On this episode, we talk about the state of the world circa the fall of 1961 and the inception point of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four #1.

Cover date November, 1961: This issue features the first appearance of the Fantastic Four, as well as that of the Mole Man and Monster Isle (a location that is periodically revisited over the years).

During the episode we mention William Messner-Loebs’ GoFundMe, which is still ongoing as of the release of this episode, and you can find at: https://www.gofundme.com/billmessnerloebs. Bill was a popular artist and writer in the 80s and 90s, and may be best remembered for his contributions to the early days of Wally West’s adventures as The Flash, as well as his time writing Wonder Woman.

Like many comic artists for Marvel and DC—who are freelancers, and do not receive health benefits, pensions, nor typically royalties on their work—Bill and his wife have fallen on hard times in recent years, and have been unhoused for some time. You can read his story and contribute to him at the link above, if you wish to.

You may also want to check out the Hero Initiative, an organization set up to help comic creators like Bill, which you can find at https://www.heroinitiative.org/. You contributions are greatly appreciated.

 

Welcome to the premiere episode of The House of Jack and Stan. On this show, we’re going to be reading and discussing the origin and evolution of Marvel Comics—starting from the release of Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. We plan to hit every issue that Marvel released from ’61 through the end of 1969. Along the way we’re going to talk about the growth of Marvel as a company and some of the real history that was happening at the time these comics were being released.

On this episode, we talk about the concept of the show, discuss some of our favorite Marvel characters, and explore the events that led up to the creation of Marvel Comics, beginning in 1934 and ending in 1961.

Note: We were trying to think of the Editor-in-Chief of DC comics, who is Bob Harras, not Tom DeFalco.

We’ve been gone for a while, since we wrapped up the weekly comic book club at the end of last year. But we have not been idle, and we’re are now ready to announce a new ongoing series.

We’re going to be reading and discussing the origin and evolution of Marvel Comics—starting from the release of Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. We plan to hit every issue that Marvel released from ’61 through the end of ’69. Along the way we’re going to talk about the growth of Marvel as a company and some of the real history that was happening at the time these comics were being released.

The series will be released bi-weekly, and the first episode will be dropping in exactly 1 week, on October 1st. On that episode we’re going to cover the pre-history of Marvel, starting in 1934 and ending immediately prior to FF #1’s release.

The title of this series is “The House of Jack and Stan” and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

This week on View from the Gutters we have a special bonus episode:

Avengers: Infinity War

From Tobiah:

So we’re still not back to doing the Comic Book Club, but Joe and I have been working on other projects (which aren’t ready to be released, or really even announced). We got to talking about Infinity War though, and thought we’d put an episode out for all y’all, for old times sake. Enjoy, and keep your eyes on our website and social media for the eventual announcement of Untitled Views Project 2018.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Adam Panshin.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Star Power

Written by Michael Terracciano
Art by Garth Graham

From Starpowercomic.com:

In the far future, a young astronomer on a distant space station is chosen to wield the Star Power. Now, as the last of the Star Powered Sentinels, she must protect and explore a galaxy far more dangerous and wondrous than she could have ever imagined.

Tobiah Says:

This is a great, all-ages superhero/SF book, and we have a great conversation about it which we hope you’ll enjoy. At the end of what has been a trying year, we hope that 2018 finds you all happy, healthy, and wise. Be well, and be seeing you. 👌

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Adam Panshin, and Tobiah Panshin.

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

The Coldest City

Written by Antony Johnston
Art by Sam Hart

From Amazon:

November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East — a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body. Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it.

On the next episode we’ll be reading Star Power, by Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti and Tobiah Panshin.

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Habitat

by Simon Roy

From Image:

All his life, Hank Cho wanted to join the ranks of the Habsec—the rulers of the orbital habitat his people call home. But when he finds a powerful, forbidden weapon from the deep past, a single moment of violence sets his life—and the brutal society of the habitat—into upheaval. Hunted by the cannibalistic Habsec and sheltered by former enemies, Cho finds himself caught within a civil war that threatens to destroy his world.

 

On the next episode we’ll be reading The Coldest City, by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti and Tobiah Panshin.

 

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

The Flintstones

by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh

From Amazon:

Hanna-Barbera has created some of the most recognizable animated characters of all time. As part of DC Comics’ re-imagination of cartoons like SCOOBY-DOO, THE FLINTSONES, JOHNNY QUEST, SPACE GHOST, and WACKY RACERS, these new series will be infused with modern and contemporary concepts while keeping the heart and soul of the classic animation.

Tobiah Says:

We’re joined on this episode by the Unflappable Kirbotron2000, talking a book that is far better than it has any right to be. Seriously, this one is a strong contender for my comic book of the year, which is a honor so high I don’t even give it out on a yearly basis. This comic is an existentialist masterpiece, and you should read it immediately.

On the next episode we’ll be reading Habitat, by Simon Roy.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Kirbotron2000.

 

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Invisible Republic, Vol. 1-3

Story by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Art by Gabriel Hardman
Color Art by Jordan Boyd

From Amazon:

Arthur McBride’s regime has fallen. His planet has been plunged into chaos, his story shrouded in mystery, until reporter Croger Babb discovers the journal of Arthur’s cousin, Maia. Inside is the violent, audacious, hidden history of the legendary freedom fighter. Erased from the official record, Maia alone knows how dangerous her cousin really is, and what truly happened to bring him to power.

Tobiah Says:

We’re joined on this episode by the Inimitable Bryan May, who was kind enough to pitch in on giving Joe some flack. Much appreciation to Bryan for that.

On the next episode we’ll be reading The Flintstones (2016).

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Bryan May.

 

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Kill or Be Killed, #1-12

Story by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser

From Image:

The darkly twisted story of a young man forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly begins to ruin his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything this award-winning team has done before.

Tobiah Says:

We’re back after a brief delay, and we’ve got a special guest. This being us there is, of course, some wild disagreement between Joe and Tobiah about this book. So we’ve brought Kenny in tonight to play the role of Brant and valiantly hold the middle ground.

For the record, late in the episode Joe confuses Bernie Madoff with Bernie Goetz, who ironically has more in common with the star of this book than his target.

On the next episode we’ll be reading Invisible Republic, Vol. 1-3.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Kenny Wisdom.

 

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.