Comic Book Historians

Comic Book Historians

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Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-hosts start off a Journalistic Comic Book Historical discussion between fans, historians and scholars in determining what happened and when in comics, from strips and pulps to the platinum age comic book, through g…


Erik Larsen: Comic Book Maker Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jul 1 • 46 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Erik Larsen, in the second of a three parter, discussing his run on Spider-Man, working with various writers like David Michelinie, trying his hand at a Nova comic book series, starting Image Comics with its…
Erik Larsen: Comic Book Maker Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jun 15 • 46 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Erik Larsen, in the first of a three parter, from his childhood reading his dad’s Golden Age comics like Captain Marvel, creating the Savage Dragon as a kid, his early Fanzine Graphic Fantasy, his run in the…
Steve Geppi: The Godfather of Comics Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jun 1 • 51 min
The second half of the interview with Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comics Distributors who sits down with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discussing various phases of his comics career via livestream. We start from his humble beginnings as a comics dealer,…
Steve Geppi: The Godfather of Comics Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
May 15 • 61 min
Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comics Distributors sits down with Alex and Jim discussing various phases of his comics career via livestream. We start from his humble beginnings as a comics dealer, comics retailer, sub distributer, distributor, to various…
Bill Sienkiewicz & Howard Chaykin’s Vulgar Shenanigans with Michael Dooley
May 1 • 140 min
A companion podcast to the previous episode highlighting Professor of Comics, Michael Dooley. Welcome to Michael Dooley’s Design History of Comics and Animation class at ArtCenter College of Design, in the Ahmanson Auditorium on the Hillside Campus in…
Michael Dooley, Professor of Comics with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Apr 15 • 117 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Michael Dooley, Pratt Graduate, Professor of Comic Art in Los Angeles and Print Magazine contributing editor for 20 years, as we conclude an update on his 2005 book, The Education of a Comics Artist, discussing…
Tom DeFalco: Consummate Professional Part 3 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Apr 1 • 47 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco in a third of a three parter, where we discuss his reign as Marvel as Editor-in-Chief, his run on the Fantastic Four with artist Paul Ryan, the original vision for the…
Tom DeFalco: Consummate Professional Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Mar 15 • 54 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco in the second of a three parter, where we discuss his creative contributions to GI Joe, Transformers, Marvel Two In One Thing with Sandman, Peter-Porker/Spider-Ham, Machine…
Tom DeFalco: Consummate Professional Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Mar 1 • 48 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview former Marvel Editor in Chief, Tom DeFalco from his early days reading comics, his comic strip work in college, his meetings with John Goldwater, Louis Silberkleit working at Archie Comics, creating the Archie Digests…
Bob Camp & George Lowe: Maestros of Animation with Alex Grand
Feb 14 • 42 min
Alex Grand moderates an Animation Panel at Dallas Fantasy Fair 2018 interviewing two titans of cartoons, Bob Camp and George Lowe with an overview of their careers. Bob Camp talks about starting at Marvel Comics working with John Buscema and Larry Hama,…
Frank Thorne: Wizard of the Comic Arts Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Feb 2 • 32 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Frank Thorne, Born in 1930, he discusses his past and current works, with a career that spans from the late 1940s, utilizing and expanding on inspirations like Alex raymond, Hal Foster, and Neil O’Keefe, a late 1940s…
Frank Thorne: Wizard of the Comic Arts Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jan 15 • 36 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Frank Thorne, Born in 1930, he discusses his past and current works, with a career that spans from the late 1940s, utilizing and expanding on inspirations like Alex raymond, Hal Foster, and Neil O’Keefe, a late 1940s…
The Legacy of Harvey Comics and Jonny Harvey with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jan 1 • 58 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discuss the history of Harvey Comics with the grandson of Leon Harvey, Jonny Harvey, documentary filmmaker. From its humble beginnings in 1940, Al Harvey started Harvey comics from a business deal with Irving Manheimer and…
Paul Levitz: Publisher & President Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Dec 16, 2019 • 69 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Paul Levitz, former President and Publisher of DC Comics, In this second of a 2-parter, we discuss his writing and editing Batman in 1978, working with Julius Schwartz, the changes in the 1980s that he and Jenette…
Paul Levitz: Comics Fan, Writer & Editor Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Dec 2, 2019 • 70 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Paul Levitz, former President and Publisher of DC Comics, who started in the Fanzines in 1971, assistant to Joe Orlando, Carmine Infantino as Publisher, and Freelance writer, to full time Editor and writer in 1976,…
Attorneys vs Historians 2: Howard the Duck Cease and Desist with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Nov 15, 2019 • 47 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson join attorney Daniel Barer and entertainment lawyer, Marc Greenberg at San Diego Comic Con 2019 Comics Art Conference to discuss how Cease and Desist changes the narrative of stories in the comics world using examples from the…
Film Critic, Lauren Veneziani and the Comic Age of Movies with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Nov 1, 2019 • 81 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Lauren Veneziani, also known by her social media handle, dcfilmgirl, knowledgable Film Critic based in Washington DC seen every Saturday on NBC Baltimore. We discuss the Comic Age of Movies dissecting the Richard…
Mark Chiarello: Art Director Behind the Curtain Part 2
Oct 15, 2019 • 54 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Mark Chiarello, former painter, art director and editor in the comics business. As a painter, he has worked on such projects as the Batman story Batman/Houdini: The Devil’s Workshop and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. As…
Mark Chiarello: Art Director Behind the Curtain Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Oct 1, 2019 • 72 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Mark Chiarello, former painter, art director and editor in the comics business. As a painter, he has worked on such projects as the Batman story Batman/Houdini: The Devil’s Workshop and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. As…
All Star 3: Anthony Tollin, Whilce Portacio, Jimmie Robinson, Benton Jew, & Jim Cheung with Alex Grand.
Sep 16, 2019 • 47 min
CBH goes to San Diego Comic Con 2019 and interviews a variety of guests in a spontaneous artist alley free for all. Here, Alex interviews Anthony Tollin, Whilce Portacio, Jimmie Robinson, Benton Jew, and Jim Cheung. Anthony Tollin was a prolific comic…
Josef Rubinstein, Comic Book Inker of All Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Sep 1, 2019 • 33 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Josef Rubinstein, famous comic book inker that has inked over more characters and more pencilers than anyone else in comic book history. Josef discusses his inks on the Wolverine Limited Series on Frank Miller’s…
Josef Rubinstein: Comic Book Inker of All Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Aug 16, 2019 • 40 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Josef Rubinstein, famous comic book inker that has inked over more characters and more pencilers than anyone else in comic book history. Josef takes us into his early life in German, immigrating to the USA, being…
Danny Fingeroth: Editor & Writer Part 3 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Aug 2, 2019 • 97 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades in a third parter. Danny takes us into his Darkhawk series and his final days at Marvel as Tom DeFalco was removed as editor in…
Danny Fingeroth: Editor & Writer Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jul 16, 2019 • 43 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades in a second parter. Danny takes us into his initial days as editor of the Spider-Man line of comics in 1983, writing Dazzler, editing…
Danny Fingeroth: Editor & Writer Part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jul 1, 2019 • 54 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Danny Fingeroth, former editor and writer of Marvel Comics for close to two decades, Danny takes us into his early life, being hired in comics under Larry Lieber, then working with various editors, Archie Goodwin,…
Howard Chaykin, Dark Prince of Comics part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Jun 15, 2019 • 59 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Howard Chaykin in part 2 discussing his work on American Flagg, the Shadow, Time Square, Blackhawk, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Black Kiss, his Television career, Legend with Russ Heath, Hawkgirl with Walt Simsonson,…
Howard Chaykin, Dark Prince of Comics part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
May 31, 2019 • 60 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Howard Chaykin, discussing his life from when he was born in 1950 through his childhood comic book reading of 1960s Marvel, his training under Gil Kane, Wally Wood and Neal Adamsin the late 1960s through the 1970s,…
Trina Robbins, Superstar Part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
May 15, 2019 • 72 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the illustrious Trina Robbins in our sequel to episode 34, where we dovetail into 1985 and the beginning of her comic history career examining her evolving Women and Comics book that explores various women in comic…
Tim Sale: The Gentleman’s Artist part 2 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Apr 30, 2019 • 82 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Tim Sale, discussing his life and career in a second of a 2 parter which covers his work from his Marvel Color series and his involvement in the Heroes TV show in 2005, Superman Confidential with Darwyn Cooke on…
Tim Sale: The Gentleman’s Artist part 1 with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Apr 12, 2019 • 80 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Tim Sale, discussing his life from when he was born in 1956, through his childhood comic book reading of 1960s Marvel, his training under John Buscema in the late 1970s, his 1980s illustrations of Mythadventures, his…
Hey Kids! Donald Duck & Superheroes! with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Mar 29, 2019 • 52 min
Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-host Peter Coogan discuss various Comic History archival works in a Second Look podcast. Alex discusses Howard Chaykin’s Hey Kids! Comics!, Jim talks about How to Read Donald Duck and the comics presence in South…
1978: A Hard Year for Adult Storytelling in Graphic Novels & Film
Mar 15, 2019 • 59 min
Alex Grand and guest co-host Larry King discuss the attempts at adult story telling in the comic industry in the year 1978. The urge for the industry to start to shift toward graphic novels and serious filmmaking is discussed with A Contract with God,…
1975 Atlas Seaboard Comics, Revenge of the Goodmans!! with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Mar 1, 2019 • 45 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson discuss the Upstart Comics line, Atlas Seabord that ran from 1974-1975, the motivations behind the scenes with Martin and his son, Chip Goodman, as well as the various comics creators that did some early work there like Walt…
All In Color for a Dime (Novel) with Alex Grand & Jim Thompson
Feb 15, 2019 • 67 min
Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and guest co-host Larry King discuss books that remark on Comic History, discussing science fiction pulp history written in Astounding by Alec Nevala Lee in 2018, commentary on The Great Comic Heroes by Jules Pfeiffer in 1965, and…
Trina Robbins, Superstar Part 1 with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Feb 1, 2019 • 52 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview the illustrious Trina Robbins, underground women’s comic pioneer, comic book historian, and defender of social justice as we discuss her life and times from her childhood in the 1940s, Sci-Fi Fandom in the 1950s, her…
Robert Beerbohm’s Comic Store Wars with Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Jan 18, 2019 • 189 min
Alex Grand and Jim Thompson interview Robert Beerbohm, who continues off his and Alex’s Dark Comics Mystery panel at the 2018 Dallas Fantasy Fair (found at the CBH Youtube Channel Panel series playlist), discussing his Comic Book Store life and times from…
The Steranko Experience Part 2 with Alex Grand
Jan 4, 2019 • 63 min
Alex Grand interviews Jim Steranko in a sequel to this Interview Experience, discussing his life from when he finished out his term at Marvel Comics with Stan Lee, working on the fanzine, FOOM, writing his 2 Volume History of Comics, starting his…
The Steranko Experience Part 1 with Alex Grand
Dec 21, 2018 • 66 min
Alex Grand interviews Jim Steranko, discussing his life from when he was born in 1938, through his childhood comic book and strip fascinations, his teenage Magician and Rock and Roll years where he created the first Go Go dancer, his Advertising career in…
Mike Royer, Inker of the Greats with Alex Grand
Dec 7, 2018 • 19 min
Join us from the Dallas Fantasy Fair, November 25, 2018 as Alex Grand interviews the famous inker, Mike Royer. Mike discusses his career starting out assisting Russ Manning on various projects like Tarzan in the early 1960s, Magnus Robot Fighter, then…
1950: Goodbye Superheroes? with Alex Grand & Bill Field
Nov 26, 2018 • 66 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field and guest host, Peter Coogan, PhD discuss 1950, the changing tide as American’s get more domestic, and other non superhero genre’s became much more in demand like Westerns, Romance, Humor, etc. The birth of the DC Comics editorial…
1984: Corporate Shift, Creator Rights & The End of an Era.
Nov 8, 2018 • 62 min
Alex Grand , Bill Field and special guest host, Comic Book Ph.D, Peter Coogan discuss 1984 as the year of Marvel and DC shifting toward corporate multimedia cross pollination with Secret Wars and Super Powers. Zot! by Scott McCloud and TMNT by Eastman and…
1960: The Silver Age Takes Shape!! with Alex Grand & Bill Field
Oct 15, 2018 • 53 min
Alex Grand and Bill Field discuss DC Comics, pre-Marvel Comics and Charlton in 1960, the year that that the Silver Age takes shape. Superheroes assert their dominance as Green Lantern, Aquaman solidify their comic book presence, along with the first issue…
1973: A Year of Comic Book Death… and Rebirth!!!
Sep 30, 2018 • 72 min
Alex Grand and Bill Field discuss comic book goings on in 1973, a true year of Comic Book Death and Rebirth as events unfold like Dell Comics, Bill Everett, Syd Shores dies as Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber create new work and new characters.…
9/11 2001 and its Impact on Comic Books and the Film Industry
Sep 7, 2018 • 70 min
Alex Grand, Jim Thompson, and Bill Field return for this special episode on 9/11, its direct impact on New York City, its Comic Creators, as well as the resulting film industry. The background of Marvel’s return from Bankruptcy, change in management, its…
We Owe the Marvel and DC Universe’s to Jack Kirby & Julius Schwartz by Alex Grand
Aug 15, 2018 • 37 min
A first in a sub-series of the CBH Podcast, Splash-Page! Where one of the CBH Podcasters goes on an educational session of an aspect of comic book history. In this episode, Alex Grand reviews the importance of Jack Kirby to the co-creation of the Marvel…
Attorneys vs Historians 1: Who Authors The Authorship Narrative? With Alex Grand and Jim Thompson
Aug 2, 2018 • 43 min
A very special podcast, Alex Grand and Jim Thompson along with Danny Barer presented this panel at the CAC. Jim Thompson originated and led this panel at the Comic Arts Conference, as well as discussed Joe Simon’s lawsuit of ownership of Captain America…
Neal Adams: Balls of Steel with Alex Grand and Bill Field.
Jul 30, 2018 • 35 min
CBH goes to San Diego Comic Con 2018 where Alex and Bill interview the chief Comic Book Illustrator himself, Neal Adams. CBH discusses his life and times starting when he graduated from the School of Industrial Art in 1959, his news strip and advertising…
All Stars 2: Rand Hoppe, Mark Texeira, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and Scott Robinson with Alex, Bill & Jim.
Jul 19, 2018 • 39 min
Live from SDCC 2018 your favorite Comic Book Historians, Alex Grand, Bill Field and Jim Thompson walk around the Convention Floor in the second of a 2 parter discussing Comic Book History with Rand Hoppe from the Jack Kirby Museum, Mark Texeira…
All Stars 1: Dan Parsons, Larry Houston, Athena Finger, Chris Burnham, Ron Lim, and Ger Appeldoorn with Alex Grand & Bill Field
Jul 18, 2018 • 59 min
Live from SDCC 2018 your favorite Comic Book Historians, Alex Grand and Bill Field walk around the Convention Floor in the first of a 2 parter discussing Comic Book History with Star Wars and ERB Illustrator, Dan Parsons, Larry Houston the creator of the…
Arlen Schumer, Provocateur on 1965-1968 Marvel Comics
Jul 17, 2018 • 86 min
Join us Live at San Diego Comic Con 2018 with your favorite CBHer’s Alex Grand, Jim Thompson and Bill Field for a sit down podcast interview with Arlen Schumer, published Comic Book Historian and Silver Age expert as we discuss Marvel Comics 1965 to 1968…
Rick Marschall, Strip Historian Part 2: 1978 Marvel Comics to Hogans Alley
Apr 21, 2018 • 101 min
Artsy Alex Grand, Jazzy Jim Thompson, and Bill Fantastic Field continue the Rick Marschall Interview starting when he first starts in Marvel Comics Magazines in 1978 and meets Jim Shooter for the first time, discussing his working with various comic book…
Rick Marschall, Strip Historian Part 1: 1900s Newspaper Strips to 1978 Marvel Comics
Apr 7, 2018 • 89 min
Alex Googly Eyes Grand, Jim Snuffy Smith Thompson, and Little Orphan Bill Field interview Rick Marschall as we go through his life and times from being a teenage sidekick to veterans of the National Cartoonist Society like Rube Goldberg, to being an…
1956: Atlas Comics, From Knights to the Year Atlas Shrugged
Mar 15, 2018 • 44 min
CBH Podcast Episode 16: 1956 Atlas Comics. Kirby, Ditko, Lee & Maneely! From Knights to the Year Atlas Shrugged. Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
1953: EC Science Fiction! with Superman and Astro Boy!
Mar 2, 2018 • 50 min
CBH Podcast Episode 15: 1953 Science Fiction! with Superman and Astro Boy! Support us at https://www.patreon.com/comicbookhistorians
1953: Horror!!! Freedom of Screech or Speech? Tales of the Crypt and Wertham
Feb 17, 2018 • 77 min
Alex Gravedigger Grand, Bill Field of Screams, and Jim the Tomb Thompson discuss 1953 and the horror genre. Was EC Comics the King of Horror? Did they invent horror comics? What other comics made horror and were they any good? Why did Crime Comics…
1968: The Super Silver Age with J. David Spurlock
Feb 3, 2018 • 123 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson and special guest, Pop Culture Author and historian, J. David Spurlock discuss 1968, the peak of the Silver Age, and its possible creative and design peak with Jim Steranko. J. David Spurlock goes in detail of…
1976: Marvel Bicentennial with Editor clashes and DC Publisher Changes
Jan 6, 2018 • 62 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss 1976 with the pertinent goings on at Marvel and DC. Marvel Editor-In-Chief plays music chairs, and DC has their own backdoor shake ups as Carmine Infantino is out and Jenette Kahn is in. Jack Kirby returns…
CBH Christmas Special: Our Top 5 Christmas Comics!
Dec 25, 2017 • 58 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson celebrate the Holidays and Dawn of the New Year by going over each of their top 5 Christmas Comics of all time. Bill and Jim come up with their theories on why Stan Lee hardly ever wrote a Christmas story, Bill…
Tom Orzechowski Part 2: Spawn Letterer
Dec 17, 2017 • 37 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson interview legendary Marvel, Image and Darkhorse Comics Letterer, Tom Orzechowski discussing the history of Comic Books alongside his personal and professional involvement in comics, in part 2 starting with why he…
Tom Orzechowski Part 1: X-Men Letterer
Dec 14, 2017 • 55 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson interview legendary Comics Letterer, Tom Orzechowski discussing the history of Comic Books alongside his personal and professional involvement in comics starting in 1958, through the impression that Jack Kirby and…
1986: The Year Comics Grew Up or Turned Out the Lights
Nov 29, 2017 • 51 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss 1986 as the year comics grew up, or became modern, or just became dark while discussing some of the creative achievements of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Jim’s not personal favorite, John Byrne. How did…
1934: Comics’ Born Identity
Nov 11, 2017 • 41 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1934 newspaper comic industry specifically the decline of the old guard like Windsor McCay, and the upsurge of the new guys who would end the newspaper golden age with a bang including Milton Caniff and…
1972: Marvel Horror Comics Halloween Special!!!
Oct 31, 2017 • 58 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss the 1972 Marvel Horror comics movement pushed mainly by Roy Thomas for our Halloween podcast extra spooky extravaganza. How does DC’s exploration into horror in 1968, effect Marvel in 1972? How do the…
1968: The Decline of Both Batmania, Old D.C, and the Rise of Carmine Infantino
Oct 7, 2017 • 45 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson wrap up 1966 as Batmania declines and the Superhero glut is shown not to be the significant cash cow it used to be, Carmine Infantino uses corporate change at old DC, as an opportunity to change the creative face…
1966 part 4: Tower Comics, Charlton, and Harvey Comics
Sep 23, 2017 • 40 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and the superhero glut as it strikes Tower Comics, Charlton and Harvey Comics. This episode also goes over where Wally Wood and Steve Ditko went after leaving Marvel in 1966, and how…
1966 part 3: The Marvel Age with guest historian, Barry Pearl, The Forbush Man
Sep 16, 2017 • 44 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field, Jim Thompson, and special guest, Marvel historian and 4 time published author / co-author, Barry Pearl discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the 1960s Marvel Age. This episode goes over the 1954 Comic Code Authority, the…
1966 part 2: Dell, Gold Key, Mighty Comics, ACG: The Me-Too Superheroes
Sep 9, 2017 • 36 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field and Jim Thompson discuss more aspects to 1966 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books. This episode goes beyond Superhero TV shows discussing how there was a Superhero glut this year flooding the market and children’s living…
1966 part 1: Batmania, Cartoons and Merchandise
Sep 2, 2017 • 40 min
Alex Grand, Bill Field and Jim Thompson discuss 196 and its place in the Silver Age of Comic Books as well as Animation and Television Pop Culture in general. Topics include the Batman 1966 show, the Spider-Man animated show, Dell Superhero Monsters,…