This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: David Gerstein shares a brief history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, we review Dejah Thoris #1, Monsters #3, and Kennel Block Blues #1. Plus we discuss updates to Hanna-Barbera properties a DC Entertainment.
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Dejah Thoris #1
writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Francesco Manna
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Prepare yourself for Dejah Thoris as you’ve never seen her before! A shocking conspiracy unravels in Helium as Dejah’s father has gone missing. In the wake of assuming the throne, Dejah learns secret information from her past that will have resounding effects on the kingdom – and her life! Join Frank J. Barbiere and Francesco Manna as Dejah discovers a secret past that will have her leaving Helium for an all-new adventure on her own!
Story By: Marjorie Liu
Art By: Sana Takeda
Publisher: Image Comics
Maika must confront the deadly secrets that live inside her.
Kennel Block Blues #1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Oliver is a good dog. A family dog. But without warning, he’s sentenced to Jackson Kennel, where he’s instantly placed on Death Row with the rest of his fellow inmates, awaiting a lethal appointment on The Table if salvation doesn’t come. He’ll need help escaping the Kennel, but when the stress of prison life builds, he starts escaping reality instead, imagining a fantasy world of cartoon friends. It’s time to break out…into a musical number?
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DISCUSSION: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit with David Gerstein
“Hungry Hobos” was overseen by Walt Disney in 1928 as part of a distribution deal with Universal Pictures. It was the 20th short film (out of 26 made by Disney) starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a long-eared precursor to the more famous Mickey Mouse (who appeared for the first time later that year in “Steamboat Willie”). The film follows the misadventures of Oswald and his roughneck pal, Putrid Pete, as they ride a freight car loaded with animals and devise ways to cook a meal using the tools at hand. When a policeman chases them off the train, the duo poses as a hurdy-gurdy man and a monkey as part of their escape.
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