The High Five Podcast Episode 59 – Straight-To-Video Animated Batman Flicks

Sorry for the delay on this one, but it couldn’t be avoided! On this episode, I run through five fantastic straight-to-video animated Batman flicks that I encountered thanks to my new gig writing for Looper.com! I’m talking about Batman & Harley Quinn, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (and it’s sequel Batman vs. Two-Face), Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, Batman Ninja and Batman: Soul Of The Dragon which are all streamable on HBO Max and hopefully available at your local library!

You want links? I got a couple! You can read my Looper Heathcliff article here and check out my original review of the Gotham By Gaslight comic here!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 55 – Real World Round Up

On this week’s episode, I’m moving away from the fictional world I usually inhabit when it comes to the podcast and talking about things that have actually happened! There’s not much of a theme beyond that, but it was fun to talk about a pair of books I’ve read recently as well as two documentaries and one docu-series. Truth is often stranger than fiction and that’s definitely the case with this episode!

I’m not sure if it’s currently available, but here’s the link for thee How Did This Get Made episode that Matthew Berry appeared on. As an added bonus, here’s him in Avengers Endgame.

Also, if you’re curious to explore the world of Bright Sun Films, do it up! In fact, here’s one about the making of Closed For Storm:

And finally, here’s a bananas scenes from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 51 – 90s Teen Titans With Ben Morse

On this week’s episode, I chat with my friend, professor and comic book correspondent Ben Morse about the late 90s Teen Titans book written and drawn for the most part by Dan Jurgens with George Perez on inks for part of the run! Along the way we talk about the end of Marv Wolfman’s run on New Titans, other teen books from this era and the most important elements to creating a successful Teen Titans book! If you want even more context for this one, go back and listen to episodes 18 and 19.

Throughout the episode, we both mention a variety of articles and interviews about this Teen Titans run. Most of these come from TitansTower.com, which is also mentioned in the show. When I went to double check the links, though, the site was undergoing maintenance. I hope they work now!

Go ahead and give Ben a follow on Twitter and Instagram. As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

The High Five Podcast Episode 49 – Silver Age Shenanigans

On this week’s episode, I’m paying homage to my days writing for The Great Curve as well as old posts on this very site (The Box) by grabbing a handful of weird and wild comics from the 60s and 70s and letting you know all about them. Specifically, I get into Shogun Warriors #1, Captain Marvel (no not that one…or that one), Tarzan of the Apes #177, House of Mystery #165 and The Peacemaker #4!

If you’re interested in combing through The Great Curve stories, you can do that thanks to the Wayback Machine! I made my own archive of the Wizard version of Kicking It Old School here.

If you’re interested in the Peacemaker article I wrote for Fandom, you can check it out here.

Lastly, please enjoy these highly curated panels from these comics.

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The High Five Episode 48 – Brian Michael Bendis At DC Part 2 – Wonder Comics

On this week’s episode, I’m digging back into the comics Brian Michael Bendis had a hand in creating after moving from Marvel to DC a few years back. Expanding on Episode 41, this time I’m focusing on just the Wonder Comics imprint that he started which featured his own work as well as that of others like Mark Russell, Stephen Byrne, Amy Reeder, Joe Quinones, Sam Humphries and others on books like Young Justice, Wonder Twins, Amethyst, Jinny Hex Special and Dial H For Hero.

If you’re curious about the times I interviewed Amy Reeder, you can read the CBR Halloween Eve and Rocket Girl stories.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 43 – Favorite Movie & TV Discoveries Of 2021

It was a weird year for movies and a pretty great one for TV, all things considered. Hit play to find out my favorites of the year!

By the way, I realized I talked about watching movies with my friends and didn’t explain how we do it. There’s a Party option on Amazon Video that we use most of the time, but you can also use Teleparty. For that one, you have to use Chrome, download the extension and everyone has to have an account on whatever service you’re using. Both of these options allow you to type to each other while the film syncs up on everyone’s computers. We thought about finding one where you can talk, but figured it’d get pretty loud.

I mentioned a few previous episodes throughout this one. Here are the links if you’re curious!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 42 – Favorite Book & Comic Discoveries Of 2021

With 2021 coming to an end, I’m looking back at some of my favorite pop culture experiences of the year. This time around, I’m focusing on books and comics I read for the first time this year, with plenty of nods to previous episodes for newcomers (see links below)!

If you’re curious about the other episodes I mentioned, here are a bunch of handy-dandy links!

As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

The High Five Podcast Episode 41 – Brian Michael Bendis At DC Part 1 !

On today’s episode of The High Five podcast, I’m taking a look at some of Brian Michael Bendis’ DC work, none of which I had read until this week!

George Marston’s Newsarama story about Bendis’ Jinxworld imprint moving to Dark Horse is what spurred me on to read these books in the first place. It’s also where I learned that he was no longer DC-exclusive starting earlier in 2021.

Going back a bit, Bendis leaving Marvel for DC was such a big deal that George Gene Gustines wrote about it for the New York Times in 2017.

Also, big thanks to Carole over at Comic Book Treasury for creating the Bendis Superman/Action Comics Reading Order page that I used to start this journey.

Here’s the very informative interview with the writer himself conducted by Joe Grunenwald for The Beat.

Before wrapping up, I also mentioned the debates between Bendis and Kirkman about creator-owned comics, which you can read a recap of on CBR from 2008!

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The High Five Episode 40 – Toy Movies

On this week’s episode, I’m running down some of the most interesting films based on toy lines, most of which began when I was a kid! Along the way, I recount my personal history with the toys as well as the movies and even give some history as we go. For sources I used the He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe and Barbie episodes of the excellent Toys That Made Us series on Netflix as well as some real life books: The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To GI Joe 1964-1994 by Vince Santelmo and The Art Of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe by Tim and Steve Seeley.

Here’s a fan reconstruction of the Universal Conan show that got Gary Goddard the job directing Masters Of The Universe!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 39 – Halloween Post Mortem

After a two week break due to a nasty virus, I’m back with an episode clearing up scare season content! I close out It’s All Connected 2021 with the last five films I watched for that series (look for the final version of the poster soon) and then get into some other films, comics, books and shows that I made my way through for Halloween!