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The Power Records Podcast, Episode 01: Monsters!

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The Power Records Podcast, Part of the Fire and Water Podcast NetworkThe inaugural episode episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST is now available! In this debut episode, Rob Kelly is joined by guest Chris Franklin (aka Earth-2 Chris) to talk about two horror-centric Power Records adventures: “A Story of Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein” and “The Man-Thing: Night of the Laughing Dead!”

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A Story of Dracula, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein

The Man-Thing - Night of the Laughing Dead!

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  1. Wooo! Monsters! Can’t wait to queue this one up!

  2. Kyle Benning says:

    Great guns! Power Records has its own podcast! It–Uh–must be an illusion!

    Look again Fire & Water Listeners! It’s a Power Records Podcast! With all of the Fire & Water Podcast powers and goodness!

    Great choices for this week’s Power Records and Instock trades, love Tomb of Dracula, its my Halloween tradition to pull out my Giant-Size Dracula series every year and give them a re-read. Love the original Claremont & Heck stories in each issue, as well as the old stories from Menace and Tales to Astonish that they reprint, and not to mention Byrne’s first work at Marvel in Giant-Size Dracula #5.

    The nephew…the very proud nephew of…BARON…VAN…FRANKENSTEIN!! Haha great line!

    This story got me searching on ebay for the comic, as I’d love to read it. The only copy I could find was listed at $45, (for those interested in paying that much, I recommend searching using “BR508 Dracula” as your search term) but I did find multiple listings for CD’s titled “The Story of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman.” I wonder if this could possibly be the same story released on CD?

    What issue of House of Hammer is this in? I really want to know more about the comic but can’t find any information on it.

    A dude killing himself in a Swamp! Ha! That is some dark stuff for the kiddos haha! Did they ever do a DC Swamp Thing Power Record? Man-Thing always seems like a cheap rip off of Swamp Thing to me, which is sad since I believe Man-Thing actually appeared a few prior months prior to Swamp Thing. They really dropped the ball on name selection with Man-Thing, or the Conway & Thomas had a fantastic sense of humor and couldn’t help themselves.

    “I didn’t believe the Man-Thing was capable of this…” umm…that’s what she said?

    The Spectre of the Clown is a couple of crayons short of a full box, yikes!

    These records are so great, it really makes me wish they still made these or still had radio serials, all of the sound effects they include, they just go all out to tell the story, it sure beats the brain melting mush on tv these days! The classics never go out of style!

    Great episode guys, always good to hear from Earth-2 Chris again, I look forward to future episodes.

    I think you guys need a new tagline for Power Record shows, like “Drop the Needle, and Flip the Page,” or something like that.

  3. “Now go and Begin you chores, or so help me, the beatings will begin right now!” Sounds like my childhood! *rimshot!*

    I too thought of A&C Meet Frankenstein when the woman is thrown out the window. Amazingly, I had that very scene come up at work last year. A coworker of mine, who was at least 20 years older than me, told me that as a little girl, that scene used to scare the bejeesus out of her! I confided to her that the scene which always scared me was the Monster on fire stalking down the pier before crashing through into the lake! Hard to believe A&C Meet Frankenstein mentally scarred us all so much!

    The Man-Thing story was awesome; my local used book store has both Essentials and I keep resisting buying them, but I may have to buy at least volume 1 at this point. Chris said it best, “Because kids are not scared of clowns enough already.”

    I loved this show! Y’all should repost this one every Halloween season! In closing, let me just say “Stand up and get beat to death like a man!”

  4. Earth 2 Chris says:

    Thanks for listening fellas. Kyle, I hear ya on the spectre of the clown at the end. That was just eerie. And, I can’t help but think this story is even more subversive than even we made it out to be, in that it somewhat glorifies suicide in a passive way. Darrel is clearly more happy dead than alive!

    Michael Baily, in his various podcasts, is big on the DC/Marvel adaptations of Graphic Audio. He had one of the creatives behind that company on his Views from the Longbox this week. I’ve yet to really listen to one, but I’m thinking they may be the closest thing to Power Records we have nowadays, and what I’ve heard certainly sounds intriguing!


  5. Frank says:

    1) Rob, you lie like a rug. Aquaman Annual #5 was in fact a “JLApe” tie-in. I know this because that was the last year all of the “Magnificent Seven” Leaguers got their own interrelated annuals, including the second and final Martian Manhunter Annual, where the story wrapped up. The creators who “got” the premise, like Len Kaminsky, had fun with it. John Ostrander (weird symmetry) wrote Aquaman’s part. He’s not known for fun. Peter David would have been an absolute gas, but of course he’d quit the title by that point.

    2) The Others are so fetch. This is the super-team that were dying by numbers when faced with a lone Aquaman villain that does not possess any super-powers. A white hot creative team on a bestselling book invent a prefab super-team to hand off to lesser hands for a spin-off. How often has that happened in comics, and how often has it worked? The Others helped me quit buying Aquaman. The Others make the Outsiders look viable. You know who can launch a team book? Not John Ostrander! Not a sweat shop of unknown artists! No means no, DC Comics. Bad company! Bad! BAD!

    3) Nick Cardy was DC’s John Romita. I never had a strong emotional attachment to the man’s work, but I respect it.

    4) I’m not getting much joy out of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I’m hopeful the Netflix deal will be better. I think Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are all better suited to TV than movies, and the limited run will help it avoid the why-ness of S.H.I.E.L.D.. They should have just banded together as the “Marvel Knights” or “Heroes for Hire” though. I don’t care for the misuse of the name Defenders, since that would have been a solid place to work toward in Phase 3 with Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, and others. Marvel has really devalued the Defenders name, but they can’t throw dozens of variations of “Avengers” at the general public the way they have in comics. I haven’t bought an Avengers trade in like, ever, but I did pick up the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire Defenders in hardcover.

    I think Luke’s disconnect is that Marvel-produced shows are a great uncharted potentiality. Warner Brothers-produced DC shows include Smallville, Birds of Prey and the Mercy Reef pilot. I haven’t seen Arrow, which would pretty much have to be more interesting than S.H.I.E.L.D., but it’s also being produced with an awareness that the bar has been raised. Will the Netflix shows raise that bar again? That’s prospect is what has us giddy.

    Also, the Nolan movies? They’re not that good. It’s kind of embarrassing to watch the old Superman and Batman flicks. The Dark Knight trilogy will join them in that. Or, as Bane would say, “Mghhf-dgfd-ghth-eft-mrrgh-mang-frew.”

    5) DC Comics has been admitted to hospice care. The consolidation to the west coast is an admission that the days of the publishing wing are numbered, so they’re centralizing their IP management for multimedia exploitation.

    6) In an episode advertised as memorializing the passing of one of the great comic book artists, Robert Jehoshaphat Kelly tells personal stories that are even more depressing. Most. Maudlin. Episode. Ever. You’re cut off, Rob, you sad sorry S.O.B.

  6. “I think Luke’s disconnect is that Marvel-produced shows are a great uncharted potentiality. Warner Brothers-produced DC shows include Smallville, Birds of Prey and the Mercy Reef pilot. I haven’t seen Arrow, which would pretty much have to be more interesting than S.H.I.E.L.D., but it’s also being produced with an awareness that the bar has been raised. Will the Netflix shows raise that bar again? That’s prospect is what has us giddy.”

    No, that’s not my “disconnect” in pretty much any respect, Frank.

    My only point is that, right now, as of November 19, 2013, Marvel and DC each have one live action TV show, and counting one company’s developmental shows but not the other is not comparing apples to apples.

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