Vids I Dig 330: Comic Tropes: Awful and Fun: Golden Age Superhero Dynamite Thor

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Sometimes we can learn from comics that are absurd. This is one of them. Dynamite Thor is a superhero whose power is to throw sticks of dynamite at problems. Golden Age comics would often try ridiculous things like that so we take a look at this strange Fox Features Syndicate comic book from 1940.

Vids I Dig 315: Comic Tropes: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Co-Creator Kevin Eastman: How to Lose $14 Million In Indie Comics

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Kevin Eastman co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird in 1984. They self-published the comic book and retained all the rights. This video shows how the business needs pulled Eastman away from being creative as well as how he got seriously involved with creator’s rights. Eastman has run Mirage Studios, Tundra Publishing and Heavy Metal Magazine. This has given him both massive success and allowed him to blow a fortune of around $14 million on independent comics. The video also takes a close look at his artistic techniques and his inspirations from Jack Kirby to Frank Miller.

Vids I Dig 300: Comic Tropes: Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Jim Shooter has accomplished more than most in the world of comic books. But he’s also had failure at Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics. This video tracks not only Jim Shooter’s career by tries to look at his writing and editing techniques and his personality to try to understand how he has had an equal number of successes and failures.

Vids I Dig 285: Comic Tropes: Shazam! The Rise and Fall of Captain Marvel

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: The original Captain Marvel came from Fawcett Comics and was pretty much the most popular superhero throughout the 1940s. He spawned a bunch of spinoffs and even outsold Superman. His creators, Bill Parker and CC Beck, made something special that younger readers loved. Writer Otto Binder brought it to new heights.

This episode breaks down the history of the rapid rise and equally fast decline of Captain Marvel in the Golden Age, taking special care to explain what was best about the books by looking at the serialized story, Mr. Mind and the Monster Society of Evil.

Vids I Dig 274: Comic Tropes: Vulgar In Design & Tawdry In Color: The Origin of Comic Books In the Platinum Age

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Superman’s debut in 1938 marks the Golden Age of Comics. But comic books existed before superheroes. This episode takes a look at the history of comic books and the Platinum Age where conventions like panel to panel storytelling and word balloons came into existence. It focuses especially on the comic strips of the 1890s through 1930s and how newspapers battled each other by trying to carry the most popular comics, like The Yellow Kid.

Vids I Dig 263: Comic Tropes: The Themes Explored In ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: This episode analyzes the themes found in Batman: The Long Halloween which include family, duality, and balance. The central engine of the story is a murder mystery and trying to figure out who is Holiday, a disguised killer who attacks the mob. The book works on a number of levels and subverts some expectations by using Batman as the foil, but not the protagonist. This is the definitive story about Harvey Dent, aka Two Face.

Vids I Dig 252: Comic Tropes: The Evolution of The Joker

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in comic books. This video explains the history of his creation and discusses the writers and artists who made significant contributions to his history. From Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo many have written the Joker and he’s been different things in different eras: from a gangster to a prankster.