Thursday, September 29, 2016

Episode 26: Checkmate 5, Suicide Squad 18 and Annual 1

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 26: Checkmate 5, Suicide Squad 18 and Annual 1

Still a little delayed due to sickness and home life, but we're back...  the 26th episode of Task Force X.  Also due to trying to get this episode out, there may be a bit more pauses and some background noise than I like, again, I apologize.

This month we have three character profiles and we look at three different comics.....

First up, I do a character profile of Shade The Changing Man.
Shade The Changing Man

Then at about 12 minutes in, I look at and talk about Checkmate number 5 which has two stories.
Checkmate 5

Checkmate #5
Title of first story: "The Dallas Connection"

Cover Date: August 1988
On Sale Date: April 12, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Jerry Bingham

2nd story
Title: "The Dome"
Pages: 8
Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Art Thibert
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

This second story, we look at Reeds training to become a Knight and get a little of his background.

Then at about 49 minutes, we look at the 18th issue of Suicide Squad....

Suicide Squad 18
"Manhattan Massacre"
Cover Date: October 1988
On Sale Date: July 5, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger
Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Robert Lewis
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Credits
Penciller: Joe J. Brozowski
Inker: Karl Kesel

I follow that book up with 2 more character Profiles.
Ravan of the Jihad and Mark Shaw 'Manhunter'
Ravan killing a guard
Mark Shaw - Manhunter
 For more on Mark Shaw, check out my podcast 'The Starman-Manhunter Adventure Hour' where I talk about Will Payton Starman and the Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Finally at one hour and twenty fives minutes in to the show, I look at the Suicide Squad Annual 1.

This has two stories in it.  The first continues from Manhunter number 6.  For more on this, see episode 6 of The Starman-Manhunter Adventure Hour (available from The HeadCast Network)

Suicide Squad Annual #1
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: August 16, 1988
Cover Price: $1.50
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Ghosts and Shadows"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Timothy Dzon
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

The second story is an 8 page story of Amanda Waller.
Title: "Family Duty"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Keith Giffen
Inker: Robert Oksner
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

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Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.  Currently I'm only looking at the Manhunter comics,as Invasion! is coming.

Then, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero issue 13 and the first episode of the regular series.

The following week, look for Head Speaks episode 27, where I'll be talking about The Sword of the Atom issue 4, plus whatever else crosses my fancy.... 

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk more about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.

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