The Collected Edition

The Collected Edition

A Comic Book Podcast


January 1, 2023 67 min
“The point is just to have fun, to embrace the
joy and wackiness of the season.”

Today on the program we discuss Superman’s Christmas Adventure from 1940. Written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Jack Burnley this is a 16-page dose of Golden Age goodness. This is a madcap story; a romp with loads of silliness wrapped up in colorful paper and tied with a bow. No, it doesn’t make sense – and if you think too hard about it it’ll make your...

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“What is history but a fable agreed upon?”

Today on the program we discuss Fables, the Bill Willingham written and Mark Buckingham illustrated classic in the comic book pantheon. Does it hold up? Does it deserve its place in the history of great comics? Is it political (spoiler: yes)? Listen and find out!

In addition, we discuss the legacy of Kevin Conroy – the best Batman there ever was.

As always, thanks for listening.


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“…his panels don’t so much seek to terrify,
but rather they haunt you. It is disturbing and beautiful.”

Today on the program we discuss the horror comic Rachel Rising by Terry Moore. This is a stark, scary, disturbing, and strangely funny comic. If you’ve never read Terry Moore’s work…you should. He is a singular creator, one whose voice and vision are unique and unflinching. And this is one of his best.

In addition, we discuss the...

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“This series broke with convention, it broke
with tradition, and the broke the fourth wall.”

Today on the program we discuss the Sensational She-Hulk. The classic, genre-defying series by John Byrne. The series poked fun at the tropes and clichés of comic books, the publishers, the creators, and the fandom. It was a satire, a parody, a deconstruction of the medium itself. All while being extremely funny and entertaining. It was and...

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“Not everything in life is
golden or satisfying.”

Today on the program we take a look at Aztek: The Ultimate Man written by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar with art by Stephen Harris. It is a 90s extravaganza fill with excess, grittiness, and questionable costume choices. It’s the book that caused a rift between Morrison and Millar that, let’s face it, is probably for the best.

Also on the program, we discuss the HBO/Discovery mer...

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Flintstones, read the Flintstones.
You’ll have a gay old time.

Today on the program we talk about the 2016 12-issue mini-series The Flintstones written by Mark Russell and art by Steve Pugh. This reimagining was more realistic – in that, the character designs were less stylized and given more human proportions – and its situations and attitudes reflected a sensibility that is more modern (for lack of a better word).  And there are ...

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June 15, 2022 77 min
“Maybe even better than eating quiche.”

Today on the program we talk about the classic, brilliant, iconic, beautiful, glorious, and wonderful comic BONE. We like this one, can you tell? This is a comic that is a vaudevillian comedy, a Disneyesque cartoon, and an epic fantasy all at once. Jeff Smith created something special here. Also, Brian gets way too excited about a cow race.

In addition, we talk about some of the great creator...

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“This being the 90s Crimes and Judgments
falls into the excesses that decade could bring.”

In this episode, we discuss The Spectre: Crimes and Judgments by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake from 1992. This is a gritty, noir, horror thriller with 90s excess…we have opinions. This is a story full of contradictions, missed opportunities, and confused messages. It is a story trying to be progressive and poignant but ends up getting lost ...

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“It’s fan service above and
beyond the call of duty.”

Today on the program we discuss the absolute gloriousness that is the Marvel/DC crossover epic JLA Avengers written by Kurt Busiek, and art by the mighty George Pérez. It is a bonanza of comic book wonder, a masterclass by Pérez, and a pretty good story overall. You want easter eggs? This comic has you covered.

In addition, we talk about George Pérez and what he means to comics ...

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“…a well-told, layered story with
complex ideas and themes about a
guy in a mini-skirt who fights robots.”

Today on the program we discuss the flagship title that launched Valiant ComicsMagnus Robot Fighter. This is the story of a man named Magnus …that fights robots …in a mini-skirt …which to be fair was the style at the time. Written by Jim Shooter with art by Art Nichols this is a surprisingly complex comic that deals with po...

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“In 1985, with the publication
of Beauty and the Beast,
history officially died. ”

Today on the program we wade into the infamous end of the pool. Beauty and the Beast by Ann Nocenti and “art” by Don Perlin. It tells the story of the love affair between Hank Mccoy’s Beast and – the disco-inspired mutant Dazzler.  Is it good? Well, no. But does it have redeeming qualities? Maybe. It does have excellent covers by Bill Sienkiewicz, so...

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“…in Black Monday Murders
Hickman actually out
Hickman’s himself.”

Today on the program we discuss The Black Monday Murders by Johnathan Hickman and Tom Coker – which should be a breeze. It’s…complicated. We have an interesting time trying to explain what is actually happening. Because the Black Monday Murders can be a bit daunting for first-time readers of Hickman’s work. And the sheer wealth of information being presented to you ...

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January 3, 2022 97 min
“A hero’s journey writ small…
with cosmic implications. ”

Today on the program we discuss the classic run on Starman written by James Robinson and art by Tony Harris. This is a beloved run on the character (and deservedly so) with lots of phallic imagery. Also, Paul and Brian have differing ideas on the true nature of Jack Knight – is he a jerk or just misunderstood? Disagreements abound!

This also serves as our 2021 end-of-year ep...

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“There are heavy ideas going on in this comic, but
also this is a noir detective comic. and that’s pretty cool. ”

This time we talk about the grand epic, neo-noir detective comic about hybrid animal-human people, Elephanmen: Wounded Animals written by Richard Starkings and drawn beautifully by Moritat. Set in a world post-pandemic (yikes) this story deals with some pretty deep and disturbing issues while telling compelling, if some...

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“…immerses the reader in nostalgia.
A nostalgia for something that never happened.
Or did it?”

The year 2000 mini-series that introduced the very first and most important hero in the Marvel universe that you never heard of, or maybe did hear of but can’t remember. That’s right, it’s The Sentry. The dark tale of false memory, and forgotten heroes. Written by Paul Jenkins with art by Jae Lee, this series had an innovative and now inf...

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“High space adventure awaits!”

Journey back with us to the far-away time of the 1980swhere a new imprint – Epic – was being launched with the flagship title: Dreadstar! Written and drawn by the legendary Jim Starlin this tells the tale of Vance Dreadstar and his merry band of rogues. The battle despots, space armies, Darth Vader analogs, and “two-ton” aliens on the way freeing the galaxy from an oppressive religion by…creating a ne...

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“It is harmless fun that seems as if the creators were having fun creating it. And sometimes that’s all that matters. ”

Today on the program we will be discussing the absolutely bonkers series from Marvel back in the late 70s Godzilla: King of the Monsters written by Doug Moench with art (for the most part) by Herb Trimpe. How bonkers? Well, Godzilla fights monsters, sure that’s a given, but he also tangles with cattle rustlers, a ...

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“…a profoundly severe case of daddy issues comes
roaring to the forefront with tragic consequences.”

Today on the program we will be discussing Invincible – the inspirational story of a plucky bartender that gets to live his dream of playing football for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Oh wait, that’s not right. We will of course be talking about the comic book Invincible written by Robert Kirkman and artists Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley.


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“…a tight storyline of espionage, politics,
corporate dealings, and betrayal all shrouded in mystery.”

Today on the program Captain America: Winter Soldier the epic story written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Steve Epting.

The story arc consists of a complicated plot led by a Russian oligarch, armed with a mystical cosmic weapon, and aided by a mysterious assassin – who might possibly be Captain America’s dearest friend. Spoilers: it...

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“…part soap opera, part cosmic adventure,
part horror story, and part existential crisis.”

Today on the program we discuss Black Hammer: Secret Origins the introductory collection of the ongoing series from Dark Horse that is some of the best comics being produced today. Beautifully written by Jeff Lemire and drawn magnificently by Dean Ormston this is a loving homage to Golden Age comics and a deconstruction of the superhero story...

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