Watch out ’cause we’re back! Actually there’s no need to watch out.  The  whole disagreeable affair can be preemptively avoided by not choosing to listen to Tymbus and I talk for around 36 minutes about Wednesday Comics and the first volume of Prince Valiant from Fantagraphics.


Click to download VOT#9

Look!  Hal Foster invents Etrigan the Demon in 1937


Hal Foster must have used reference for scenes like this. (click to enlarge)


More Prince Valiant.  Some of Brian Bolland’s best work *chortle!*


15 Responses to “Gary Lactus’ Vault of Tymbus #9”

  1. Sean Witzke Says:

    “Say your fucking catchphrase” should be your new catchphrase.

  2. Gary Lactus Says:

    You actually listened to the end! Five stars, Sean!

  3. Zom Says:

    I listened to it twice while making chutney

    10 stars

  4. Thrilltone Says:

    Some great swearing in this podcast, for sure.

    And Wednesday Comics totally is an amazing pub read. Though it is more ‘saturday comics’ for me, really.

  5. Gary Lactus Says:

    Yeah. Come to think of it, the title’s probably the worst thing about it. The chaps on the Around Comics podcast were talking about the possibility of DC doing this again and suggesting creators they’d like to see involved. I’d go (perhaps predictably) for Pete Milligan and Brendan McCarthy doing something. Grant Morrison and Fraser Irving would be another interesting WC combo. What do Mindless readers think?

  6. Dan K Says:

    Speaking of titles which are difficult to publish in a collection, does anyone know why DC haven’t collected SOLO yet? Its one of the few recent series I probably would buy in an oversized hardcover if they did one.

  7. Aaron Says:

    I second Tymbus’s gag strips idea – is it too pie in the sky to think DC might wrangle up someone like Alison Bechdel or Jeffrey Brown or Michael Kupperman for a humor strip? In fact, they should give Michael Kupperman his own page.

    As for other creators, I think it would be fun to see Phil Hester do something in a Western vein. I think J.H. Williams would, as usual, do wonderful things with the format, maybe with The Flash? And Darwyn Cooke would seem a natural choice.

  8. Damn the Torpedos Says:

    With regard to good Dr. Strange stories, I think the gold standard is still Peter Gillis’ run, which began at the end of Dr. Strange vol. 2, carried through Strange Tales vol. 3, and finished in Dr. Strange vol. 3. Gillis’ sheer strength of characterization humanizes a character that’s defied many other writers.

  9. Gary Lactus Says:

    Are they collected?

  10. Damn the Torpedos Says:

    I believe not. The essential series is only up to Dr. Strange vol. 2 #56. Fortunately for me, I loved the original issues so much as a child my mother knew not to try and through them away :)

  11. Gary Lactus Says:

    Oh well. Looks like I’m off to isohunt then. Not really a problem, digital comics take up much less space.

  12. Damn the Torpedos Says:

    I just now realized I misspelled “throw.” The late nights must be starting to get to me…

  13. Damn the Torpedos Says:

    While we’re on the subject of Peter Gillis, I should add that his run on the Defenders is criminally underrated. People usually think of Gerber when it comes to that title, and that’s certainly understandable given how interesting his run was, but Gillis’ work was ground-breaking and still holds up well today.

  14. Gary Lactus Says:

    Just got hold of a bunch of Peter Gillis Doctor Strange. Will read. Maybe follow up this strange line of inquiry in a future podcast.

  15. Brown Lantern Says:

    I’d like to see Arthur Ranson do something for it, his comics career started by doing weekly two page comics of Sapphire and Steel in kid’s magazines and his work in 2000ad was a shining light through some particularly dark times for the mag. This would be the perfect outlet for him, his work is reminiscent of Hal Foster but has more precision in its line-work and more motion.

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