In the first episode of Scotch & Comics to be released in 2012 (yet recorded in 2011), your intrepid host Devin R Bruce impales himself on a Rusty Nail and talks a little bit about his penchant for glassware. Then, it’s off to the races as we discuss a wide range of comic books: the Elseworlds tale Batgirl and Robin: Thrillkiller, Silver Age stories from Turok: Son of Stone, and two series that were cancelled before their time: the second half of Welcome To Tranquility and the first volume of Thor: The Mighty Avenger. Alternate histories, dinosaurs, demons, and ancient gods: it’s just a typical episode of Scotch & Comics!
NOTE: There are slight spoilers for Thrillkiller in this episode, nothing completely outrageous but a few examples of how things are different in this version of the DC Universe. I don’t think it really ruins anything but you have been warned.
Wikipedia’s list of Elseworlds stories (The year of the Elseworlds Annuals were published in 1994)
In my discussion of Turok: Son of Stone, I say “Pteranosaurs.” I of course meant “Pterosaurs.” My six-year-old self is mortified.
Zuvembies were NOT created by Marvel but rather by the great pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. That word was used by Marvel in the 1970s, during the time of the Comics Code Authority when horror themes weren’t allowed to be overt. For more information on the Comics Code Authority you should read The Ten-Cent Plague, which is a really terrific book.
Website of Chris Samnee, artist of Thor: The Mighty Avenger (he is a hell of an artist and you should check his website out)