November 27, 2018 Audio Drama

Audio drama podcast from Marvel, then we go old school and visit a comic from Ancient Rome and the 60s. Let’s get into it and nerd it up.

Episode Links:

Wolverine:The Long Night Podcast

Old Time Radio

The History of Rome Podcast

Carl D Smith Patreon

The Podcast Arcade

Art of Lee Bokma

Covert Nerd Podcast

Wolverine the long night podcast is an audio drama based on the Marvel character Wolverine. I hope they do more of these in the future. Shortly after I wrote this it was announced there would be a 2nd season called Marvel’s Wolverine: The Lost Trail.


Being in the audio world I know this type of storytelling can be just as difficult to make as making a comic book.  Both are a great way to tell a story and both are taxing on the creators.

I have listened to many old time radio broadcasts and they are fun to listen too. If you haven’t listened to old audio dramas I suggest you do it. I will Include a link to old audio drama’s people have posted on  Audio has the good and bad benefit of not being a complete medium. The difference between a TV show and an Audio Drama is, that not everything is thrown at you. When you watch something on a screen you are given both the visual and the audio, your brain doesn’t have to fill in any of the gaps. With Audio your brain has to draw the pictures of the scene and characters for you based on what you hear and what your mind can conjur.

In the podcasting world the fiction genre has seen an increase in popularity in the last year.  I believe this will continue to be the case over the next few years.

I would assume you are a fan of audio since you are listening now. It’s a personal medium, what I mean is that it’s not something you listen to as a group.  It’s your player of choice and a pair of earbuds. The test on how good a podcast or audio book is, when you are listening in the car does it prevent you from getting out? If it does then it’s a good podcast or audio book.

Books on tape comments, I want to take you back in the way back machine to back in the late 90’s I listened to a lot of books on tape. Because back then there were no podcasts.  You had to rewind if the previous person didn’t and the portable tape player I used seemed to go through AA batteries quickly. I’m sounding like the old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn. Fast forward to today and the effort to listen to audio like most things is almost friction-less. Also the barrier of entry to produce a podcast or audiobook is much easier than ever before. I’m not saying either is easy, but the ability to get your product to the consumer is relatively easy compared to 10 years ago. Just like in previous episodes the barrier of entry is lower, which is a good thing for all of us, in my opinion.  If you like a particular podcast please let them know. Sometimes we as podcasters wonder if anyone is listening. All the podcasters I talk with and listen to, they all 100% agree when they get an email from a listener it gives them a boost. It helps them be more excited for the next episode. I think this would be a good idea for most of the things we consume. Whether it’s a blog post or piece of digital art, let the creator know you like it. It’s doesn’t have to be lengthy, a simple “good job, keep up the good work.” will do wonders for a creators moral. And that’s why I try to do as many shout outs to the people who contact with me. I hope you will give them a look and get some value and let them know they are putting out good content.


Britannia comic from Valiant


Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one’s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, a veteran of Rome’s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings… In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay…

There are 3 volumes released as of this recording, and all 3 are fabulous. Writer: Peter Milligan keeps the dialog moving along nicely and also keeps you wondering about who did it until the very last page. The art by Juan Jose Ryp goes into such details and seems to get the period piece correctly.  He is meticulous about the details. For example on a page we see our hero walking down the street and he draws the details of each street vendor down to the apples.

 Veteran legionnaire Antonius Axia is the detective who is hesitantly working for the mad emperor Nero. Imagine Sherlock Holmes being thrust back into Roman times to solve crimes for the empire.  

When I first saw the solicit last year I wasn’t interested, but I saw it again a month ago and couldn’t stop reading all of them. If you are a Roman history fan you will love it, if you are not you will still appreciate the art and the amazing story.

Side note if you want to hear a great Roman history podcast The History of Rome by Mike Duncan.  It’s an older one but still a great podcast. Mike goes out of his way to get everything as accurate as he can.  He starts with the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus and ends with the last western emperor in 472 AD. It’s fantastic is the best way to sum up his detailed podcast. I will include a link in the show notes.


The Secret Six

first appeared during the initial team's seven-issue title Secret Six (May 1968 – May 1969).

Unusually, the premiere issue's story began on the cover, and continued on the interior's page one. This strike team of covert operatives consisted of August Durant, Lili de Neuve, Carlo di Rienzi, Mike Tempest, Crimson Dawn and King Savage.



Created by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Frank Springer, the ongoing series ceased publication with the identity of Mockingbird unrevealed.

Friend Carl D Smith who’s is a writer with a patreon by the way.  I will include a link in the show notes he had mentioned the secret six along time ago and I decided to check it out.  I liked the simplicity of the story telling, there’s not a who lot of complicated characters and in depth storylines. The team is given an assignment and they are tasked with completing the assignment. One story is to recover stolen jewels another is to steal plans for a secret jet before the communist get them. Sometimes a person only wants to read a simple action issue and be done.

Like all teams each member has their own set of skills and abilities. This allows the story to use each member to complete their mission. Although the title is 50 years old I still like the story telling.  The fact that it is 50 years old is part of the fun. You can tell this was written at the height of the cold war, the reader hears the word “commie” multiple times are a product of their times. Also the old school ads are interesting and funny. Like the 2 man submarine for only $6.90 and selling greeting cards for “amazing prizes!”  I will post pictures in the show notes.

Issue number one they start the story on the cover, which is a very unique thing to do.


 Thanks to The guys over at the podcast arcade

Lee Bokma art of Lee Bokma on Facebook

and Carl D Smith


Ads in the Secret Six

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