Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Uncle Scrooge in Christmas on Bear Mountain

Welcome to the 2020 Christmas Episode of KSCGSF, thank you for joining me on this holiday episode. This time out we’re going to take a journey back to 1947 and look at a legendary and very important comic story, Christmas on Bear Mountain written and drawn by Carl Barks, which has the distinction of being the debut of his creation Scrooge McDuck.

The episode can be streamed through Apple Podcasts, or downloaded directly here: Uncle Scrooge in Christmas on Bear Mountain

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mas.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

KSCGSF December 2020 Intro - Let's Get Ready to Ramble

This is a sort of catch all episode. My Comic Book Origin revisited. What I've sorta been doing during the pandemic. Marvel & DC current publishing stuff. What I love. What's in store (hopefully for the rest of December). Stay safe and wear a mask!


You can listen to the rambling madness here: Dec 2020 Let's Get Ready to Ramble 

That Time I Contributed to the Outhousers Website for a Few Weeks

 As I was prepping to record a new show recently (say what now?!) I was looking for notes I knew I had made for really my gateway to the larger Marvel Universe and Jack Kirby's work, the 3rd book in the Marvel/Fireside Book collection (and my personal favorite), "Bring on the Bad Guys." And then I remembered why I had such extensive notes on it, I wrote an article on it 7 or 8 years ago, first for my Local Comic Shop, a combination coffee & comic shop appropriately named Cup O' Kryptonite. At the time I was living and working in Des Moines area, and my articles, or Retro Reviews as they were called, eventually got posted on the Outhousers Comic Website. These were the days of the New 52 launch, and the Outhousers site was getting ton of digital foot traffic due to their fantastic "How Long Has it Been Since DC Did Something Stupid" clock. 

My Local Shop owner, Matt, was a frequent contributor to the site, commenting on buying trends and general industry woes that he was experiencing as a small comic shop owner selling physical comics in an ever changing industry that was migrating more and more product to digital platforms (hey 7-8 years later, shop owners are still trying to deal with this, the more things change...). Anyway, in addition to writing for the Outhousers, he also put out a weekly newsletter/email to all of his pull list subscribers, highlighting what books were supposed to arrive this week, often spotlighting creator owned and Independent/creator own press books, and trying to get his readers to branch out and experience more of what the comics medium had to offer outside of just superheroes from Marvel and DC. And he was very successful at it! It was the peak of comic book reading, never had I been buying & reading more comics than I was during that fateful time (not having kids yet was a major contributor to the flexible time & money I had for such reading endeavors). The shop was fantastic, in fact, they got a 3rd place finish in DHP #10 Release Party, meaning I got a cover of Thomas Yeates' Tarzan variant cover for Dark Horse Presents #10, signed by Mike Richardson, for free! Sweet! (Richardson Comes to Your Store Finals)

Anyway, back to the weekly newsletter. Matt was constantly trying to get his readers to branch out to new stuff, but some people just love their superheroes, and weren't looking to venture into some of the deeper themed books available from Avatar, Image, Vertigo, etc. So with a growing number of customers who likewise had a growing amount of discontent for the material published by Marvel & DC, Matt was looking for something to re-engage those readers and keep their business. So I pitched him the idea of a retro review, where I write something each week to spotlight a classic run, that is available in trade or hardcover, that these discontented readers could dive into and enjoy in lieu of the monthly superhero offering from the Big 2 that no longer grabbed them. Thus Kyle's Retro Reviews were born. Matt went on to share these with his editor at The Outhousers, who in turn loved the idea, and thus, they soon popped up there as well! This was a short term thing, as that editor soon left the site, but those articles remain there for eternity to read, and thus, they are linked below!

I'll probably also take those and repost them here in their own subsequent posts, just as an archive of my writing from 2011-2013ish, should that site ever go down or choose to eliminate them. The Outhousers is already down from a no more new content since, their archive search feature is not great, so I'm already having issues locating all of the reviews of mine that they originally ran, so definitely some value added in making them their own posts. Anyway, here's what I could find. Enjoy!


Retro Review: Fireside Books-Bring on the Bad Guys

Retro Review: John Byrne's Fantastic Four

Retro Review: All-Star Comics

Retro Reviews: Busiek & Nord Conan Run

Friday, July 24, 2020

RCS Classics JSA, Animated Legion, New Gods, Composite Superman, Thor, Captain America and Invaders!

Oh my, I forgot to post the physical blog posting with episode links a month ago! These all got uploaded on Libsyn at the end of June, to fill up feed space & justify the monthly cost I pay at Libsyn to host the podcast. So jump in your time machine & head back to 2015 & 2016, to an era that seems like a lifetime ago & enjoy six "classic" episodes from the original run of the podcast.

First up was an episode that discussed the Golden Age All-Star Comics series, complete with me reading an introductory missive written by Roy Thomas, you can listen to that episode here: RCS Classic: JSA/All-Star Comics Intro (2015)

Next up is another episode from 2015, where I look at Adventures in the DC Universe #10, an often overlooked gem of series with comic adventures set in the then young DC Animated Universe. This particular issue was a Legion of Superheroes adventure that marked their debut into the DCAU. You can check it out here: RCS Classic: Adventures in the DCU #10 (2015)

Another episode covering a mid 90's DC book is this episode where I jump into New Gods #12, which marks a bold new direction for the series when John Byrne takes over both writing and art duties on the series. You can check it out here: RCS Classic: New Gods #12 (2015)

Next up, I re-uploaded an episode from 2016 where I took a look at World's Finest Comics #142, the debut of the Composite Superman, the bane of Shag Matthews and Rob Kelly's podcasting existence! You can check out my recap of that daring adventure of the Superman & Batman team here: RCS Classic: WF #142 Composite Superman! (2016)

Next up, was an episode where I shared my love for Kirby's Silver Age Thor work at Marvel, and give a rundown of the crazy web of Thor reprints in the Bronze Age. All that plus classic KISS God of Thunder goodness can tickle your eardrums here: RCS Classic: God of Thunder, King of Comics

And finally this time out, I had my 2015 4th of July Super Spectacular episode, an episode looking at one of my favorite Captain America issues of all-time, the mid-70's return of Jack Kirby to Marvel & the character he created 35 years earlier, Captain America #193 MADBOMB!!! In the episode I also tackle some classic issues of Invaders starring the British super-team the Crusaders, a team made of Golden Age Quality Comics Analogs, with a Nedor/Standard Fightin' Yank analog thrown in for good measure. You can catch of that Bronze Age flag-waving goodness here: RCS Classic: 4th of July Spectacular (2015)

Thank you very much for listening. Feeback for the podcast can be left here at the blog, by tweeting me @KyleBenning_Art, by leaving an iTunes review, or by visiting the King-Size Comics Giant-Size Fun Facebook page. This podcast is made for entertainment purposes only. All songs, sound clips, and characters discussed are copyright of their respective copyright holders, and no infringement is intended, so please don't sue me.




Thursday, May 28, 2020

KSCGSF Classic: The Team-Up Episodes Featuring Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Adam Strange, and More!


It's the end of the month of May, which means one thing, Kyle is rushing to upload old episodes to justify the cost he pays libsyn monthly to host the podcast! That means you get a load of episodes dropped at all once!

So jump in your time machine and head-back to some of the earliest days of the King-Size Comic Giant-Size Fun Podcast from back in 2015 and listen to the 3 "Team-Up" episodes I did with prominent members of the podcasting sphere. Included here are episodes I recorded with J David Weter, Alan Middleton, and Rob Kelly!

J David Weter and I sat down to discuss one of my all-time favorite comic stories, Jerry Ordway's Power of Shazam Graphic Novel. You can listen to that discussion here: KSCGSF Classic: Ordway's Power of Shazam with J David Weter

With Professor Alan, I sat down the glorious Super-Stars in Space #2, which reprinted classic Adam Strange, Hawkman, and other DC Silver Age Sci-Fi stories. Because I'm too lazy to edit a 5 year old episode, so you can even get a behind the scenes listen to our brief preamble. You can listen to that discussion here: KSCGSF Classic: DC Super-Stars of Space with Professor Alan

And with Rob Kelly I sat down to discuss the Gerry Conway penned Aquaman featured from DC's 5 Star Spectacular, as part of May 2015's Conway Crossover. Likewise, since I'm too lazy to edit a 5 year old episode, so you can even get a behind the scenes listen to Rob & I preamble in this one as well.You can listen to that discussion here: KSCGSF Classic: Aquaman Conway Crossover with Rob Kelly


Thank you very much for listening. Feedback for the podcast can be left at the blog kingsizecomicsgiantsizefun.blogspot.com, by tweeting me @KyleBenning_Art, by leaving an iTunes review, or by visiting the King-Size Comics Giant-Size Fun Facebook Page
This podcast is made for entertainment purposes only. All songs, sound clips, and characters discussed are copyright of their respective copyright holders, and no infringement is intended, so please don’t sue me.

KSCGSF Classic: 100 Page Super Spectaculars 101


Welcome to another episode of KSCGSF Classic, I am your host Kyle Benning, and this time out is a re-release of an episode from 2016 that explored the publishing history of DC's 80 Page Giant series.


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This podcast is made for entertainment purposes only. All songs, sound clips, and characters discussed are copyright of their respective copyright holders, and no infringement is intended, so please don’t sue me.

KSCGSF Classic: 80 Page Giants 101


Welcome to another episode of KSCGSF Classic, I am your host Kyle Benning, and this time out is a re-release of an episode from 2016 that explored the publishing history of DC's 80 Page Giant series.

As always, you can subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes, or download the podcast directly here:

KSCGSF Classic: 80 Page Giants 101

Thank you very much for listening. Feedback can be left at the show headquarters kingsizecomicsgiantsizefun.blogspot.com, by tweeting me @KyleBenning_Art on twitter, by leaving an Apple Podcasts review, or by visiting the King-Size Comics Giant-Size Fun Facebook Page on Facebook.