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GASup 010 — February 1939

How do you feel about chain gangs? Superman hates them. But he doesn’t mind using the pain of prisoners along the way to taking one down.  It’s Action Comics 10 on this episode of Golden Age Superman, and Superman decides to expose the corruptions within the prison labor system.  Problem is, he chooses one of the worst ways possible to do it.  Come check it out!

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ASMC 027 – Amazing Spider-Man 39 and 40

Come on, get happy, Web-Spinners!  We are proud to welcome back to the show our guest for today, J.R. Fettinger, Osborn expert extraordinaire!  Today’s episode of Amazing Spider-Man Classics takes a look at the debut of artist John Romita on Amazing Spider-Man, a two-part adventure featuring the unmasking of Spider-Man and the END of the GREEN GOBLIN!  And along the way, all our favorite angry cast members undergo a happiness makeover under John Romita’s brush.  Also, we have an announcement about next episode’s celebration of one year of Amazing Spider-Man Classics.

So stay tuned to the end, and in the meantime, you are welcome to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!

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ASMC Promo Year Two

Here is a new promo for the show.  If you have a web presence (podcast or whatever) where you’d like to share it, please feel free.  If you make me aware that you are doing so, I will likewise give your web efforts some love on the show.

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GASup 009 — January 1939

It’s happy new year time here at Golden Age Superman as we say good bye to 1938 and hello to 1939, the year that saw Superman’s popularity begin to explode.  In addition to the detective antics of Action Comics 9, this episode also covers Superman’s premiere in a daily newspaper strip that will run for decades.  Later in the year, we will see an over-sized one-shot special leading off with a Superman story as well as the beginning of a quarterly comic book entirely devoted to his adventures.

Golden Age Superman is a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network.  If you wish to send feedback, you may do so in the comments below or via email.  You can also subscribe to the show through iTunes, and leave a review if you like to spread the word to others.  Thank you so much for listening!

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ASMC 026 – Daredevil 17 and Amazing Spider-Man 38

Farewell, Steve Ditko.  We hardly knew thee.  This episode of Amazing Spider-Man Classics wraps up the tenure of the artist who helped to create our beloved webslinger and guide him down the most formative steps of his publishing history.  With the circumstances surrounding his departure being what they were, it is sadly not the best note on which to depart, but before we talk about A Guy Named Joe in Amazing Spider-Man 38, the Classics gang (continuing to be assisted by Jim Wilson of JimWilsonDesigns, my brother and this website’s designer) finishes out Johnny Romita’s Spider-baptism by fire in Daredevil 17.

Along the way, we mention several sites for which I want to provide links.

— Dr. Strange’s early adventures, among other things, are being chronicled on a podcast, the Groucho Ramone Show.

— Lancer Publishing produced the first Spider-Man mass market sized reprint paperback, which has been reviewed by SpiderFan.org.

— Marvel produced bunches of minibooks that could be found in gumball machines.  They are very cute, and scans of the Spider-Man one are also provided by SpiderFan.org.

As always, you are welcome to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!

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GASup 008 — December 1938

Golden Age Superman is back, to close out Superman’s inaugural year with one of the greatest tales of the early area.  Superman meets some slum kids and helps them out by taking on the slums themselves and forcing the government to provide better housing.  It’s one of the most iconic moments of this era, and it’s all here at Golden Age Superman, plus a look back at the best and worst of 1938.

Golden Age Superman is a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network.  If you wish to send feedback, you may do so in the comments below or via email.  You can also subscribe to the show through iTunes, and leave a review if you like to spread the word to others.  Thank you so much for listening!

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GASup 007 — November 1938

Thank you for downloading Golden Age Superman.  This episode, I am joined by a special guest.  Hooray!  Say hello to Jeffrey Taylor of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast.  He and I take a look at Action Comics 7, where Superman … wait for it … JOINS THE CIRCUS!!  We had a great time together, and the story resonates into recent episodes of his show, with the “Time and Time Again” storyline they recently covered.  Plus my regular coverage of all your favorite backup features like Tex Thomson and Zatara.

In the course of the episode, Jeffrey and I discuss the most valuable comics.  The website I’m using for reference can be found here.

Golden Age Superman is a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network.  If you wish to send feedback, you may do so in the comments below or via email.  You can also subscribe to the show through iTunes, and leave a review if you like to spread the word to others.  Thank you so much for listening!

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ASMC 025 – Daredevil 16 and Amazing Spider-Man 37

Hello there from all the gang here at Amazing Spider-Man Classics!  This episode, we are back to begin taking a look at the transition from Steve Ditko to John Romita.  Romita had the joys of drawing Spider-Man for a two-part Daredevil story, the end of which happened to coincide with Steve Ditko quitting Amazing Spider-Man.  So in this episode, we are diving into the first part of that story, Daredevil 16, where Daredevil’s new foe, the Masked Marauder, incites some enmity between Hornhead and Webhead as part of his evil plot.  Then we switch over to Steve Ditko’s penultimate outing in Amazing Spider-Man 37, featuring the Robot Master and the first named, in-character appearance of Norman Osborn.

But we are not alone.  Joining us this time out is designer of the website you are viewing right now, and my brother, Jim Wilson.  He has supported me in this endeavor since its inception, and it was the least I could to have him on to talk some Spidey and Daredevil with us.  He has a great collection of his work in images, Flash animation, and film over at his website, and I strongly encourage you to check that out if you haven’t yet.

As always, you are welcome to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!

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GASup 006 — October 1938

Welcome back everyone to Golden Age Superman.  This episode, we are taking a look at Action Comics 6, published in October 1938, which sees Superman face down his own … personal manager??  It’s a cornball story with lots of good bits, especially with the evils of Lois Lane.  Also, my thoughts and feelings on the casting of Henry Cavill as the newest Superman!  So the episode’s a bit longer than usual this week.  Hope you enjoy!

Golden Age Superman is a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network.  If you wish to send feedback, you may do so in the comments below or via email.  You can also subscribe to the show through iTunes, and leave a review if you like to spread the word to others.  Thank you so much for listening!

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ASMC 024 – Amazing Spider-Man 35 and 36

Thanks for coming back to see us here at Amazing Spider-Man Classics.  The three Classicists are all by themselves this time out for a couple of lackluster issues that bring us closer to Steve Ditko’s departure from the title.  In Amazing Spider-Man 35, The Molten Man Regrets the shameful things that happened between him and the webhead before, but that doesn’t stop him from coming back for more.  Then a right-out loony manages to get superpowers from some rock gas and begins looting, and thus we have the birth of the Looter.  All this, and some real treats from Ditko’s Gwen Stacy, too!

Speaking of Gwen, Josh Bertone has written several articles which explore the life of the character, which can be found at the Crawl Space.  And speaking of things being at the Crawl Space, Donovan Grant has been writing some reviews of the 1994 animated Spider-Man television series, so check those out!

Don’t forget to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!