KoPoint Comics, EP 007 – Superhero Teams

KoPoint Comics is hosted this week by @JustJon

This week on The KoPoint Comic Book Show, Jon Lazar, Jeff Newelt, and Dan Patterson are joined by Josh Frankel, the Publisher of Zip Comics, publisher of Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland. We take a little time to get to know Josh and how he and Jeff got to know each other and work together, and ask Josh his top 5 books to give to a new comic book reader.

Josh’s first books to give to a new comic book reader are: Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, The Fantastic Four Omnibus by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby,  Book of Genesis by R. Crumb, Maus by Art Spiegelman,  and Orc Stain by James Stokoe.

From there, they go on to discuss superhero teams. From the all-star teams of Justice League of America and The Avengers to more self-contained teams like the X-Men, X-Statix, and the Teen Titans to the more indie teams of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and DNAgents, the various teams of the last 50 years are explored.


  • This week, Jeff has two kickers! First, The Stan Lee Universe begins a discussion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s contributions to the superhero team genre, and their reunion Silver Surfer graphic novel. Jeff’s second kicker is A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld, an award winning journalistic book about New Orleans after Katrina.
  • Jon’s kicker for this week is Alabaster Wolves by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber, the story of a girl who hunts monsters while being followed by an angel, that was recommended to him by Chris from Funny Business of Nyack, NY.
  • Josh recommended reading My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, the autobiographical story of knowing Jeffrey Dahmer and spending time with him prior to his murderous ways being known by his neighbor, and Severed by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, a horror comic about a demonic traveling salesman.
  • Dan hasn’t had his iPad for a while and has begun reading comics on the Comixology web reader on his Mac Air, so he can catch up on his comic book reading.

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