Greetings, listener(s?). Today’s podcast is something all-new and all-different. Martian Luthor Kang, Biff Tannen, Rex Mason, and newcomer Dutch Essex sit on the finely upholstered fainting couches in the study of the Evil Lair for the first of a series of discussions centered around classic X-Men storylines. We read the stories so YOU DON’T HAVE TO!! Pull up a wingback, snap your fingers to summon a snifter of brandy, and put up your feet as we showcase the Hellfire Book Club. Today’s topic will be:
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We’ve talked here about our favorite covers on many occasions in the past, but it’s time we showed a little respect to the books that set the stage for the comics on which we were raised and the ones we’ve found in recent years. So buckle up for a bombastic ballyhoo of the best and brightest sequential showcases the swinging sixties saw fit to print. Man, talking like Stan Lee is exhausting. No wonder he’s looked worn out for 50+ years now.
Secret Six #1 , May 1968, Frank Springer
The cover of this debut issue is remarkable in that it’s also the first page of the actual story. I’ve always been fascinated with that notion, it’s not just some pin-up but in fact your first taste of the action. Sure, Secret Six was never one of DC’s hottest comics (certainly not in the Silver Age), but it’ll always have a place in history because of this cover.
As we once more stroll through the hallowed halls of the Evil Geeks Art Gallery, I would like to remind you of the importance of the classics. Sure, many of the subjects we’ve studied in the past have been from the Post-Post-Modern era of pop culture art, or POPOMOPOP, as we call it in the industry, but our artists’ styles have been undoubtedly shaped by the classics. Perhaps my personal favorite comic book cover of all time, today’s featured painting is undeniably a classic.