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Kray Z Comics and Stories 490: Top 100 Comics For November 1980

Out on the internet, Cory!! found a sales chart from the old magazine The Comics Reader, showing the top 100 selling comics from the month November 1980. So, Cory!! and Joe go through it, discussing the comics, the history behind them, and putting ti all in context. So, they pull a Casey Casem and discuss the comics on the list, as well as:

  • What was the Comics Reader?
  • How were X-Men sales in the late 70s and early 80’s.
  • Creators who were great on some books and not so great on others.
  • Comics from November 1980 that have skyrocketed in value
  • The dominance of Richie Rich
  • Which of these books are they still interested in
  • The sales history of Batman in the 60’s and 70’s

So, you get to listen in and get the usual shenanigans and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 489: December Previews 2020

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 February of 2021. 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:

  • Why we are the longest running episodic comic book podcast in history
  • Stuff comic shops can do that Amazon does
  • Cory!! Complains about the lack of Yoe Books.
  • Why was Star Wars Dark Empire announced by Epic, but published by Dark Horse back in the day?

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

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Solitaire Rose Radio 76: Badgering Mike Baron

Mike Baron has been a comic book writer, novelist, an Eisner winner, an Inkpot winner, and a previous guest here on the old podcast, and he and Cory sat down to chat about what he’s been up to. We talk about moving from comics to novels, self-publishing, writing classes, and his new kickstarter that will move his comic character The Badger to the world of novels. The Badger is the story of a man with multiple personality disorder, one of which is a costumed crime fighter, and his partner, Ham, a 6th Century druid.

Action and hilarity ensue.

It’s a wide ranging conversation! Don’t ask, just download and listen!

Lots O Links!

Badger: The Novel Kickstarter

Nexus: Monster Hunt Let’s Get Kraken

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/monster-hunt-let-s-get-kraken#/

Florida Man Graphic Novel:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/florida-man-graphic-novel-volume-one#/

Mike Baron’s novels on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Baron/e/B004N7W25W?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1607464411&sr=8-1


And if you want to listen to our FIRST conversation, you can do that here!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 488: Black Friday Comics Road Trip Part 2

There was so much talking as we drove around the Twin Cities on Black Friday that we have another episode of it! We went to Mind’s Eye Comics, Issues Needed Comics, and Nerdin’ Out in this episode looking for treasures and bargains. It’s Joe in the driver’s seat, Bunkhouse Butch next to him. and Cory!! in the back seat and you get to ride along! We also discuss:

  • Why was War of the Gods delays back in the early 90’s?
  • You know, the Wonder Woman crossover that Perez left Infinity Gauntlet to do
  • Joe can’t stop talking about Secret Wars II
  • We discuss how the Twin Cities comics market was with the 13 store chain Shinders in town.
  • Behind the scenes at Roy Thomas’s second run on the Fantastic Four
  • Mjolnir’s pronunciation.
  • A discussion on DC’s Future’s Edge
  • The economics of opening a comic shop

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 487: Black Friday Comics Road Trip 1

The tradition continues. The day after Thanksgiving, Cory!!, Joe, and Bunkhouse Butch pile into a truck and drive around the Twin Cities looking for deals at the local comic shops! It’s different this year because of the pandemic, but that won’t stop them for looking for cheap reads, comics deals, and adventures on the road!

They bring along a recorder, so you can ride along, and they hit these comics shops:

  • The Source Comics and Games
  • Dreamhaven Books and Comics
  • Time Bomb
  • Wizard Wax
  • The College of Comic Book Knowledge!

They also discuss:

  • Beatles tunes
  • What everyone did on Thanksgiving.
  • Butch’s hamburger
  • An update on the Minnesota conventions
  • An explanation of the “Rural Purge” where CBS canceled the majority of their comedies in the early 1970’s.
  • Crappy 70’s cartoons and kid’s shows
  • How late was Camelot 3000?
  • Eric Larson’s reaction to being in a Mini-comic Butch did
  • What shops to they go to on vacation

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 486: Fave 5 Non-Super-hero Marvel Comics

Marvel comics has a long, rich history of super-heroes, but since the first Fantastic Four issue in 1961, they have also had series that and NOT super-heroes. So, this week, Joe and Cory!! discuss their Fave Fave non-super-hero comics from Marvel!

They also discuss:

  • A discussion of the Overstreet Price Guide
  • How we track our comics
  • Joe discusses why Overstreet is not the best price guide for currently hot comics
  • Where did the first Star Wars tie-in book “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” come from?
  • What is the story around Steve Gerber’s Void Indigo series and how does a retailer in Texas have to do with it’s cancellation.

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

Our charity for this week is: https://www.heroinitiative.org/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 485: November Previews 2020

It’s time for our monthly EXTRA LONG episode because we are going over this month’s Previews catalog of comics coming in the month of January. There’s a LOT of discussion as we go through what comics we are looking forward to outside of our normal pull list., So, join along with uis as we talk upcoming comics and all of this stuff:

  • Winter hit us like bomb.
  • How hard it is to get the info from DC at comic shops
  • Cory!! recommends an out of print book because that’s the type of stoopid crap he does.
  • What in the flaming blue hell is DC’s Future State, coming out in January?
  • Joe’s Tale From The Past
  • Why our pal Butch is now called Bunkhouse Butch
  • Jake and the Fatman

All of this, the usual shenanigans and way too damn much talking!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 484: November Reviews

Cory!! and Joe have been reading comics, because that’s what this here podcast is all about. So, this week, they go over the comics they have been reading and advise if you should Buy, Borrow, Or Ignore!

The comics they review are:

  • Spider-Man II – Marvel
  • Luthor – DC Black Label
  • Cerebus #1 – What the what?
  • Watchmen Companion – DC Black Label
  • Department of Truth 1 and 2 – Image
  • Joe goes over Beatles Comics
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Too Long A Sacrifice 1 & 2 – IDW
  • Unsacred – Ablaze Press
  • X of Swords – Marvel

They also discuss:

  • This was recorded before the US election, so Joe and Cory!! let us know what their voting plan was.
  • How did Joe and Cory!! spend Halloween
  • Hammer films!
  • The story of why Dave Sim didn’t care when Cerebus #1 was counterfeited.

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

During the holiday season, we turn our ads over to charities we support, and the charity in our ads this week is https://www.heroinitiative.org/

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 483: Comics Pull List 2020

Every month, Cory!! and Joe go over the new things in Previews that they are buying or excited about. However, the vast majority of comics aren’t first issues, special issues, omnibuses, or trade paperbacks, so what are the comics they buy month in and month out? They go over their pull lists, and explain how and why they buy the books they do.

They also discuss:

  • A discussion of Schoolhouse Rock and In The News
  • UCS no longer a distributor for DC Comics
  • Cory!! and Joe talk about where The Enterprise was exploring during the first Star Trek series.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 482: Joe’s Sketchbook 2 – Electric Boogaloo

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:

https://www.facebook.com/krayz/media_set?set=a.10158155685689731&type=3

We get into the art of:

Gordon Purcell

Gary Hartle

Fabian Nieceza

Paul Fricke

Scott Beaderstat

Neil Gaiman

Dan Jurgens

Ron Frenz

Chris Claremont

Stan Lee

Joseph Michael Linsner

John Romita Jr.

No Sketch Jim Lee

They also discuss:

  • Cory!! has a new title
  • Joe made the recording late
  • Joe goes over some of the notes he has found from the early days of purchasing Hot Comics in 1992-3
  • Joe had better hope that his beloved wife does NOT listen to this podcast
  • Cory discusses Snakes on a Plane
  • How were Sandman sales when it was a comic book?

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

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