Monday, January 13, 2020

Podcast: Morbius the Living Vampire!

Have you seen the trailer for this year's Morbius yet? It's ... fine!? I'm too excited about the prospects of getting a movie adaption of "the living vampire" to nitpick at this point. And the release of the trailer feels like a good excuse to dig one of our podcasts out of the vault.

In the second episode of The Collinsport Historical Society Podcast, recorded way back in 2013, features an interview with comics legend Roy Thomas about creating Michael Morbius, Marvel's first vampire, in 1971. Also in this episode: Patrick McCray speaks with comics creator Joe Keatinge, who was writing a new Morbius series at the time.

What does this have to do with Dark Shadows? I'm glad you asked! Morbius was at the crossroads of several historic changes in comics. Not only was his introduction the first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man not written by Stan Lee, but he was also the first vampire character at Marvel following changes to Comics Code Authority's prohibition for supernatural characters. In our interview, Thomas speaks about the events that led to Morbius sparring with the web slinger in 1971, his script for the Marvel Comics 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.

You can listen to the episode below.


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.

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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