Monday, June 02, 2014

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XX

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XX

This time around we chat about WHO'S WHO: Volume XX, discussing characters such as Sandman, Sargon The Sorcerer, Saturn Girl, Scarecrow, Sgt. Rock, Shade The Changing Man, and more! We wrap up the show with Listener Feedback!

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12 comments:

Xum Yukinori said...

FYI, gentlemen, Dave Gibbons drew a tiny Aquaman battling the Shark as part of a "Shark history montage" on page 17 of Green Lantern #175 -- but the scene on the Who's Who page is much better.

Best,
Xum

Xum Yukinori said...

Also, excellent decision on the episode numbering going forward--as we will all know what issue you are actually covering by the episode number. (We are not all "The Puzzler"...)

Best,
Xum

Xum Yukinori said...

Oh, there is also more Dave Gibbons Aquaman in the Justice League of America edition of the Monopoly board game. Like the framing sequence of the "World's Funnest" book Rob had mentioned, the entire game features Dave Gibbons' renditions of the original seven JLA members throughout.

Shag knows all about it, of course:
http://onceuponageek.com/2009/10/19/justice-league-of-america-monopoly-1999/

Best,
Xum

Diabolu Frank said...

Say, Xum? That's Eduardo Barreto on the board game. He was the main Martian Manhunter artist for much of the '90s.

Xum Yukinori said...

Oh, it was Mr. Barreto. The rendition of Green Lantern was so similar to Gibbons' work in the 1980s that I thought it was Gibbons. I didn't read the Martian Manhunter book, but now that I've looked through some old Barreto Teen Titans comics, I definitely see that I was wrong. Thank you Diabolu Frank for setting me straight.

So I suppose GL 175 is the only other Gibbons Aquaman besides the Who's Who Shark entry and World's Funnest... so far.

Best,
Xum

rob! said...

Now I have go track down GL #175! Thanks Xum!

Count Drunkula said...

It's on ComiXology for $1.99.

Alexander Osias said...

Who's Who really takes me back to a time in my life that was life-changing: when I moved from the Philippines to the U.S. (and ended up staying there for over 9 years).

Comics fandom was a big part of my coping mechanism with this move, and I enjoy agreeing, disagreeing or learning about stuff from your podcast AND the rest of the community tied to it.

Keep up the great work!

Alexander Osias said...

By the way, I'm intrigued by the theory that Who's Who somehow boosted or doomed various characters based on their entries.

Let me try to dredge up my own reactions along those lines on the latest issue:

Rubberduck -- was already a Zoo Crew fan at this time, and always wanted more. Sadly, we didn't get more.

Ryand'r -- a half-page? Really? To be honest, I was very intrigued by the Omega Men due to: 1) the name; 2) Marv Wolfman's involvement; 3) a kickass pic of the team as an ad. But it seems that whenever I picked up an issue, I never bought it.

Sabbac -- trying to beef up the villain team of the Big Red Cheese, because he was being folded into the DC Universe... but this pic only made me think of an evil monk (Gargamel, is that you?)

The Sandmen -- both sparked my interest, but my only familiarity at the time was with the red & yellow one. Trippy comics in the barber shop that kinda freaked me out as a kid. The original one struck me as cooler, though. And somehow scarier.

Xum Yukinori said...

Rob, Now that I am back from Japan, I can pull the issue from my longbox and send you a scan oc the panel (though my scanner is a bit old...)

Best,
Xum

C C Franklin said...

In case anyone is interested, Rob’s guest spot on Super Mates is now available to download:

http://supermatescomic.blogspot.com/

Chris

Harlan Freilicher said...

I've got an idea for an awesome new DC title that unfortunately should've been pitched back in the 80's or 90's. Inspired by some of the lesser lights (okay, total duds) we've seen in Who's Who, I give you the super-team title that should have been:

The Disposables!

Obviously that's just the book's title; the team would need a different name inside the comic, like the Danger Guard or something. But I'm talking about a team made up entirely of characters who could die without really being missed by the readers. And die they would. That would be the hook to keep bringing the readers back: At least one team member would die in every issue. No telling who, or at what point in the book (sometimes it would be on the first page). The key would be to get a writer who could consistently come up with creative and violent deaths, but who either had no interest in or no talent for characterization. I'm sure a few names will come to your minds. After all, the last thing we'd want is for somebody to find an angle to make these characters compelling; that would spoil our enjoyment of watching them die.

As for the roster, Northwind is a no-brainer. So is Ryand'r, Prince Ra-Man, and every member of the Forever People. Quislet travels to the past so we can watch it buy the farm. Likewise, Flying Fox from Young All-Stars travels forward in time, or just ages slowly, or whatever. We're going to need a big list of recruits if we want to keep the body count rising, so I'll throw the floor open for suggestions.