Wednesday, January 16, 2019

RIP Batton Lash

This is one I didn't expect to write.

I was unaware of Batton Lash's health problems until last Saturday, when his death was announced. Only 2 months ago I had received my copy of Grandfathered In, his most recent Kickstarter-funded collection of Supernatural Law comics and I had expected there would be many more to come.

Batton Lash's Supernatural Law is an utter delight, a very funny comic which is unique to Lash - no one else could tell a story about Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, with its unique blend of horror, satire and law. Lash also wrote the incredible Archie Meets the Punisher which did the unbelievable task of telling a story which does justice to both Archie and the Punisher. This is not easily done, as you need only look at any of the mature readers Archie comics of today to see that when Archie is mashed-up with a different genre, the story generally defers to the laws of the other genre's world instead of those of Archie's. That Lash made a one-line joke into a classic comic is quite an achievement.

By all accounts Batton Lash was a fine gentleman, beloved within the comics industry. If you haven't read Supernatural Law, do yourself a favour and check out a volume or ten. Rest in peace Mr. Lash.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

On Comixology: The Iron Manual TPB

Comixology has added the Iron Manual trade paperback to its store. The contents include the All-New Iron Manual which I wrote/headed up. It's a good buy!
Iron Manual

Collects The Iron Manual, The All-New Iron Manual and Material From The Iron Man/Force Works Collector's Preview.

These are the chronicles of Tony Stark: the playboy, the genius inventor, the philanthropist, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the futurist, the hero. This handbook is the definitive resource to the world of Iron Man, featuring Tony's closest allies (Happy and Pepper Hogan, War Machine, the Order) and deadliest foes (Justin Hammer, Mandarin, Obadiah Stane)! Includes a complete gallery of the Iron Man armors, and all-new schematics of key armors and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier! Also featuring 1993's original Iron Manual, plus unrevealed armor concepts from the Iron Man/Force Works Collector's Preview.

You can buy it from Comixology here!

Monday, December 31, 2018

OTR Holiday Month Day 31: The Shadow

Here we are - the end of 2018 and the end of my OTR holiday theme month. What better way to end the year than with our friend The Shadow! In the January 1, 1939 episode "The Man Who Murdered Time", Lamong (Bill Johnstone) and Margo (Agnes Moorehead) are taught in a temporal loop as New Year's Eve repeats itself again and again. Lamont's great mental powers allow him to avoid repeating the same events over and over, but it's a strain on his mind; can he find the person responsible for replaying the day's events before his resolve fades?

You can hear "The Man Who Murdered Time" on archive.org here.

I hope you enjoy your New Year's Eve celebrations today and I look forward to interactions on the blog in the New Year. 2019 will definitely see some changes in how this blog functions...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

OTR Holiday Month Day 30: Lights Out

Unfortunately, we don't know too much about what the show Lights Out was like when Wyllis Cooper was the writer/producer. We have a lot of shows from when Arch Oboler led the series, but precious little of Cooper's. We do, of course, have most of Cooper's show Quiet, Please intact. And we have a very interesting Lights Out episode from December 22, 1937 called "Uninhabited."

Following the first World War, a French soldier, Australian soldier and black American soldier share a train cabin together. The three men have never met before, yet they have a strange sense of deja vu... three men journeying together...

You can hear "Uninhabited" on archive.org here.

Come back tomorrow for the end of this theme month (and 2018!).

Saturday, December 29, 2018

OTR Holiday Month Day 29: Jack Benny

I've said many times that I enjoy the Jack Benny Program. One of my absolute favourite broadcasts is the New Year's Eve broadcast from December 31, 1939. In this episode, Jack is stood up by his date after he's gone on at considerable length to his friends about what an amazing woman she is. The eventual reveal of who his date is leads to one fantastic laugh, but over all Jack cuts a very pathetic figure in this episode. Alone on New Year's, Jack ends up at home. Seeing how lonesome his boss is, Rochester cancels his plans to spend the night supporting Jack. Awwwwww...

This is a fantastic program; listen to it at archive.org here.

We're almost done the theme month, come back tomorrow!

Friday, December 28, 2018

OTR Holiday Month Day 28: Inner Sanctum Mysteries

Yesterday we heard from The Mysterious Traveler, so here with another New Year's-themed program is Inner Sanctum Mysteries and the episode "Between Two Worlds" from December 20, 1948. On New Year's Eve, the police hear the story of a repentant criminal who didn't want to die without doing one good deed and, through supernatural means, got his chance.

You can hear "Between Two Worlds" on archive.org here.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

OTR Holiday Month Day 27: The Mysterious Traveler

Okay, we've had a lot of good warm-hearted Christmas shows with a bit of comedy mixed in up until now, but now we're nearing New Year's and radio shows were a little more cold-blooded about that holiday. Take, for instance, "New Year's Nightmare", an episode of The Mysterious Traveler from January 5, 1947. It features a man who loses a year's worth of memories and finds himself married to a different woman. What with the amnesia aspect, it's very much like an episode of Inner Sanctum Mysteries, which resorted to such devices pretty often.

You can hear "New Year's Nightmare" on archive.org here.