Solitaire Rose Series In Review: Master of Kung Fu Part 2

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. And yes, Cory!! has a VERY strong opinion on the issue that was inked by Vince Colletta. This is the first part of the review of the 70’s Marvel series Master of Kung Fu covering:

Giant Size Master of Kung Fu 2 – 4

Master of Kung Fu 23 – 28

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 293: Reviews, Reviews, Relubes

Comic reviews! Cory and Joe talk about a batch of comics they have been reading.

Joe discusses comics he picked up at Blizzard World by Leo Winsteadm, a comic called “Moving Bodies” and others by Chance Wyatt, comics from Clara Meath, New Avengers by Bendis Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Maximum Security, and Wolfman and Perez’s New Teen Titans.

Cory!! discusses the 2000 AD 40th Anniversary special, The Wildstorm #1, Doctor Strange Monsters Unleashed, Fantastic Four by Hickman Omnibus Vol 1, Mighty Thor #5 – 10, and Cerebus in Hell.

https://www.lswinstead.com/

http://chancewyatt.com/ChanceWyatt.com/ChanceWyatt.com.html

They also discuss how best to mail comics and a 55 gallon drum of lube.

DON’T JUDGE US!

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 292: Lack Of A Blizzard Con

Joe went to BlizzardCon and Cory!! went to work, and Joe has a report from the show. They also talk about small dealer conventions and the difference between them and bigger conventions. Joe also talks about things he did to promote his shop at a convention as well as if comic shops should compete or cooperate. This leads to a discussion of Marvel discussing price points at ComicsPro and what the cost of comics means for a comic shop’s success. They also discuss:

  • They skipped going to Smackdown Live to record, which leads Cory!! to talk about going to TV tapings for WWE and other companies
  • We have a scoop for when the MCBA’s FallCon will be!
  • Cory!!’s growing Omnibus addiction
  • Joe finds obscure comics and throws them onto eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/Krayz-Comics-And-Stuff
  • Cory!! spills the beans on how Shinders finally got involved in the MCBA Conventions
  • What was the comic that Warren Ellis and George Perez did that no one bought?

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 291: Image Turns 25

25 years ago, Image comics was born! Cory!! and Joe decide to talk about Imagine, going from where it came from, what the early days were like, how they sold in comic shops (and who they sold to) and how they were involved in the infamous boom of the 90’s! They also discuss the people involved at the beginning, when the company’s sales collapsed and how they dealt with in and how it became the company we know it as today.

  • Joe and Cory!! Review the graphic novel Control by Andy Diggle and Angela Cruickshank
  • Lot’s of stuff here! But, that’s not all, they also discuss:
  • A listener who got one of Joe’s (Joe did it, not Cory!!) obscure references a few episode ago
  • How the Chicago Comic Con went from the #2 convention in the US to an afterthought.
  • Burger King and Tim Horton’s bought Popeye’s chicken, which leads them to discuss fast foods that Joe has eaten and why Canada is mourning
  • The Story by Moench and Gulacy that Cory!! Referenced is in Eerie 109 – 111, reprinted in Eerie Archives Volume 23

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 290: State of the Spider-Man

What do Cory!! and Joe believer in? George Burns? Joe Pesci? George Carlin? No, SPIDER-MAN!

The team goes over the state of the current Spider-Man books. What’s working? What’s not working? What do they like? HOW MANY DAMN BOOKS ARE THEY GOING TO PUT OUT? They discuss everything Spider-Man related. They also discuss:

  • They bring back American Food: Horrible foods that you can get in America
  • Should two super-heroes have the same name?
  • Should Spider-Man be in the Avengers?
  • What the hell is a Mopee?
  • Why don’t people buy cheap comics?

All of this, freaking and geeking and the usual much, much more!

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Bad Advice with Wolfie and Cory!! #1!

It’s a sneak preview of a NEW podcast from the Solitaire Rose Network.  Wolfie B Bad and your charming and delightful old Uncle Rat Bastard, Cory!! Strode give YOU Bad Advice!  The show will be showing up over at http://www.badadvice.solitairerose.com/ next week, but you can get the first episode right here a week early!

 

 

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Solo Joe 4

Part two of Joe’s interview with his old comic shop partner Pat Gruber!

When we last left our heroes, they were just on the cusp of taking over Hot Comics! Hear their tales of that first week:

*When Superman died! (He got better!)
*NO CAKE FOR PAT (and is he bitter about that!)
*Trials and Tribulations (like an extended Tales from the Shop!)
*The St. Louis Capital City Retailer Summit!

But it’s not all fun and games (actually, no games!) Find out why Pat left Hot Comics after only two years and how Joe became its sole owner!

After Pat’s and Joe’s rememberies, listen in as they talk about why they are or have paired down their comic collections!

Be sure to listen after the end for not one, but TWO bonus clips!
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Kray Z Comics and Stories 289: Honeycomb’s Big, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

It’s all comics talk! Old school rules as Cory!! and Joe talk funny books! Joe read a bunch of comics and he and Cory!! talk about them, including what the industry was like when they were published. They also discuss:

  • The differing theories of the creation of Spider-Man
  • Archie digests
  • Byrne’s run on Alpha Flight
  • The last two issues of Kamandi, now available for the first time!
  • A chat about Warren Magazines in 1980
  • Why didn’t the Eternals become a big hit?
  • Why some stories work well as comics and why some genres just don’t work as comics

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 288: Incredible Kray Monkeys

Ads in comic books! No, not the ad for the World Wide News book by Cory!! you can get from lordshadowflame@gmail.com for $10, but the ones in comics!  Were they all just ads for crap? OF COURSE THEY WERE! Joe and Cory!! discuss the ads in comics, things they mailed away for, What did Joe mail away for? Why did Joe’s Sea Monkeys never come to life? There are all sorts of things they talk about when it comes to comic book ads.

They review the first trade paperback of Scooby Apocalypse as the reviews return!

They also discuss:

  • Cory!! gives more origin stories of the MCBA ComiCons
  • How the creators behind “Omaha The Cat Dancer” would make money when comic sales weren’t doing that well.
  • A friend who as addicted to the crap you could to mail away for from comics
  • Squirrel monkeys, IN THE MAIL!
  • Wolfman Jack!
  • The comic book contests and why we don’t know who won them
  • Marvel Mart
  • Bernie Wrightson has retired
  • Dan Spiegle passed away

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

OH, AND SOMEONE DID A REVIEW OF CORY!!’S BOOK!  WOO-HOOO!!!

 

 

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 287: Tales From The Kray

Joe is back and he’s not apologetic…so will he stay on the show? WE’LL SEE!

We run an ad from a new sponsor!

No, not the World Wide News book you can get from lordshadowflame@gmail.com for $10, but Hot Comics West and East from the 90’s!

Joe discusses advertising, and solicitation businesses get for ads and other things. Cory!! and Joe go over the ads he ran, different places he ran ads and how to bring in new customers to your comic shop. They also discuss some of the recent news about digital comics and raising prices at Marvel and DC. They also discuss:

  • Buying Back Issue Comics by the pound
  • Hulk Hogan selling comics?
  • Who are the people who walk the streets in suits selling stuff?
  • The easiest touch for sales
  • Cory!! looking for a job when he first got to Minneapolis
  • The Fuller Brush Man

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

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