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Episode 121: The Midler

Lightning round!!! Bzap!! That means it’s time for a short episode of several even shorter topics! Injustice is out…. let’s dream up other comic fighting games! How about retconning forgotten characters? Remember Brother Power the Geek? Me neither! A new bit- Sit Comic TV shows! Who would Sam from Cheers be in the comic world? Hal Jordan or Booster Gold? Who’s more washed up? Bry & Merk fight it out. What songs would the JL members karaoke? And did you know that Lobo joined the JL the same time as Bette Midler? The more you know! All that and news that is not even remotely up to date. But we try. Hellboy! Marvel Legacy! The Jetsons! Shazam! And bonus impromptu songs that are driving us nuts!

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Episode 120: Journey to the Centre of the Defenders

In honour of Netflix’s Marvel’s The Defenders, we’re taking a look at the history of the Defenders comic series… which has almost nothing to do with the show at all! They’ve been New, and Secret, and Fearless, and Adjectiveless, but above all else, they’ve been… I mean, not the Avengers. And that name might mean more than you think! (Or it might be totally arbitrary! Hey, listen to find out!)

But that’s not all! We talk about the return of Wizard Magazine and discuss how to relaunch it right, Kyle spotlights the very real and forgotten run of West Coast Defenders, and we all perform a dramatic reading of a classic Defenders comic!

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Episode 119: August Audness

Hey, remember in March when we pitted eight characters against each other in a who-would-win tournament? Well we’re doing it again! Who’s going home a winner, and who’s going home on a belt? We find out this week, with August Audness!

Plus: Keith David News, Bry insists that you read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Usagi Yojimbo NOW, and we add Hellboy to the League of Baldos! Fight fight fight!

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Episode 118: All it Takes is One Bleeping Day

This week we’re hanging around the campfire telling scary stories…. or not….ok…. we’re ACTUALLY postulating on what the Marvel cinematic universe will look like in a few years. What stories can they do? And some fantastic stuff comes up…. Great Lakes Galactus Hawkeyes with Affleck & Damon…. or something like that. Robert Kirkman’s next big pizza? Trust me. It’s bleeping amazing! Also news with Eisner awards (It’s almost current! We’re trying!), Captain Marvel, bug eyed Nick Fury, tubthumping and stuff like that? A warm up blazing through, at high speed, the possible 67 characters in the Avengers movie. Garfield Falling Down…. who knew that could work?Plus, elusive night rainbows, Valerian’s bleepy Harry, and an outlandish SDCC was this an actual panel quiz? Join us, won’t you, fair listener…..

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Episode 117: My Crazy Ex-Costume

Next stop: Klyntar! This week we’re talking all about Venom, in all his/its/their/whatever’s different forms! What makes the sometimes-evil symbiote tick? What’s the secret to its longevity? Which human host is the best of all? What’s the secret origin of the Venom who almost was? And who’s the secret concept creator who helped make it all happen?

But that’s not all! We also take a journey into madness of a 1982 “Micronauts” letter column (including pseudo-science speculation and ‘80s movie fan-casting), have a symbiote character pop quiz, and maybe even get taken over by some symbiotes ourselves!

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Episode 116: Pour One Out for Bruce Wayne’s Brown Suit

In just over a month from now, Batman: The Animated Series will turn twenty five. That’s so old! If that show were a person, it would have already be moving back into its parents’ basement! Economy jokes, I know, I’m very topical.

To celebrate this milestone, and the many shows, comics, toys that can breath in space, and more, we are joined by John Trumbull, who wrote two extensive BTAS articles for the upcoming issue of Back Issue!, all about justice, the night, and so on.

Plus, we’ve got Bat-news, gushing over the JLU in the warmup, and a voice actor quiz that you can play in the comfort of your own cave!

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 11: View of the runway at the Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on February 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)

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Episode 115: I Apologize to Bloggers

All part of the job, ma’am! This week, we’re talking about some of the crummy, crummy jobs that super heroes have when they aren’t out, y’know, making the world a better place, which oughta be their full-time job! Does Doctor Strange get disability checques? Is Cap the worst soldier? What would Batman do if he wasn’t just the most rich?

Plus: Merk hurts our minds with a “obscure other job” quiz, and Kyle offers up some alternate titles for the show, if this one doesn’t work out! It’s all live, it’s all free, so don’t even worry about it.

 

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Episode 114: The Michael Keaton Primer


Spidey Homecoming is out TOMORROW! And we don’t have advanced tix or special access, so we’re just going to go through a lightning round of What if possibility threads that Spidey could have taken! What if Tobey Maguire stayed on as Spidey? What if this was actually the Amazing Spider Man 3 with Andrew Garfield? Recast all the first franchise Batman movie villain actors as Spidey villans! What if the Spidey movies were Marvel Team-Up films? What if Michael Keaton’s Vulture is actually Batman…. which leads down a BIZARRE rabbit hole you won’t want to come out of!! A dozen of those what-ifs PLUS a ‘read this now’ by Kyle (hint- it rhymes with boon fight) and a dramatic Spidey reading (with Demo-Goblin, so you KNOW it’s good)! And a whack o’ news including GL casting, Wonder Woman is kickin’ arse, Cyborg Superman is boring and LOTS more!! Tune your ears to Spidey-Sense, it’s time for you to have ZERO ISSUES!!!

 

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Episode 113: I Pucking Knew It

It’s the Canada Day weekend so we’re Pucking going ALL OUT on ALPHA FLIGHT!! No. Wait. Come back. Seriously. It’s good. That and a quick Chooses the Dooses, Character Storm, and News! Fonzie is Han Solo’s dad, someone Sonys the bed, Bill Maher’s asthmatic brother is in an Alpha Flight fan film, and a deep exploration of the little known 60’s Batman villain, The Wrinkler! Your laundry will never be safe again! That and SO much more!! At least 2 things!

 

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Episode 112: Merk Will Drive

The boys are back from a collective month of conventions, and finally got together to talk about their experiences! Over less than a month, Merk was at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and Fan Expo Regina, Bry went to the first-ever JoyCon in Dryden, and they both joined Kyle to make the road trip to Oriilia Comic-Con! Lots of stories and observations here, from Merk’s seasoned con perspective to Kyle and Bry’s first time traveling to a show! What makes a good con? How do you engage an audience of attendees? What’s the secret to the perfect booth setup? All this and… fidget spinners? (It’ll all make sense, we assure you!)

Plus: we dig into some recent comics news, including a Chaykin-flavoured controversy, we play MFK with the architects of Marvel Comics, and shine the Bat-Signal for the dearly departed Adam West.

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