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Kray Z Comics and Stories 37: Back Issue Follies

Joe starts complaining during the introduction and doesn’t stop! He’s upset we aren’t weekly, he’s upset that Cory wants to give the name of the podcast, upset that he can’t stop talking about the SpringCon here in Minnesota! After our plugs for and (use the code Krayz to save $20 on your new website!), we talk about the sale of Amazing Fantasy #15 and the heartbreak of slabbing books.

This leads to a discussion of grading comics, with stories of Cory’s time at Shinder’s, Joe talks about a comic he had that turned from rare to crap after being slabbed and we discuss a comic collector/dealer who has one of the most impressive comics collections around. And of course, any story about working at Shinder’s is a story about selling pr0n. But we digress, as we always do. Did you notice we forgot about naming the crickets? And we haven’t sent out the prize for admitting you read Deathmate? Is that a gimmick we ALSO store from Wrestlecrap radio?

We go back to talking about buying comics from customers at Shinder’s, which Joe derails by talking about Facebook. We’ve GOT to get him out of Barrow, Alaska and back to civilization. We then launch into a WHOLE BUNCH of Tales From The Shop, including:

-Cory buying a huge Silver Age collection for pennies on the dollar for Shinder’s

-Joe’s first big buy that started him as a “weekend warrior” buying and selling back issues at conventions

-Joe’s mom breaking copyright laws. Whoops…better hide that from the Lawyers.

-The kind of stuff people would bring into the shop for Joe to buy in the 90’s.

-How Joe got free comics for NOT buying a run of Justice League

-How Cory bought a nearly complete collection of Warren Magazines because a shop owner couldn’t care less about them

-How Joe would get great back issues by not doing anything

-How Cory started doing packs of comic book runs (and we have an appearance of Censor Cat)

-Why the new shop didn’t have back issues, and the state of buying and selling back issues in the current market

All this and the usual shenanigans!


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Kray Z Comics and Stores 36: Doubly Dangerous

We begin the show with Cory complaining about his horrible haircut, which is what you are looking for in a comic book podcast. We then discuss our wonderful sponsors and (where you get $20 off setting up your website if you use the code Krayz), and wonder if it’s legal for cigarettes to sponsor a podcast. We also talk about the upcoming 2 day Minnesota Comic Con and the stuff we will be doing there. We also go into the news that San Diego Comic Con sold out so fast that most people can’t get in. What in the world should they do? Joe and Cory BOTH have ideas.

Oddly enough, this leads to a discussion of marshmallow microwave popcorn. Really!

Eventually, they DO start discussing comics, with Joe talking about what he’s reading up in Alaska, and Cory!! talks about the difference between DC horror books from the Silver Age and Marvel Monster books from the Silver Age (he even says good things about Don Heck!). They discuss a few other books they’ve been reading, but when they get to the Batman TV being re-run on a cable channel and it leads to declarations of love for Julie Newmar! It also leads to a discussion about wanting super-heroes who are actually heroic instead of just fighting crime, but are just as bad as the criminals they fight.

We have a lot of “Tales From The Shop” as we talk about the end of a local comic shop, what they did wrong, and how comic shops close down from Joe’s perspective. It also bring in discussing overall comics sales, the issues with orders and distributor issues, which Joe and Cory know a lot about.  This leads to a LONG discussion on the mechanics involved in shutting down a comic shop.  All this and more in a Super-Sized Episode!


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Kray Z Comics and Stories 35: Dwayne McDuffie

We start the episode with a brief discussion of the weather before we plow right into Comics! Cory talks about the DVD he purchased that has every Star Trek comic from 1967 to 2002, which oddly enough leads to a discussion of the genesis of “Cowboys and Aliens”. If you know how Joe got to THAT trade paperback from a discussion of the Star Trek comics, please let us know at our phone number: (952) 856-0519

We then talk about the DVD some more, and this leads to a discussion of the inter-company crossovers of the 90s like Star Trek meets the X-Men, Archie Meets the Punisher, Total Eclipse and the big DC vs Marvel miniseries. Oddly enough, there is a Jay Leno story in the middle of all of this. Again, don’t ask me how…

We do our regular plugs for: (use the code Krayz for a $20 discount)

and the SpingCon:

The show then gets serious as we discuss the life and career of writer Dwayne McDuffie who passed away last week until the end of the episode.

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