Why you should be listening to The Thrilling Adventure Hour May 1, 2014 – Posted in: Blog

 

Anyone who knows me knows I love The Thrilling Adventure Hour.  Some would say that’s a bit of an understatement.  Once discovering the show I binge-listened to the entire 150+ episode run in a matter of weeks.  So what exactly is The Thrilling Adventure Hour?  Their website describes the show as “The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a staged production in the style of old time radio that is held monthly at the Coronet Theatre. The show has been running since March 2005. It is live audio theater. Each episode features three non-serialized segments as well as songs and commercials from fictional sponsors. The show is written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and directed by Aaron Ginsburg. The show’s original songs are written by Acker & Blacker with composer and band leader Andy Paley.

Most shows begin with an episode of Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, end with fan favorite Beyond Belief, with a rotating segment taking the middle slot.  For the past three years these live shows are then split up and put on the web as a (free) podcast.  New segments debuting every Monday.

 

 

 

Acker & BlackerSo why should you as a comic book fan care?  Well for starters “The Bens” (Acker & Blacker) have comic writing credits under their belts with the graphic novel “Wolverine: Season One“,the hilarious Deadpool Annual #1, as well as the Thunderbolts Annual #1 – a rare instance of annuals actually being worth reading! They were so good in fact, Acker & Blacker are taking over the writing on the monthly Thunderbolts title with issue #27.

 

 

 

 

 

Thrilling Adventure Hour graphic novel

Being comic fans themselves they’d always wanted to bring the characters of the show to life in a graphic novel.  So, they launched what would become one of the most – if not the most successful graphic novel kickstarter campaigns in history, raising nearly $200,000.  This allowed not only the production of a stunning graphic novel (2014 Eisner Nominee stunning – grab a copy here), but also a web series and a concert film.

 

OK, so they’ve written comics, and produced a graphic novel.  Need more comic credentials?

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How about a quadruple Eisner Award winner? Ed Brubaker is not only a fan (he wrote a forward for the graphic novel) he’s also written an episode of Beyond Belief for the 2012 Christmas Special.

Still not enough?

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Len Wein.  Legendary co-creator of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Swamp Thing is also a regular attendee of the monthly show as well as a guest writer – again for Beyond Belief.

How about just plain old “support a friend”?

If you attended the Emerald City Con in April you may have seen cast member Hal Lublin (TAH announcer, as well as the voice of Gummy, and Phillip Fathom) wearing a Wednesday’s Heroes t-shirt!  (Full disclosure: Hal’s a friend of mine and a regular at our tri-weekly Dungeons & Dragon game night!)

Thanks Hal!

Thanks Hal!

 

Here’s a quick guide to some of the more popular segments in The Thrilling Adventure Hour.

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars is a western segment set on Mars in the 31st century. It focuses on the adventures of Sparks Nevada, the planet's erstwhile marshal, and his mostly-faithful companion Croach the Tracker.

Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars is a western segment set on Mars in the 31st century. It focuses on the adventures of Sparks Nevada (Marc Evan Jackson), the planet’s erstwhile marshal, and his mostly-faithful companion Croach the Tracker (Mark Gagliardi). [artwork by by Andy Hirsch]

Beyond Belief is a show about two married mediums who drink a lot. A lot. Trading quips and tossing back cocktails, the Doyles take what they want and hoodwink their clientele for the rest.  Ghosts, vampires,werewolves, mummies, even diabolical gingerbreadmen are nothing but obstacles in the way of the liquor cabinet for our fast-talking, hard-drinking sleuths. [art by Tom Fowler]

Beyond Belief is a show about two married mediums who drink a lot. A lot.
Trading quips and tossing back cocktails, the Doyles (delightfully portrayed by Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster) take what they want and hoodwink their clientele for the rest. Ghosts, vampires,werewolves, mummies, even diabolical gingerbreadmen are nothing but obstacles in the way of the liquor cabinet for our fast-talking, hard-drinking sleuths. [art by Tom Fowler]

Assisted by his ragtag group of excitable Adventurekateers and armed with his array of 100 lasers, Captain Laserbeam (John DiMaggio) defends legendary Apex City from vile villains--such as the Numbler, the Die-brarian, and Shape Ape--while occasionally joining forces with fellow heroes like Phillip Fathom (Hal Lublin), Deep Sea Detective and Dream Girl, and generally trying to ignore the dismal state of his love life.

Assisted by his ragtag group of excitable Adventurekateers and armed with his array of 100 lasers, Captain Laserbeam (John DiMaggio) defends legendary Apex City from vile villains–such as the Numbler, the Die-brarian, and Shape Ape–while occasionally joining forces with fellow heroes like Phillip Fathom (Hal Lublin), Deep Sea Detective and Dream Girl, and generally trying to ignore the dismal state of his love life. [art by Lar deSouza]

The fey Colonel Tick-Tock (Craig Cackowski) polices the fractured timeline for Her Majesty's Royal Chrono Patrol, interrupting not-always-terribly-well-researched historical moments and facing down chronological threats and the occasional villain, including the Greenwich Meanie, Aunty Meridian and the occasional dinosaur, from pre-history and all that. Pip Pip!  He is armed only with his wits, and his Trick Clock. The Colonel has a wife, Constance, and, perhaps more importantly, a moustache. He works for Queen Victoria.

The fey Colonel Tick-Tock (Craig Cackowski) polices the fractured timeline for Her Majesty’s Royal Chrono Patrol, interrupting not-always-terribly-well-researched historical moments and facing down chronological threats and the occasional villain, including the Greenwich Meanie, Aunty Meridian and the occasional dinosaur, from pre-history and all that. Pip Pip! He is armed only with his wits, and his Trick Clock. [art by Chris Moreno]

A hobo fairytale. During the Great Depression, a millionaire's son fell in love with a woman he thought was his societal equal. In truth, she was the Hobo Princess. She fled, leaving behind only a fingerless glove. Now, under the assumed identity of Banjo Bindlestuff (Craig Cackowski), the millionaire's son ride the rails with his hobo-mentor Gummy (Hal Lublin), in search of his one true love who he believes will be found in the mythical hobo paradise: Moonshine Holler. [art by Joanna Estep]

A hobo fairytale. During the Great Depression, a millionaire’s son fell in love with a woman he thought was his societal equal. In truth, she was the Hobo Princess. She fled, leaving behind only a fingerless glove. Now, under the assumed identity of Banjo Bindlestuff (Craig Cackowski), the millionaire’s son ride the rails with his hobo-mentor Gummy (Hal Lublin), in search of his one true love who he believes will be found in the mythical hobo paradise: Moonshine Holler. [art by Joanna Estep]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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