Kray Z Comics and Stories 553: Dead Comics Universes Part 1

Overstreet has put out a guide to “dead universes”, super hero universes that have been discontinued. Joe and Cory!! have read a LOT of these comics, and will discuss them. They discuss their origins, the reason they didn’t accept and if they are worth hunting down. The companies discussed are:

  • Atlas/Seaboard
  • Charlton
  • Dark Horse: Comics Greatest World
  • Continuity Comics
  • CrossGen

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 552: Kray Went To Hawai’i To Find Comics

That’s right, co-host Joe “Kray Z” Rider took his lovely bride to Hawai’i and he regales us with stories of the things he did, the comic shops he went to, and much, much more.
Co-host Cory!! Strode stands on the sidelines and mostly takes the week off.
Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 551: Previews March 2022

It is time for the monthly trip through upcoming comics as Joe and Cory!! go through Previews, the monthly magazine of upcoming comics. They go through the catalog to point out the NEW series, trade paperback and collections they are either buying or thinking you would be interested in. These episodes are usually longer than normal, but this month’s is HUGE with Joe excited about his upcoming vacation and Cory!! being filled to the brim with pointless comic book history.

They also discuss:

  • Joe and Cory!! want a special cover for a comic for the podcast!
  • Cory!! is the one who drags the show off onto tangents about comics history and other stuff
  • Wait, Wolverine’s comic was almost canceled in 1990?
  • Why DC’s 52 series was one of the last great things DC did in Cory!!’s mind.
  • The backstory of why Captain America 300 was changed at the last minute
  • Memories of crappy knockoff toys as a child.

All of this, three times the shenanigans, and much, much more!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 550: Geeking Day 2022 Part 3

It’s the final part of the Surprise Geek Day back in February where Joe and Cory!! drive around the Twin Cities to find comics and books! There is SOME comic talk, but but for the most part, it’s just two old pals driving around on a snowy day chatting away. They discuss things like:

What Joe bought at the Source
Back issues at different shops
Buying Magic and Pokemon cards from distributors
Buying cars?
Adult comics
CORY!! DIDN’T DO HIS OLD INNUENDO JOKE!
Why you should write up reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for the books you read!

All of this, different shenanigans and much, much more!!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 549: To Slab or Not To Slab

One of the longest running debates in comics has always been about Grading. From the early days of no one having the same descriptions for each grade, to now it being controlled by companies that will “slab” your comics in plkastic after giving them a professional examination, it’s been a long, wild ride. Joe and Cory!! are here to break it all down, give the history and help you decide if you need to slab that issue of US One #6 or whatever it is has gone nuts this week.

They also discuss:

  • Sick days!
  • How Cory!! learned the term “Raw comics”
  • The history of comics grading
  • What shops do with comics that come from the distributor damaged.
  • Comic Restoration going from normal, to forbidden to normal again
  • Signatures on comics

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 548: February Preview 2022

It’s late, but it’s still extra super sized as Joe and Cory!! go through Previews, the catalog for comics coming out in May of 2022.They discuss the books that are all new, collected editions of things that have they think you will like.

Be there, aloha!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 547: Geeking Day 2022 2: Electric Boogaloo

The recording Joe and Cory!! did for this week got lost in the internet ether, so they will going through Previews NEXT week. This week, we get the second part of the Surprise Geek Day! This is right after they left Taco Bell and they head to other comic shops like The College of Comic Book Knowledge, The Electric Fetus, the Source and more!

  • Joe and Cory!! discuss race and hiring practices.
  • This moves into talking about different shops they want to hit and why
  • Should the X-Files keep going?
  • They discuss the books from The College of Comic Book Knowledge
  • Memories of used record stores
  • Discussions of recent comics and comics news

All of this, Joe’s angry driving and endless nerdy talk as you ride along with these two knuckheads!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 544: Geeking Day 2022

Why is this episode 544 when the last episode was 546? Because Cory!! is a doofus who skipped 544. He’s a mess, ladies and gentlemen. He also had a surprise day off during the week when Joe had a day off, so they piled into a car and went to all the comic shops they could squeeze into a single day! This discussion includes:

  • Comics in a investor bubble
  • Books that will be scarce.
  • They discuss shops they would have gone to if the weather wasn’t going to turn on them during the day
  • Memories of Antiques Minnesota
  • What are comics buyer’s clubs?
  • The garage comic shop Cory found in Canton Illinois
  • Stores from the Juvenile Justice Group home Cory!! used to work at

All of this, Joe’s road rage, and much, much more!

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 546: Comics News and Stories

It’s been a while since we just talked comics, and Krayz Joe Rider has a list of topics that are worth discussing but not long enough for an entire episode. It also allows the discussion to wander afield, go down rabbit holes, and show all of the weird connections Cory!! makes about things. So, this week, they discuss:

  • Joe will be headed to Mankado for a store signing at Pulp comics. He won’t be signing, but I would imagine if you wanted him to sign stuff, he would.
  • Uncle Hugo’s SF bookstore in Minneapolis has found a new location and will be rising from the ashes.
  • The comic Marry Me being turned into a movie.
  • Cory!! talks about other podcasts he listens to.
  • They discuss the passing of writer/editor Bryan Augustyn.
  • The Image Timeline comic
  • Why they watch stupid stuff on YouTube
  • The way fans reject books because they don’t know the creators.
  • Shipping delays because of weather and angry Canadians.

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

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Kray Z Comics and Stories 545: January 2022 reviews

It’s another week where Cory!! and Joe read a bunch of comics, and they are going to review them for you! The scale is “Buy, Borrow, or Ignore”, and we read them to let them know if you should. They review:

Putting Butter on a Pop Tart

Irredeemable – Boom

Batman: The Knight – DC

The Dreaming – DC

Peacemaker One Shot – DC

Top Ten – America’s Best Comics

Silver City – Aftershock

S. O. S. – Fantagraphics

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man – Marvel

Silver Surfer Rebirth – Marvel

Cory!! goes down the peanut butter rabbit hole

Won’t they ever shut the hell up about the weather?

They also have an obituary for the artist of https://falsepositivecomic.com/comic/specimen-page-1/ by Patrick McAvoy.

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