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Solitaire Rose Series In Review 4: Master of Kung Fu Part 3

Cory!! Strode and Joe”Kray Z” Rider start a new series of podcasts where Cory!! goes over series from the past in a “DVD Commentary” type fashion to talk about the comics, their place in comics history and why they are worth reading.

Master of Kung Fu was a series about Shang Chi, the son of Fu Manchu, and the rising and advancing of his spirit. It started as a martial arts series that played off of the interest in martial arts movies, but eventually became one of Marvel’s most acclaimed books in the 70’s and is considered a classic today.

In this episodes, they discuss the new direction from when Master of Kung Fu shifted from being primarily a martial arts series to an espionage series. They cover issues:

Master of Kung Fu 29 – 37

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 320: DC Dream Teams Part 1

Joe and Cory discuss Len Wein’s passing and his out sized impact on comics. They discuss his creator credits, his time in the editorial chair and other things about his life. Len Wein created Wolverine, Swamp Thing, The New X-Men, and many more characters and stories.

They Review Dynamite’s John Carter: The End trade paperback

Then, they get into the theme of the episode, DC Dream Teams. A few weeks ago, they did Marvel dream teams, dream teams to create comics even if the creators don’t work together, don’t work on mainstream comics or can’t do a book monthly…these are DREAMS!!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 319: METAL!!

It’s been a few weeks of special shows, but Joe wants to do a normal episode! The bad thing is that there is never EVER a normal episode! Joe talks about comic shops he visited while he was away:

Rogue Robot – Duluth MN

Collector Collection – Duluth MN

And because our comics showed up last week, we talk about five things from Previews we are excited about, and 5 things we bought last month that we loved.

There’s also a review of Action Lab’s Spencer and Locke.

We also discuss:

  • The Air Pirates underground comix
  • The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis and will affect Joe’s job
  • Cory!! and Joe’s vacations
  • Why there are no current CrossGen books
  • The new Professor Elemental CD: https://www.professorelemental.com/downloads-cds

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 318: Kray Z Panels and Pizza

The host of Panels and Pizza, Adam Vermillion is is sitting in for Joe in the first part of the Big Summer Crossover! It’s starts here and concludes on Panels and Pizza on Wednesday!  They sit down at Red’s Savoy Pizza in Edina MN to talk about comics, the local Minneapolis/St. Paul comics scene, making podcasts and comics.  LOTS of comics!

Now, you’ll want to head over to Adam’s Panels and Pizza podcast for Part 2, as well as his interviews with Minnesota comic book creators at:

http://www.fancypantsgangsters.com/show-category/pnp/

We discuss

  • The New Comic Book Day comedy show in Minneapolis
  • They discuss Adam’s upcoming move to Iowa
  • They discuss comics sales figures, so Cory!! wonders if conventions are doing anything to help comics sales
  • They discuss the recent convention in Albert Lea MN and how the people involved pulled off a first time convention in a small town
  • How TV commercials got Adam to read comic books

All of this, all NEW shenanigans and the proverbial much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 317: Jack Kirby Turns 100

It’s a special episode about Jack “King” Kirby on the occasion of his 100th birthday! Joe and Cory!! mark the occasion by spending the entire episode discussion the work, legacy and stories of The King of Comics!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 316: Previews for October 2017 or Chade the Shading Man!

There’s a tornado warning as they record, but Joe and Cory!! still have to record a podcast because they love you so much! And, Cory!! is obsessive about making sure that there is a new episode every Monday. They go through Previews to talk abut what is coming out in October. This means they will discuss different comics they are excited about or recommend for YOU, the listener.

  • They discuss Marathon bars. The old version and the new version. And the ads for candy bars in comics in the 70’s. I think Joe and Cory!! were hungry.
  • Is it worth riding in a car with Cory!!
  • Sears and other catalogs
  • Cory!! fills us in on the movie Shanty Tramp
  • A discussion of the official MAD knockoff
  • Cory!! explains why the New Teen Titans fell apart in the late 80’s.
  • How many times will they try to make Zen the Intergalactic Ninja happen?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 315: Disney Will Keep Publishing Marvel Comics, People!

Joe and Cory!! discuss the article “Will Disney Stop Publishing Marvel Comics”. Wat do they think? YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO FIND OUT!!!

They also discuss:

  • Joe and Cory!! discuss the article “Will Disney Stop Publishing Marvel Comics”. Wat do they think? YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO FIND OUT!!!
  • They also discuss:
  • Cory!! is older than he’s ever been and it’s time for Joe to point that out.
  • Wasabi Doritos
  • Why other companies publish Disney books
  • How Marvel’s business plan never loses money
  • How the Guardians of the Galaxy movies show Marvel will never stop making comics
  • Why did Disney buy Marvel?
  • Cory!! is mad about the people who blame young women about the current state of comics
  • Joe discusses recent comics that have shot up in value
  • The black and white bust of the 1980’s.
  • Disney v Netflix
  • More info on cable TV than you would ever want.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 314: Marvel Dream Teams Part 2

Joe and Cory!! are joined by Dan Mohr and his cast of characters. All for the second part of Dream Teams for Marvel!

Dream Teams! As long as the person is alive and still working in comics, they are fair game!  Remember, it’s FANTASY, so you can add Art Adams to a monthly book if you want.  Just one book per person, ok?  No putting George Perez on every team book. The books they cover this episode are:

  1. Black Panther
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Luke Cage
  4. Iron Fist
  5. Fantastic Four
  6. Deadpool
  7. Punisher
  8. Defenders
  9. Iron Man
  10. Captain Marvel
  11. Champions
  12. Marvel Comics Presents

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

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Solitaire Rose Radio 70: Favorite Jack Kirby Inkers with Patrick McEvoy

Patrick McEvoy has been on the show more than any other guest, is a huge Jack Kirby fan and a fantastic artist in his own right!  http://www.megaflowgraphics.com/

Before we get into who our favorite Jack Kirby inkers are, we discuss comic book inking, with Patrick letting us know where the art form came from, how it had changed over the years and how it is done in the modern era.  Then, they talk about their five favorite Kirby inkers, and not to spoil anything, but ONE of them lists Vince Colletta.  You can also look at how different inkers work on the pencils of Kirby with some great examples at whatifkirby.com

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 313: Kray’s Got Bees

Joe has an infestation at his house. Bunnies, dogs and bees. Or wasps. Or bees. Probably bees.

So, to get away from these infestations, he and Cory!! went on a geek day of hitting a bunch of comics shops in the Twin Cities! They also discuss if the TSA is confiscating people’s comic books and other Sandy Eggo news.

The shops they hit are:

We’ve got the freaking and geeking stuff, lots of comic talk and the ever present much, much more!

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