Saturday, January 30, 2016

New DragonKing Dark Radio Show - Episode 004 - Sloss Furnace

The new episode of DragonKing Dark can be found here- http://www.afterdarkradioshow.com/podcast/dragonking-dark-episode-004-sloss-furnace/
Sloss Furnace

It is now a historical site in Birmingham, Alabama and every Halloween the location of one of the states most successful and long running haunted attractions but Sloss Furnace has a real history of horror and death.

I am joined today by my wife Tonya as we discuss our multiple trips to Sloss Furnace and discuss the horrible history of the steel mill and the accounts and documentaries discussing it’s place among the most haunted places in America.  You will hear our first hand accounts of being inside The Tunnel which, according to various documentaries, is one of the most haunted places on Earth.

The cover art for this show was taken Halloween 2015 by Tonya.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

New DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - Biography Series - The Mongolian Stomper

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I have a new DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show biography show up for members of the WrestlingObserver.com website.

DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show: Biography Series - The Mongolian Stomper. I wanted to dedicate an entire biography show to the late Archie "The Mongolian Stomper" Gouldie. He was my first favorite heel character when I started watching wrestling. Normally, I would not expect a lot to be made of the Stomper's death other than a mention here or there since he was not a giant international star.  But to me, here in the deep southern United States and, I am sure, to many in Canada he was a very big deal.  
Today I want to talk about the career of the Mongolian Stomper and talk about the angle that made him my favorite.  He was well spoken in some areas, while in others he was a grunting brute.  Yet, even when he played the brute, his angles were often sophisticated.  He was part of a famous, very heavy, angle in Stampede wrestling that lead to the shows announcer quiting.  He did a similar angle in Alabama.  
On today's show I will talk in detail about another sophisticated angle he did involving Ric Flair, Austin Idol, Buddy Rogers, and much more.  Today, I am going to give the Stomper his due and I hope you enjoy learning about a relatively under rated wrestling star.  Click here for the show.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Free DragonKing Dark - Episode 003 - Monsters in the Comics!

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A new edition of DragonKing Dark is now available for download or streaming at AfterDarkRadioShow.com.  This episode deals with the adaptation of famous monsters from literature and the movies into comic books.  Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and many independent companies have adapted various legendary monsters and horror characters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Creature, The Mummy, Zombies, and many more.

I'll talk about some of the best of these adaptations like Marvel's great Tomb of Dracula series and even spin-off characters like Moon Knight who began as a rival for Werewolf by Night!  I hope you enjoy this episode.  You can stream or download it at AfterDarkRadioShow.com

If you like what you hear, please consider purchasing one of our Super Stern Stick Flash Drives.  Information is on the right side of this page.  Thank you!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

FREE DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show today!

"Iron" Mike Sharpe
Today is a rare FREE DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show!  Please spread the word and pass it around.  You can get four to six of these shows per month along with all the other content at WrestlingObserver.com if you subscribe.  Tell them Karl Stern sent you!

DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - Questions and Answers!  The return of the popular questions and answers format.  Topics and questions today deal with a variety of things but I have to start off with the death of "Iron" Mike Sharpe.  If you grew up watching WWF in the 1980's like I did then you undoubtedly saw many "Iron" Mike Sharpe matches.  He came from a wrestling family and I think he could have been a pushed star in certain areas had he not been typecast in the WWF prelims.  I also revisit the topic of who has had the most matches in wrestling history.  A listener to the show writes in questioning the 9,000 matches or more number that we talked about a few shows ago.  We talk about the reality of that number.  
Then the main topic this show comes from an email I got just yesterday.  What are the origins of kayfabe and the sport becoming a work?  It is a question we have talked about many times on the DragonKingKarl show.  Still, it is a great question to revisithttp://www.dragonkingkarl.com
from time to time and discover just how pro wrestling came to be.  How did the carnivals and the circus get tangled up with wrestling?  How did wrestling evolve out of the civil war?  Was Frank Gotch, Ed "Strangler" Lewis, or Lou Thesz actually "shoot" wrestlers?  Just when did it change from being a legit contest to theater in a ring?  If you are interested in getting a copy of the Pioneers of Wrestling Special that I reference on this show, it is available as part of the massive amount of data on the Super Stern Stick available at my personal website
Today's show is a free one!  I have not given away a show in years but I am giving away today's show so we can have a good discussion about the origins of pro wrestling.  I hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2016

DragonKing Dark - Episode 002 - Aunt Jenny Johnson

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The new DragonKing Dark show is up at AfterDarkRadioShow.com and is about one of the creepiest stories in North Alabama lore - It's the legend of Aunt Jenny Brooks Johnson.  You can view the show page here - http://www.afterdarkradioshow.com/podcast/dragonking-dark-episode-002-the-legend-of-aunt-jenny-johnson/

She lived in the isolated Bankhead forest of North Alabama during the Civil War and when the brutal Confederate home guard came to recruit her husband by force and ended up killing him in front of her and her children she got her revenge. Over the span of her lifetime those involved in his death were killed by her family until every last one of them had been accounted for.  The exploits of the old woman of the forest and her family are known from Texas to Alabama as her children, who had sworn a blood oath, hunted down those who had harmed her family.  She even kept the skull of one of them as a soap dish until her dying breath. Still to this day she haunts the Bankhead Forest. Tales of strange lights, men going mad, suicides, and terrifying sounds still happen at the Bankhead Forest crossroads by her home.  Today, Aunt Jenny Johnson lays in her grave less than a mile from where this whole horrible story started… at least it is presumed she does.  I have been there many times.  In fact, I can almost walk there from my home.  This is what I know about Aunt Jenny.  Here is her story.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - Biography Series - Gene Kiniski

A new members only podcast on the career of Gene Kiniski over at WrestlingObserver.com

Gene Kiniski
DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show: Biography Series: Gene Kiniski.  Gene "Big Thunder" Kiniski was one of the most important champions in pro wrestling history.  He bridged the gap between two distinct eras of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and he was the face of the 1960's in pro wrestling.  
An AWA, WWA, NWA, and Montreal World heavyweight champion, Gene Kiniski was an amazingly respected wrestling champion whose career spanned North America and is closely associated with the Funks, Whipper Watson, Yukon Eric, and others.  I had never studied Gene Kiniski's career much before doing the research for today's show and it really struck me just how important a figure Gene Kiniski was to separating two distinct eras of pro wrestling.  Everywhere Gene Kiniski went, he seemingly became a star and very quickly too.  Starting in the Southwest to Madison Square Garden but especially in Canada, Gene Kiniski was a huge star.  Gene Kiniski spent over three years as NWA World heavyweight champion and his mentoring of Dory Funk, Jr. set in motion the era that came after him.  I really enjoyed learning about this incredible Hall of Famer and I hope you will too.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Friend DragonKing Radio on Facebook!

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Yes, after much consternation, I am launching a new Facebook page for all the DragonKing Radio stuff.  This page will cover anything of interest to listeners of the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show and DragonKing Dark.  You can post and read articles there and correspond with any of the shows.  Please continue to use the email address karl@dragonkingkarl.com for correspondence you want read on the shows.

This page can be used to post anything of interest of the stuff we talk about like classic pro wrestling, lucha libre, After Dark, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, music, Rush, whatever!

Also my wife has made a fantastic new set of logos for all the DragonKing Properties, so dedicate these bad boys to memory because you will be seeing them again.

https://www.facebook.com/dragonkingradio/ - This is the new DragonKing Radio Facebook Page.


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