Originating out of the same ’80s black-and-white/anthropomorphic boom that brought us the Ninja Turtles, Usagi Yojimbo is one of the few comics of that batch that are still going today. Stan Sakai’s work combines historical drama, understated violence, light comedy, and even some explanations of 17th century Japanese culture — and he can pack a surprising amount of story into a few pages. Tom Spurgeon joins Tim and Kumar to talk about the long-eared samurai.
FLASHBACK! Art Spiegelman’s Maus was one of the major ’80s works that began to break American comics into the mainstream, as well as waking the industry up to the potential of the medium. Tim and Brandon discuss in our May 28, 2007 episode.