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Place to Be Nation Friday Update

Happy weekend! Enjoy this sample of pieces from a loaded week at PTB!

Members of the staff began the PTB Seinfeld rewatch where we are watching the entire series in order: Seinfeld: The PTBN Series Rewatch

Steve Corino chatted with the legendary Greg Valentine: The Steve Corino Show Episode 14 – Greg “The Hammer” Valentine  

On the 20th Anniversary, Justin remembered the birth of Mr. Backlund: JR’s Treasure Trove #6: The Birth of Mr. Backlund – Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund – 7/30/94

The PTB Greatest TV Character Tournament kicked off the Knock Out Round: PTBN’s World Cup of TV Characters

Kevin Kelly joined Scott & Justin to wrap up their look at 2002 WWE: Place to Be Podcast Episode 324: WWE 2002 w/ Kevin Kelly, Part Two

We started our SummerSlam Rewind Series as Scott Criscuolo, Graham Cawthon & Dan McGinn revisited SummerSlam 2005: PTBN SummerSlam Rewind Series: SummerSlam 2005

Russell Sellers interviewed the creator of the Dust Bunny and OGN Deuces Wild graphic novels: PTBN Interview: Brett Brooks calls Deuces Wild

Brian Bayless made his PTB debut with a look at the first weekly NWA-TNA PPV from June 2002: Bayless’ Look Back: NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #1

Tim Capel looked at Marvel's decision to have a female portray Thor: Fandom, I Would Have Words With Thee


  1. I was a huge cosmic fan back in the day, started reading Silver Surfer with Jim Starlin & Ron Lim's run which was obviously the most perfect time to begin. Good stuff but it ran out of steam quick once Jim Starlin left in 1994 or so.

    The funny thing is i remember having zero interest in the Guardians Of The Galaxy book back then and i had no clue who Star-Lord,Rocket Raccoon or Groot even were when i first read that Annihilation Conquest mini-series, they were completely absent from that Jim Starlin Cosmic Era of 90's Marvel. I mean i collected about a dozen plus trading card sets and they're nowhere to be seen! Now here we are 20 years later.

  2. So much awesome in Annihilation (Ronan telling Nova "If you were Kree, I would call you brother") but the best bit is sworn enemies Ronan and Super-Skrull fighting back to back on Hala against hundreds of soldiers.
    "Stand down or die!"
    "All the same to me, Ronan, let them fight!"
    "They're Kree, they never back down! And while we're here to help them, as a Skrull, I must admit to enjoying this!"
    "We will have words when this is done, Skrull."

  3. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomeryAugust 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Neat article, I definitely want to check some of these out.

  4. AverageJoeEverymanAugust 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I loved Ron Lim's work on Silver Surfer, probably the best stuff of his career, he always had such clean lines. I also totally agree with the Hawkeye moment saving the Avengers. Captain America's astonishment at what he did was perfect too.

  5. To people of a certain age Secret Wars is THE defining series of the 80's. I still remember spending AN ENTIRE YEAR buying each issue, wondering what the hell happened, because all the other Marvel comics were turned upside-down the month after the series started. At the time I bought (and still own) every issue except the one where Spider-Man got the black costume, which immediately sold out overywhere. I finally picked up a mint bagged copy about 10 years ago. It's still a fun read and holds up well, with Doctor Doom & Captain America really the stand-out characters.

    ... followed close behind by Infinity Gauntlet as Best Series Evar. I originally picked it up in a pack with all 6 issues (at a Walmart of all places) and was blown away by it. My favorite part still is when Wolverine tries to kill Thanos (which was his job: If all else failed he was to go in for the kill); at the same time as the Silver Surfer--from like a light year away--comes flying in to try and snatch the Gauntlet from Thanos' hand. Tremendous stuff. Been about 10 years since I last read it but was still a pretty great read at the time.

    The sequels and successors to each of the two series got pretty much worse as they went along.

    I would recommend--as something of a precursor to Secret Wars--Contest of Champions. Not great, but entertaining: 2 cosmic entities whisk a bunch of heroes into space, break them up into teams, and make them compete to find 4 quarters of a golden sphere. The prizes are like the cure to all diseases versus ending world hunger or something like that. Odd pairing of the usual big Marvel heroes and a bunch of obscure/newly created ones. Worth checking out if you can find it.

  6. Contest of Champions is actually collected in the Avengers: The Contest trade I ranked at 13

  7. Oh I didn't read the 90s GotG series either but that series has very little in common with Rocket Raccoon and company as the 90s series is about a 30th century team of heroes in a dystopian future where Earth was conquered by the Badoon and stars none of the characters from the Annihilation story. Although the two teams do meet via time travel during the DnA series.

  8. D'oh! I did notice it seemed similar in description.

  9. Never been properly collected but The Brood Saga from X-Men should deserve an HM.

    And if you really wanna capture the GoTG movie in a nutshell, just read Star-Lord's Annihilation Conquest's Mini that preludes the series proper.

    That and the first 12 issues of the rebooted GoTG after Ann: COnquest. That captures all the humor and tone the movie is gonna do.

    (Very happy to be seeing this film in an hour)

  10. Just saw it, it's great.


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