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341: See You In the Grease Pit

Welcome to the grease pit!
What does that mean? …. I’m not sure even we know…..
This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with a look at it’s history and beginnings.
We also talk news of Spidey’s 60th anniversary, a rumbling in the Conan licensing ranks, and the CW bloodbath of cancellations.
Merk also delves into a non comic book film he discovered on the ‘flix that deserves your wide eyed, deer caught in the headlights, how did this get made sort of attention. It’s a Jean Claude Desert Heat Inferno Coyote Ugly Moon sort of evening. Make it a blockbuster night.
All that and teasing Spider-Man for fat hands, eating a whole bowl of spaghetti for Spidey and Thai Pods!
Welcome to FREE COMIC BOOK PODCAST DAY!….. which we do every week….EVERY WEEK……

An oil spill in Western Siberia (Surgut region) is found during a Greenpeace investigation tour.

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332: Isn’t Batman a Verb Now?

It’s a big ol’ bat heavy episode this week! We’re talking odd, strange, adorable and down right wrong versions of Batman, as we rate them out of 5 Batmen on how Batman they Batman…. knowwadimean? We each bring a few batties to the table…..and some of them are pretty mite-ey! Wink! Plus we do a warm up creating a brand new Bat-villain …. out of houseplants…. and malicious compliance… it’ll make sense, we promise. All that and news about, well, guess! Batman spin offs on HBO. And other non-bat news about Spiderman, Finn Wolfhard and a certain Boys star arrested in Spain! Join us as we batman it up! 

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323: The Wizard Did It

We made it! 2022! So what do we need to talk about?

A movie from last year, of course.

SPIDER-MAN:NO WAY JOSE…er….HOME

Spoiler alert, we’re diving head first and full on into this jam packed jammy movie. From fan service to brick catcher man, from a bevy of villains to Sad Happy to plot holes and things that fill em…. we’re on it.
Join Daddy Bry, Future Kyle and plain ol’ Merk for ‘The Wizard Did It!’
….. because he did. 

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314: Let’s Clean Out the Old Newshole

Well we had a fun & spooky month but now…. it’s back to business.
On to the news!
A lot has happened in comic book/film news so we dive right in with Marvel’s problems with Penguin/Random House distribution, Image Comic’s startling decision about reprints, the bisexual Superman ‘controversy’, Bill Murray being… well… Bill Murray, Spiderman Far from Home rumours, Steven DeKnight astonished by the miscreant Akira Yoshida, Brendan Fraser double DC duty, McFarlane toys Bathorse…… and Owen Wilson as a centaur!
And don’t miss the news intermission with Kyle’s classic ‘Hulk out or Fake out’!
It’s 10 alarm chili time on Zero Issues!

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313: Free with the Thistles

Submitted for the approval of the audience, I call this story The Tale of the Cactus that Loved…. To Kill.

*throws Iced tea mix on an open fire*

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300: Somebody Says Something Stupid and That’s the Title

WOW!! 300 episodes!! It’s a big moment for these three little nerd boys, so to celebrate talking about comics for 300 maniacal podcast episodes, we do something a little different and ply deep into each other’s psyches with a list of questions….. to discover just how geeky we are. So 5 questions each from the three of us and then we put the call out…. ‘Ask us anything! Give us your queries!’…. and BOY, DID YOU!!! And we answered ALL OF THEM!!!! Plus: if you sent in a question, you were entered to win an art prize pack from the three amigos here! So join us, won’t you, for a (slightly) extra long episode of wackiness and reflection and deep dive comics madness! (and check out our special homage to godfather Todd’s iconic Amazing Spider-Man #300)

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276: Where’s Rambo and Your Scary Dead Boyfriend?

Rambo and dead boyfriends! Wandavision is pretty great, amirite? This week we delve into the mysteries of episode 4 of that MCU show as well as exploring intercompany comic crossovers. What did we love the best? What disappointed us and crushed our comic souls? and then we EACH get to give the elevator pitch …. what company crossover would we want to see? All that plus Netflix Sandman casting, a trip back to the Snyder Castle and Mother Box Happy Meals…..Join us, won’t you?

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251: 3 Scary Stories

Hell-o, my little ghoulies and gobloids! It is I, the Crypt Haver, ready to deliver you another tale of… oh, what? It’s a Lightning Round episode? They don’t really talk about scary stuff at all, except for one of the ten segments in the episode? Really? The rest is all about giving super heroes branding slogans, or a weird mid-’80s Avengers issue that Merk read, or a frank discussion of what Batman’s favourite song is?

Well, fine.

I’m still getting paid, right?

(With apologies to Bry: I couldn’t find the knife man you were talking about, so I used the album art for celebrated folk punk band AJJ’s 2011 release, Knife Man)

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244: Superman, Your Kid’s a Nerd!


It’s that time of year again! No not to get your fishin’ license and go looking for Aquaman! It’s Father’s Day this weekend! So we look at superhero dads who you may not have known had gone out & made a baby…. or two… or three… or 45 in the case of Wolverine. Is deadbeat dad his new mutation?!? We talk about that and kids from Superman, Batman, Colossus (Are you my papa, tovarisch?) and many more. We debate whether Tony Stark had a vasectomy at 25 or developed an extremis condom. Either is possible. And yes, we actually discuss it. We’re nerds. We also have a warm up bit with a game of 20 questions, and lots of news including Spiderman at the BLM protests, the police bizarrely using the Punisher logo, the new DC distribution deal and the sad passing of a comics legend, Denny O’ Neil. 

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188: Endgame 2 – Taserface Will Return

It’s here! Endgame is out and we are all over it this episode… kind of… in a total non spoilery way… until we talk spoilers. Ok. So we tried to do a non ‘just a simple review’ episode of Endgame. Everyone is going to do that. Instead we talk about 1. all the crazy easter eggs that appeared in Endgame (they didn’t. Trust us. No, these really didn’t) and 2. we talk about what all the survivors from infinity war did in their time off after the ‘snap’ and 3. Ridiculous ways Endgame should have went. So don’t worry! If you’ve seen it, dive in! If you haven’t, we’ll tell you when we’re about to talk about spoilers so you can skip ahead, which isn’t much really…. until the last ten minutes… when we go full spoiler. We couldn’t help it!!! It’s so good! We needed to talk about it!!! But don’t worry…. any spoilers are spoiled by a spoiler warning that we’re about to spoil our non spoiler episode. Phew. Spoilerific!
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