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Comic Book Time Machine

Celebrating comics, from a couple days ago to a century ago!

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SUPERMAN by John Byrne: a Not-So-Blind Blind Bag (Ben) – CBTM157

After receiving a gift of a sealed set of comics from the 80s, Ben of course opens the set and immediately destroys the collectible value! But what does he find inside? Well, he wasn’t surprised by the issues (the packaging revealed that much), but he WAS surprised when he read …

41mins

27 May 2020

Rank #1

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Bill Mantlo’s CLOAK AND DAGGER: the Early Years (Ben) – CBTM122

With the Cloak and Dagger TV show around the corner, Ben takes a look back at Cloak and Dagger’s early appearances, from their first appearances in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man to their own four issue mini-series to their team-up with Spider-Man in a Marvel Team-Up Annual to a one …

56mins

23 May 2018

Rank #2

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MONSTERS, PIRATES, AND TALKING DOGS! Marvel Sci-Fi, July 1978 (Ben) – CBTM084

Looking at all the Marvel licensed books cover dated July 1978, Ben reads: Star Wars #13 — DAY OF THE DRAGONLORDS! — 5:30-22:10 (The water world war escalates) Godzilla #12 — THE MEGA MONSTERS FROM BEYOND PART 1: THE BETA BEAST! — 22:10-50:15 (a multi-part space epic begins) Human Fly #11 …

2hr 19mins

15 May 2016

Rank #3

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DEADLY OCEANS, ROARING WATERS, AND WALKING DEAD! Marvel Sci-Fi, June 1978 (Ben) – CBTM083

Looking at all the Marvel licensed books cover dated June 1978, Ben reads: Star Wars #12 — DOOMWORLD! — 4:13-18:33 (Luke Skywalker’s continuing adventure on a waterworld) Godzilla #11 — ARENA FOR THREE! — 18:33-39:44 (an epic three way Kaiju battle) Human Fly #10 — …DARK AS A DUNGEON DOWN IN …

2hr 27mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #4

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“Deathgame” (Star Wars #20, February 1979) – MCC113

"Deathgame" continues Archie Goodwin's original Star Wars tale taking place on The Wheel, a space casino that puts everyone in danger! And the stakes just keep on rising! In a world where Empire Strikes Back was still only in script form, the Star Wars universe grew here!

34mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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New 52 GREEN TEAM (Group) – CBTM156

The full team of the three comic book time travelers is together again to talk about a comic book series that none of them had read and none of them new what to expect! The never before collected GREEN TEAM: TEEN TRILLIONAIRES (and the ONLY uncollected series from the first …

46mins

22 May 2020

Rank #6

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PRINCESS LEIA Issues 1-5 (Ben) – MCC099 and CBTM097

With news of Carrie Fisher’s passing, plans changed and Ben take a look back at the comic book mini-series that pays a fitting tribute to the character that Carrie Fisher brought to life: Princess Leia. Rebel leader, princess, and icon, Princess Leia turned the concept of “save the princess” on …

50mins

31 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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Six Hot Comics, $15 Collector Value (Ben) – CBTM065

Ben unwraps another sealed, blind polybag, this time with comics that are mostly by Top Cow, with one notable exception. Don’t read on if you want to experience the comics as Ben reveals what he’s about to read and then deep dives into this $3.99 bag that promises $15 of …

1hr 9mins

22 Aug 2015

Rank #8

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Grab Bag V: Feat. Legionnaires, Mighty Thor, Starman, and Ultimate Fantastic Four (Ben) – CBTM121

Ben travels back in time by cracking open another “rainy day” comic book grab bag from Target! This one features: Ultimate Fantastic Four #43 Starman #43 Legionnaries #13 The Mighty Thor #248

44mins

19 May 2018

Rank #9

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Ben’s Quarantine Comics! (Ben) – CBTM154

The world is on lockdown! Millions are stuck inside their homes! Yet quarantine has led Ben to read some comics that he may not have read, because it led him to make some purchase he may not have made. The comic shops Ben talked about are:BuyMeToys.com and Tom’s Vintage Toy …

53mins

4 May 2020

Rank #10

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Wonder Woman – Justice League: Gods and Monsters Part 3 (Ben) CBTM070

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Part 3 (of 5) - Wonder Woman! Ben and his guest Evan David explore this comic series spawned by a direct to home market movie in a week long, five part series culminating with a discussion about the movie itself. This is a world where Superman is not Superman. Batman is not Batman. Wonder Woman is not Wonder Woman. And they are all gods and monsters!

42mins

30 Sep 2015

Rank #11

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ALLEGIANCE COMICS Review: Bass Reeves, Red Rooster, Norah’s Saga, and The Futurists (Ben) – CBTM158

An overview and review of the new Allegiance Comics publisher’s output, with their four “pilot episode” comics: Bass Reeves, an historical fiction biography western; Red Rooster, a superhero period piece; Norah’s Saga, a young adult geared adventure series set in modern day Canada, but featuring vikings; and The Futurists, an …

33mins

31 May 2020

Rank #12

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Genesis – Justice League: Gods and Monsters Part 4 (Ben) CBTM071

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Part 4 (of 5) - The Justice League's Genesis! Ben and his guest Evan David explore this comic series spawned by a direct to home market movie in a week long, five part series culminating with a discussion about the movie itself. This is a world where Superman is not Superman. Batman is not Batman. Wonder Woman is not Wonder Woman. And they are all gods and monsters!

35mins

1 Oct 2015

Rank #13

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“Earth!” (Micronauts #2, Feb 1979) – MCC117 and CBTM151

The Micronauts move from inner space to yard space as they take on one of the great dangers of the back yard - a lawn mower!

34mins

9 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters Part 5 (Ben) CBTM072

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Part 5 (of 5) - the movie! Ben and his guest Evan David explore this comic series spawned by a direct to home market movie in a week long, five part series culminating with a discussion about the movie itself. This is a world where Superman is not Superman. Batman is not Batman. Wonder Woman is not Wonder Woman. And they are all gods and monsters!

1hr 16mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #15

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Time Runs Out: Month Eight (Matt) – CBTM073

“Time Runs Out” is a Marvel event that started in September 2014. This event stars the Avengers, and is the next big part of the story that Jonathan Hickman has been telling in both “Avengers” and “New Avengers” since he took over those titles at the beginning of the Marvel …

17mins

5 Oct 2015

Rank #16

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YOU HAVE TO FIGHT THE BEAR! Marvel Sci-Fi, March 1978 (Ben) – CBTM074

Ben reads the second Man from Atlantis comic, the FINAL issue in the Air Pirates of Mars from John Carter, the actual battle between Red Ronin and Godzila, and, of course, Star Wars

1hr 58mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #17

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Between Disney Special: The Haunted Mansion (Daniel) – CBTM075

In the first every Between Disney Podcast Special, Daniel discusses Haunted Mansion themed books and comics. Daniel breaks down the key strengths in the works of two different Haunted Mansion themed authors. And because its comic book time machine he talks about the Haunted Mansion comic anthology collection. The titles …

25mins

25 Oct 2015

Rank #18

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BEYOND THE MOVIE! Marvel Sci-Fi, January 1978 (Ben) — CBMT056

Here’s the experiment: Ben wants to read through the classic Marvel licensed books that coincided with Star Wars, so during these episodes he reads a full month of Marvel’s sci-fi comics based on books, TV, and movies! Titles, so far, include Human Fly, Star Wars, Godzilla, John Carter of Mars, …

1hr 43mins

25 Jun 2015

Rank #19

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The End of Two Eras (Group) – CBTM055

With DC’s “Convergence” and Marvel’s “Secret Wars” bringing an end to both the New 52 and Marvel NOW!, Daniel and Matt give their Top 5 picks for the best comic book series to come out of these two eras in comic book history. After hearing their picks, let us know …

1hr 6mins

21 Jun 2015

Rank #20