Robservations

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Rob Liefeld’s doing a podcast called Robservations. Not to be confused with Robert Meyer Burnett’s YouTube Show, also called Robservations (if you happen to run in these same nerd circles).

It’s a great podcast too. Liefeld speaks with passion, from the heart, and he tells it like it is. From his side of course and kudos to him for saying that frequently. This is his story and he puts the people in the room who were actually there. 

I really sort of missed the whole Liefeld craze. Being born in ’83 I didn’t have a lot of Image comics. I never sought them out and the only time I knew about them was by flipping through a Wizard magazine. Besides, any dollars I was able to scuffle up I spent on Superman and Batman and the occasional Spider-Man. I never was into X-Men, which made it even more dire for a Liefeld encounter.

Besides, comic art in the 90’s seemed to clone itself from its Lee, Liefeld and McFarlane masters. There were just so many of them that it was hard for a kid from Missouri with only ten bucks in his pocket to keep track. I think I had a random issue of Youngblood at one point, along with an issue of Prophet and Spawn. But ask me what the stories were about or how I got them and I couldn’t tell you.

So for me, as I was going through each episode of Robservations, it unlocked a very important time in comic book lore. And boy was it a revolutionary time, and full of drama. Because even if you know the lore, some of the stories that Liefeld tells in these pods are really worth the listen alone. And there are some bat-shit crazy ones.

But what really makes these pop for me is Liefeld’s knowledge of comic book history. You get so much of it here as he speaks fondly of Frank Miller’s Daredevil and of John Byrne and George Perez. He avidly talks about stuff like Chris Claremont’s X-Men and DC titles like the Legion of Super-Heroes. By simply taking this journey with him, you can’t help but add new names and books to your to-read lists. There’s just so much to explore and discover in comics and I hope more creators follow Liefeld’s example. Let’s get more of these guys to make podcasts and let’s keep discovering some crazy stories and gems from their youth.

Because Liefeld’s right. We need more comic book history and we need more stuff like Robservations. Let’s help future generations discover the gems of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Because even if you were a kid from that time, you encountered greatness. Even if you didn’t know it at the time. Rob Liefeld is one of those greats.

Go ahead and give them all a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

But if you’re lazy and can only listen to three, here are my recommendations. 

The Rivalry That Shaped an Era

Legendary Runs! The Rise of Art Adams and the Legion of Super-Heroes

1988! Learning to Fly

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