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Covert Nerd Podcast

Celebrate your inner nerd by uncovering books, video games, comic books and more and analyzing them from a nerd perspective.

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80s TV Intros
Eddie and Lee share eight 80s TV intros with their daughters plus they get to decide which one is the best. Listen and see if you agree. TV Intros: Who's the Boss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkD9wzrrhiA Turbo Teen : Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j18e_ID-DpA DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS Cartoon Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JjhQ1Oi_3k Knight Rider - Original Show Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNyXYPhnUIs Manimal Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNX5Z9WwHF0 Transformers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLS2N9mHWaw Star Trek: The Next Generation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9EM7-vf4g G.I. Joe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HrtKoHsIf8 Ways to connect: Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch
67:46 2/4/24
2nd annual Hero Quest talk with Kurgan
I sit down with Hero Quest fan Kurgan and talk about all things Hero Quest in 2023, the future of the game, plus much more. Kurgans Twitch channel Youtube channel for Kurgan Hero Quest fans Discord https://www.youtube.com/@AshQuest Covert Nerd Merch
80:15 12/3/23
1988 WWF The Main Event watch along
My daughter and I watch the 1988 WWF The Main Event and we get to hear her reaction.   Ways to contact me and support the show: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page: ----more----
59:16 7/29/23
Unreleased comic book Movies & TV
Ben, Al and Lee talk about comics that haven't been made into a movie and TV show yet. They make their arguments on why they should be created. What do you think? ----more---- Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch
69:09 5/27/23
Board Games with kids
Lee sits down and talks with two board game experts, his kids to talk about why they like board games and why you should too. ----more---- Links from the show: Ruths picks Mancala Wingspan Salem   Aarons picks Spirit Island John Company Star Wars Rebellion   Ways to contact me and support the show: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
74:03 4/19/23
Star Wars: The High Republic
Tim and Lee talk about phase one and beyond for Star Wars: The High Republic project and why we love it. Previous episode with Tim talking about Star Wars expanded universe   ----more---- Links in the episode: Tims Twitter Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
63:08 2/18/23
90s Comic Book Villains
Al, Ben and Lee talk about their favorite villains from 90s comic books.   Als picks: Random and Violator Bens picks: Bane and Stryfe Lees picks: Omega Red and Violator   Links from the episode: List_of_comic_book_supervillain_debuts#1990swikipedia.org Omega_Redwww.marvel.com omega-red "X-Men vs. Omega Red": X-Men The Animated Series 1992Omega Red and Sabretooth | Hulk Vs WolverineWolverine Vs Omega Red (X-Men Evolution)'Deadpool 2' Behind The Scenes Photo Reveals X-Men Villain Omega RedOmega Red (Marvel) | Villains Wiki | FandomX-Men Issue # 4 (Marvel Comics) ValueViolator (comics) - WikipediaSpawn Issue # 2 (Image Comics) 1st appearance of violatorViolator CollectionViolator | Spawn Wiki | FandomSpawn (Comic Book) - TV TropesSpawn / Funny - TV Tropes Violator originSpawn (1997) (Film) - TV TropesRandom | X-Men Wiki | FandomRandom (comics) - WikipediaX-Factor Issue # 88 (Marvel Comics)Stryfe - WikipediaNew Mutants Issue # 87 (Marvel Comics)Stryfe | X-Men Wiki | FandomKey Collector Comics Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud member of the podcast Arcade Network
63:46 2/2/23
MCU Phase 4 & 5
Tim and Lee discuss the best of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) phase 4 and what is exciting and predictions for phase 5. ----more---- Previous episode with Tim   Links in the episode: Tims Twitter Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
58:24 1/1/23
90s Comic Book video games
Ben, Al and Lee discuss their favorite 90s comic book based video games.  What are some of your favorites.   Al's pick: NES Silver Surfer What started it all: Silver Surfer high score contest Silver Surfer Cartridge value now   Bens pick: TMNT: Turtles in Time Turtles in Time Cartridge value now   Lees pick: X-Men Arcade game X-Men Arcade details X-Men (1992 video game) Pride of the X-Men intro X-Men arcade playthrough X-Men Six Player Arcade X-Men 6 player instruction manual   Lees pick: X-Men Children of the Atom X-Men Children of the Atom Play through Video Game / X-Men: Children of the Atom Arcade Museum children of the atom   Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud member of the podcast Arcade Network
63:16 12/9/22
Cobra Kai Season 5: The Silver Bullet
Ruth Jesse and Lee take a look at their predictions from last year about season 5 and compare them to what happened. They also look to the future of Cobra Kai. Will it continue? Listen and find out plus much much more. ----more---- Links: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:   Check out my other podcast: Uchoose Podcast Join in the fun as Eddie and Lee read through the 80’s Choose Your Own Adventure books and YOU decide how the story ends. Join us live on Youtube, Facebook and Twitch or listen later on podcast app of your choice.
60:05 10/18/22
Hero Quest talk with Kurgan 2022
Great time talking about Hero Quest and the new expansions and future releases from Avalon Hill. We also make predictions about where the game is going in the future. We also discuss what makes a good homebrew quests and much more. ----more---- Links from the show: Hero Quest Builder   Kurgans Twitch channel⁠ ⁠Youtube channel for Kurgan⁠ ⁠Hero Quest fans Discord   Links: Covert Nerd Merch
78:04 10/6/22
Crossovers and Comic Book Ads
Al, Ben and Lee talk about their favorite comic book crossovers and comic book ads. If you are having trouble seeing the images from the show click here ----more----   Who's the Artists?       Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud member of the podcast Arcade Network
52:49 9/17/22
The Two Towers: Alternate Commentary
Ruth and Lee watch Peter Jacksons 2002 The Two Towers. Listen and watch the movie while they educate and entertain you with their comments. Or listen only and enjoy the conversation. ----more---- Links mention in the Episode: Previous watch along Other Links: The New Tolkien companion by J. E. A. Tyler Map of Middle Earth and the Undying lands Tolkien Gateway Online Reference Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring trivia and facts   Links: Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Starcruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
143:39 8/25/22
Favorite 90s Comic Book characters EP98
Al, Ben and Lee talk about their favorite 90s comic book characters. ----more---- If you are having trouble seeing the images from the show click here   X from Dark Horse Comcis Blood Wulf Image Comics Bishop Marvel Comics Bane DC Comics Blink Marvel Comics Gambit Marvel Comcis Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud member of the podcast Arcade Network
73:51 8/5/22
Limited comic book series from the 90s
Al Ben and Lee talk about their favorite limited comic book series from the 1990s, hear what they enjoyed and let them know what your favorite 90s limited series is from the 90s.
70:16 6/27/22
Generational Nerds
Eddie and Lee sit down with their daughters and talk about the media that influence each of them during their formative years. Hear their kids opinion about the movies Eddie and Lee liked as kids and how the dads like the media the girls like. ----more---- Lees pick: Transformers The Movie (1986) Original Trailer The Transformers The Movie draft script Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (intro) GI JOE PSA - COMPILATION   Ruths pick: Avatar The Last Airbender Original Trailer (2004) Avatar - Sokka High Drinking Cactus Juice   Eddies Pick: Genesis - a trick of the tail   Daphnes Pick: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - People-Vultures   Links: Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Starcruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
66:37 6/19/22
90s Valiant Comics
Matt and Lee talk about Deathmate Image/Valiant crossover and some of their favorite Valiant Comics from the 90's. ----more---- Images from the show are HERE Deathmate notes: Designated by color rather than issue numbers (namely Yellow, Blue, Black, and Red) plus two book-end issues, Deathmate Prologue and Deathmate Epilogue, as well as Preview issues collected with comic products, the four main issues were written so they could be read in any order. Created at the peak of the comic book speculator boom, the project was heavily promoted and sold hundreds of thousands of copies, but was beset with production delays. The Image half (Black, Red, and Epilogue) came out severely behind schedule and out of sequence. Deathmate Red shipped after the epilogue issue, and despite cover dates of September 1993 to February 1994, the actual publication lag was far longer than six months. The plot evolved around a chance interdimensional meeting of two characters, Solar from Valiant and Void from Image's WildC.A.T.s. The two became lovers, but their joining would mean the destruction of both comic book universes. It is notable that only half of the Image founding members chose to take part. Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, and Todd McFarlane were not involved, although McFarlane's character Al Simmons makes a brief appearance in Deathmate Red. In my personal opinion yellow, blue and the prologue had a more cohesive story. Where the image characters had a better integration into the valiant universe's history. Case in point brigade's characters worked for Harada Industries, an X men derived group. Besides being delayed black and red's stories definitely had a rushed feel to the story.  In black we see the Top Cow studio take front and center with ties to Wildcats and Gen 13.  X O makes an appearance, but he is used more like a power hungry military general than a visigoth with an alien suit of armor.  Union , an energy based alien creature is the one character from black that allows this story to connect to the epilogue. Red's story, sadly for me, is just a Rob Liefeld sketchbook. The story is about Youngblood in this new universe the biggest addition is that Bloodshot is a member.  While the Prophet is poorly used as a plot point to let the heroes know what is wrong with this amalgamation of a world. Red was so far delayed that it was released after the epilogue issue. Epilogue centers more around the events from blue with Solar, supreme, and Darque. This series had a great germ of an idea, but it missed the boat with the creative teams. If it had some editorial oversight for both companies it might have had a chance at being a success. However, with egos, missed deadlines, and perhaps the lack of experience from portions of the owners with the business side of things it went down as a failure. For me , I liked parts of the story and going back and rereading the story with a more mature eye I can see what drew me to the story. 1 The crossover was something rarely seen between two independent comic groups. 2 Deathmate had the rock and roll comic artists 3 Although Valiant at the beginning wasn't flashy, they had a good set of storytellers and a well thought-out and connected universe. I was hoping that it would influence the Image books. 4 Finally the book introduced me to more “up and coming'' creators.   Like Joe Q and Jeff Matsuda. Facts about publication sales: The Valiant Deathmate books (Prologue, Blue, and Yellow) had print runs of over 700,000 copies, but by the time Deathmate Red was released, it had a print run of 250,000, although retailers were nonetheless left with many unsold copies. At the time, comic book distributors would only allow unsold books to be returned if they were six months late.   Valiant Comics Notes: In 1988, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics Jim Shooter, Steven J. Massarsky and a group of investors attempted to purchase Marvel Entertainment. They submitted the second-highest bid, with financier Ron
63:39 6/5/22
Comic book 1st issues from the 90’s
Al, Ben and Lee talk about their favorite 1st issues comic books from the 90's ----more----       More fun notes from the episode   Guess the Artist   Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud member of the podcast Arcade Network
64:33 4/30/22
90’s Marvel comic cards
Ben Al and Lee talk about their favorite comic book cards from the 90's.  ----more---- Marvel Trading card pack The controversial Marvel card power rating Definition of power rating   Links from the Episode: Youngblood card series Marvel checklistMarvel Series 3 Marvel Series 2 Marvel Series 1 How Marvel created the comic book card power levels Marvel master series   Hilarious marvel 1975 stickers John Byrne X-Force cards   Ways to connect with us: Omug Comics Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud member of the podcast Arcade Network
78:24 4/13/22
Fellowship of the Ring: Alternate Commentary
Ruth and Lee watch Peter Jacksons 2001 Fellowship of the Ring. Listen and watch the movie while they educate and entertain you with their comments. Or listen only and enjoy the conversation. ----more---- Links mention in the Episode: The New Tolkien companion by J. E. A. Tyler Map of Middle Earth and the Undying lands Tolkien Gateway Online Reference Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring trivia and facts   Links: Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Starcruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page: Previous episode with Ruth
210:13 3/14/22
Darker and Edgier: Gimmick 90s’ comic covers
Al, Ben and Lee talk about their favorite gimmick comic book covers from the 90's. Listen and let us know which one is your favorite. ----more---- The Dark Age of Comic Books was the culmination of a gradual move towards an older audience for Comic Books, particularly those featuring superheroes that had started in The Bronze Age of Comic Books. Sometimes, to follow the Gold/Silver/Bronze progression, at other times it is jokingly called "the Chrome Age", owing to the frequency of publishers selling comics with holofoil covers as a marketing gimmick during the period, but "Dark Age" is the much more common and accepted term. Usually characterized as a Darker and Edgier period featuring an increased focus on sex, violence and dark, gritty portrayals of the characters involved, much of the content produced during this era is very controversial among comic book fans.   It's not the world's most exciting cover, but 1991's Silver Surfer #50 gets the nod for being the first comic in industry history to feature the chromium embossed effect, and for how it utilizes the gimmick in a sensible manner.  As the 90s chugged along, publishers were seemingly embossing every other comic without much rhyme or reason. But Silver Surfer #50 adds the embossing to the Mr. Radd himself. And that makes sense since the character's name is "Silver Surfer" – so some silver chromium embossing is neither excessive nor inappropriate. Yes, I understand that I'm essentially awarding points here for lack of excess, but considering we're talking about the 90s here, why not applaud Marvel's show of restraint.  Tom Chirstopher  Cover Art  Tom Christopher Inks  Ron Lim Pencils - Cover Art James (Jim) Starlin  Scripts  Tom Vincent Colors  Als first pick: Marvels Silver Surfer #50 1991   One of the biggest selling comic books of all time, more than 8 million copies of X-Men #1 were snatched up in the 90s, primarily because of the gimmick – five variant covers that interlocked to create a beautiful Jim Lee-illustrated landscape of the X-Men fighting Magneto (there was also a special edition gatefold version of the comic which contained the entire image). Sure, needing to buy five copies of the same comic in order to see Lee's entire image was annoying and an inefficient use of funds, but the iconography of this issue and its gimmick cannot be denied. Plus, in terms of its historical significance, this was the comic that cemented Lee as one of the industry's best young artists, which of course led to the "Image Revolution" in 1992 of which Lee was one of the core founding member of the company (alongside Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld and Erik Larsen). Chris Claremont-Scripts  Jim Lee Pencils - Cover Art  Tom Orzechowski LettersJoe Rosas Colors  Scott Williams Cover Art - Inks Ben's 1st Pick: Marvels X-Men #1 Oct. 1991 Great interior art from Jim Lee. Look at Magnetos glorious mane. Another amazing interior fold out page The X-Men gather for Illyana's funeral. Magneto brings Avalon to Earth and offers the X-Folk a chance to join his dream. Colossus says "Yes."  Script Scott Lobdell  Pencils John Romita Jr.; Jae Lee; Chris Sprouse; Brandon Peterson; Paul Smith  Inks Dan Green; Dan Panosian; Terry Austin; Tom Palmer; Keith Williams  Colors Mike Thomas  Letters Chris Eliopoulos  Lee's 1st pick: Marvels Uncanny X-Men #304 September 1993   Writer(s)  Dan Abnett  and Andy Lanning  Penciler(s)  Doug Braithwaite  Inker(s) Josef Rubinstein  Colorist(s)  Kevin Tinsley  Letterer(s) Mike Higgins Als 2nd pick: Marvels Punisher #75 Feb. 1993   Nails     Ghost Rider Writer: Howard Mackie  Penciller: Mark Texeira Cover Artist: Mark Texeira    Bens 2nd Pick: Marvels Ghost Rider #15 July 1991     Est. Print Run:, 935,000  Cover Date:, Apr '93  Cover Price:, $2.95  Current Value:, $3.00  Blood Brothers: Prelude. Story by Rob Liefeld and Eric Stephenson . Art by Rob Liefeld, Dan Fraga, and Danny Miki. When the government needs a job done, they call in the best, th
59:15 2/27/22
Darker and Edgier:90’s comicbok review series
Al, Ben and Lee talk about their favorite early 90’s comic books. They each talk about two early 90’s comic books and what they liked about the comic and how the comic holds up after all of these years. Listen and let us know which are your favorite 90’s comicbook.
85:32 2/8/22
Cobra Kai Season 4 discussion
Ruth, Jesse and Lee talk all things Cobra Kai season 4. We discuss our predictions from last time we got right and our predictions for season 5, plus much more.  ----more---- Links from the episode: Previous Cobra Kai episode Jesse is a co-host on the Grawlixpodcast Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Starcruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
56:17 1/24/22
MCU talk with Tim
Tim and Lee talk all things MCU since Avengers end game. Favorite shows and movies and what they are looking forward to seeing in the future. Spoilers in the episode. ----more---- Tims letter Links in the episode: Rainbowcomics Lincoln Facebook Page Tims Twitter Covert Nerd Website Rainbowcomics website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
44:30 1/6/22
Hero Quest remake with Kurgan
I talked with Hero Quest expert Kurgan, about the Hero Quest board game remake Hasbro released this October. He gives us his opinion and predictions on where Hasbro/Avalon Hill will take Hero Quest in the future.  ----more---- www.twitch.tv/heroquestfans (Kurgans Twitch channel)https://www.youtube.com/xsc3 (home of heroquest fans on youtube, videos get posted here after being streamed)https://discord.gg/hYEBbxsKGC (Discord channel for HeroQuestFans)YeOldeInn discussions of note:http://forum.yeoldeinn.com/viewtopic.php?f=143&t=5572Unboxing thread with links to other videos and pictures"(one of many threads devoted to translating the unique Japanese version of HeroQuest into English, currently spearheaded by HispaZargon)http://forum.yeoldeinn.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5892&sid=2f547c6425daf766edfed0c73db88cbd "http://forum.yeoldeinn.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=4944The "De-Magicified World" mod (heroquest without magic)http://forum.yeoldeinn.com/viewtopic.php?f=143&t=5834&hilit=errataHeroQuest Remake "Errata"http://forum.yeoldeinn.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=4877 Using Reaper Miniatures to re-create those rare expansions   The Campaigner Issue 09 Kurgans customs quests (Dwarf Solo Pack)   Links: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
76:49 12/21/21
Gaming Cafe: What do you like?
I had a great time talking with Alma and Sam about starting a gaming cafe, their favorite games and more. ----more---- Links from the episode: Managames Merch Facebook Instagram Tiktok Email Alma  alma@mana-games.com Email Sam  sam@mana-games.com Mana Games Links: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
58:21 11/2/21
Lifetime of Questing
Talking with longtime Hero Quest fan, Kurgan about first playing Hero Quest and his continued love of the game. We also talk about the upcoming re-release of Hero Quest.  ----more---- Links: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:   Check out Kurgans Twitch page for great Heroquest content: https://www.twitch.tv/heroquestfans   If you would like to contact Kurgan directly you can email him here: kurganx@mediacombb.net
56:34 8/3/21
Choose Your own Adventure Live: House of Danger Game pt. 2
Eddie and Lee go through the game based on the classic 80's book, the House of Danger Board game and YOU can determine the outcome. ----more----   Monocle wearing chimp   Show links: Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Starcruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page: The Podcast Arcade Omug Comics
50:47 7/20/21
Hero Quest Family Edition
Lee talks with fellow Hero Quest Enthusiast and dad to talk about introducing Hero Quest to his kids and how as a family they have enjoyed the game system over the years.  Peter is a veteran gamer of various genres and his kids have caught the gaming bug too. Hear Peter and his kids explain how they got started and how they all continue to play Hero Quest. Links and pictures listed below: ----more---- ----more----   Links: Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Star Cruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page:
57:49 7/6/21
Choose Your own Adventure Live: House of Danger Game
Eddie and Lee go through the game based on the classic 80's book, the House of Danger Board game and YOU can determine the outcome. ----more----     Show links: Covert Nerd Facebook Covert Nerd Website Covert Nerd Instagram Covert Nerd Twitter Covert Nerd Merch Proud Member of Eddie and the Starcruisers. For more great content go to the Facebook Page: The Podcast Arcade Omug Comics
56:47 6/8/21

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