Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics

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COMIC BOOKS! The mythic stories! The dazzling colors! The memorable, often iconic, characters! Join brothers Kevin and Will Hines — two comedians from the UCB Theatre — as they discuss the comics they have loved their whole lives! Season one dove deep on 1960s Spider-Man, and the current season is swimming in the insanely great 1960s run of Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four! Don’t miss an issue (episode)!

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Mutants and Mailbags #25: Wolverine (1982) #1-4
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The Milksops go over the 1982 four-issue mini series Wolverine, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Frank Miller. This was part of Wolverine's ascendence to becoming one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Kevin was expecting a "bigger" story, something akin to what Miller would do on Batman: Year One or Daredevil: Born Again. It's not that seismic, but there's plenty of terrific Miller art and layouts in this story. There's also ninjas, Japanese culture, an expansion of the Wolverine character and world, the arrival of the assassin/would-be-love-interest Yugio and plenty of Claremont prose. The story is good, both Milksops agree, and they are glad to have read this story -- something that has been recommended to them for over 30 years! We also read mail!

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Aug 10, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #24: God Loves, Man Kills
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NO MAILBAG THIS EPISODE. For the "mutants" portion of our ep, the Milksops review the graphic novel "God Loves, Man Kills" in which the X-Men ally with arch-enemy Magneto to battle an anti-mutant televangelist/murderer! This was also known as "Marvel Graphic Novel #5," which was part of a series where Marvel creators could make more adult content. This story contains brutal murders, commentary on how people use religion and media to manipulate the masses, a man killing his family and Kitty Pryde dropping the N-word in an argument about racism. It's intense! It's also really good and one of the most compeling and nuanced portrayal of Magneto so far!

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Aug 03, 2022
Talkin' Bout Busiek: Astro City #1 and #1/2
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We saved (one of) the best for last: Astro City. This is Kurt's masterpiece. Along with artist Brent Anderson and cover artist/collaborator Alex Ross, Kurt created an entire superhero universe for Astro City. The characters are a combination of analogues of very popular superhero "types" (we see a Superman-ish person, a Spider-Man ish hero, a Justice League, a Fantastic Four), but also characters who don't fit cleanly into any box. What is true of every character in Astro City is they are: human, emotional, moving, surprising and impressively thought-through. Astro City is to superhero comics what Speilberg movies are to adventure serials: better, deeper more moving versions of the old tropes --- done with joy and love and excitement. We dig a bit into two issues: #1 ("Flying") and #1/2 ("The Nearness of You") which is one of the Milksops' favorite issues of comic book of ANY genre and series. Hope you like it!

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Jul 20, 2022
Talkin' Bout Busiek: Secret Identity
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We continue our look into Kurt Busiek with a deepish dive on one of his most beloved works: 2004's "Secret Identity." What if someone woke up in OUR world had Superman's powers? Meaning there are no superheroes but there are Superman comic books. He knows what he's become, but not why or how. An off-kilter premise, explored with heart and sweetness and surprise. It's a moving story that covers far more emotional ground than you're ready for. The decency and goodness in this story gets at the core of why we all love Superman so much. A must read.

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Jul 13, 2022
Talkin' Bout Busiek: Avengers #19-22
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The Milksops continue our Talking 'Bout Busiek season with a look at his stellar run on The Avengers. Specifically we dig into issues 19-22, Ultron Unleashed! Thor has words with Ultron, Justice doesn't drink tea, and lots of robots wish they had families. It's action-packed and is a highlight of Kurt and George Perez's Avengers run. We also talk about the hard-to-find Avengers/JLA book and it's insanely dense character-filled fan service. If you ever wanted to see two universes kiss, then this is the comic for you. But also Superman holds Thor's hammer! It's fun when people hold Thor's hammer, right? Email us at screwitcomics@gmail.com ok?

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Jul 06, 2022
Talkin' Bout Busiek: Untold Tales of Spider-Man
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Continuing our dive into Kurt Busiek, we look at his critically acclaimed series Untold Tales of Spider-Man. It's a masterpiece of going back to basics with the webhead, finding new stories from the old strategies. In particular, we dive into two incredible issues: UTOSM #16, which shows what Mary Jane Watson thought of Peter (and Spidey) before they met, and also UTOSM Annyal '96, which has the web-head go on a date with The Invisible Girl. These two issues have everything a great Spidey tale could have: action, humor, pathos, nerdiness, joy, severe punching and truthful emotional centers. We also go through some mail in which we find out we've made mistakes. But Will is still not convinced Matt Murdock has a personality.

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Jun 29, 2022
Talkin' Bout Busiek: Thunderbolts #1
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A team of villains who sometimes maybe kinda want to be heroes? One of the great series in recent decades. The Milksops get into Thunderbolts #1 with it tremendous twist ending that caught everyone unaware. We also talk about the series overall. It was born in a strange time in Marvel "history" when many of the big properties were removed from publication. Busiek turned this possible restriction into a feature. Also on display is Kurt's standard high level of story navigation: clear characters established quickly, smart plot twists and fun dialogue. It's one of those issues you read a second time the second you've finished it. Plus we get into some mail where as usual we are corrected on getting some facts wrong and we pick what a modern "Marvels" comic might focus on!
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Jun 22, 2022
Talkin' Bout Busiek: Marvels #1-4
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The Milksops begin their celebration / examination of legendary comics writer Kurt Busiek by doing a medium-depth dive on his breakout 1993 mini-series Marvels. With the stunningly realistic paintings of Alex Ross, Marvels was a critical and commercial hit that also proved that the classic Marvel characters and stories still worked in the collectors-edition froth of the early 1990s. The series established Kurt's knack for creating everyman characters who view the world of superheros from "street level." The Milksops argue that Marvels and Kurt's success also marked the beginning of a "back to basics" appraoch for Marvel comics stories after the constant showing revisions of the 1980s. Hey, fun. We also answer email, which is why this episode is a bit longer. Mail includes a question on the movie War Games, because this show doubles as Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About War Games.

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Jun 15, 2022
Crash Course: Ms. Marvel
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To prepare for the new Disney+ show starring Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan incarnation), the Milksops do a crash course on her comic books! Despite just having debuted in Feburary 2014 (besides a fast cameo in 2013), Ms. Marvel has gotten a lot of development and appearances in that time. We go over her impressively strong debut, which includes the personality of Jersey City, her interesting conservative Muslim family, and cabal of surprising, supportive high school friends. We see a lot of Peter Parker in Kamala, with her joy and decency and missteps. We're intrigued by her Muslim background. We love the physical weirdness of her poly-morphism -- very Kirby, we think. We don't love the Inhmans origin (too complicated) and don't love her as much on teams (too competent, you heard us), and have yet to be grabbed by the recent "space stories" run. But we think this character is a hit and are excited for the show.

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Jun 08, 2022
Review: Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
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The Milksops break from their tendency to talk about 80s and 90s comics to focus on the latest MCU release: Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Their take: it's good? We get into what Kevin didn't like about the first one, and why he likes this one better. We also get into: guest character appearances, our assessment of the films visuals and actions, rating its villain, the impact on the story of the MCU as a whole and along the way Kevin spoils Citizen Kane!

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May 25, 2022
Mutants and Mailbgs #23 - X-Men #185-188
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Two issues of bliss, two issues of blah -- that's how the Milksops see these issues. We get a fun look at Rogue and Storm's friendly in 185, followed by the double-sized Barry Windsor-Smith pencilled epic of Storm and Forge falling in love with each other! They're each fun, intriguing, exciting issues of the X-Men. And then we get two completely confusing issues where they face off against an alien race called the Dire Wraiths who come from the Marvel title ROM, which was one of those toy-first-comics-later comics that often doesn't work (Transformers, you get a pass). We also talk a lot about superstar artists George Perez and Neal Adams who sadly recently passed away. They each were impactful for their work as artists and work behind the scenes as human beings! In the mailbags portion, we pick an all-bald super-powered basketball team and talk about digital vs print comics! You can't miss this ep!

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May 18, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #22 - X-Men #181-184
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A terrific run of Claremont issues. We have the charming "Young Dragons in Love" where we see Japan bring out its standing anti-Monster forces to stop a lovesick dragon from destroying Tokyo. Rogue loses track of which of her memories are really hers when she rescues an ex-boyfriend (we think) of Carol Danvers. Wolverine takes Colossus out to maybe beat him up for dumping Kitty Pryde and instead just lets casual clothes wearing Juggernaut beat him up. And finally Rachel Summers, the daughter of Scott and Jean from another timeline arrives in our present to , we presume, save the world. Hey, pretty fun. We still get some Kevin hot takes, don't you worry. In the mailbag, we get suggestions of what we should cover in future Crash Courses, a defense of the "a hero is someone who always gets up" trope from a fellow Danburian, and Kevin and Will talk about how they always seem to get along? is it a hoax?????

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May 11, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #21 - X-Men #177-180
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In this X-issues we see a lot of cool stuff but also Professor X playing basketball in X-themed athletic wear, which is..... I can't decide what that is. Great? Silly? Fun? In other events, we see Kitty almost get married, and Caliban reveals he can be good. Nightcrawler continues being a doctor, and Rogue is more and more accepted into the team. Scott continues to be married to an almost maybe kinda clone of his dead girlfriend. John Romita Jr. is the regular artist now, and in one issue is inked by his own dad! Interesting! In the mailbags portion, we get more trivia questions and one reader has a hilarious explanation for Karen Page's behavior in the Born Again storyline.

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May 04, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #21 - X-Men #174-176 and Annual 7
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Three pretty great X-Men issues where we the mutants deal with getting used to Rogue, meeting Scott's Jean Grey-clone(?) fiance and Wolverine investigating why he was left at the altar! Also Will is so exhausted that he keeps calling Nightcrawler "Wolverine" which is insane! Then we cover Annual 7 which is, depending on your mood, either deligtfully silly meta in-joke fun where ou see the Marvel Bullpen, or maybe just totally dumb and who cares? Why do annuals exist? Then we cover the mail where we learn about Bantam, the not-at-all Batman character from Marvel, and the Milksops get called out for being hypocrites about thinking it's funny how much Marvel characters call each other cowards.

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Apr 27, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #20 - X-Men Annual 6, #171-173
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The mutants return to fight the villain they are most known for fighting: Count Dracula! Wha....? Okay, so it's not a standard X-villain, but this is a better story than the count's previous X-appearance. We then get into the arrival of a terrific legendary X-man: Rogue. And right on the heels of that the (near) wedding of Wolverine and Mariko. In typical Claremont era fashion, the story's plots are insanely complicated and hard to summarize, but the character moments are moving and terrific. There's a great Rogue/Wolverine team up sequence and Professor X is..... not around until everything is solved? In the mailbag section, we talk about switching heroes' Rogue Gallery, picking the most important non-super people in the comics universe and hear a million listeners tell us we forgot to pick Maus as the third big comics event of the mid-1980s. Consider us properly shamed!

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Apr 20, 2022
Born Again: 6-7 (Daredevil #232-233)
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The big finish of the Born Again saga. We've got: crazed super-soldier who always thinks he's in Vietnam, corrupt generals and police commissioners and police, Matt Murdock cooking amazing burgers, the return of wearing a superhero costume, and oh yeah the Avengers. And epic finish to a story that transformed the character and probably intimidated/inspired everyone writing superhero comics in the whole world! Our take: we like it.


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Apr 13, 2022
Born Again: 4-5 (Daredevil #230-231)
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The Born Again saga begins jumping from character to character faster and faster, but Miller's taut prose and Mazzuchelli's deft art keep everything feeling smooth. Matt is healing, Ben Urich is scared and the not scared, Karen is on the run and then not on the run and Foggy has a bowling ball. We talk about how fearsome the Kingpin is despite his ridiculous habit of beating up scores of employees in karate gis. The Daily Bugle scenes are so beautiful and cinematic that you almost want the whole comic to take place there. And we make an argument that drug dealer/murderer Paolo is the accidental hero of some twisted version of this tale.

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Apr 06, 2022
Crash Course: Moon Knight
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Because of the new Moon Knight television show, the Milksops do a crash course in to the comics portrayal of Moon Knight, a character neither of them know that well! After an admittedly fast and intense few days of reading, we give our first impressions of most of the different incarnations of the characters. But that's tough because the characters has been rebooted many times in very different ways. The original incarnation was an impassioned but scattered story of a mercenery resurrected (maybe) by an Egyptian god to do good. Along with multiple secret identities, a confusing array of allies and assistants, and a dark past -- the ingredients were set for the multiple reboots that followed. Your hosts see Moon Knight get labelled with interesting facets: multiple personality disorder, an insistance that villains "see him coming," a duty to protect travellers at night, loyalty to his Jewish heritage. A fun, complicated, constantly changing character. We hope you enjoy our guide!

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Mar 30, 2022
Born Again 2-3 (Daredevil #228-229)
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Despite some very big limitations and shortcomings, Born Again stands out as an incredible achievement of monthly comic book creation. Each issue is tense, interesting, has surprising developments, humor, character moments, ending in a terrific cliffhanger. Writer Frank Miller is excellent at taking characters you know and exaggerating them to more powerful versions of themselves. Kingpin is not just a crime lord, he's an imposing terrifying figure of doom. Murdock/Daredevil is not just a run-of-the-mill good guy, but a man who is unable to quit even when he loses his mind. Ben Urich is a tough-as-nails reporter commtted to getting the truth -- so what does it feel like when he gets truly scared? Karen Page is the well-known misfire in this story -- she's all damsel in distress with little personality other then begging Matt to save her. But for 1986, you can see that this run blew away its peers for presenting an exciting can't-wait-for-next-issue story.

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Mar 23, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #19 - X-Men 167-170
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Professor Xavier is a jerk, says Kitty Pryde and X-Nation agrees, or at least the Milksops agree. We are into the beautiful Paul Smith epoch of the Claremont era of the X-books and things are cooking. We've got the final showdown with the Brood as the X-Men meet the New Mutants, Kitty (once again) proving herself to be worth of X-man status, and then a very cool and fun adventure in the sewers as the X-Men meet the Morlocks. The Milksops love these issues, and we can't believe how far we've come! We're almost up to the Secret Wars! Plus we get a great email from a fellow alumnus of our high scool, where the mascot was improbably a giant hat.

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Mar 16, 2022
Born Again #1 (Daredevil #227)
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The Milksops can't stop obsessing over Frank Miller, so we're going from Dark Knight Returns to Frank's awesome return to Marvel's Daredevil: the Born Again stories. Along with artist David Mazzuchelli, this seven part Daredevil story is one of the greatest Daredevil stories ever and one of the great Marvel comics stories. The Kingpin finds out that Daredevil is really Matt Murdock and so he... ruins Matt Murdock's life. What could be a simple one or two issue story becomes a prolonged exploration of what makes Daredevil truly a hero. We see Matt Murdock go completely insane, Foggy Nelson being a new love affair, Karen Page go on a doesnt-age-that-well struggle with drug addiction, Ben Urich stand up for getting the true story no matter what the cost -- all wrapped up in taut, lively compelling crime fiction. Oh, and the best cliffhangers in the biz!

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Mar 09, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #18 - X-Men 163-166
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Brood, Brood and more Brood. The X-Men find themselves in an impossible situation when they realize that a hostile alien force has planted eggs inside of their bodies, and the only way to stop the hatching is to die! Luckily they find a simple (not) solution involving the prophet/singer leader of a fleet of peaceful space whales, spirtual bonds that heal bodies, and a rogue dragon who eats eggs. Paul Smith starts his run as artist for the X-Men and it's a great fit right away. Also Professor X gets ready to begin the New Mutants. Will is more sympathetic to the good parts of recent stories, wheras Kevin has had it with The Brood taking up so many issues. They discuss if an unenjoyable run on a comic makes the comic as a whole bad.

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Mar 02, 2022
The Dark Knight Returns #4
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The final issue of the Dark Knight Returns brings a showdown that maybe only Frank Miller was asking for: Batman takes down Superman. We see a very Batman-centered view of Superman: a sellout, a toady, an obstacle. Superman meanwhile saves the lives of millions and is rewarded with an order to capture Batman. We see Gotham collapse into utter chaos when a nuclear bomb takes away all power in the city. Batman resorts to old tech to rally the mutants and Sons of Batman to put away the guns and restore order. The Green Arrow, now with one arm, wants to help take down Supes. Yindel has a change of heart. Carrie Kelly helps Batman carry out the ultimate con. As we turn the last page, we realize Batman - the story, the character, the myth -- will never be the same again.

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Feb 23, 2022
The Dark Knight Returns #3
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Batman doesn't kill. But should he? Frank MIller's portrayal of the Joker puts this question to the test after the Clown Prince of Crime begins a murder spree in already-collapsing Gotham. Also we see glimpses of Superman, who is forbidden from being talked about on the news. We see the old mutant gang decalre themselves to be the violent sons of Batman. New Commission Yindel makes no bones about this: Batman is a criminal and should be put in jail. The stakes keep going up up up! Oh yeah, there's also creepy flying doll bombs who have full personalities?

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Feb 16, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #17 - X-Men #159-162
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The X-Men stories are getting so complicated it's tough to summarize correctly. But basically we've got: a quick fight against Dracula (no big), a demon who pulls Illyana into limbo for 6 or 7 years, Professor X remembering that he and Magneto were once allies and then shaking off a coma, and the beginning of a showdown against the increasingly horrifying (to the Milksops) Brood. Kevin is still a bit "meh" on how disorganized the stories are but Will sees that the characters' back stories are being improved and strengthened for the next era of X-Comics. Plus we get a great trivia game in our mailbag, questions about villains, and some corrections!

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Feb 09, 2022
The Dark Knight Returns #2
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Issue 2 of this seminal series is the only one that features a wholly original villain: the hyper-violent, extra-brutal leader of the Mutant Gang. Batman gets a new Robin: the extremely fun and optimistic Carrie Kelly. We also see the Bat-Tank version of the Batmobile, and get hints of a SUPER guest to come later in the story. This Kevin's favorite issue and Will's second-favorite. Can the Milksops survive such a disagreement (yes, it's no big deal).

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Feb 02, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #16 - X-Men #155-158
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The Starjammers are back and things get confusing! It's something to do with a missing possibly kidnapped Princess Lilandra, and a coup among the Shi'ar, and also some villains called The Brood, and also Scott's dad is back (again), and Kitty hacks into computer and there's a living ship which is a brain-dead space-whale, and also.... we meet soon-to-be X-Man Rogue! In the mailbag, we get corrected for mis-remembering the source cartoon of Horny Wolf, and consider a Doom solo movie.

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Jan 26, 2022
The Dark Knight Returns #1
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The Milksops begin their in-depth look at THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, the 1986 Batman story by Frank Miller (and Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley) that changed the character and all of superhero comics forever. We get into: the violence, the density, the intelligence, the fun (yes, this bleak world has a lot of joy in it), the tons of captions, what it was like for Kevin to read this as a wee lad. We also get into the legacy, the influence, and the absolute enormous HIT this was at the time. Takes us about 25 minutes before we actually start discussing the issue and frankly I think we were rushing.

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Jan 19, 2022
Mutants and Mailbags #15 - X-Men #151-154
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Hilarious Correction Department: it's Emma FROST not Emma STONE. Anyway: A rival school for mutants drafts Kitty Pryde, and Storm switches bodies with Emma Frost. Plus a cute fairy tale that charmed Will and kinda was okay to Kevin, plus the Starjammers returns as Cyclops (again?) remembers the story of his father. In our mail, we are shamed for not mentioning the Daredevil cameo in "No Way Home" plus we have to pick the worst X-Men villains and Will just sys Galactus? Go to shortboxed.com/screwit to win a copy of a 2018 pressing of Dark Knight Returns #1 signed by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen!

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Jan 12, 2022
Emergency Episode: Spider-Man No Way Home
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The Milksops convene for a emergency episode to discuss their feelings on the new Spider-Man movie "No Way Home." Big spoilers starting at about 10 minutes in -- we warn you. Among topics discussed: Kevin balancing his wishes for MCU Spidey versus him actually enjoying the movies, fan service vs good story, the many redemption arcs for actors in this film, ranking all Spider films, what moments made our respective audiences burst out with applause and more!

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Dec 17, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #14 - X-Men #147-150, Annual 5
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Magneto is back and badder than ever! Wait, no, maybe he's good! No, he's bad! Anyway: he's fun. The post-Byrne era continues. Claremont likes off-panel big events and big emotional reactions, even if these are completely different emotional reactions than happened the previous issue! In the mailbag, we talk about what we should cover after X-Men, the tragic news about George Perez and his gracious handling of it, comics of the early 2000s and how to pronounce "Darkseid."

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Dec 14, 2021
Ben Rodgers - Eightball #11
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We take a break from the superheroes with this one. Actor/writer Ben Rodgers (Lower Decks, Workaholics) joins the Milksops to discuss the indie comic classic Eightball, specifically issue #11. Eightball, written and drawn by Dan Clowes, was an anthology comic that featured a mix of short brutally hilarious pieces, surreal genre stories, longer more grounded explorations of every-so-slightly grotesque characters, mixed in a with lots of commentary on pop culture and our relationship to it! All with amazingly well done art. Ben, who once aspired to draw comics himself, is a passionate reader of lots of different comics and we loved talking with him about what he loves about Dan Clowes.

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Dec 08, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #13 - X-men #143-147
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Five more Claremont X-Men issues. We say goodbye to John Byrne with a cracker of Kitty Pryde story, followed by a Man-Thing story (the most awkwardly named Marvel character ever), followed by Cockrum Era Part II -- which means more Nightcrawler, kids! We are still loving these X-Men stories, so expect more. We also get into the mailbag, where we get helpful comments about the Dr. Doom story we read with Chris Gethard, and thoughts on the new Spidey movie and more!

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Dec 01, 2021
Brett White: X-Factor #84
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We're joined by Brett White, a writer for Decider.com, former employee of Wizard magazine and deeply devoted life-long X-fan. Brett gets into his passionate defense of X-Factor #84 and X-Force in general! Early and mid-90s Marvel gets criticzed a lot these days, but Brett explains about what made this time period special. We get into the X-Men cartoon on Fox that drew so many fans to the comic, and what Brett doesn't like about the current run of X-books. The Milksops maybe disagree with many of Brett's finer points on comics but we love him and love how well he descirbes and defends his viewpoint. Enjoy!

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Nov 17, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #12 - X-Men 141-142
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The hits keep on coming! The Milksops have reached another X-Men milestone: the two-issue story "Days of Future Past." This is where we see an adult Kathryn Pryde in the future journey back to our present to prevent an mutant apocalypse. Written by artist John Byrne (with dialogue and some key plot points altered by Claremont), this story is a legendary chapter in the X-Verse. Will loves it, Kevin... mostly likes it? We also dive into our mailbag, where we talk crossovers, behind the scenes of X-Comics, and a possible Fancy Dan appearance in the Venom-movie-verse.

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Nov 10, 2021
Chris Gethard: Strange and Doom - The Triumph and The Torment
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Chris Gethard (Beautiful/Anonymous, Planet Scum, Half My Life special on Amazon Prime) returns to discuss a gem of a graphic novel from 1989: Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom - The Triumph and The Torment. We also get into: a old issue of FF the Gethard has acquired, whether or not Kevin and Will appreciate the X-Men the way they do the FF, Byrne / Claremont / DeMatties as interview subjects, Mark Gruenwald's run on Captain America, the impact of an FF movie on the MCU, The New Warriors, a tiny bit of UCB/improv history and the impact of graphic novels themselves!

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Nov 03, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #11 - X-Men 138-140, Annual 4
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It's a bit of a valley in the X-Men saga, as we take a breath after the Death of Phoenix and before Days of Future Past. We get a funeral, a recap of... the entire X-men comics run, Kitty Pryde showing up to an empty mansion, a Wolverine/Nightcrawer trip to the world's richest government (Canada) and also real quick a trip to hell. In the mailbag, we get into X-adaptations, old cartoons and comic books filing systems!

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Oct 27, 2021
J.M. DeMatteis Interview
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One of the Milksops' dream guests, J.M. DeMatteis graces the podcast this epsiode! J.M.'s credits in comics are vast: he had several long runs on Spider-Man (including the legendary series "Kraven's Last Hunt"), the dialogue writer on Justice League International (which was one of the funniest superhero comics ever, not that it was comedy, but still), Captain America, Moonshadow, Blood -- not to mention writing several episodes of animated series Justice League, Superman and others. J.M. asked to talk about Silver Surfer #3 from 1968. Written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Buscema, it's a philosophical, spiritual and trippy story --- no surprise that J.M. connected with it, given his long run of emotionally powerful comics stories. We were thrilled to have him! Oh, and he has a great John Lennon story which he DID NOT TELL US!

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Oct 20, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #10 - X-Men #133-137
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The Death of Phoenix. Truly one of the milestone stories in modern superhero comics, and it still hits hard, even for the Milksops who are reading the full arc for the first time this year!

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Oct 13, 2021
Chris Claremont Interview
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The Milksops interview Chris Claremont, author of Marvel's X-Books for something like 17 years, and then some. We get into how he got hired by Stan Lee in the early 1970s, what Marvel was like at that time, the decision behind the Death of Phoenix, the challenges of writing comics these days, his priorities while writing comics, and more!

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Oct 06, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #9 - X-men #129-132
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Enter: The Hellfire Club. Also enter: "radiation" heroes as stand-ups, mutants as improvisers; the abundance of alleys in Marvel's NYC; the debut of Kitty Pryde; and one of the most famous Wolverine panels to have ever happened! Plus the mail: we pitch some "What Ifs?", Kevin has an idea for The Incredibles 3 and wondering how the mutants will fit into the MCU.

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Sep 29, 2021
Alex Segura: Amazing Spider-Man #350
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Alex Segura, who's written and edited in various capacities for Archie, DC and many others (in addition to writing terrific crime novels) joins us to analyze Amazing Spider-Man #350, in which Erik Larsen draws an epic battle between Spidey and the very normally named Doctor Doom!

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Sep 22, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #8 - X-Men #125-128
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The Milksops arrive at the Proteus saga, and notice that the already-great X-Men series is levelling up in quality. Multiple storylines intersect with a powerful villain to create tension, action and drama. Phoenix is powering up. The Hellfire Club arrives. Moira Mctaggert returns, as does her ex-husband. Colossus' inferiority complex goes away, and Wolverine remains his fun and brutal self. Our take: this comic is goddamn good. Plus the mail!

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Sep 15, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #7 - X-men #122-124, Annual #3
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A catch-up issue where everyone catches their breath, then Arcade throws everyone into a giant pinball machine, and then oh yeah some guy named Arkon from another dimension or something shows up and fights and then befriends the X-Men! Kevin compares these comics to old Kirby FFs. Will likes the Wild West and confirms the least surprising thing ever: he has a crush on Storm. Plus the mail!

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Aug 11, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #6 - X-men #118-121
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The X-Men go up against the most powerful enemy: the insanely well-funded secret Canadian super-hero program. Enter ALPHA FLIGHT!

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Aug 04, 2021
Superior Spider-Man: #17-31
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A big episode for a big event: the wrap-up of Superior Spider-Man. One of the all-time great Spidey comics comes to a thundering, epic, emotionally devastating close. The Milksops first wrap up the arcs that precede the finish: Spider-Man 2099, Stunner and Venom. But then they spend a full hour on the final two issues of the series. Dan Slott and company deliver the goods in Spidey-Otto's final hour.

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Jul 28, 2021
Mutant and Mailbag #5 - X-Men #114-117
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The X-Men (most of them) make it to the Savage Land. The Milksops talk about the trope of hidden lands with dinosaurs in them, people who look like they've read Lord of the Rings but haven't, and try to figure out what the deal was with The Petrified Man. Plus lots of email!

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Jul 21, 2021
Superior Spider-Man #11-16
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Over these issues, Spidey-Otto evolved into full super villain mode. He gets a lair, henchmen and even a giant robot. The Milksops discuss this, as well as some MCU talk and Will's plan to play the Thing in an FF movie as an homage to Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.

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Jul 14, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #4 - X-Men #109-113
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John Byrne is on-board and the X-Men stories are getting wilder, weirder and even more fun. We've got circus sideshows, robot nannies and Colossus saying "Lenin's Ghost" a whole lot more. Plus the Milksops read some email, with a very funny example of Moon Knight announcing his name before punching a bad guy out!

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Jul 07, 2021
Superior Spider-Man #7-10
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Things go from bad to worse for Ghost Peter as Spidey-Otto discovers his existence. We get into the many ways that Dan Slott keeps this story emotionally interesting, with surprising plot twists and oh yeah, the art is great too. Plus a great cover, dare we say iconic, of Peter and Otto fighting inside of Spidey's brain!

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Jun 30, 2021
Mutant and Mailbag #3 - X-men #104-108
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Barely 12 issues into their run and the X-men battle with approximiately 100 newish characters and save the universe. We get into: Claremont and Cockrum putting themselves in the issue, the joy of new characters, the speed with which Claremont and team are changing the X-universe, Cockrum's insanely good costume design and the arrival of little rookie artist John Byrne. Also we answer a million emails. Plus: Screw It We're Just Gonna Talk About War Games returns!

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Jun 23, 2021
Superior Spider-Man #4-6
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More tales of Spidey-Otto! The milksops get into seeing which ways Otto is a more efficient Spidey and the many ways in which he is worse. Some hot takes from Kevin on how modern comics kills people too easily, without good enough story reasons. As usual we disagree with the readers who thought this series glorified or somehow approved of Otto -- it most definitely does not.

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Jun 16, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #2 - X-Men #98-103
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We're not far into Chris Claremont's X-Men run and things are happening FAST: Storm and Jean Grey are best friends, the X-Men have gone on vacation for the second time in a year, the Sentinels are back and Marvel Girl becomes Phoneix? So much! We talk about: old comics' tendency to RUSH everything (on the team for 2 issues: best friends), the weird decisions to bring back lame villains from X-Men 1.0. But also there's the good: romance and passion, terrific writing -- like literal wordsmithing, great costumes, and fast-piling sub plots. And we answer email!

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Jun 09, 2021
Superior Spider-Man: #1-#3
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The new normal: Otto Octavious is Spider-Man. What could have been a single issue is being played out into a multi-year regular series! We start to see the ramifications of Otto as a man determined to be the best Spider-Man ever: robot spies, new tech for defeating baddies, more merciless beatings... and this all sometimes works? The Milksops dive in!

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Jun 02, 2021
Mutants and Mailbag #1 - X-Men GS#1-#97
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The Milksops introduce a new episode format: Mutants and Mailbag. For half the episode the cover the early Chris Claremont run of Marvel's X-Men (which they are embarrassed to admit they have never read before) and then for the other half they catch up on mail! In this ep, we go over Giant Size X-Men #1 and X-Men #94-97 --- seismic issues that would transform Marvel Comics forever!

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May 26, 2021
Superior Spider-Man: Amazing Spider-Man #698-#700
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The Milksops get into one of the most-requested series from our fans: 2012's Superior Spider-Man, in which Spidey and Doctor Octopus switch bodies! In this episode we go over the three issues of Amazing Spider-Man where the story started, before it kicked off into its own series for thirty or so issues. Will is won over right away. Kevin talks about how he had to read the first issue a second time immediately after finishing it once. Fun! Scary! Cool!

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May 19, 2021
Scott Aukerman: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6
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The Milksops get their first returning guest: podcast novice Scott Aukerman, creator and host of Comedy Bang-Bang as well as the writer / actor / producer of many other comedy projects. This time around, we discuss Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6, the debut of Spidey's sidekick Spider-Bite. Well, sort of sidekick. I mean, YES sidekick, but also... well, whatever, you'll see. We also talk about Scott's history as a fan of comics and how he got into writing a few himself.

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Apr 28, 2021
Mailbag #2
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While the Milksops have been talking to all these guests, the mail has piled up so we catch up! We cover: superheroes in cabinet positions, the question of whether flying takes effort, and how Will's Stan Lee impression is starting to lean a bit Gilbert Gottfried.

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Apr 21, 2021
Jordan White: Amazing Spider-Man #334-339
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We are joined by Jordan White, who is Marvel Comics Senior Editor that oversees the "X books." Damn, pretty cool, right? Jordan talks about Amazing Spider-Man #334-339, which is the "Return of the Sinister Six" by David Michelinie and Erik Larsen. This arc which came out in 1990 is a long-overdue homage to the first Spider-Man annual that came out in 1963. We talk about Erik's terrific arc, the very fun story, the entertainingly insane reasons that these 6 villains need any help at all, and how everyone in Manhattan seems to place bets on whether or not hit men will murder their targets!

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Apr 14, 2021
Chris Gethard: Mighty Thor #364-366
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We are so legitiamately thrilled to announced our guest for this episode: Chris Gethard. In addition to being an author, comedian, creator of the hit podcast Beautiful/Anonymous and host of the third biggest show on his own twitch network Planet Scum, Chris did improv with the Milksops at the UCB Theater for like 100 years. So we talk forever. Also, by the way, Gethard comes onto the podcast to talk about the ingenious, delightful, thrilling arc: FROG THOR. In the middle of Walt Simonson's legendary run on Thor in the mid-1980s, the Thunder God gets turned into a frog, a storyline that polarized readers who either loved it or hated it. Put us in the "loved it" camp. We get into many topics with Gethard: how he's a fan of this podcast, his love of Mark Gruenwald Captain America run, why the X-Men resonate so much, our mutual friend Jesse Falcon's apartment, the death of the Executioner and you know we get a little improv talk in there, too. This is a long one, and we were restraining ourselves to only talk for 2 hours!!!

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Apr 07, 2021
Matt Kindt: Concrete #1-3
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Multi-genre master Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Red Handed, Beserker, Bang and a million more) comes on to wax nostalgic about the late 1980s indie favorite Concrete. We hear what Kindt loves about the thoughtful, lonely, beautiful comics series by Paul Chadwick. We get into why he refuses to re-read it! And plenty of talk about all the amazin comics that came out in the 1980s - A Milksops favorite topic!

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Mar 31, 2021
Jesse Falcon: X-Men #128
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Longtime Marvel (and ToyBiz and Disney) Toy Designer Jesse Falcon joins us. Jesse is both a comics professional and a comedian friend of the Milksops as they all performed together at the UCB Theatre for years. Jesse talks about his lifelong obsession with making comics gear, insanely strange movies and TV shows he somehow knows about it, that Will and Kevin were wrong for years to assume he was the guy who invented Hulk Hands, and that Steve Ditko once gave someone homemade pretzels. This ep is an instant classic!

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Mar 24, 2021
Jeff Smith: Batman #232
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Jeff Smith, the creator of the insanely great series Bone, joins the Milksops to geek out about Batman #232 by Denny O'Neill and Neal Adams. And we do mean geek out. We get an awesome panel-by-panel breakdown of Neal Adams' storytelling might by one of our favorite comics artists of all time. A joy.

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Mar 17, 2021
Mailbag Episode
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The Milksops take a break from their season of guests (already? sure) to catch up on email. Turns out our Secret Wars episodes really got you listeners working at the 'ol email machines. We go over: another casting assignment, questions about spoilers, Stan vs Jack vs Steve, and dealing with the challenge that the Secret Wars did not have enough secrets!

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Mar 12, 2021
Tom Brevoort: FF #177-179
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We begin our Season of Guests with a bang: Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort (editor of Thunderbolts, Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Civil War, Winter Soldier) joins us to talk about why he loved the 1970s mini-arc of the FF vs the Frightful Four (Three). We've got auditions for super-villains, Evil Reed, crazy big fan machines and The Impossible Man watching TV! We also geek out about Tom's excellent blog tombrevoort.com which is a must-read for any Marvel-head!

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Mar 10, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars #11 and #12: Wrap It Up Quick!
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The Secret Wars comes to an abrupt end, but not before Doom becomes a god, then not, then inbewteen, then... nothing. Also the heros all die and then don't. Except Szaji who really did? And Spidey is pretty chill about realizing that his costume is maybe kinda... alive? But in the end, the Brothers Milksop declare that this is a VERY fun book and deserved its success.

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Feb 24, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars #9 and #10: Your hero, Doctor Doom
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These issues showcase the super-villain Doctor Doom, and he emerges as the main character of this story. Will loves Secret Wars and respect Jim Shooter's work on it, and Kevin brings him down to earth with some stories about Jim's behind the scenes arrogance or at least tone-deaf office humor. Still, these issues are fun.

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Feb 17, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars #7 and #8: Spidey's Costume
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A lot of stuff happens in these two issues but maybe the most significant is the arrival of Spider-Man's black costume, which eventually becomes the super-villain Venom. But no one making Secret Wars had any idea that would happen! Isn't that weird?

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Feb 10, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars #5 and #6: Recapping the Recaps
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More fun issues, though there is a lot of recapping, even for Secret Wars. In one issue we have both Doom and Professor X checking in with everyone, and maybe Reed Richards too? It's hard to keep track. Also: the Lizard shows up, and the Milksops think that maybe Shooter had simply forgotten to include him up until now.

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Feb 03, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars #3 and #4: A Mountain of A Problem
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The Milksops talk about one of their favorite moments of the Secret Wars story: the Hulk holds up a mountain. Will is suprised how much he's enjoying this re-read. Kevin is not surprised. We get into more of Shooter's unsubtle dialogue, the Molecule Man's truly unreasonably powerful powers and if the X-Men are being treated unfairly by the story!

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Jan 27, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars #1 and #2: Doom Flies Off
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Secret Wars is a fun-first, subtle dialogue far far last type of story, and for the Milksops (and the tens of thousands who bought these issues) it works. Other fun things: the heroes are impressed with each other. Doom flips the script on Beyonder (or tries) and oh yeah, the bad guy's name is "Beyonder."

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Jan 20, 2021
Marvel's Secret Wars: Preview
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The Milksops talk about the original Marvel Superhero's Secret Wars. Commercially successful, critically tolerated, and fascinating! We ponder what the arrogant / influential editor-in-chief Jim Shooter must have been like. We remember what it was like reading this story as kids. Kevin gets into some behind-the-scenes stories he knows. And we read 100 pieces of reader email!

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Jan 13, 2021
Black Hammer #2 - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
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We continue going over Kevin's recommendations as we go over the very cool series Black Hammer, specifically issue #2. A group of superhumans are stuck in a small town, which is... not a small town. In these early issues we are learning the back stories of our main characters, each of which is part fun part mystery!

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Dec 16, 2020
Bang #2 - It's Like You're In A Book
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We go over the action movie homage Bang #02, written by Matt Kindt. It stars an action hero that is part Die Hard, part Doc Savage and all fun. It's also a mind trip, as the characters seem to exist in books written by another character from a higher dimension? It's weird. And fun! The Milksops dissect!

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Dec 09, 2020
Immortal Hulk #5 - Best Hulk Ever?
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We begin a short series of Will reading some comics Kevin tells him to. We start with the commercially successful and critically acclaimed IMMORTAL HULK. The mystery, the philosophy, the character, the darkness, the... fun? We get into it. Next epsiode: BANG #2.

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Dec 02, 2020
Sandman Wrap-Up
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Milksops Will and Kevin wrap up their season of discussing Sandman comics. Somehow Will talks for 45 minutes and they're not even going over another issue. Plus email!

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Nov 18, 2020
Sandman #69 - Killing Family... Bad?
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Dream learns that murdering his own son might have been uncool, like way uncool, to the degree that the 3 Fates who for reasons we forget hate Dream, show up and rip his world apart. The Milksops are almost done with Dream, folks!

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Nov 11, 2020
Sandman #55 - The Thing About Burying Someone
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Stories within stories within stories! The Milksops continue their look at Sandman with a deepish dive into issue #55, called "Cerements" in which (inhale).. a journeyman from a city of burial experts tells a story he heard from his master about a story HE heard from HIS teacher, who also tells ... other stories! All within the story of the World's End Inn. Come get "incepted" with us!

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Nov 04, 2020
Sandman #54 - A Good Prez
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Casey Bruce from Danger Room Comics of Olympia, Washington joins the Milksops to do a deep dive on the truly strange Sandman Story "The Golden Boy," which focuses on the 1970s teen president "Prez." We've got Nixon cameos, Watchmen references, plenty of Jesus parallels, and oh yeah, Wildcat. Don't forget the rad Mike Allred art! We also get into what makes great comic shops great and how important they are for so many comics fans!

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Oct 28, 2020
Sandman #43 - A 15,000 Year Old Guy Walks Into A Wall
3739

"Do You Control Transportation?" may not seem like a good way to start a conversation in a travel agent's office but then again, what are travel agents? The Milksops discuss chapter three of the funny / sad / exciting Sandman story "Brief Lives."

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Oct 21, 2020
Sandman #34 - Horrifying Rituals and Small Talk
4623

The Milksops get into the hot button issues of: gender identity, sexual consent and also cutting people's faces off and nailing them to a wall in this, the third chapter of the incredible Sandman arc "A Game of You."

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Oct 14, 2020
Sandman #21-#22 - To Hell And Back But Also Stay There
5159

We meet Lord Morpheous' family who are strange in two ways only: they are super-powerful beings in charge of aspects of reality, and all their names start with D. We also take a trip to hell! And we learn that Lord Morpheous is a really bad boyfriend.

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Oct 07, 2020
Sandman #17 - So Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
4140

WARNING: the issue we discuss has sexual assault in its story. Kevin and Will review a gruesome tale of horror and revenge in the Sandman issue "Callopie." An evil writer is out of ideas so he does what so many young artists to: he enslaves a Roman muse. We get into this story as an example of how well Sandman can show evil and justice, and we learn some key info on Dream's personal history. Also the Three Fates show up. That's pretty wild.

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Sep 30, 2020
Sandman #13: Chaucer and Shakespeare Walk Into A Bar
5173

The milksops (Kevin and Will) go over the debut of Hob Gadling, the man who will never die! What's YOUR favorite invention of the last 500 years: chimneys or handkerchiefs?

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Sep 23, 2020
Sandman #8: Dream's Big Sister Death
4792

We begin a new season in which Kevin and Will examine the Vertigo series Sandman! Will is so excited we don't get to the issue itself for 30 minutes! Then we discuss this seminal issue, in which we meet Dream's big sister Death.

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Sep 16, 2020
Batman Year One Issue #4 | Costume Optional
6011

Kevin and Will finish their discussion of Batman Year One, and guess what? They still love it. Kevin pitches more ways to get Batman out of this story. Will tries to figure out when he stopped liking Frank Miller. And they talk about whether it's COOL or REALLY COOL that Batman is not even in costume for the climactic battle of this story!

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Sep 02, 2020
Batman Year One Issue #3 | Batman Saves the Cat
4028

Commissioner Gordon watches as Gotham Police nearly kill his not-yet-friend Batman. Topics we discuss include: how fast could you pick a lock in gloves? Did Year One create the "Save The Cat" trope? How much money can one make from a device that summons thousands of bats?

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Aug 26, 2020
Batman Year One Issue #2 | 80% Less Batman
4556

Kevin and Will continue looking at one of the greatest superhero comics of all time: Batman Year One. There's two hot takes in this episode. 1) They both think this comic is great. 2) Kevin thinks he could do with EIGHTY PERCENT less Batman, which Will thinks is the craziest thing Kevin or anyone has ever said.

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Aug 19, 2020
Justice League Europe #6 | French Class
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The JLE meet their toughest enemy yet: a strict French teacher. Also the hilariously not-that-powerful Injustice League are in the same class! And with that, we close up our discussion of the Giffen/DeMatties era Justice League International.

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Aug 12, 2020
Justice League Europe #4 | Big Hair Day
4052

The JLE beat their foe, and in a very un-Justice League moment -- they do it by actually using their powers in a fight?! Also Kevin and Will discuss how JLE characters all have an intimidating amount of hair.

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Aug 05, 2020
Justice League Europe #3 | Off the Dome
3745

Who does the city of Paris love more than the JLE? Everyone, but especially the Global Guardians (who? oh, right them). Will and Kevin admire the balance of humor and action again. They also try to name their top 5 favorite artists and instead name 50.

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Jul 29, 2020
Justice League Europe #2 | Split Up!
3164

The new chapter of the league splits into pairs to track down who is trying to destroy their credibility. We learn almost nothing about that, but DO get to see everyone's powers and personalities on display! And Kevin talks a lot about Back to the Future for no good reason.

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Jul 22, 2020
Justice League Europe #1 | The Spin-Off
4174

Justice League International was such a hit that it spawned a spin-off: Justice League Europe. Kevin talks about how this title is better than the original and Will ogles Captain Atom's tiny waist.

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Jul 15, 2020
Batman: Year One Issue #1 | Tze Chun of TKO Presents
3787

Special guest episode! We talk to Tze Chun, a writer and the co-founder of comics company TKO Presents, about the stellar classic BATMAN: YEAR ONE. A masterpiece of Frank Miller's hard-boiled detective fiction style, with David Mazzuchelli's sublime art, and Richmond Lewis's transcendant colors - this is one of our favorite comics of all time. Tze writes hard-boiled genre comics himself, is a lifelong Batman fan, and was also a writer/producer on the TV show Gotham, so this story is right up his alley. We get into it. Stick around for Tze's story of meeting Frank Miller when he was 13.

And if you are interested in checking out the books TKO Presents produces you can get 20% with the code SCREWIT20: http://tkopresents.com/discount/SCREWIT20

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Jul 08, 2020
Justice League International #12 | Maxwell Lord’s Backstory: How Evil Is He?
3599

The first year of JLI ends with Maxwell Lord smashing a computer apart while the Justice League fights... no one? Merton leaves mid issue and Will and Kevin can’t decide why we supposed to like Max.

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Jul 01, 2020
Justice League International #11 | The Trouble With Max
3836

The league starts to uncover the mysterious background of Maxwell Lord, the good guy who seems like a bad guy until we discover... he isn't! Maybe? I lose track. Also we discuss and propse catch phrases of super-teams!

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Jun 24, 2020
Justice League International #10 | Enter G'nort!
3625

Within the forgettable Millenium event there is born a character both idiotic and unforgettable. G’nort arrives! And the JLI creative team gets to write Superman, Hawkman, Hawkwoman and more Green Lanterns then any story needs.

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Jun 17, 2020
Justice League International #9 | Rocket Red Traitor?
3502

Rocket Red, who has been a member of the JLI for one whole issue -- is a TRAITOR! Only a crossover as forgettable as "Millenium" could produce a betrayal of such low stakes! Still, the issue is pretty good!

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Jun 10, 2020
Justice League International #8 | Moving Day
4197

The first almost all-fun-character, no-action JLI issue as the league moves into several embassies around the globe. We've got the first "bwa-ha-ha" laugh, which would become iconic for this series, and the establishment that the Martian Manhunter loves Oreos. Kevin and Will give it an A+.

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May 27, 2020
Justice League International #7 | International At Last
3760

The Justice League becomes Justice League International! First Dr. Fate gets rid of the most powerful villain of the series in one panel. Also, Kevin and Will discuss how it's weird that it's interesting when an ensemble comic spends several pages discussing lineup changes. And RIP Richard Sala - unrelated to JLI but a great comics creator that Kevin has admired for years.

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May 20, 2020
Justice League International #6 | The Grey Man
4197

The Justice League team attempts to fight the mystical Gray Man with the help (or hinderance) of the Creeper. Captain Marvel fights J'onn Jonzz, Black Canary reluctantly gets saved, and a casually dressed Hal Jordan visits Maxwell Lord. Then in the end Dr Fate handles the situation. Plus we answer some emails and take too long deciding who should be on our Justice League line up.

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May 13, 2020
Justice League International #5 | One Punch
2863

The mysterious Grey Man is finally revealed! He's a dude who is a bad guy. Also The Creeper shows up. And Batman and Guy Gardner have their most iconic moment they will ever have.

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May 06, 2020
Justice League International #4 | Mr. Gold
3282

Booster Gold joins the Justice League. He earns his place by fighting some adults who dress up as playing cards the same way most people get jobs. Plus Maxwell Lord annoys Batman and Blue Beetle unplugs something.

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Apr 29, 2020
Justice League International - #3 | Windy Ninja
3261

More nukes, more commies, plus two Star Trek Jokes. JLI is already in fine form, very early in its series run. Kevin and Will love that Mister Miracle was willing to sacrifice his life for the cause, and we also love his flying discs! Kirbytastic!

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Apr 22, 2020
Justice League International #2 | The Commies!
2669

It's not a 1980s superhero book without the THREAT OF NUCELAR WAR looming closely overhead. Will and Kevin get into the issue where the Justice League start messing around with nukes.

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Apr 15, 2020
Justice League International #1 | The C-Team!
5069

Issue one features the new Justice League in all of its not-that-much-glory. We've got: alt-right Green Lanterns! An "Oh Gosh" Captain Marvel! A serious-as-heck Batman. And a cigar-chomping entertainment booker-style Oberon! Let the new era begin!

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Apr 08, 2020
Justice League International | Introduction
586

We begin our look at the 1980s hit JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL. Originally simply JUSTICE LEAGUE, this was an incarnation of DC's super team that featured lots of ... not exactly A-list superheroes. Oberon, anyone? Doctor Light? Blue Beetle? Third most important Green Lantern Guy Gardner? We got 'em! But this series worked and the brothers Hines loved it and here we are.

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Apr 01, 2020
Bonus Episode | Last Knight on Earth #1 with Jerah Milligan
4950

We take a break from the Incredible Hulk to take a deep dive on BATMAN.

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Mar 11, 2020
The Incredible Hulk | Ditko Tales to Astonish
4211

Finally: Banner changes into Hulk when he gets angry! Or at least stressed. We go over the first two Ditko Hulk stories under the "Tales to Astonish" banner. And that's the end of our coverage of The Incredible Hulk! For now!

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Mar 04, 2020
The Incredible Hulk #6 | The Metal Master!
3183

The Metal Master is a villain so powerful, so fascinating -- that we're pretty sure he's never heard from again after this issue. But we have art from Steve Ditko! Actual feelings expressed by Dr. Banner!

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Feb 26, 2020
The Incredible Hulk #5 | A Muscle-Bound Creep
4178

This issue includes: secret underground civilization, sub-human worker race, the fountain of youth, spider-leg-cars, gladiator battles, and a sub-nuclear weapon -- and that's only up until page 11. The Hulk keeps getting crazier and the Hines brothers love it! Plus, the Hulk exercises.

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Feb 19, 2020
The Incredible Hulk #4 | Smart Hulk / A Mongol in Shorts
2293

Lots more of the Hulk flying-not-flying, Rick being a scientific genius, a new set of rules for Banner turning into the Hulk, lotsa gamma rays, a few rampages, a few torn-up houses and a space gladiator wearing shorts! YOU make a comic that does all that in 22 pages!

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Feb 12, 2020
The Incredible Hulk #3 | A Completely Bonkers Story
3567

Truly one of the most bonkers stories Will and Kevin have ever read. Hulk flies, but doesn't, gets mind controlled, gets trapped in space for the third time in three issues, rampages several times, and probably murders the most active circus of all time -- in 22 pages! YES HULK YES!

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Feb 05, 2020
The Incredible Hulk #2 | Toad Men! Toad Men? Toad Men!
3194

We follow up last issue's sci-fi commnuist spy plot with... TOAD MEN! An alien race arrives with insane magnetic power to take over the Earth, that is... until the Hulk.... beats them up!

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Jan 29, 2020
The Incredible Hulk #1 | It's About Ding Dong Time!
3754

Kevin and Will go over The Incredible Hulk issue #1. We've got G-bomb tests, cranky generals, rebellious teenagers, dangerous commies, a human gargoyle and.... The Hulk! 22 pages, five chapters, all crammed with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's ideas. We say: fun!

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Jan 22, 2020
The Incredible Hulk | Introduction
2755

Your introduction to all things Hulk! Kevin and Will give an overview of how the Hulk comic book was created, canceled, brought back, and then seen to become one of Marvel Comics most popular characters! We briefly discuss some of the major Hulk eras, and the Hulk movies, and Will forces in a smarty pants reference to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein!

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Jan 15, 2020
Season Three Trailer | The Incredible Hulk
245

Kevin and WIll announce they'll be discussing the first six issues of The Incredible Hulk, starting next episode!

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Jan 08, 2020
Bonus Episode | Watchmen: Issue #1
3828

Kevin and Will go over the first issue of legendary comic book series Watchmen. This is unrelated to the rest of this season, and just because the new HBO television series gives us an excuse to go over one of our favorite comic series of all time. We talk about Alan Moore's genius, Dave Gibbon's mastery, and what makes the finely turned watch that is Watchmen's world tick! We talk about the masterful FULLNESS of this world, the irony, the bleakness, the hilarious meanness! We get into problems with Alan Moore stories in general: the density, the dude-ness. We recorded this on Alan Moore's birthday and forgot to mention it!

Nov 27, 2019
The Fantastic Four: A Wrap-Up on The Kirby Era
3203

We look back on the Kirby era. These 102 issues have been at different times: perfection, wildly brilliant, recklessly inventive, silly, downright dumb, out of date, ahead of its time -- but never, ever, ever boring. What did we learn on this re-read? And what next for the podcast? ALSO: We go over the "lost" Kirby FF issue, and the recent FF history recap comic Grand Design!

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Nov 20, 2019
Jack Kirby's Final Issues | The Fantastic Four #97-102
3654

We finish the Jack Kirby era. An undersean man/alien, a plot to foil the moon landing, the Puppet Master/Mad Thinker's instantly failure of a plan, and the last issue by Jack Kirby. Plus Kevin breaks out a few character voices.

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Nov 13, 2019
Gangster Planet | The Fantastic Four #91-96
3506

We are reaching the end of Jack Kirby's FF issues, and the stories are maybe getting crazier? But still good. We've got a gangster planet that has alien gladiators, a witch babysitter for newly-named Franklin Richards, and a guy with a monocle tries a dumb plan which does not work!

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Nov 06, 2019
Baby Fantastic | The Fantastic Four #84-90
3563

Two story arcs: Doom hypnotizes FF but also plays piano for them, and then Sue rents what looks like a totally evil house and in fact is one. Plus some email in which Kevin and Will get schooled!

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Oct 30, 2019
Wonder Gloves | The Fantastic Four #78-83
4396

Jack Kirby is picking up steam again! Although we're into a run where a high percentage of fights end the second people have a conversation. A moral lesson? Or hurried storytelling? YOU BE THE JUDGE! Plus Kevin and Will catch up on email again.

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Oct 23, 2019
Galactus Has Shorts | The Fantastic Four #68-77
4678

Jack Kirby is starting his (slight) dip in story quality. Fewer new characters. Plots stretched over a couple of issues with little development. But on the bright side: Galactus shows up and he's still wearking shorts! That's fun.

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Oct 09, 2019
The Human Torch | Mailbag
2479

A catch-up episode! Kevin and Will take a deep dive on the Human Torch! They catch up on email! They challenge each other to a Fantastichat! More Fantastic Four issues next episode!

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Oct 02, 2019
Doom on a Surfboard | The Fantastic Four #54-67
4285

Past the peak, we move into some issues that we deem as "not bad!" Meaning, they don't change the very landscape of the Marvel Universe, but they are darn good Jack Kirby stories. We also see Dr. Doom on a surfboard, which Kevin hates and Will loves!

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Sep 26, 2019
This Man, This Monster | The Fantastic Four #51-53
4715

Continuing this stellar run of Jack Kirby masterpieces, we review what may be the single greatest issue of FF ever - "This Man, This Monster" as well as the introduction of a little-known Marvel hero known as The Black Panther! Kevin and Will lose their minds and basically read the whole comics to you all.

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Sep 18, 2019
The Galactus Saga | The Fantastic Four #48-50
4606

This is it! The big one! Perhaps the most famous Fantastic Four story from the Kirby Era: The Galactus Saga. The long-winded, big-helmet-wearing, pantsless God-like villain known as Galactus shows up on Earth in order to... eat it for dinner. Along with him comes the Silver Surfer, and in battling him the FF meet one of the most powerful and popular villains in all of Marvel comics! Spoiler: hosts Kevin and Will love it!

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Sep 11, 2019
The Man Who Has Every Issue of The Fantastic Four
3502

We take a break from our already-insane (not) regular structure to interview our friend RAMSEY ESS, who has collected EVERY SINGLE ISSUE of the Fantastic Four. That's... crazy. He's a huge fan of the book, and we talk about it! All right!

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Sep 04, 2019
The Inhumans | The Fantastic Four #44-47
5652

We are now going over some of the greatest FF issues of all time! This episode, we see the debut of The Inhumans: Gorgon, Medusa, Crystal, Karnak, Triton, Black Bolt and Lockjaw. You want STRONG FEET or ANIMATED HAIR or TELEPORTING DOG? We got 'em!

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Aug 28, 2019
The Thing | Analysis: The Fantastic Four #35-43
3731

Will and Kevin discuss one of the all-time great Marvel Comics characters: Ben Grimm, The Ever-Lovin' Thing! They also get into their admittedly insane plan for structuring this season, and some more email!

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Aug 21, 2019
The Frightful Four | Recap: The Fantastic Four #35-43
4652

Will and Kevin examine the first capital G GREAT long run of FF stories in this batch. Artist/co-writer Jack Kirby is getting into a groove as the action is non-stop, the characters have evolved and it is just plain fun! Plus we meet The Frightful Four -- villains featuring some of the silliest powers in all Marveldom!

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Aug 14, 2019
The Invisible Girl | Analysis: The Fantastic Four #25-34
3843

Kevin and Will analyze the "getting good" run, including a deep dive on the much-underdeveloped character of the group: Sue Storm aka The Invisible Girl. Jack and Stan seemed determined to relegate her to "needing to be rescued" status. But was there something progressive by just having romantic interest part of the team at all? And was it revolutionary to see a couple get engaged, then married, then have a baby? All this and much more!

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Aug 07, 2019
Getting Good | Recap: The Fantastic Four #25-34
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This is where the Fantastic Four starts to get good. We've got an awesome Hulk vs. Thing fight, the evolution of Dr. Doom, the increased powers of Sue Storm -- and a feeling that Stan and Jack are starting to really understand their characters. Oh, and there's Gideon, one of the dumbest ideas for a villain ever!

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Jul 31, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home | Mailbag
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A catch-up episode! Kevin and Will take a break from the Fantastic Four briefly to discuss the new Spider-Man movie "Far From Home." And they also read a bunch of listener email! More Fantastic Four next week!

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Jul 24, 2019
Dr. Doom | Analysis: The Fantastic Four #9-24
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Kevin and Will analyze the bad issues. You can still see the elements that will make this series great. Ben's character is settling into place. The artwork remains strong (although the inking gets worse). The huge number of ideas is still impressive. And we take a deep dive into Doctor Doom who somehow evolves from hilariously weak to the signature villain in the Marvel Universe!

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Jul 17, 2019
The Bad Stories | Recap: The Fantastic Four #9-24
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We go through a bad stretch: issues 9 through 24. Villains with ultimate power dispatched by... ignoring them! And also... calling their parents? Time travel only when you need it! Sue tries on wigs! COMMUNIST SUPER APES! Eeesh.

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Jul 10, 2019
Mr. Fantastic | Analysis: The Fantastic Four #1-8
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Kevin and Will go segment crazy as they analyze the characters, themes and significance of the first eight issues of The Fantastic Four. Plus a deep dive on the team's brilliant, bossy, maybe emotionally bullying leader Mr. Fantastic!

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Jul 03, 2019
The Messy Exciting Beginning | Recap: The Fantastic Four #1-8
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Kevin and Will recap the first eight issues of the Fantastic Four. The Origin! The Skrulls! Doctor Doom! And Sub-Mariner! These are great!

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Jun 26, 2019
The Fantastic Four: An Introduction
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Hosts Will and Kevin talk about the original run of The Fantastic Four! This was the comics series that launched all of Marvel Comics. We get into the partnership of artist/writer Jack Kirby and editor/writer Stan Lee! The weird characters of Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben! The awesome visual design! The sometimes unhinged plots! And the awe-inspiring density of ideas!

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Jun 19, 2019
Season Two Trailer | The Fantastic Four
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Season two of Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics is coming soon. Subscribe now!

Jun 05, 2019
Review: Spider-Man Video Game (2018)
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A special episode! After swearing they would never play the PS4 Spider-Man game, both Kevin and Will bought PS4 systems and games and got completely obsessed with it! They loved every bit of it, and in this episode get into why! The characters, the mechanics, the rendering of Manhattan, the surprises in the story!
Jan 01, 2019
Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
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We re-activate this podcast to discuss the awesome new movie: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Your co-hosts Kevin and Will LOVED it, but of course we also have enough thoughts that we talk for over an hour about. Which version of Miles Morales do we get? What do we think of our two different Peter Parkers? How about the crazily good and varied art styles? Isn’t it so funny and also moving? Holy crap we loved it!
Dec 20, 2018
Eulogy: Stan Lee (1922 - 2018)
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Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, as well as the architect of the Marvel Universe, passed away this weekend. Kevin and Will give a eulogy. They talk about Stan’s personality, his salesmanship, his focus on the reader, his love of words, his respect for good stories. They get into a bit of the darker stuff too -- issues of giving credit, bad business deals, and the poorly written female characters. But overall, we loved and revered Stan, and we miss him already.
Nov 13, 2018
Season One Finale
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This is the end of Season One of the podcast! Thanks to everyone who listened! We go over what we learned, and then read a whole bunch of emails we got in the last few weeks! Thank you all from your hosts Kevin and Will Hines!

Oct 31, 2018
The Goblin Unmasked! | The Amazing Spider-Man #39 & #40
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A look at what the Spidey-world looks like without Steve Ditko: your co-hosts Kevin and Will look at the first two issues with a new artist/co-plotter. And what it looks like: people are friendlier, backgrounds are filled in, everyone’s hunkier.. And Stan Lee gives a crap about his dialogue again!

Oct 24, 2018
Steve Ditko’s Last Issue | The Amazing Spider-Man #38
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Spider-Man’s original artist and co-writer Steve Ditko departs the series not with a bang but with a whimper. “Just A Guy Named Joe” has a pretty good start (in the opinion of your podcast co-hosts, at least) but falls apart. Maybe editor/scripter Stan Lee was ready to move on, maybe Steve Ditko didn’t bother thinking it through!

Oct 17, 2018
Once Upon a Time...There Was a Robot | The Amazing Spider-Man #37
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In his second to last issue, artist Steve Ditko turns in a good story! There’s subplots and great drawing and two weird-looking robots and the introduction of one of the greatest villains in the Spider-verse -- Norman Osborn! Corrupt businessman, terrible father and murderer! A not-great dude, but he makes for yes-great stories!

Oct 10, 2018
The Looter | The Amazing Spider-Man #36
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He got his powers from a meteor. He’s obsessed with meteors. This is the story of…. THE LOOTER! (?) Continuing this run of “guy who punches hard” villains, it’s clear that artist Steve Ditko is mentally checked out. But seeing a great artist phone it in is still interesting, IF You are insane fans like Kevin and Will! YOU CAN’T MISS THIS ONE (you could).

Oct 03, 2018
The Molten Man Does Not Regret Anything! | The Amazing Spider-Man #35
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In what Will deems the “worst issue so far of the Ditko run” we see the Molten Man return and Stan Lee turn in his strangest bunch of dialogue yet! BUT the issue does venture into “so bad it’s really weird” territory so CHECK IT OUT!

Sep 26, 2018
Kraven the Hunter Returns! | The Amazing Spider-Man #34
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Kraven is back to hunt the ultimate prey: Spider-Man! Betty Brant has a trippy Spidey-themed dream! And Gwen Stacy is falling for Peter! All great stuff! So… why is this issue kinda… eh?

Sep 19, 2018
Best Non-Ditko Spidey Stories: Part 2
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Once again, Kevin and Will talk about some of their favorite non-Ditko stories! This episode, we go into the 1982 classic “Nothing Can Stop The Juggernaut” and the 2008 modern classic “Unscheduled Stop!” Plus a longish discussion about the lack of female creators who have been given the helm of Spidey stories (more stuff like Sara Pichelli drawing Miles Morales, please!)
Sep 12, 2018
Master Planner Saga Part 3 | The Amazing Spider-Man #33
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“The Final Chapter” -- part 3 of the stunning Master Planner trilogy and co-hosts Kevin and Will are so excited they don’t quite know what to do with themselves. They read the first five pages out loud, then gush, then gush some more! They make the very fair declaration that if you don’t’ like this story more than any other story in any medium then you have a problem!

Sep 05, 2018
Master Planner Saga Part 2 | The Amazing Spider-Man #32
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Part 2 of the artist Steve Ditko’s climactic Spider-Man triology - “Man on a Rampage.” All the setup of last issue comes bursting forth in an issue-long explosion of anger and fighting from Spidey! The previous 31 issues are in a way ALL part of a build-up to this story! Kevin and Will, as usual, get into it TOO MUCH!

Aug 29, 2018
Master Planner Saga Part 1 | The Amazing Spider-Man #31
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This is it: One of the best stories in the history of Marvel Comics -- maybe ALL comics. It’s a three part story we call “The Master Planner Saga” and it starts here with issue 31 - “If This Be My Destiny.” We get fully into it: what made this trilogy so moving as a story, how it was right before writer/illustrator Steve Ditko left Marvel comics and started to fully enter obscurity and how writer/editor Stan Lee still nails it despite being almost totally left out by his collaborator.

Aug 22, 2018
The Claws of the Cat | The Amazing Spider-Man #30
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A decent issue with a huge continuity error: the gang of uniformed thieves that show up periodically are ACTUALLY a foreshadowing of next issue! DO YOU FIND THIS FASCINATING? Co hosts Will and Kevin do! Plus: Ned Leeds PROPOSES to Betty Brant!
Aug 15, 2018
The Scorpion Returns w/ Mark David Christenson & Kait Thompson | The Amazing Spider-Man #29
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Kevin and Will welcome guests Kait Thompson and Mark David Christenson, the co-hosts of “Aw Crap, A Hellboy Podcast!” We get into: how Ditko makes a great action story out of a not-that-great villain! How JJJ’s cowardice is ratcheted up to farcial levels, and how Peter’s got sexy new duds!

Aug 08, 2018
Doctor Strange and Spidey | The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2
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Spidey teams up with Doctor Strange, who happens to be the other big co-creation of Spidey artist Steve Ditko. There’s very little Peter Parker as the two Ditko superheroes battle a pleasantly very evil wizard named Xandu! Ah, HERE’S the great Ditko art we were missing a bit in the last regular issue!
Aug 01, 2018
The Menace of the Molten Man! | The Amazing Spider-Man #28
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Sure there’s a golden man who can punch like a wrecking ball but also: PETER PARKER GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL! Kevin and Will get into this momentous event. We also talk about how Ditko’s plotting seems to focus way more on Peter’s civilian life than his super-hero exploits as Spidey and how that’s cool. Also this issue features some very rare bad Ditko art! Relatively speaking since, no surprise, we still love it.

Jul 25, 2018
Bring Back My Goblin To Me! | The Amazing Spider-Man #27
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We are well into the era where artist Steve Ditko had stopped talking to writer/editor Stan Lee, and it’s making for stories with very unique structures! For example, in this issue -- the battle is over at the halfway point, and then there’s about 10 pages of wrapping everything up! It’s… not bad! But it feels different than most super-hero books! Listen to hosts Kevin and Will talk about it forever!

Jul 18, 2018
The Man In The Crime-Master's Mask | The Amazing Spider-Man #26
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Spidey fights not ONE but TWO villains with secret identities: The Green Goblin and also -- THE CRIME MASTER! It’s yet another guy who’s plan is to unite all the crime syndicates in NYC! Will the fact that Spidey-Man has to use a cheap rented costume slow him down! Hint: yes! Kevin and Will like this issue as they realize that they had underestimated this particular era of the Ditko-Lee partnership.

Jul 11, 2018
Eulogy: Steve Ditko (1927 - 2018)
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Steve Ditko passed away this week at the age of 90. We recorded this episode the morning after the news broke. As listeners know, he is the artist and co-creator of Spider-Man. Hosts Kevin and Will give him a special eulogy episode where we talk about what made Ditko so special, about how big his impact was on Marvel in particular and comics in general. We get into this feud with Marvel, his eccentric reclusivity, his non-Marvel comics. RIP Steve Ditko, one of the giants of comics!

Jul 08, 2018
Emergency Episode: Instant Classics! Vol. 1
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We interrupt our flow of doing the Ditko issues to talk about two brand-new issues of Spider-Man, because they are so good! Instant Classics. One is Dan Slott’s final issue -- Amazing Spider-Man #801. And the other, Chip Szdarsky’s Spectacular Spider-Man Annual with a JJJ story. They both broke our hearts and we had to talk about it!

Jul 04, 2018
The Spider-Slayers | The Amazing Spider-Man #25
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First appearance of the Spider-Slayer robot, back when it was just the Spider-capturing robot! Also, Kevin and Will realize every teenager on Peter Parker’s block is a nephew/niece with no parents in sight. Weird, right? And we catch up reader mail, which leads to Will pitching an impressively detailed vision for an Enforcers television show.

Jun 27, 2018
Best Non-Ditko Spidey Stories: Part 1
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Kevin and Will break from the format of the podcast to talk about Spidey stories from after the original Steve Ditko era! They talk about two in this episode: The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man and Kraven’s Last Hunt! Both are so cool!

Jun 20, 2018
Spider-Man Goes Mad! w/ Joe Quinones and Jordan Gibson (Penciller/Colorist: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man) | The Amazing Spider-Man #24
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The current penciller (Joe Quinones) and colorist (Jordan Gibson) for “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man” join Kevin and Will to talk about the psychological drama that is issue 24 -- Spider-Man Goes Mad! We get into: Ditko hands! Gangster Faces! European Therapists! And how a villain really gives away his guilt when he instantly tries to run away at the first accusation! We also talk about Joe and Jordan’s recent issues, which had modern Spidey meet Ditko Spidey! This is a CAN’T MISS ep!

Jun 13, 2018
The Goblin and the Gangsters w/ Chip Zdarsky (Writer: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man) | The Amazing Spider-Man #23
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Kevin and Will are joined by Chip Zdarsky, current writer for the Marvel Comic “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man.” We talk about his recent story in which 2018 Spider-Man time-travels to… the Spider-Man of THIS EPISODE’S ISSUE! So cool! We get into: What exactly is the Green Goblin’s concept? Do all newspaper publishers micro-manage as much as JJJ? Is Betty Brant a robot? And why does gangster Lucky Lobo snap his cigar?
Jun 06, 2018
The Clown and His Masters of Menace | The Amazing Spider-Man #22
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Step right up and see… the silliest heroes yet! A group of circus performers kick out the one member of their group with actual powers (The hypnotist Ringmaster) and try to get Spidey with their ability to… Run at him fast! This ish also features a record high number uses of the word “female!” Check it out!

May 30, 2018
Spider-Man and the Human Torch Vs. the Beetle | The Amazing Spider-Man #21
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Spider-Man and the Human Torch have two problems: their emotionally fragile girlfriends, and a guy with an armored flying suit who calls himself the Beetle. Guess which one is portrayed more realistically!

May 23, 2018
Spider-Man Vs. the Scorpion | The Amazing Spider-Man #20
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Co-hosts Kevin and Will discuss the debut of the probably-not-that-great-villain The Scorpion! He can punch! He can also...well, he can punch pretty hard. Plus a boatload of reader mail!

May 16, 2018
Spidey Strikes Back! | The Amazing Spider-Man #19
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After a whole issue of doubt, Spider-Man is back into action! For the first time in the comic’s run we have a whole issue where Spider-Man is joyously being Spider-Man, and it is FUN! Your hosts love this issue, which is zero surprise.

May 09, 2018
The End of Spider-Man! | The Amazing Spider-Man #18
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One of the best issues of the original run, according to your co-hosts Will and Kevin! There is no villain for this issue as Peter deals with the fallout of his decision to quit being Spider-Man as he cares for his Aunt May. Co-creators Steve Ditko and Stan Lee pull off a masterful buildup of tension to one of the Hines’ favorite endings to a Spider-Man ish ever! Check it out!

May 02, 2018
The Return of the Green Goblin | The Amazing Spider-Man #17
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The Green Goblin is back and he’s meaner and smarter. Pete’s love life is once again falling apart as he can’t convince working girl Betty that popular rich girl Liz means nothing to him. Everyone loves the Human Torch more than Spidey. And then: a twist near the end that ups the drama and leaves this issue as the start of one of the best Spidey stories of the original era, at least according to your hosts Kevin and Will!

Apr 25, 2018
Spidey Battles Daredevil; The Eerie Menace of the Ringmaster | The Amazing Spider-Man #16
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Co-hosts Kevin and Will Hines ask: If you’ve got a top hat that can hypnotize anyone -- why not open a circus? Well, that’s the apparent decision by this issue’s villain; The Ringmaster! Previously appearing in The Hulk, this actually-twirling-an-evil-mustache villain is BACK, and this time he’s got a whole circus of weirdly-shaped crime thugs!

Apr 18, 2018
Analyzing the Spider-Man Movies
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We take a break from analyzing the old comics to discuss: Spider-Man movies! Kevin and Will talk about their lifelong dream to see a good Spider-Man movie, and what it felt like to see it realized in the original (2001) Spider-Man! We talk about what we like and didn’t like about each of the big movies. We talk about the movie WE’D make given unlimited budget and power (in other words, as if we were the Green Goblin in issue 14!).

Apr 11, 2018
The Sinister Six! | The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
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For the first-ever Spider-Man annual, there’s a special event: six of Spidey’s worst baddies team up to try and defeat him together…. By fighting him ONE AT A TIME! Also, most of Marvel’s other heroes casually walk in and out of the story, doing very little but plugging their own comics! And Spidey loses his powers for almost four pages! AND … the art is amazing, the dialogue very truly funny and this is a fun fun ride.

Apr 04, 2018
Kraven the Hunter! | The Amazing Spider-Man #15
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He’s a hunter and you know that because he is wearing a vest made out of a LION. He’s KRAVEN the HUNTER, and he debuts in this issue, Amazing Spider-Man 15. Kevin and Will -- er, no surprise -- love the issue, though they also admit it has the usual number of insane moments -- like Kraven winning over NYC by wrestling to the ground dangerous animals which he had just brought into the country himself! Oh yeah, and The Chameleon is back, due to zero popular demand!

Mar 28, 2018
Spider-Man Vs. the Green Goblin w/ Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast) | The Amazing Spider-Man #14
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Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Are You Talking REM Re: Me?) is our guest to talk about this issue of Spidey which features the debut of The Green Goblin! It is also inspired a Marvel comic which Scott wrote (Spider-Man/Deadpool #6), which is really cool! Kevin and Will talk about stuff too!

Mar 21, 2018
The Menace of Mysterio | The Amazing Spider-Man #13
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The probably-quickly-named villain MYSTERIO is the bag guy of issue 13, and hosts Kevin and Will … no mystery here … like him a lot! He has a whole bag of tricks designed to scare Spidey which end up sending our hero to a psychiatrist! This series is turning into Mad Men, if Don Draper wore a mask and saved people (which of course, he kind of did). CHECK IT OUT!

Mar 14, 2018
Unmasked by Doctor Octopus! | The Amazing Spider-Man #12
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Maybe our favorite issue yet! Action, drama, humor and as always amazing Steve Ditko art! Doc Ock unmasks Spidey! He really does it, but there’s a TWIST that helps Spidey protect his identity. Plus Will bought comics this week and Kevin loves when Loki and Thor are nice to each other.

Mar 07, 2018
The Return of Doctor Octopus | The Amazing Spider-Man #11
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It’s the return of premier Spidey villain Doctor Octopus, and this issue sizzles! We’ve got melodrama in Peter’s growing love affair with Betty Brant! A new troubled character who threatens to destroy the people he loves with his gambling addiction! A climactic battle! And a bunch of times Doc Ock calls people FOOLS! WE LOVE THIS ISSUE!

Feb 28, 2018
The Enforcers! | The Amazing Spider-Man #10
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The best worst villains in the Spider-Man universe: it’s the Enforcers! Ox! Montana! And the even more insanely-named Fancy Dan! Artist Steve Ditko really seems to be following a “make ‘em fun-to-draw first, worry about the story second” rule with these guys, and your co-hosts Kevin and Will couldn’t be happier. These villains, led by the almost-but-not-quite-as silly “Big Man” are some our favorite villains. Honestly the story is pretty fun. Come on in and get ENFORCED!
Feb 21, 2018
The Man Called Electro | The Amazing Spider-Man #9
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One of the coolest powers yet most desperate costumes ever, Electro is the villain for this issue. He’s got lightning bolts on his wrists, ankles and face, and he’s called Electro. Now, what do you think his powers revolve around? But despite this costume, this issue has some of the most moving and affecting storytelling yet in the series! Co-hosts/brothers Kevin and Will freak out about it!

Feb 14, 2018
The Terrible Threat of the Living Brain; Spider-Man Tackles the Human Torch w/ Alex Fernie | The Amazing Spider-Man #8
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Alex Fernie (UCB, Bajillion Dollar Properties, Do You Want To See A Dead Body?) is our first ever guest as we go over Issue 8, the oddly subtitled “Tribute To Teenagers” issue. A tribute in that there are teenagers IN the story, and that might be the total tribute that happens. Also there’s a huge killer robot, Peter punches Flash and Peter is a straight-up bully to the Human Torch in the backup story. All right!

Feb 07, 2018
The Return of The Vulture | The Amazing Spider-Man #7
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Our first return villain and it’s our favorite winged septuagenarian (assuming) The Vulture! Peter Parker’s brilliant “Anti magnetic inverter” (?) no longer stops bird-brain, so how will Spider-Man beat this weird old man who flies? Other questions: why do Parker’s classmates stay so caught up on crime news? How far will JJJ go to save a buck? Are Peter and Betty crushing (yes)? Kevin and Will loves this issue. The sense of humor is coming through more, while the action stays great.
Jan 31, 2018
Face-To-Face with The Lizard | The Amazing Spider-Man #6
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This issue introduces what will be another classic Spidey villain: The Lizard! Spider-Man travels to the swamps of Florida to battle this tragic scientist-turned-lizard-man! And JJJ is along for the ride. Kevin is moved by The Lizard’s tears! Will realizes that he might like JJJ as much as if not more than Spider-Man!

Jan 24, 2018
Marked For Destruction By Dr. Doom | The Amazing Spider-Man #5
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Spidey meets Marvel’s most notorious villain --- the very unsubtly named Doctor Doom! An exciting idea that leads to a just okay story! But even a sub-par Doom story has all that great/ridiculous Doctor Doom dialogue! Never has a villain referred to himself in the third person like Doctor Doom! The issues also features a favorite trope: bully Flash Thompson getting humiliated!

Jan 17, 2018
Nothing Can Stop The Sandman | The Amazing Spider-Man #4
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Another major villain debuts: The Sandman! A man gets the power to separate himself into millions of tiny sentient beings and he uses it to…. Get big bags of money! Come on, Spidey still specializes in THUGS, no matter how powerful! Also: Spidey shows off in front of his high school classmates! Peter almost gets a date! Sandman can’t stop saying his own name! And MORE!

Jan 10, 2018
Spider-Man Vs. Doctor Octopus | The Amazing Spider-Man #3
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The debut of Doctor Octopus, one of the greatest Spidey villains of all time! Fittingly, this is the first truly great issue of Spider-Man! Great characters, moody beautiful art, terrific action and a great story! We can’t stop raving about this one!

Jan 03, 2018
Duel To The Death With The Vulture; The Uncanny Threat Of The Terrible Tinkerer | The Amazing Spider-Man #2
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We meet the first classic Spider-Man villain: The Vulture. Like all great Ditko villains, he seems created just for the cool visuals. He looks distinct and cool (or at least intriguingly odd), he's smart, he's mean, and he will be back.  And... there's also a second story! The tale of the Tinkerer. It is... an ungood story. Seems left over from the old Amazing Fantasy bin. But the art is great, and it gave future writers a good challenge to try to retroactively make this story fit into the universe.

Dec 20, 2017
Spider-Man Vs. The Chameleon | The Amazing Spider-Man #1
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For his second appearance, Spider-Man gets his own comic that contains two -- really THREE -- stories! He meets J. Jonah Jameson, the perpetually angry newspaper publisher who uses his media empire to paint Spider-Man as a MENACE! He meets the FF, who reject him as a member, for many reasons including that he basically breaks in to their headquarters and tries to show off! He meets the Chameleon, one of the dumbest villains in all comicdom!

Dec 13, 2017
Introducing Spider-Man | Amazing Fantasy #15
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Amazing Adult Fantasy was an anthology comics series that featured stand-alone sci-fi and fantasy stories. They were short, dark, weird and often had twist endings. Think Twilight Zone, but five page comics stories. But this issue -- the series' last issue -- broke from its pattern in a few important ways. One, it changed its title to just "Amazing Fantasy." And two, it introduced Spider-Man.

Dec 06, 2017
Season One Trailer | Spider-Man
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In this podcast, we will discuss all 41 of the original Spider-Man comics done by the original creative team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko! But before we do, we wanted to give a background on both the character and us! So we talk about the history behind the creation of Spider-Man, and what he came to mean to the world of comics and beyond.

Nov 22, 2017