DNA Podcast 052- A Brief History of American Comics

In this episode, Rob and Don plunge into the vast history of American comic books and try to make sense of it all. The pair explore the origins of the first comic books, and how the name Gains changed the comic book world not once, but twice! Then they face the challenge of the superheros as Superman’s birth brings about a new age, both in comic books and real life. Finally, they talk about the current comic market, and what flagging sales mean for Marvel and DC’s future. All this, and Brother Power the Geek, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

A History of Comic Books (wikipedia)
The Great Canadian Comic Books
Nelvana of the Ether People
Angus MacAskill- The Giant of Cape Breton
Cherry Poptart
The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck
Journey to the Gold Diggins
Hogan’s Alley
The Yellow Kid
Birth of a Nation
The Sunday Supplements
Winsor McKay
Little Nemo in Slumberland
Funnies on Parade
New Fun Comics
Doctor Occult
Action Comics #1
Superman OTR
Superman vs The KKK
DC Comics
The Shadow
Archie Comics
Dell Comics
Fawcett Comics
EC Comics
Horror Hosts
Spook Shows
Seduction of the Innocent
The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquincy
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Marvel Comics
MAD Magazine
Robert Crumb
ZAP Comix
Underground Comix
Don Heck
Teen Titans
Comics Code Authority
Brother Power the Geek
Harvey Comics
Eclipe Comics
First Comics
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Crisis on Infinite Earths
The Black and White Glut
IMAGE Comics
Rob Liefield
Todd McFarlane
Jim Lee
Valiant Comics
Malibu Comics
The Death of Superman
Marvel Unlimited


DNA Episode 012 – Pokemon Turns 20!


In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss 20 years of Pokemon! They discuss how and why the phenomena has lasted so long, the origins of the game, and why a dark Pokemon movie is inevitable. All this, and a heaping helping of Nerd Rage is waiting for you in this, the 12th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 


Things Discussed

Pokemon GO! (trailer)
Michael Vick
Persona Game Series
Don’s GURPS:Pokemon Rules
Pokemon Trading Card Game
Fossil Fighters Game Series
Proposed Jurrasic Park Human-Dino Hyrbrid Designs
Dinosaurs for Hire
Monster Rancher Games
Ultra-7 Capsule Monsters
Pokemon Original Concept Development Artwork
Dr. Demonicus
Pokemon Gangsta Rap

DNA Podcast Episode 003- Nerdly Speculators


Welcome Operatives to the Department of Nerdly Affairs, tonight your hosts Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm discuss whether the nerdly spectulators markets of the 80s and 90s helped or hurt nerd culture, and how this crept into the action figure market as well. Don gives us the comic shop eye view of the industry during this period, and we talk about how the Punisher was responsible for the comic speculator’s boom of the 1980s. All this and more are waiting for you in Episode Three of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed

Head Shops
The Black and White Comics Glut
Vertigo Comics
Death of Superman
Toyfare Magazine
Spawn Figure Collector’s Market
Monthly Shonen Jump
Space 1889

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