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 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 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 Podcast Episode 36 – Horror-Themed Comic Flicks From The 20th Century

Do you like comics? Do you dig horror? Then you should be into at least a few of these comic-based horror movies — some of which became franchises! Did I miss anything major? Let me know in the comments!

If you’re curious about my earlier thoughts about some of these films, I’ve got links! The Crow comic, the craziness of Swamp Thing, Swamp Thing, Return Of Swamp Thing, Blade and Blade II!

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The High Five Video – Spooky Brave & The Bold Team-Ups

I tried something different this week and put together a video based on The High Five Episode 32 – Spooky Brave And The Bold Team-Ups! It was a lot of fun…and a lot of work, but it looks nice! I have a few ideas for other episodes to do this with to expand on more visual topics.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 19 – New Teen Titans With Ben Morse Part 2

On this week’s episode of the podcast, my pal Ben Morse and I close out our conversation on the first three years’ worth of New Teen Titans comics from Marv Wolfman and George Perez! Follow Ben on Twitter and Instagram!

Between last week’s episode and this week’s I mentioned two interviews I read in prep for the episode. The Wolfman one is here, the Perez one is here.

We talked about a lot of other Titans-related books, here’s a few artistic representations. I couldn’t find an image of the Tom Grummett Titans poster online, but you can check out the one I had below!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 18 – New Teen Titans With Ben Morse Part 1

This week I’m joined by the fantastic Ben Morse to discuss one of the most seminal runs of comics, New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Recorded in the spring of 2020, we discuss the run, how it was reflected in modern comics and what we think of the mixing of genres (spoiler: it’s awesome). Do yourself a favor and follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 15 – A TPB To-Read Grab Bag

For this week’s episode of show, I went to my comic trade To Read pile in the garage and grabbed five different books from five different companies to put in my eyeballs. How’d that go? You’ll have to listen to the show!

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The High Five Episode 8 – Quick Hit Intros To Wonder Woman

Happy Women’s Month everyone! To celebrate, I’m reflecting on one of my all-time favorite comic characters Wonder Woman! In this episode, I offer up a handful of quick hit Wonder Woman comics and graphic novels meant to usher any and all curious about the character into the wonderful world of comics!

I mentioned a few things I’ve written in the episode as well. If you’re curious, here’s the link for the Fandom Wonder Woman 1984 piece I worked on as well as the Colleen Doran CBR interview I did with her about A Distant Soil back in 2013. Oh and in the gallery above you can see the Mike Deodato Artemis sketch I mentioned!

The High Five Episode 4 – Five Incredible Black Comic Creators

On this week, I’m celebrating Black History Month by running down five of my all time favorite black comic creators. This was a delightful trip down memory lane, but also a great look at some of the greatest comic writers and artists around. I hope you enjoy it!

If you’re interested in the links I mentioned in the episode, here’s the CBR interview I did about Goldie Vance. If you want to find out more about McDuffie being let go from Justice League of America, you can read the initial Lying In The Gutters column here and then the news itself about him being ousted here. Finally, enjoy a few pics I snapped while putting this episode together including the fantastic Kyle Rayner sketch Darryl Banks did for me!