In the beginning there was the word. Prior to that there was the introduction. Since the dawn of time immemorial began throughout history, the introduction has introduced readers to stories that have introduced us to the power of stories. What dark truths lie in the stories we tell our children? Powerful, dark truths that’s what. Hadn’t thought about that had you? You’re welcome.

Neil Gaiman
East Grinstead
April 1988

It is my pleasure and honour to introduce this podcast by my good friend The Beast Must Die. When I was introduced to The Beast Must Die as a schoolboy, little did I know that 30 years later I would be introducing his Magnum opus. This podcast will introduce the lister to The Beast’s unique relationship to introductions, covering curated TV broadcasts of films such as Alex Cox‘s introductions to Movie Drome and what introductions meant to him as a youngster reading graphic novels for the first time. He goes on to cover Alan Moore‘s introduction to The Dark Knight Returns, Pat Mills‘ introduction to the Titan edition of Nemesis Book 7 by Mills himself and John Hicklenton, Zenith Book 2 introduced by Grant Morrison, Frank Miller‘s introduction to Batman Year One, Morrison’s introduction to Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo’s Enigma and Milligan’s introduction to Morrison’s Invisibles.
Oh yes, and Neil Gaiman‘s dominance in the world of introductions. So, without further ado, I invite you to “hey listen” to the master scholar of all that comes before everything.

Gary Lactus
North Portslade
April 2020


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This edition of SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the greatest comics shop on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton. It’s also sponsored the greatest comics shop on the planet GOSH! Comics of London.


13 Responses to “SILENCE! #278 The Introduction Special”

  1. Dan Cox Says:

    Oh my…
    Content I didn’t know I wanted but goddam I want this!
    Downloading now

  2. Bengt Says:

    Volume is extremely low.

  3. Illogical Volume Says:

    Actually I’m feeling pretty good again, thanks – ayoooooo!

  4. Illogical Volume Says:

    My shite attempts at humour aside I really enjoyed this pod Beasty! Captured that sense of excitement as well as it put it in context.

    There really is something about discovering your own tastes, eh? Trying to make sense of them, how they fit into the world…. an increasingly rare pleasure with age, so it was good to remember how the intros to those Batman comics made them feel massive, like something that was going to be too big for you to take in, and how Mozzer and Milligan made it all feel genuinely a bit rakish and naughty and interesting.

    On the topic of capturing rare feelings, anyone want to shout out a more recent favourite? Something that have you that sense of finding something out, that thrill of stepping into deep waters?

  5. Winty Says:

    I liked this. It was good.

    I hadn’t previously realised that Bonnie Scotland’s very own Grant Morrison actually sounded like Frank Sidebottom until I heard the Beast’s on the money portrayal.; – )

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