it didn’t seem to have any resonance. This leads him and Joe into a discussion of which stories tat resulted in the death of a comic book character were their favorites. MORBID, AIN’T IT!

They also discuss:

  • How comic books deaths lose their power when they bring people back
  • “If there is no body, they aren’t dead.”
  • The story behind X-Men 137 changing to the version we know now and what Chris Claremont originally planned
  • How comics characters deal with the ”revolving door of death”

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 509: May 2021 Reviews

We do reviews! Mostly comics, but this month, Joe wanted to talk about Godzilla vs Kong, so Cory!! sat down, watched it and they have it out! Cory and Joe have a HUGE disagreement about this movie, so it’s time for a Great Debate! They also review:

Snotgirl Trade #1 – Image

Home #1 – Image

Chariot #1 – AWA

Robin #1 – DC

Non Stop Spider-Man #1 – Marvel

The Old Guard Tales Through Time #1 – Image

Comfy chairs

The joy of Joe Bob Briggs
All of this, the usual shenanigans and as always, much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 508: The Dark Knight Returns 35 years later

We are NOT going to review Dark Knight here, since it is one of the most discussed comics ever. We will, however, be putting it into context both when it comes to sales as well as its place in comics and pop culture history. Cory!! and Joe were there when it came out, in different ways, and they talk about that as well!

  • They discuss early pandemic shortages
  • What were Batman sales like before Dark Knight?
  • How the format of the comic was new and changed comics printing
  • Why were comic shop owners mad at the collected edition of the complete Dark Knight series?
  • How did Dark Knight Returns tie into the death of Robin
  • Dark Knight start the “Grim and gritty” movement in comics in the late 80’s?
  • All of this, the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 507: Previews April 2021

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 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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