Thursday, December 17, 2015

Captain America's Dodranscentennial Battles: 75 Years as Sentinel of Our Shores!

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 050



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Face Front, True Believers! The #MarvelSHP founding host trio of Illegal Machine, Mr. Fixit, & Diabolu Frank are joined by W.A.M. Count Drunkula and a couple of special cameo guests for a celebration of both our fiftieth episode and the 75th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Avenger with our first ever all Captain America episode! We hope you think it was worth the wait! Excelsior!

  • 0:02:05 Case No. 1. Meet Captain America radio theater
  • 0:09:10 Excerpt reading from Jules Feiffer's The Great Comic Book Heroes
  • 0:10:38 Round Table: The Origin of Captain America!
  • 0:26:36 Excerpt reading from The Steranko History of Comics, Vol. 1
  • 0:33:06 Round Table: Enemies of America
  • 0:49:05 Round Table: Supporting the Sentinel of Liberty
  • 0:59:14 Round Table: Illustrating The Living Legend of World War II
  • 1:01:41 Excerpt reading from Grant Morrison's Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero
  • 1:04:53 Round Table: Iconic Images of The First Avenger
  • 1:13:45 Excerpt reading from Gerard Jones & Will Jacobs' The Comic Book Heroes: The First History of Modern Comic Books - From the Silver Age to the Present
  • 1:16:54 Round Table: The Human Writing Machine
  • 1:34:26 Excerpt reading from Sean Howe's Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
  • 1:39:36 Round Table: Seeking the Sentinel of Liberty
  • 1:54:36 Mighty Marvel Mail Bag: Illegal Downloading Lecture Edition
  • 2:10:21 Over a half hour of bonus material (deleted tangents, bloopers, etc.)


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Wild Agents of Marvel- Siskoid

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 049


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Face Front, True Believers! This week is maple-syrup flavored as we welcome everyone's favorite French Canadian chronicler of sci-fi, Siskoid! Plus the usual plain American hamburger and shake that is Illegal Machine & Diabolu Frank! We of course talk about Alpha Flight, Plastique, Kids in the Hall, SCTV, Barenaked Ladies and the plight of the First Nation, but I'm afraid Alan Thicke, Justin Bieber and Captain Canuck will have to wait for some follow-up show! Asterix! Tintin! Be sure to check out Siskoid's own show, The Lonely Hearts Romance Comics Podcast or perhaps Siskoid's Blog of Geekery! Excelsior!



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Monday, November 30, 2015

Doctor Strange: Master Of Black Magic!

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Episode 048



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Face Front, True Believers! Diabolu Frank & Illegal Machine with Mr. Fixit in tow are back to back to meet Stephen Strange for the first time all over again! This episode, we look at the earliest origins of one of the first and finest heroes from the House of Ideas in Stan Lee & Steve Ditko's stories from Strange Tales #110-111 & 114-115 (1963) and Doctor Strange #169 (1968) by Roy Thomas and Dan Adkins! These stupendous stories see the introductions of The Ancient One, Baron Mordo, and Nightmare, accompanied by audio excerpts from the 1967 WBAI New York radio show and animated appearances! Also included is talk about the 1990s run and a surprise cameo appearance by one of the creators from that period! Excelsior!



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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Strange: Beginnings and Endings (2004)

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Episode 047



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Face Front, True Believers! It's been three weeks since our last #MarvelSHP, which is like one-third as long a wait as for the last one, so we're getting better! Illegal Machine returns to join Diabolu Frank to look at the 2004-2005 mini-series Strange, which was intended to be a sort of Ultimate Doctor Strange re-imagining by J. Michael Straczynski, but his protégé Samm Barnes got top billing over artist Brandon Peterson, and this revamp has been largely forgotten in the decade since its publication. That's strange in itself, since it was clearly the basis for the 2007 DTV cartoon Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, and ranked between #24-53 in the top 100 comics sold in North America, selling 36-60K copies each during its six month run. That's far better than anything starring the Master of the Mystic Arts since the last time he had his own ongoing series in the early '90s. We reevaluate the book to see if it was undervalued, or if it just damaged the property in a highly visible manner. Also, we briefly mention Mark Waid & Emma Rios Strange 4-issue mini that bombed in 2010 (debuting at 89th place with 23,362 copies and plummeting from there.) Episode art tumblr here. Excelsior!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wild Agents of Marvel- Token Fire Guy

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Episode 046



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Face Front, True Believers! It's been two months since our last #MarvelSHP! We do other Rolled Spine Podcasts, so you could subscribe to another stream if you for really and truly missed us, but that's not your scene, is it? So fine then-- you get to miss Illegal Machine and Mister Fixit some more, because they're not on this episode, either! This week we return to a forgotten feature of the podcast, Wild Agents of Marvel, named after the 1990s fan club from the House of Ideas! Here we spotlight the stories of our friends and listeners! Regular appreciator (of all our shows, fair weather friends) and podcast virgin Token Fire Guy tells how he got into comics, The Dark Tower, and generally gabs with our own Diabolu Frank! Poor (T.F.) Guy's probably got balls of blue, having recorded much of this show over a year ago, and placed in deep freeze until we were ready for him to defrost au flambé to entertain you! Then, original W.A.M. Man Count Drunkula of Secret Origins Podcast and Flowers & Fishnets: A Black Canary Podcast takes audio Frank specifically told him he had no interest in broadcasting that was part of a warm-up chat for one of his podcasts, emailed it to Frank anyway, and our boy shamelessly threw it in to expand this show! Finally, the Mighty Marvel Mail Bag! Excelsior!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

20th Century Fox's Fant4stic (2015)

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Episode 045



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Face Front, True Believers! It's the second attempt by FOX to launch a Fantastic Four franchise, and third overall! Is it the worst so far? Reverse Excelsior?

Roads

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Marvel Chewy Granola Bars

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Episode 044



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Face Front, True Believers! This week special guest Count Drunkula joins Mr. Fixit, Illegal Machine & Diabolu Frank to discuss upcoming Marvel movies, comic book cinema in general, and plain ol' fashioned B.S.ing! Deadpool! Dead Matt Damon! Podcasts! Mongolians! Excelsior!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Marvel's Ant-Man 3D (2015)

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Episode 043



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Face Front, True Believers! This week special guest Count Drunkula joins Illegal Machine, Mr. Fix-It & Diabolu Frank to discuss the last installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas & Evangeline Lilly! Does the little guy measure up? Excelsior!


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Annihilation (2006)

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Episode 042



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Face Front, True Believers! For our first anniversary, we finally finish covering the epic Annihilation story arc of 2006! Following our looks at Marvel Cosmic, Drax the Destroyer: Earthfall, Annihilation Prologue, Annihilation: Silver Surfer, Annihilation: Super-Skrull, Annihilation: Nova and Annihilation: Ronan we're ready to end this war upon your ears! From these specials and mini-series came the final eponymous six issue event book from whose soil the seeds for the modern era cinematic Guardians of the Galaxy sprouted! We also open the Marvel Mail Bag and briefly discuss SDCC! Excelsior!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Rolled Spine Premature Birthday Self-Congratulation Summer Special

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Episode 041



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Face Front, True Believers! Illegal Machine, Mister Fixit and Diabolu Frank have been podcasting for one week shy of a year, and with other plans for next week, we decided to devote nearly an hour to fellating ourselves like the ribless circle jerks we are on the show's "secret origins" and such, plus we talk Comicpalooza 2015. Then, it's been many, many moons since our last substantial Marvel Mail Bag dive on this podcast, so we devote the better part of two hours in dialogue with you, our beloved listeners. And by "dialogue" we mean shenanigans like Frank going on an epic length rant against Superman based on Kyle Benning inoffensively offering a few modest corrections to our off-the-cuff talk about '90s Man of Steel stories. Frank isn't on meds, but that one is Exhibit "A." Excelsior!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Peter David at Comicpalooza 2015

Amazing Heroes Interviews Episode 1



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Note: We like our language NSFW salty, and there be spoilers here... Interview conducted with the beloved comic book writer and novelist Peter David at The Texas International Comic Convention, Houston's Comicpalooza, on May 24, 2015. The interview has been edited for time, content, consistency and quality.

  • 00:55 Breaking into Marvel Comics
  • 01:53 Jim Owsley & Spectacular Spider-Man
  • 04:22 Jean DeWolff
  • 06:23 Mark Beachum
  • 07:14 Mark Hazzard: Merc
  • 09:03 The Incredible Hulk
  • 13:10 Justice in the New Universe
  • 14:56 Marvel life before and after Jim Shooter
  • 17:51 Transitioning to DC Comics
  • 21:04 Aquaman & The Atlantis Chronicles
  • 27:00 Image Comics & Company

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Episode 040



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Note: We like our language NSFW salty, and there be spoilers here... Face Front, True Believers! This episode, Illegal Machine, Mister Fixit, and a hoarse Diabolu Frank offer extensive feature-length commentary on their theatrical experience at the sequel to one of, if not the, greatest super hero movies of all time: Avengers Assemble! Excelsior!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Top 10 Avengers (An Age of Ultron Tie-In)

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Episode 039



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Face Front, True Believers! The crossover of the season, Super-Blog Team Up #6, draws in your favorite Marvel Comics Podcast that's recorded live in Houston by three dudes! The trio return from that rotten Spring Special full force with a cracking good look around Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron via top 10 lists and general discussions but with limited spoilers (which we'll save for next week's exhaustive no-holds-barred examination of the film!) Mac gives his 10 best Avengers, Frank his 10 worst, and Joe Fixit ranks the cinematic Avengers with full knowledge to the hit of the summer's influence! Excelsior!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#MarvelSHP MPDC Spring Special 2015

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Episode 038



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Face Front, True Believers! It's been four months since #MarvelSHP Annual 2014, so we felt like it was time to push out another clip show as a seasonal event! However, due to another recording error where Frank's stupid laptop with the dicey USB port defaulted to a crumby internal microphone, the vast majority of this extra-length, minimally-edited show will be new material! To listeners, anyway! Well, as new as our continuing to talk noise about comic book media adaptations and other nerd ephemera gets! Besides roughly an hour of Mister Joe Fixit taking the fore (for once,) we also dug into the vaults for a best of compilation of episode three-- SDCC 2014 FYI and episode sixteen-- NYCC 2014 FYI, scavenging whatever pearls we could find from our coverage of comic conventions from last year (including previously deleted tangents!) Also, before and after candor for episode 21-- Howard the Duck (1986)! While Moon Knight is barely a subject this episode, he's an excellent figurehead for the show's dissociative identity disorder, as we spend most of the second hour in the role of The DC Super Heroes Podcast! Cast a nostalgic ear toward the days when our equipment was garbage and there was tons of audible artifacts (Ooo thunderstorms! Dogs! TV in the background!) It's even more strictly amateur hour than usual, so much so that we can't even be trusted to keep it at an hour!

  • 0:01:19 Fixit on Herb Trimpe & Rob Liefeld
  • 0:02:43 Fixit samples the TV shows Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, & Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 0:10:20 Fixit on the DC original animated movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
  • 0:12:18 The trio on the teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • 0:17:01 Fixit wants to add Suicide Squad to the mix...
  • 0:28:29 Furious 7 sucked.
  • 0:30:27 Clip Show: Star Wars movies from Dark Horse to Marvel
  • 0:33:25 Star Wars: The Force Awakens preview trailer
  • 0:42:09 We are not talking about Jurassic World...
  • 0:47:07 ...but we will talk about Jeff Goldblum...
  • 0:50:51 ...and somehow, Straight Outta Compton
  • 0:54:17 "Deleted Scenes": Superior Spider-Man, Bendis GotG, Angela, Geoff Johns & Ebola
  • 1:06:12 "Deleted Scenes": Ducking Hell and the Burdens of Being an Aquafan
  • 1:11:38 "Deleted Scenes": Moon Knight
  • 1:13:59 Marvel's Ultimate "Catastrophe" and Batman Eternal
  • 1:17:03 "Deleted Scenes": The Death & Return of Superman
  • 1:23:44 "Deleted Scenes": The New 52
  • 1:31:04 The Peter David Discussion: Aquaman/Supergirl/Hulk
  • 1:41:42 The Jason Momoa Aquaman/Namor Proxy
  • 1:50:51 Batmen
  • 1:57:49 Not Iron Man 4
  • 2:00:02 Legos Helicarrier
  • 2:03:34 "Deleted Scenes": Jim Shooter at Marvel & Valiant
  • 2:08:07 "Deleted Scenes": Girlbusters & The Bill Murray Meme
  • 2:14:00 The not-so-Mighty Marvel Tweet Bag



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Hawkeye and the New Black Widow

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 037



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Note: We like our language NSFW salty, and there be spoilers here... Face Front, True Believers! This episode, Iron Man faces the fantastic threat of: "Hawkeye, the Marksman!" From Clint Barton's origin story in Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964) through his reappearances in #60 & #64, you are there! And by there we mean you'll hear Illegal Machine, Mister Fixit and Diabolu Frank talk about these comics, 1966 cartoon adaptation, and their general views of the villain-turned-hero! Also featuring Hawkeye's Russian spy benefactor Black Widow, who soon switched from slinky dresses to battle togs as Clint's tech-happy costumed partner in crime... and love! Check out our art gallery for the episode and watch the cartoon below! Excelsior!


Iron Man - Enter Hawkeye - 1966 S01 E06 - Full by candsandcomics

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Ultimate Allegiance

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 036


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Face Front, True Believers! Our already edited and nigh-publishable Tuesday episode of #MarvelSHP was lost in the Negative Zone, so Illegal Machine & Diabolu Frank had to whip up an entirely new episode that night so that you wouldn't have to do without this week! Can you center an hour-plus long podcast on a t-shirt? You be the judge as a heavily reworked version of Mike Zeck (and now mucho company) art from Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1 unveils an Illuminati-like agenda! What do the incorporation of Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino have in common? How could this impact the Netflix Marvel shows and The Punisher? Is it possible we Homo-Superior-Phobes could have positive things to say about FOX's Deadpool movie? Also, how awesome is Captain America? #JanetVanCrime! The Mandarin! All Your Mails Are Belong To Us! Excelsior!



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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FW Books to Acquire Rolled Spine Podcasts

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Episode ⚓


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Burbank, CA and New York, NY, April 1, 2015 —Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, FW Books (NYSE:FWB) has agreed to acquire Rolled Spine Podcasts, Inc. (NYSE:#MSHP) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of FW Books on August 28, 2014, Rolled Spine shareholders would receive a total of $0.00000076 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 FW Books shares for each Rolled Spine share they own. At closing, the amount of cash and stock will be adjusted if necessary so that the total value of the FW Books stock issued as merger consideration based on its trading value at that time is not less than 40% of the total merger consideration.

FW Books, publisher of such titles as Hey Kids, Comics!: True-Life Tales From The Spinner Rack, will absorb Rolled Spine Podcasts' inventory of recycled audio files and bellicose opinions. The current group of on air talent has been released from their contracts and will be temporarily replaced by the "popular" personalities Rob Kelly & The Irredeemable Shag until more appropriate, listener-friendly permanent hosts can be hired.

Based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, March 27, the transaction value is $1.81 Dollars Canadian. Investors in Rolled Spine Podcasts are advised to take stock of their lives.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Wild Agents of Marvel- Count Drunkula

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 035


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Face Front, True Believer! This week we introduce a new feature on the podcast, Wild Agents of Marvel, named after the 1990s fan club from the House of Ideas! Here we spotlight the stories of our friends and listeners! Regular commentator and occasional guest Count Drunkula tells how he got into comics, debates the vice/virtues of Hank Pym, and generally gabs with our own Diabolu Frank! Then, Illegal Machine returns to tackle the Mighty Marvel Mail Bag! Join us for the fan fun, and don't miss the Count's own podcasts, Dead Bothan Spies and Flowers & Fishnets! Excelsior!




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Ghost! (Now with 100% more PUNS!)

THE GHOST! (Now with 100% more PUNS!)

*An Ill Mac Joint*

The Ghost Logo

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This week Frank and Mac take a look at Iron Man Vol 1 issues 219-221, the first appearance of The Ghost, by legendary creative team David Michelinie and Bob Layton (and layouts by Mark Bright).

Discussion ranges from plot to art and even history behind the possible inspiration of The Ghost. Many of the panels discussed are uploaded to our Tumblr page! So check it out!

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Captain Atom cover pulled from:

http://ripjaggerdojo.blogspot.com/2012/10/ghost-of-atom_28.html

Link to the Layton interview:

http://www.boblayton.com/interview-with-bob-by-dolmen-magazine/


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lady Daemon

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 033




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Face Front, True Believers! After a brief hiatus to promote our other podcasts, #MarvelSHP is back with a super obscure anti-heroine from Marvel Magazine Group's March 1981 cover-dated black and white periodical Bizarre Adventures #25! Just a few months before introducing their popular creation Rogue, Chris Claremont & Michael Golden (joined by superstar inker Terry Austin) offered the Depression era Scottish pseudo-sorceress Lady Megan Daemon to an uncaring world that allowed her to pass into oblivion after her single appearance! You can read the NOT SAFE FOR WORK: NUDITY & VIOLENCE complete story for yourself here, then join us for a comprehensive discussion! Plus, the Mighty Marvel Mail Bag! Excelsior!




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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Marvel Universe LIVE!

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Episode 032



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Face Front, True Believer! This week, we're not going to lie, we lazily recorded directly into a shabby built-in laptop mic at the kitchen table our Marvel flavored bull session! That, and Frank didn't feel like editing any more of his lengthy over-the-internet mailbag convo with Mac, so that gets dumped here too! It's raw sushi-stylee as you may like it, or not, whatever. They can't all be winners, folks!


  • 00:35 Mister Fixit tells us about his experience at the Feld Entertainment Marvel Universe LIVE! stage show currently touring North America.
  • 11:18 Iron Man toys, Marvel's Ant-Man teaser trailer, and slagging on Iron Man 3.
  • 16:57 Spider-Man enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe, without Vaseline. Fixit on Fant4stic. "Teasers" don't tickle. S'more Avengers: Age of Ultron. Birdman remorse. Ma Fixit liked First Class and Days of Future Past. Secret Wars Battleworlds.
  • 37:51 Mighty Marvel Mail Bag reading of a letter from Kyle Benning, to which we respond at length regarding Fant4stic and Black Panther.
  • 58:41 More mail replies, this time to Martin Gray on ÜberBatman vs. Black Panther
  • 1:07:24 guanoman shows love to #MarvelSHP on Facebook, then Simon Donovan, Siskoid, and finally Eternal Rage on Doctor Zero.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Madame Natasha-- The Mysterious Black Widow!

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Episode 031



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Face Front, True Believers! This week we tackle one of Marvel's most fabulously famous femme fatales, Soviet super spy Madame Natasha Romanoff! We specifically cover Tales of Suspense #52-53 (April-May 1964), introducing the gorgeous new menace of... The Black Widow! Also, we offer general thoughts on the character from Mac, Frank, Fixit, and even Pekita for good measure! Original Crimson Dynamo Anton Vanko also gets some attention! Episode art tumblr here! Excelsior!

Crimson Dynamo debuted in Tales of Suspense #46 (October 1963), half a year and one armor change ahead of Black Widow. He was Tinhead's eighth primary foe in a story, and the first to really stick as a recurring threat. Whatever did happen to Doctor Strange (I), Red Barbarian and the Mad Pharoah (sic)?


Monday, February 2, 2015

The X-cellent Alpha Flight X-travaganza

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast
Episode 030



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A Mari Usque Ad Mare! This is the one you've been waiting for since we started this podcast! The Great White North's greatest defenders... Canada's premier super-team... Alpha Flight! Illegal Machine and Mister Fixit simply cannot say enough about the Mutants of Manitoba, so Diabolu Frank called in special guest The Irredeemable Shag to lavish all the praise we as a collective could muster! And mail! There's so much mail! How could we fit this big of a Marvel Mailbag and Canuck Craziness into a single episode? How indeed! This one's finer than Poutine with a double double for a loonie, eh? Giv’n her!



In the interests of full disclosure, Frank's disdain for Alpha Flight was sustained through the purchase of no less than 16 issues of the book during it's original run.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Doctor Zero

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Episode 029



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Face Front, True Believers! As part of a Super Blog Team-Up crossover, the boys look at The Shadowline Saga, four interconnected "realistic" super-hero titles created by Archie Goodwin and written by D. G. Chichester & Margaret Clark that were published in 1988 under the Epic Comics imprint! The emphasis is on Doctor Zero, an eight issue series about a near-immortal "Shadow Dweller" of great power who pretends to be a costumed savior while secretly manipulating Cold War politics! Mister Fixit, Diabolu Frank and Illegal Machine also take a brief course on "independent comics" and tour other failed Marvel imprints ahead of their being folded into the Marvel Universe proper as part of Secret Wars 2015! Episode art tumblr here! Excelsior!


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