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#5: Marvel Comics vs. DC Comics

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On this episode of the podcast, the Capes and Tights crew discuss the age-old question…Which universe is better, Marvel Comics or DC Comics?

DC Comics was founded as National Allied Publications in 1934 before changing it’s name in 1946 to National Comics Publications. Finally, they decided on the name DC in 1977. The name DC derived from the company’s popular series Detective Comics. DC Comics features well-known characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Joker, and more.

Marvel Comics entered the world as Timely Comics in 1939 and then became Atlas Comics in 1951. In the end the company was changed to Marvel in 1961. Marvel was sold to Disney in 2009 for $4.1 billion. Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and many more come from the Marvel world.

The comics book world features many comic book companies, but the big two make up 62.6% of the market share (Marvel at 34.7% and DC at 27.9%).

Which of the two bigger companies are the best? This is a question that will never be able to be really answered, but Adam and Justin are sure gonna try.

Be sure to listen to last week’s episode on adding the Fantastic Four and X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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#55: Bob Tkacik – Seven Years in Darkness Variant

What a special episode 55 featuring comic book creator and artist Bob Tkacik as well as Galactic Comics and Collectibles owner Paul Eaton to discuss the store-exclusive Seven Years In Darkness variant.

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What a special episode of the Capes and Tights Podcast featuring comic book creator and artist Bob Tkacik as well as Galactic Comics and Collectibles owner Paul Eaton to discuss the store-exclusive Seven Years In Darkness #1 variant.

Seven Years In DarknessTkacik is the artist on the Galactic Comics and Collectibles and Capes and Tights store-exclusive variant of Joseph Schmalke‘s Seven Years In Darkness #1. Tkacik is a local Maine artist and creator working on his first book entitled Good Boy Paws which he funded via Kickstarter and is due out soon.

Eaton owns the aforementioned Galactic Comics and is a regular on the Capes and Tights Podcast.

When Eaton was tossing around the idea of hooking up with Schmalke to sell a store-exclusive variant he approached us at Capes and Tights asking if we would go in together on the project. Of course we couldn’t say no to a Schmalke book. After talking back and forth, Eaton decided the best course of action was to hire Tkacik to draw the cover.

The store-exclusive variant cover issues of Seven Years In Darkness #1 are only available at Galactic Comics and Collectibles (547 Hammond Street, Bangor, ME) or galacticcomicsandcollectibles.com. This cover is limited to 100 total copies (including comps) with 75 regular variant covers and 25 metal variants. The regular cover Seven Years In Darkness #1 is also available.

Schmalke’s solicitation for Seven Years In Darkness

Seventy-two children are conscripted to the Academy of Black Magic for seven years where they’ll study the dark arts in a setting devoid of the sun. Only seven will survive to see daylight again.

Schmalke is an artist and comic creator known for his work on We Don’t Kill Spiders, The Electric Black, Cherry Blackbird, Murder Hobo, and so much more. He is also the Co-Publisher, along with Rich Woodall, at Black Caravan an imprint at Scout Comics.

#55: Bob Tkacik – Seven Years in Darkness #1 Variant

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#54: Steve Mardo – Comic Book Artist

The Capes and Tights Podcast welcomes Steve Mardo to the show for episode 54. Mardo is a comic book artist and creator from New England.

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The Capes and Tights Podcast welcomes Steve Mardo to the show for episode 54. Mardo is a comic book artist and creator from New England.

Mardo is the artist for Black Caravan’s Epic Tavern – Tales From The Fantastical Crime Unit from writer Shawn French with colors by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles legend Steve Lavigne. The one-shot is based off the Epic Tavern video game created by French and Hyperkinetic Studios, available in beta on Steam.

“Angel is a Centaur Foal.” Hard-boiled detective Victor Marshall finds himself partnered with idealistic young necromancer Emilia Mortalis and her crew of undead animal pals to investigate the disappearance of a young centaur in this official adaptation of the video game Epic Tavern. The series follows the adventures of an overworked agency in the fantasy realm of Beor tasked with investigating crimes committed by supernatural and mythological creatures. Hidden within are clues for unlocking bonus content in Epic Tavern, including a new Final Boss battle and the most powerful artifact in the game.

Steve Mardo has also worked on Joseph Schmalke‘s Murder Hobo comic book and more. His work has also been used for the Bangor Comic and Toy Con‘s promotion poster in 2022. Look for more from Mardo coming in 2023 with projects yet-to-be announced. Steve will be at NecronomiCon in Providence, RI from August 18-21, as well as the 2022 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland from September 16-18.

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#53: David Harper Returns – SKTCHD and Off Panel

David Harper returns to the show to discuss comics, SKTCHD.com, Off Panel and more!

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David Harper returns to the Capes and Tights Podcast for episode 53 to discuss the wonderful, crazy and sometimes downright confusing world of comic books. Harper is the founder and owner of SKTCHD and the Off Panel Podcast.

SKTCHD is a subscription based comic book site designed to approach comics and the world around them from a unique perspective, taking deeper, research-driven dives into the stories behind the comics and the people who make them. It is also meant to be a community of people who don’t just want to look at the stories in comics, but extending into the ones that are just as interesting taking place outside of them. More than anything, it is a place where comics and their creators are celebrated, and where we’re reminded that it takes a lot of people to make these stories we love.

Off Panel is a weekly comics interview podcast hosted by Harper that gets the story behind the stories and creators we love, as well as the broader comic book industry. David has hosted over 350 episodes with guests such as Brian K. Vaughn (Saga), James Tynion IV (Something Is Killing The Children, The Closet), Tillie Walden (Clementine), Charles Soule + Ryan Browne (Eight Billion Genies, Curse Words), Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland, Twig), Chip Zdarsky (Public Domain, Daredevil), and many more.

Not only does David host comic book creators, Harper invites comic store owners, distributors and special guests to discuss the inner workings comic book sales. His podcast is truly an all encompassing comic show. If you are a fan of comic books, this podcast is a must listen.

The Capes and Tights crew discusses many comic book topics including single issue comics, digital comics, Substack, Patreon, a little basketball and so much more.

Harper hails from the great State of Alaska, he last appeared on the podcast back in episode 12.

David’s long-form and in-depth pieces on his website are an excellent source for comic book knowledge. Subscribe today for a seven-day free trail and check out the content.

EPISODE #53: David Harper – SKTCHD and Off Panel

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