July 1967 (w/Elliott Kalan) - "If This Be... MODOK!"
Elliott Kalan has made a career for himself out of checking items off the bucket list he made for himself when he was 14, which is a damn fine way to go through life, if you ask us.
You may know him as the head writer of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, which Robb mortgaged his house to Kickstart, or his 12-year run as writer and head writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He's written a bunch of Spider-Man comics, including Spider-Man & the X-Men, which includes what is probably the second-most-memed comics panel of the last decade.
He's been co-hosting bad-movie podcast The Flop House since 2007, long before the federal government made co-hosting a bad-movie podcast compulsory for men aged 18-25. And he co-hosted a 13-episode podcast about I, Claudius called (wait for it) I, Podivs with fellow MBTM alumnus John Hodgman.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, he has written two fantastic kids' picture books: Horse Meets Dog (which was the first book Bryan's son was able to read all by himself) and Sharko and Hippo, out now for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Bottom line: Elliott is great. Please make the two hours he wasted doing this show with us worth his while by consuming all his media.
Stories Covered In Detail This Episode:
Strange Tales #161: “The Second Doom” - written and drawn by Jim Steranko
Tales of Suspense #94: “If This Be… MODOK!” - written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby w/Joe Sinnott
Fantastic Four #67: “When Opens the Cocoon” - written by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby w/Joe Sinnott
Amazing Spider-Man #53: “Enter: Dr. Octopus” - written by Stan Lee, art by John Romita w/”Mickey Demeo” (Mike Esposito)
Complete List of Comics Published This Month (courtesy of mikesamazingworld.com):
Amazing Spider-Man #53, Avengers #44, Avengers Annual #1, Daredevil #32, Fantastic Four #67, Not Brand Echh #3, Sgt. Fury #46, Strange Tales #161, Tales of Suspense #94, Tales to Astonish #96, Thor #144, X-Men #36, ©1967 Marvel Comics.
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