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169 : She’s got her $#!% Together and he’s got his $#!% in a Box at his Aunt’s!

Gotta keep the status quo! Such is the mantra of many comics fans. But can it work to switch it up? Has it worked to do a big character/story shift? That’s what we talk about this week. From Nightwing Batman, to Flash Thompson Venom, to Captain Marvel, what’s worked? And which is your Spidey Quo? – lonely, ridiculous shlub, or married and a jerk? We weigh in. That plus so much more…like, birds of prey dvd collections, Bat fly jeans, Galactus Gary Busey, hood farts, someone who might have been chappy, and the almost title of this episode, ‘I’m a mob princess over here, heeeyyyyyy!’ Join us, won’t you? Please. Save us. Call for help. 

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162: Do the Merk!

No tears for Claremont! This week, we discuss (at length!) the life and work of Chris Claremont. From the man that made the X-Men who they are today to… well, he’s– he’s doin’ stuff… this prolific writer of comics has certainly left an impact on all of us. But what happened? Where did he go? Is he relevant? Those questions and many many interruptions.

Plus: Merk creates a new card game, a mystery figure joins the League of Baldos, and we all avoid talking about the film Wild Hogs, even though we really, really want to talk about Wild Hogs.

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160: Phish Speaks to Aquaman

This week it’s all about music in comics! We talk about some existing fictional bands, assemble an X-Men rock supergroup, make just… so many bad superhero music gags, and compile a complete ‘80s soundtrack for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. And even sing a few songs! It’s musical madness up in here!!

Also! Some very big news, including the upcoming Batwoman TV series! A “Read This Now” about a surprisingly special Aliens licensed comic! And we create a five-course meal based on ‘90s DC heroes!

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“Face it Tiger” by Married with Sea Monsters (as The Mary Janes)

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146: Enjoy Your Chili Fries… in Hell!

Avengers: Infinity War comes out… wow, tomorrow? But the hype is SO big that we’re here to help you get through the next 24 hours, by dropping the Avengers into other movies to see how they’d handle ‘em! We’ve got Hawkeye in Die Hard, Captain America’s harrowing journey in Trainspotting, Michael Rooker as Yondu in Mallrats, and oh jeez, just so much more!

ALSO: We cook up a ridiculous crossover event on the fly by randomly selecting 1991 Marvel trading cards, and perform an extra-special dramatic reading of the issue where the Avengers met David Letterman! Giant doorknobs abound!

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As mentioned in the show: the Bill Messner-Loebs GoFundMe

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136: The Worst Marvel Movie Is Still Thor 1 or 2

This week, the boys are joined by Ryan Mackett, the TBay Movie Guy, to answer the year-or-three-old question: are comic books killing movies? The answer may surprise yo if you’ve never listened to the show before and think that we think comics are killing movies.

Plus: So much news discussion it’s almost criminal (but it isn’t, we checked and everything), casting ’70s He-Man AND genderswap Batman film franchises, and more delicious recipe…names!

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Episode 68: Apocalypse – Let’s Talk Apoc

X-Men: Apocalypse was released in theatres last week… and we didn’t see it. So instead we decided to Talk Apoc and discuss other incarnations of that dastardly villain En Sabah Nur. Is it true he began as just a fill-in villain? What’s his link to Marlon Brando? Why does he constantly make robot sounds? Was he a Third Summers Brother? And how does that make ANY sense? Also: join us for the news (including the big Captain America Hydra controversy sweeping the Twitters), a dramatic classic X-Men reading, and further twists in the afterbirth of the birth of Rebirth after DC has just birthed it’s new birthy birth thing. And Baby Apocalypse. Babies all around!!

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Episode 18: Team Ups – Magneater!

This week we team up with the good people at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company (okay, we do that every episode) to talk about comic book team-ups! Archie Meets the Punisher, Challenge of the Headless Baseball Team, and Namor and Doom fight over who does the dishes.

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Outro Music: Reading Rainbow – Teamwork

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Episode 9: No Thank You On The Hypertime

Thanks to a temporal plot contrivance, the podcasters of three eras assemble to talk about time travel in comics… as the fate of the future hangs in the balance! Which basically means talking about the X-Men a lot. Also: Bishop vs. Cable, the best-ever use of Stryfe, three Thors are better than one, and the boys try (and fail) to explain Hypertime!

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