Savage FINcast RETRO – Episode 01: The Savage Dragon (Mini-Series) 1 & 2

Welcome to the Savage FINcast Retro! A new review series where we of the Savage FINcast finally go back to the 90s to review classic issues of Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon in chronological order from the beginning. We’re going to be using this new review series to supplement our usual current issue review and interview episodes. So that as of this month the Savage FINcast will be bi-monthly with brand new episodes posted on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month! Our irregular schedule has never been liked very much, and we’re hoping this move to create a backlog of review content will be what we need to make the show regular from now on. Regular FINcast content will be posted when we have it, otherwise you’ll be treated to a new retro review episode!

On this episode Craig, Jim, & Raven go back to the very very beginning and review the first 2 issues of the the 1992 The Savage Dragon mini-series. Where we witness Dragon’s first introduction, his being discovered in the burning field, his recruitment to the Chicago PD, and his first encounters with the Vicious Circle.

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Savage FINcast – Episode 83: FINterview with Gary Carlson!

Welcome to the second episode of our FINterviews off-shoot format where we interview artists, writers, industry insiders, or just our friends in general!  What will do they all have in common? A love of Savage Dragon and the work of Erik Larsen, of course!

Our newest FINterview guest is comic book writer, editor and publisher, Gary Carlson, known for his creator-owned comics, such as the 1980s anthology, Megaton, and Big Bang Comics. He has also worked on books for Image Comics, such as Vanguard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Supreme, and on titles for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, such as Aquaman and Nova. Through the years, Gary has worked closely with Erik Larsen, starting with publishing some of Erik’s earliest work in Megaton comics, through writing comics under Erik’s Highbrow imprint at Image Comics.

Gary returns to the Fincast to discuss his cult classic 23-issue run on the Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title which currently being reprinted for the first time in color by IDW comics! The comic, re-branded as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:Urban Legends” is currently on issue 13 and is anticipated to conclude at issue 26 with three issues of new story to give the original series a proper ending. After jawing about the turtles, the gang finds some time to discuss the genius of some of their favorite issues of Gary’s Big Bang Comics series as well as a new Big Bang-style Mighty Man strip on the way.

Check out the Big Bang Comics website at:

For our previous interview with Gary where we discussed his Megaton anthology, his Vanguard backup serial featured in the pages of Savage Dragon, and more Big Bang Comics; check out episode 16:

Savage FINCast – Episode 82: The Feather-Weight Champion of the WORLD!

Ladies and Gentlemen, LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!!! It’s the Baby Electric Dynamo Malcolm Dragon vs the Masked Haystack Fighting Fowl Powerhouse in a knockdown drag-out battle for the ages with a million bucks on the line to see who will be crowned the Super Freak champion of the world! The Savage FINcast hosts Craig ‘The Family Man’ Olsen, Jim ‘Not Actually as Funny as he Looks’ Purcell, and Raven ‘Lips’ Perez are your color commentary for the Savage Dragon 244 main event! Double spread action as only the Savage FINcast can bring! Plus, News, Listener Letters, a Top Ten List, and TMNT Urban Legends 11!

03:20 – Marvel Comics #1000 (News)
07:14 – Johnny Raygun/Savage Dragon One-Shot hits goal (News)
10:17 – Letters
4:18 – Top Ten Lists
54:33 – Savage Dragon 244 (Review)
01:33:20 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends 11

Savage FINcast – Episode 81: A FINterview with Rich Woodall!

Welcome listeners to a new off-shoot Savage Fincast format called FINterviews!. This will be a periodic bonus FINcast format in addition to our monthly issue reviews. Where we interview artists, writers, industry insiders, or just our friends in general! What will they all have in common? A love of Savage Dragon and the work of Erik Larsen of course!

Our first FINterview guest is the talented cartoonist Rich Woodall! Rich is best known for his comic creations Johnny Raygun and Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl (the latter having seen a twelve chapter serialization in Dark Horse Presents). Rich gives us the lowdown on his new Kickstarter used to raise funds to print his completed 64-page Savage Dragon/Johnny Raygun crossover comic which has only been available digitally previously. Being the good sport that he is, Rich puts up with our wacky hi-jinks and stupid bits; and in the end tells us about one of his favorite issues of Savage Dragon and what he thinks makes it so great.

You can find Rich’s Sgt. Werewolf and Johnny Raygun/Savage Dragon team-up Kickstarter at:

Savage FINcast – Episode 80: Bringing Down the House!

It’s deadly danger at ever turn in this latest episode of the Savage FINcast. Craig, Jim, & Raven bring you a stacked episode, with; Savage Dragon News, Jim’s secret Top 10 List, a comprehensive review of Savage Dragon 243, and reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends 9 & 10 (featuring, The Knight Watchmen and The Savage Dragon!)

As always if you have any comments, suggestions, top 10 lists, topics you’d like us to discuss, or anything really, email us at, comment on this blog post!

01:49 – Cover to Savage Dragon 248 (News)
10:31 – Erik Larsen mystery project at Marvel (News)
17:58 – New Savage Dragon collections announced. (News)
20:25 – Jim’s Secret Top 10 List (Top 10s)
31:18 – Savage Dragon 243 (Review)
01:21:34 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Urban Legends 9 & 10 (Review)

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