The Comic Shack Retired

The Comic Shack

From Super Powers to Secret Wars, every week our panel discusses the latest in comics, along with history and information you can use to help build your collection. No genre or hero is left behind!

Hosted by Moisés Chiullan and Dan Benjamin.

#28: Men of Iron and Steel

May 9, 2013 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Moisés and John talk about Free Comic Book Day, Iron Man 3, and Man of Steel, along with good jumping-on points for Iron Man and Superman comics via TPBs and hardcovers. Make sure to listen to the After Dark, where we plot future topics for the show!

#27: Joker at the Front Door

March 1, 2013 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

John Gholson from joins Moisés to begin our 77-part mega-crossover-Bat-series by discussing some of the best stories to read if you want to get into Batman...aka NOT Dark Knight Returns.

*Program Note: Moisés erroneously claims Batman Inc (New 52) has been collected already. LYING (unintentionally). See the Comic Shack Reading List linked in the shownotes for more.

#26: SuperTeam-Building

February 18, 2013 at 10:30AM • 1 hour 10 minutes

An After Dark for another show (Screen Time 26) suddenly mutates into a full-on trip by The Shack with 70Decibels's Myke Hurley. We go from talking about his go-to reads to how we compile our personal "SuperTeams" of the characters and stories we follow.

#25: Taste the Hulk Rainbow

February 9, 2013 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

On top of being a huge fan of The Hulk, John Gholson publishes Gutters and Panels and writes a column for With the news that the Marvel Movies plan to tackle Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, we look at the best ways to "jump on" with the not-so-jolly Jade Giant, in all his green and purple glory.

Apologies for audio issues. SHACK SMASH SKYPE.

From Peter David and Bill Mantlo to Harlan Ellison, John Byrne, and the great Greg Pak, we pick out the best bits of Hulk lore to dive into. Check the shownotes links for an article that compiles and summarizes all of these recommendations in one place.

#24: Dark and Weird

January 11, 2013 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Moisés and Dan welcome Andy Ihnatko to talk about Superior Spider-Man #1, symbiotic storylines, and jumping on points for characters that are multiple decades old.

#23: Lying Cat is My Spirit Animal

January 4, 2013 at 6:15PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

Merlin Mann joins Moisés to talk about Saga while Dan screens live calls. They inevitably talk a little bit about X-Men, "comics that never end", and the precise/exact/nebulous/opaque thing/things that they love about Saga, and why you should read it.

Get ready for your "to read" list to expand exponentially into quantum space, as Moisés, Merlin, and our listeners also talk about loads of the best modern limited-run maxi-series, including Y: The Last Man, Transmetropolitan, Locke & Key, and seventeen dozen other great reads that start and end, with no revivals, reboots, Next Generations, or Summer Crossover Events. Sometimes it's a great thing when things just...end.

#22: Heaven Looks a Lot Like Queens

December 27, 2012 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

SPOILERS ABOUND! Moisés and Dan* are joined by "The Incomparable" Jason Snell (host of 5by5's The Incomparable!) to discuss the Spiderverse-shaking events contained in Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15.1. We start spoilers early and often, so read those before listening, and beware golden octobots.

Hear Dan refuse to contain his rage and indignation, Jason complain (again?!) about One More Day, and Moisés have panic attacks over the Clone Saga. Three Spider-fans enter, but will they end the show saying "Spider-Fan No More"?!

*This is the New52/MarvelNOW-ish reboot premiere of Comic Shack V2, but we didn't renumber because we aren't slaves to cruel commerce. NUFF SAID!

Special guest Jason Snell.

#21: Star Wars Comics

November 3, 2012 at 1:30PM • 56 minutes

Jim talks about the significant impact Star Wars has had on his life. He then delves into a discussion of the Marvel and Dark Horse comics, followed by some quick recommendations for comics based on toy lines and other media tie-ins.

#20: Intergalactic Quatrain

October 25, 2012 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

Alex Jarvis (@AlxJrvs), Editor-In-Chief of, joins Jim to provide a detailed overview of Green Lantern. Learn about the origins of the characters who become protectors of Sector 2814, The Guardians of the Universe, Oa, the Lantern oaths, and much more!

#19: A Granola Bar and a Bottle of Imodium

October 18, 2012 at 9:45PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

Jim talks with 'The Weekly Longbox' co-host Todd Rowker (@RowkerTheJoker) about attending conventions, collecting sketches, autographs, Doctor Who, and more!