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The Parliament of Rooks Podcast
82 minutes | May 8, 2017
Episode 49 – “D” Is for Lots of Things
See Dick edit. Edit, Dick, edit! It’s a parliamentary welcome for the Young Turk himself, Mr. Dick Giordano, as he leads the Charlton Charge and we review one of his sterling editorial efforts with the continuing story of Deadman from Strange Adventures #213. Whether you fancy some hatching, crosshatching, or even a moderate stippling, this journey through the miasma is guaranteed to shake out the brain monsters. Now that’s what I call a freak out!
100 minutes | Apr 26, 2017
Episode 48 – It’s About Space
Oh… my… god, Becky… look at her butt! Join the parliament for a bit more Legionnaire business as they review another story of the teenagers from the future written by a teenager from the past, with part two of the Mordru the Merciless saga from Adventure Comics #370. A claustrophobic conjurer calls a kangaroo court against a mind-wiped farm boy, a chauvinistic brush-salesman, a girl in shower-proof body makeup, and a redheaded spitfire with the most repulsive bottom-half you’ve ever seen. Trust us: when a girl walks in with a stripey little waist, and a pointy thing in your face… you get stung!
110 minutes | Apr 15, 2017
Episode 47 – It’s About Time
Look! Out on the lake! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s… Mordru on a Jet Ski? It’s a thousand years if it’s a day as the parliament is joined by Paul French of The Legion of Substitute Podcasters for a 31st century primer, then sets the controls for 1968 and a review of Adventure Comics #369. Unrequited crushes on fictional bobby soxers, small town weirdness magnets, the world’s tallest Shooter, and the truth about why Mark Waid is inspired by girls in sewer pipes. You won’t get that from any School-a-tron!
72 minutes | Apr 5, 2017
Episode 46 – With One Stone
Black is black and white is white – the more they meet the more they fight. The parliament is once again in session, banging the gavel of heavy-handed verbosity with a “torn from the headlines” review of a sweater-vested Hawk and a bow-tied Dove from Showcase #75. Ditko, Giordano, Infantino and Skeates – one of these things may not be like the others, but will he compromise? NOT… ON… YOUR… LIFE!
77 minutes | Mar 20, 2017
Episode 45 – Of Monsters and Men
Joe Orlan-Doo… where are you? Humor meets horror once again as the Parliament mixes teens and screams, reviewing Swing with Scooter #12 and the inaugural issue of Stanley and His Monster which, of course, is #109. Smoke-breathing skeletons, Oksnerian good girls, early Christian Slater, and exactly what it takes to get Arnold Drake to remove his hat. Bejabbers!
77 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
Episode 44 – Have I Got a Story for You!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… It’s story time with the Parliament as we roll out the Peril, reviewing tales from three different ages with Comic Cavalcade #22, Sensation Comics #107, and The Unexpected #106. Hitchhiking ghost kids, boomin’ ice queens, floating Johnny heads, and more lying lies than a liar can lie about. Believe it… or not!
67 minutes | Mar 5, 2017
Episode 43 – South of the Border
¡Esta aqui, Esteban, mira! Es hora de que el Parlamento Mexicano, as we tear down the wall between Boston and Cleveland (and possibly El Paso) to give you a veritable Deadman’s Chest of reviews, covering both Strange Adventures #’s 211 and 212. Whether your preference is a touch of evil, or a liberal amount of Neal Adams, this one is guaranteed to straddle that border. To sum up in a single word: Strategery.
111 minutes | Feb 20, 2017
Episode 42 – Life, the DC Universe and Everyone
What, us worry? It’s time for your very own personal potrzebie as the parliament digs shallow this week and comes up with a mad, mad, mad, mad review of The Inferior Five #6. A feast of fools, the merry old king of Limbo, and more bops on tops with lollipops than you can swing a drafting table at. This one changes everything… or my name isn’t Etoain Shrdlu!
71 minutes | Jan 30, 2017
Episode 41 – Something Old, Something New
Dear Editor: Are you guys hiring? It’s time for a little bronze-age parli-mentoring, as Julius Schwartz makes a solemn vow to raise a better protégé than Mort Weisinger. Decide if he succeeded following a review of little Mike Friedrich’s freshman effort from The Spectre #3. Elderly men in hotel rooms, Roman war helmets, California T-bones, and magenta thigh-highs: truly 1968 was a more innocent time… or my name isn’t: WILDCAT!
99 minutes | Jan 23, 2017
Episode 40 – Requiem for a Teen
It’s 10 PM… do you know where your Titans are? Why, they’re right here, listening to a Haney-rific Kashdan-tacular as the parliament offers reviews both of their animated adventures from The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and their darker turn from Teen Titans #14. So limbo lower and twist like a half-hulk, as the TT’s are forced to confront their doubts, their fears, and their little green onesies. Holy Phantasmagoria!
174 minutes | Jan 16, 2017
Episode 39 – Thirteen Thrice, Three Times as Nice
It’s three, Three, THREE eps in one! Read along as the parliament presents their very first done-in-one trade paperback review, cleverly combining episodes 13, 14, and 15 into a DC Digest Condensed presentation of Justice League of America: Zatanna’s Search. Talking backward, backward talking, looking forward, and awkward looking (we’re talking about you, Warlock of Ys), it’s a walk down memory lane that still feels brand new. And that’s how the trick is done!
59 minutes | Jan 9, 2017
Episode 38 – You Better Run
Cross out all that do not apply: A (doctor/monk/circus aerialist) is (falsely accused/given months to live/murdered) and must travel (to a foreign land/town to town/in the bodies of others) in his endless search for (a cure/his brother/the real killer). Join the parliament as they explore the literary, cinematic, and broadcast influences on our favorite raging revenant, Boston Brand, ranging from Jean Valjean to Edd “Kookie” Byrnes with everything in between, including a review of Thomas’s very first Deadman story from Strange Adventures #210. Don’t walk… run!
108 minutes | Dec 19, 2016
Episode 37 – You’re a Teen One, Mr. Ginch
…aaaaand a rook, in a pear treeeeee! Egg up some nog and yule down a log, as the Parliament closes out the year in holiday style, reviewing a zany Bob Haney take on a Dickens classic in Teen Titans #13. Guest appearances galore, as everyone from the Whos down in Whoville to that other fab foursome from across the pond drop by for some holiday cheer and a choice seat at the first annual parliamentary Christmas pageant. And that, Stanley Dover, is what Christmas is all about!
89 minutes | Dec 12, 2016
Episode 36 – The Only 12¢ Now-Cast
A musical episode??? Well… at least it’s not a clip show. Listen in as the parliament plays some of DC’s deep cuts into the mod music scene with an overview of Swing with Scooter, and reviews of both Teen Beat #1 and Teen Beam #2. Whether you’re a vampiric Illya Kuryakin, a bare-bottomed circus boy, or the Master Mage Jimmy Page, trust us when we tell you that this episode still has enough magic to cast its spell over even the most terrif of Teenys. It’s ginchy!
85 minutes | Dec 5, 2016
Episode 35 – When Worlds Did Collide
It’s parliamentary alchemy as silver melds with bronze to create podcast gold. Join us for a spectre-acular transition through the ages as we provide an overview of both The Spectre #1 and The Brave and the Bold #75, then give a full-on review of The Spectre #2. Learn about motorpool safety from Murphy Anderson, ionic air trails from Gardner Fox, the contents of Julius Schwartz’s pockets from Neal Adams, and TPOR podcast’s Facebook address from Thomas and Melanie. All this… still for 3 cents less bronze!
73 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
Episode 34 – As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly
All it’s gonna take is your complete cooperation… absolute secrecy… and twenty live turkeys. Steal a drumstick and have a second helping of Brztalian Kulak, as the Parliament interrupts your regularly scheduled podcast to bring you a special holiday presentation, reviewing All-Star Comics #2 and JSA #54. Whether you prefer Alan Light or the Dark Knight, this one is guaranteed to have more breast meat than any other Norman Rockwell homage. All this, plus Geoff Johns’s Dane Cook impression. Oh, the humanity.
83 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Episode 33 – Like a Bird on the Wire
Ladies and Gentlemen, Teenies and Tinies! Come witness the world’s greatest aerialist… now that Boston Brand is gone. The Parliament becomes a veritable aviary this week as they’re overrun by a host of eagles, sparrows, rooks, and drakes with reviews of Deadman’s ongoing hunt for the Hook in Strange Adventures #’s 208 and 209. So put in your 12 cents, peel that sticker from your butt, and listen in to the greatest character little Marvin Wolfman has ever seen. Now in full groovy color!
109 minutes | Nov 7, 2016
Episode 32 – Strange Interlude
Movies, not comics? Marvel, not DC?? Three voices, not two??? Something very strange is going on here… Join the Parliament – and their Merry Marvel Mentor, Vanessa Valentine – as they delve into both the origins, and the cinematic adaptation, of the Sorcerer Supreme from across the street, Dr. Strange. Shangri-La… immanentizing the eschaton… Tilda Swinton’s shapely head… this one has it all! Plus: the mysterious connection between messrs. Morrison, Huxley, Blake and Lee. ‘Nuff said?
100 minutes | Oct 31, 2016
Episode 31 – It’s The Parliament of Rooks 31st Annual Halloween Special!
It’s a Halloween tradition as the Parliament hosts their star-studded extravaganza for the 31st year running! Wait? Doesn’t that mean they starting creating these when they were twelve years old? Well, if it’s good enough for Sheldon Mayer… And speaking of Mayer creations, ring the doorbell for a handful of Sweet-Tart Halloween treats with reviews of Sugar and Spike #’s 1, 25, 31, 43, 55, and 73! It’s enough to make a grown man say, “Skxlplch Glop!”
106 minutes | Oct 24, 2016
Episode 30 – That Daring Young Man
Behold… the creation of Adams! Neal Adams, that is. It’s a passing of the torch as the Parliament tells a generational tale of two golden boys – one from the Silver Age and one from the Bronze – pausing along the way to review two more chapters of Deadman’s hunt for the Hook from Strange Adventures #’s 206 and 207. All this, plus more Bob Hopes than you can swing a guitar at. That is to say… just the one.
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