Friday, January 4, 2013

Podcast: Morbius the Living Vampire!



Joe Keatinge, writer of Marvel's new MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE series, and comics legend Roy Thomas speak about creating - and re-creating - Marvel's first vampire. Morbius was at the crossroads of several historic changes in comics. Not only was his first appearance also the first issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN not written by Stan Lee (who turned 90 this week,) but he was also the first vampire character at Marvel following changes to Comics Code Authority prohibition for supernatural characters. In this interview, Thomas speaks about the events that lead to Morbius making his debut in 1971, his script for the DARK SHADOWS parody "Darn Shadows," and how the Marvel office was not allowed to disturb him when a television show featuring a certain cane-carrying vampire was on.

PATRICK McCRAY speaks to Joe Keatinge about resurrecting Morbius in a post-TWILIGHT world, and how he's working to make the character relevant to modern audiences without showing disrespect to the writers and artists who have come before him.

The music for this episode includes THE PINK ROOM by David Lynch, THE VAMPIRE CLUB by Voltaire, and V IS FOR VAMPIRE by Powerman 5000.

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Read a preview of the first episode of MORBIUS below.


5 comments:

George Caltsoudas said...

Loving these podcasts! Especially the one on House of Dark Shadows and looking forward to listening to commentaries on Night of Dark Shadows and the 2012 film... I didn't even know they were bringing back Morbius even though I follow comic news all the time!

Cousin Barnabas said...

Thanks! Next up is an interview with author Nancy A. Collins. Then, a podcast discussion about Dark Shadows '12 and Dracula A.D. 1972. And THEN ... well, I'm recording another podcast tomorrow with some terrific guests. But I'm hesitant to say more until after it's actually been recorded.

George Caltsoudas said...

Oh cool! I always wondered what it's like to do one of those podcasts. So you guys must do it all via skype I guess? That would be fun, to chime in on the parallels between Dracula AD 1972 and the 2012 DS. Can't wait for that...

A Friend of Judah Zachary said...

Would it be possible to include someone who actually likes 'Dark Shadows '12'. I know that might be difficult, but I think would make for a better listen.

Cousin Barnabas said...

I'd love to, actually. If I could get 2-3 people together for a discussion, it would be fun to have a "rebuttal" episode. If you know anyone who'd like to take part, send them my way.

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