Gordy Tells Justin Comics [Episode 36] : Occasional Fish Dicks w/ Mark Russell

Mark Russell, writer and visionary behind DC’s Prez, stops by this week to talk to G&J about everything from Cart Dracula (get ready for some big news, Drac Pack!) to Eagle Free and everything in between. Do we contemplate the fate of all mankind at some point? You know it. Plus, we get a little sample of Mark’s tasty Frankenberry fan fiction. You don’t wanna miss this one, Prez Head!

Apologies for the sporadic drops in sound quality. Skype was being a real sore ass that day.


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Gordy Tells Justin Comics [Ashcan 03] : Prophecy Boy, He’s a Power Man


In a throwback to shows of yore, Gordy downs a few Red Alerts(tm) and tells Justin all about one single comic. He manages to recall countless minute details, none of which help anyone to understand one thing about the plot or basic story elements. It’s dense, like a nice, thick cream. But if you’re as big a fan of fantasy tropes as G & J are, you might wanna grab your own proprietary beverage and give it a listen.


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Gordy Tells Justin Comics [Episode 35] : Halloween Jammers 2015


Happy Post-Halloween! OooOOooOOoooh! In this spooktastic eppy, Gordy continues his downward spiral into insanity by trying to convince Bergo that the Flash is real. Not spooky enough for you?! OK, well how about Apocalypse versus Dracula?! How about porno zombies?! How about Supergods?!?! Something in there is bound to make you wet your trousers, so just go listen to it already.

“No one wants to see the Flash walk and talk. They wanna see him run and scream.”

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Moldoff on my Mind


You probably don’t know who Sheldon Moldoff is, but I think about him a lot. Shelly — as I like to imagine his friends called him — started working as an artist for DC comics when he was 17, during the great depression. Seventeen! In those early days, DC was comprised of two kinds of people: rich, cigar-chomping sociopaths (executives) and poor-but-earnest rumble-toughs just looking to get by (creatives). There were exceptions to be sure, but the exceptions proved the rule.

Back then you only worked as a comic artist because no other respectable industry would hire you. Can’t get a job as an ad man? Cool, fuck off and go a draw a Hawk guy for kids and simpletons for a tenth of the pay, which is what Sheldon did. And he did it well.

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Sheldon had his hands in everything at DC in those early years. He drew the cover art for the first appearances of the Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder-Woman. He had a one-page insert comic that appeared in Action Comics #1, right beside the first appearance of Superman. He was given control over the Hawkman book, where he introduced Hawkgirl to the world. He was everywhere.

Eventually, he was secretly hired as one of Bob Kane’s ghost artists, where he would go on to create a slew of bat-characters that survive to this day. Mr. Freeze, Batgirl, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Lord Death-Man, Clayface, Ace the Bathound – the list goes on and on. Officially, Bob Kane was given credit for breathing life into all these kooky kats, but he had virtually nothing to do with any of them. And Shelly was, as far as we know, totally cool with this arrangement. We know he wasn’t in it for the fame because there was no real fame associated with comics at the time. Eventually we’d get a tiny handful of corporate figureheads like Stan Lee or Bob Kane, but even that wouldn’t come until the 60s. Kane told him that as long as he kept his mouth shut, he’d have steady, paying work on the regular. For a depression kid, that probably sounded like a pretty sweet deal.

And unlike most everything else that came out of Kane’s mouth, this was true. He paid Shelly (very little) for fourteen years, taking credit for his work the entire time.

At one point in the 50s, Shelly was drawing at least 350 pages per year, and that estimate is probably on the low end. That’s a fucking insane number by any standard. He was doing all of Kane’s work, plus a slew of other personal projects that never quite took off in the way Batman did. By the late 1960s, DC was throwing the golden age creators overboard in favor of an up-and-coming pool of young talent, and ol’ Shelly got the boot. He went into animation for a spell, created promotional comics for restaurant chains and the Atlanta Braves, worked the convention scene, and then he died.


There were a lot of unsung heroes in those early days of comics, and a lot of very public villains disguised as heroes. Shelly stands out for the sheer number of enduring characters that he introduced, but the broad strokes of his professional life story were common as sin. Hell, a lot of the shit he had to deal with still goes on at Marvel and DC to this day.

So, why do I think of him so much? Why does any of this matter?

I dunno, maybe it doesn’t. Shelly took a job, eyes wide open, and cashed his checks. End of story. I guess I just love the idea of Shelly as the underdog. Bob Kane will be remembered for a mountain of timeless work he never actually created. Shelly will be lost forever in the garbage heaps of Limbo. But he got the job done before he vanished into the ether and we’re all better off for it.

He’ll never get the credit that he deserves, and that’s a goddamn tragedy. But the moral of Shelly’s story isn’t as depressing as it may seem. The fact that Sheldon spent his professional life hunched over a drawing table for pennies while Bob Kane took the credit for his creations proved that the craft was more important than the money. And those creations will keep living well past our own expiration dates.

I don’t want to put words into the guy’s mouth, but the fact that today’s comic book pages are filled with the same Bats and Hawks that Shelly birthed from those well-worn fingers is probably closer to immortality than you or I will ever achieve. Sheldon’s kids aren’t even human, and they’ve achieved immortality.

What have your shitty kids done?

Panel of the Week – Bananas, Bullets, and (Panda) Bears

Every Wednesday, GeekParty highlights the week’s best comic book panels. Last week, pandas were sad. This week, they took a level in badass.

Pandas are a strange and mysterious creature. For years, researchers believed that they weren’t actually bears. They have terrible taste in food, they hate having sex, and they’ll probably drive themselves into extinction.

They’re pretty great in comic books, though.

From pandas to puns, this is Panel of the Week! [Read more…]

Panel of the Week – Planes, Trains, and Freakishly Large Kaiju

Every Wednesday, GeekParty highlights the week’s best comic book panels. Last week, was all about science. This week, Kaiju have been eating their Wheaties.

There are certain things that will always get me to the comic shop. Batman. Grant Morrison. James Stokoe drawing Godzilla.

From hungry heroes to sad pandas, this is Panel of the Week! [Read more…]

Gordy Tells Justin Comics [Episode 32] : GTJC@SDCC 2015


Gordy made the journey to the San Diego Comic-Con this year and has a couple of things to say about it. Justin spent most of the weekend in a literal closet, but that seemed pretty cool too, so they also talk about that. Wanna know if Gordy found someone wearing his Beast hat at the con? How many cigarettes did he smoke with the drunk blue guy? Was he under surveillance by SCOOPS the entire time?! Likely. Was he under the surveillance of Jesus Christ as well?! Most assuredly.

PLUS! Guinan isn’t who we thought she was, hologram cowboy games, Gordy nearly gets impractically joked upon, the Cross-Fit/Hawkman experience, and hot tips for sneaking into conventions. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for Gordy’s random guy interview and clips from the Grant Morrison Multiversity panel Q&A session!

DOUBLE PLUS! HUGE thanks to Jonathan Hennessey for hooking Gordy up with the con pass. Be sure to check out his comic book epic Epochalypse, now out in trade form on Amazon, Comixology, and/or your local comic book store!

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Panel of the Week – Science, Science, and More Science – GeekParty

Every Wednesday, GeekParty highlights the week’s best comic book panels. Last week, we had magic. This week, we’ve got science.

We had a busy week of podcasting, but we can always make time for comics.

From to pickpockets to poodle punting, this is Panel of the Week! [Read more…]

Panel of the Week – Hondas, Hall Passes, and Hawkman

Every Wednesday, GeekParty highlights the week’s best comic book panels. Last week, we advocated for mustaches. This week, we’re speaking out on behalf of ninjas.

While some people like to spend the Fourth of July setting off fireworks, we here at GeekParty prefer to sit down with some comic books. Superheroes will always be the best way to celebrate Independence Day.

From senior citizens to giant diaper babies, this is Panel of the Week!

Life is better when you have a cyclops for a landlady.potw angel and faithImage Source: Angel and Faith #16 by Dark Horse Comics. Art by Cliff Richards.

Bizarro am not best shopping buddy.bizarroBizarro #2 by DC Comics. Art by Gustavo Duarte.

Geez, Hulk! What did Honda Civics ever do to you?secret warsImage Source: Secret Wars#4 by Marvel Comics. Art by Esad Ribic.

Even the infernal master hasn’t cracked male pattern baldness. jupiters circleImage Source: Jupiter’s Circle #4 by Image Comics. Art by Wilfredo Torres.

A ninja is always prepared.potw xo manowarImage Source: X-O Manowar #38 by Valiant Entertainment. Art by Rafa Sandoval.

You wouldn’t like me when I have to pee.giant size marvelGiant Size Little Marvel AvX #2 by Marvel Comics. Art by Skottie Young.

Man, Hawkman is a tough nut to crack.batmiteBat-Mite #2 by DC Comics. Art by Corin Howell.

Now this is the Avengers sequel I want to see. squirrel girlUnbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 by Marvel Comics. Art by Erica Henderson.

Panel of the Week – Murder, Mustaches, and Mutants

Panel-DaredevilHeaderEvery Wednesday, GeekParty highlights the week’s best comic book panels. Last week, Martians piloted airplans. This week, ants are piloting sugar cubes.

Marvel announced their post Secret Wars line-up, and it’s kind of overwhelming. I’m not opposed to changes, but a new Hulk? A new Star-Lord? It’s a little too much at once. I mean, I’m still adjusting to the new Batman.

Still, as long as I can keep buying comics drawn by the likes of Chris Burnham and Chris Samnee, I think I can deal.

From Kirby to card games, this is Panel of the Week! [Read more…]