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The Comics Canon is the podcast that reads, reviews, and renders judgment on the greatest comic book stories of yesterday and today. Each episode, Curt Holman and Kevin Moreau take a critical and completely subjective look at one of the biggest stories and most seminal moments in the medium's history, as they decide: Does this belong in the pantheon of classic and iconic tales known as ... The Comics Canon?

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The Comics Canon is the podcast that reads, reviews, and renders judgment on the greatest comic book stories of yesterday and today. Each episode, Curt Holman and Kevin Moreau take a critical and completely subjective look at one of the biggest stories and most seminal moments in the medium's history, as they decide: Does this belong in the pantheon of classic and iconic tales known as ... The Comics Canon?

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By OneRedSoulRebel - May 22 2020
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Curt and Kevin have some amazing insights into some of the more famous stories in comic book history. They take this incredibly beautiful medium very seriously in their consideration on whether or not a particular story should be in the Cannon. Fantastic Podcast!

A decent comic book show.

By Saintsfire - Feb 20 2020
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It’s an easy show to listen to, and a good place to hear discussions on some of your favorite comics. I wouldn’t really consider it the end all be all to an actual comics canon. Just a fun experiment. They have some valid points, but sometimes I really can’t support their decisions. The biggest one being their decision on The dark knight returns. I’m the middle of the road when it comes to politics, but sometimes it feels like they wear theirs on their sleeves. Objectivity is hard I get it, but if your trying to make a Canonical list of the most important comics you need to leave those biases at the door. Love the podcast guys, good luck.

iTunes Ratings

67 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
4
1
0
2

Great Discussions!

By OneRedSoulRebel - May 22 2020
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Curt and Kevin have some amazing insights into some of the more famous stories in comic book history. They take this incredibly beautiful medium very seriously in their consideration on whether or not a particular story should be in the Cannon. Fantastic Podcast!

A decent comic book show.

By Saintsfire - Feb 20 2020
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It’s an easy show to listen to, and a good place to hear discussions on some of your favorite comics. I wouldn’t really consider it the end all be all to an actual comics canon. Just a fun experiment. They have some valid points, but sometimes I really can’t support their decisions. The biggest one being their decision on The dark knight returns. I’m the middle of the road when it comes to politics, but sometimes it feels like they wear theirs on their sleeves. Objectivity is hard I get it, but if your trying to make a Canonical list of the most important comics you need to leave those biases at the door. Love the podcast guys, good luck.
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The Comics Canon is the podcast that reads, reviews, and renders judgment on the greatest comic book stories of yesterday and today. Each episode, Curt Holman and Kevin Moreau take a critical and completely subjective look at one of the biggest stories and most seminal moments in the medium's history, as they decide: Does this belong in the pantheon of classic and iconic tales known as ... The Comics Canon?

Rank #1: Episode 57 – The Infinity Gauntlet (With C.D. Brown)

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin welcome filmmaker and author C.D. Brown as they wrap up their preparations for Avengers: Infinity War with a look at the landmark limited series The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim, published by Marvel Comics!

 Oh, crap! Thanos the mad Titan has the six infinity gems, granting him dominion over the mind, the soul, space, time, power and reality itself! And in an attempt to please Death herself, he’s eradicated half of all life everywhere!

 Can the assembled might of Earth’s heartiest heroes, cosmic champions and assorted space gods possibly be enough to outwit this omnipotent oppressor? And can this mind-bending saga gain the favor of our own Living Tribunal and gain entry into that pantheon of power-packed periodicals known as … The Comics Canon?

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Join us in two weeks as we look ahead to the May 18 release of Deadpool 2 with a look at With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence! from Deadpool #11 and In the Hands of the Hunter! from Amazing Spider-Man #47!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Apr 25 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #2: Episode 99 – Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2: Issues 7-12

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Listen here, Anti-Monitor! Wiping out countless realities and snuffing out untold billions of lives is one thing. But when you step to the Maid of Steel ... well, now you’ve gone and made it personal!

In what may be our longest episode ever, we close the book on the epic 12-issue event that closed the book on the DC multiverse—Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, published by DC Comics!

After a pitched battle at the dawn of time, five Earths become one, and a few redundant superheroes find themselves without a home! But the Anti-Monitor still has one trick up his metal sleeve, teleporting our world to the anti-matter universe (hey, you said there was only one universe left)!

Can the last Supermen standing and a parade of your favorite D-listers succeed against the cosmic creep with the worst name in comics? And can this landmark reality-warping series score a table at that restaurant at the end of the universe known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • George Perez’s cosmic artwork
  • The Anti-Anti-Monitor
  • “How come YOU get to be Earth-1?”
  • “Weird” Al Yankovich’s “Word Crimes”
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War
  • Justice League: The Darkseid War
  • 52

Join us in two weeks on Wednesday, Dec. 25, as we mark our 100th episode with a look at the origin of the first and most legendary superhero of them all in Action Comics #1!

Until then:

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Dec 11 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #3: Episode 27 - Batman: The Court Of Owls (With Glen Weldon)

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin are joined by special guest Glen Weldon – NPR contributor, panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and author of The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture – as they discuss Batman: The Court of Owls, collecting Batman (Vol. 2) #1-7, published by DC Comics! The Dark Knight Detective has always believed the Court of Owls to be nothing more than an old folk tale. But when Bruce Wayne is marked for death by their enigmatic assassin, the Talon, Batman learns that they’re very real – and that everything he thought he knew about Gotham City is wrong! Trapped in an underground labyrinth, driven to the edge of madness, can the Caped Crusader escape the Court’s deadly clutches and reclaim Gotham City as his own? And can he gain entry into that secret society known as … The Comics Canon? Things Discussed in This Episode: • Curt makes a terrible joke • The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture • Superheroes as soap opera • Greg Capullo • Batman’s dentistry skills • Hot Fuzz • Batman: Superheavy • Batman: Captured By the Engines • Swamp Thing: Raise Them Bones • The LEGO Batman Movie Join us in two weeks as we prepare for the latest Hugh Jackman movie by gassing up the Spider-Mobile and traversing a desolate hellscape known as Wolverine: Old Man Logan! Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Feb 15 2017

49mins

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Rank #4: Episode 83 – Watchmen Part 1: Issues 1-3

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin start the clock, kicking off a four-part exploration of one of the most acclaimed comic book series of all time with a look at Watchmen #1-3, written by Alan Moore, drawn by Dave Gibbons, and published by DC Comics!

In an alternate-reality version of 1985, a man named Edward Blake is thrown to his death from his penthouse apartment. Investigating this Manhattan murder mystery, the faceless vigilante known as Rorschach discovers that Blake was once the government-sanctioned crimefighter called the Comedian!

Fearing that someone may be targeting former costumed adventurers, Rorschach attempts to warn his onetime allies—Dan “Nite Owl” Dreiberg, Adrian “Ozymandias” Veidt, Laurie Jon “Doctor Manhattan” Osterman and his live-in girlfriend, Laurie “Silk Spectre” Juspeczyk. But Rorschach’s warnings seem far-fetched, until the godlike Doctor Manhattan is accused of causing cancer in his friends and enemies—and abandons Earth for Mars!

With America’s atomic protector gone, can President Richard Nixon prevent an impending nuclear conflict? And will our protagonists live long enough to retire to that home for hidebound heroes known as … The Comics Canon?

Things Discussed in This Episode:

  • The kid gloves come off!
  • Watchmen’s Charlton Comics roots
  • The signature trope of Watchmen
  • Why is he called The Comedian when he doesn’t tell any jokes?
  • What kind of person would want to become a costumed vigilante?
  • Tales of the Black Freighter: The feel-good book of the year!
  • A surprise menage-a-trois
  • “Threatening man buns”
  • Citizen Kane—the Watchmen of movies!
  • Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt

Join us in two weeks as our four-part series continues with a look as issues 4-6!

Until then, why not peruse our new spring line of Comics Canon merchandise? We also invite you to check out the King Krackle digital brushes from our friends at Category 4!

Last but not least, please be so kind as to rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

May 01 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #5: Episode 46 – Kingdom Come

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin prepare for the long-awaited release of Justice League with (what else?) a discussion of a kinda/sorta Justice League story: the acclaimed 1996 battle-of-the-superheroes miniseries Kingdom Come, written by Mark Waid, painted by Alex Ross, and published by DC Comics!

In the not-too-distant future, a new generation of super-powered beings has taken the place of the Justice League. But these reckless “heroes” are even more of a menace than the villains they face, and millions of innocents pay the price when one super-battle results in the devastation of the American Midwest!

Wonder Woman coaxes a reluctant Superman out of self-imposed exile to reunite the Justice League. But Batman refuses the call, and the heroes clash over differing ideologies. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor and the U.N. have their own ideas for how to deal with this growing crisis—and one of them involves a nuclear bomb!

Can these costumed crusaders put aside their differences, end the threat of these metahuman miscreants, and avert atomic annihilation? And can they win the keys to that kingdom of caped champions known as … The Comics Canon?

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Join us in two weeks as we prepare for the first season of Hulu’s Runaways adaptation with a discussion of Runaways: Pride and Joy!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and  we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Nov 08 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #6: Episode 8 Civil War

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WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? In this episode, Curt and Kevin charter a school bus to Stamford, Connecticut to weigh the pros and cons of the Superhero Registration Act, the ethics of cloning a dead god, and the problems of giant crossover events as they (rather civilly) discuss the 2006-2007 Marvel limited series Civil War. In the wake of a national tragedy, a shocked and fearful public calls for the regulation of super-powered beings. Iron Man leads a group of heroes in favor of licensing, proper training, and (presumably) having government holidays off, while Captain America heads up a resistance movement not eager to take its marching orders from politicians. Will this clash of titans end in blood and tears, with friends and families forever rent asunder? Or will our Founding Fathers come together to deem it a revolutionary tale worthy of admission into that Land of the Free known as … The Comics Canon?

Apr 27 2016

59mins

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Rank #7: Episode 44 – Planet Hulk

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin prepare for the Nov. 2 release of Thor: Ragnarok with the first of three action-packed installments! The month of #Ragnaroktober kicks off with a spirited discussion of Greg Pak’s swords, sandals and sci-fi epic Planet Hulk … specifically, The Incredible Hulk # 92-95 and 103-105, published by Marvel Comics!

Exiled into space by the brain trust known as the Illuminati, the Hulk ends up on war-torn Sakaar, forced to fight in the arena of the tyrannical Red King! Is he, as some suspect, the storied savior known as the Sakaarson … or could he be the whispered weapon of mass destruction known as the Worldbreaker?

Can the green-skinned gladiator and his warbound allies survive against wildebots, spikes and the Silver Savage and overthrow this deranged despot? And can they fight their way into the winner’s circle of that cosmic Colosseum known as … the Comics Canon?

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Join us next week as #Ragnaroktober rolls on with a special bonus episode! Straight from the Comics Canon vaults, for the first time anywhere, we share our pilot/proof of concept episode on Walt Simonson’s Thor debut, The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill!

And then, in two weeks’ time, it’s the second part of a Simonson twofer, as we discuss the writer-artist’s fiery conclusion to the Surtur Saga, Ragnarok and Roll!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and  we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Oct 11 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #8: Episode 68 – The Miles Morales Episode

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In this episode, Kevin Moreau and “Ultimate” Curt Holman return to the Ultimate Universe to discuss the origin of the popular biracial Spider-Man, Miles Morales in the second half of an unofficial Ultimate Spider-Man two-parter, this time reviewing Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1-5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, published by Marvel Comics!

When young Miles Morales is bitten by a genetically modified spider, he quickly develops the ability to turn invisible and cling to walls, among other things. Miles wants no part of these awesome powers, wishing only to live a normal life and do well at his new charter school. But when Miles witnesses the tragic death of Spider-Man, he begins to realize that with great power comes great responsibility!

Can our 13-year-old hero live up to the heroic example set by his predecessor? And can he make the grade in that elite class of comic-book champions known as … The Comics Canon?

Things Discussed in This Episode: 

We return in two weeks, just in time for the scariest month of the year! And we get into the spirit of the season with a look at the origins of DC Comics’ eerie elemental, Swamp Thing, specifically House of Secrets #92, Swamp Thing Vol. 1 #1-4 (or so), and Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #33!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and  we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Sep 23 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: Episode 96 – Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984-85)

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The all-powerful Beyonder transports some of Earth's mightiest heroes and villains to a patchwork planet known as Battleworld, conveniently outfitted with high-tech ships and fortresses! His one command: "Slay all your enemies and all you desire shall be yours!" Thus begins one of comics' first and most famous multi-part crossover epics: Secret Wars, written by Marvel Comics editor in chief Jim Shooter and drawn by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton!

Conceived to support a line of Mattel toys, this 12-part series pits members of the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four against such heavy hitters as Doctor Doom, Magneto, and the Devourer of Worlds himself, Galactus! Alliances are formed, schemes are hatched, battles are fought, and many plotlines are brought up and then abandoned!

Join us as we answer the burning questions: Can Curt and Kevin find meaningful things to say about an overlong slugfest aimed squarely at young children? And can this landmark comics event emerge victorious in that Contest of Champions known as … The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • Martin Scorsese vs. the MCU
  • Jim Shooter's problematic female characters
  • Where did these two supervillains come from?!!
  • Volcana is totally Kevin's type
  • "Some of my best friends are mutants!"
  • Doctor Doom's space-age bachelor pad
  • We need to talk about Klaw
  • Chekhov's lightning bolt
  • Is this the worst comic we've ever reviewed?
  • Asgardian Wars
  • Contest of Champions (2015)
  • Secret Warriors V1: Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing

Join us in two weeks on Wednesday (new comic book day!) as we review a multi-part crossover epic featuring Reed Richards, Doctor Doom, Molecule Man and a mysterious planet known as Battleworld! Yes, it’s Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars from 2015!

Until then, be the envy of your Battleworld fortress with our snazzy Comics Canon merchandise!

Last but not least, please help us spread the word! Rate us on Apple Podcasts, send us an email, and hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! We may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Oct 29 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #10: Episode 82 – Batman Origins

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin mark the 1,000th issue of Detective Comics and the 80th birthday of Batman with a look back at three early milestones in the career of DC Comics’ mega-popular Caped Crusader—beginning with his first appearance (as “The Bat-Man”) in Detective Comics #27 from 1939!

From there, it’s on to the world’s best-known origin story from 1939’s Detective Comics #33! And last but not least, since a snarling Dark Knight Detective is only as good as his anarchic arch-enemy, it’s the first appearance of the Joker, from 1940’s Batman #1!

Can the World’s Greatest Detective crack the imminently solvable Case of the Chemical Syndicate, overcome the death of his parents, and survive his first encounter against the deadly Clown Prince of Crime? And can he strike terror into the hearts of the superstitious and cowardly gatekeepers of … The Comics Canon?

Things Discussed in This Episode:

Join us in two weeks as we begin a four-part deep dive into Watchmen with a look at issues 1 through 3!

Until then, why not peruse our new spring line of Comics Canon merchandise? We also invite you to check out Mathilda: The Forces of Evil vs. the Third Grade, as well as the King Krackle digital brushes from our friends at Category 4!

Last but not least, please be so kind as to rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Apr 17 2019

52mins

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Rank #11: Episode 39 – The Uncle Scrooge Episode (With Alonso Duralde)

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin welcome special guest Alonso Duralde of the Linoleum Knife podcast, The Wrap and What the Flick?! to discuss three stories—The Seven Cities of Cibola, The Lemming With the Locket, and Tralla La—by classic Uncle Scrooge creator, writer and artist Carl Barks!

The world’s wealthiest mallard, joined by his nephews Donald Duck and Junior Woodchucks Huey, Dewey and Louie, sets out in search of seven legendary golden cities, an ancient civilization hidden in the Himalayas, and far-flung Herringtail, Norway, and runs afoul of the dastardly Beagle Boys—and one very elusive lemming!

Can a poor umptillion-fabulatillionaire prevail against those who would seek to relieve him of his wealth?  And can he attain that prize greater than any gold, more rewarding than a swim in any money bin—entry into that billionaire boys’ club known as … The Comics Canon?

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The Comics Canon is presented with the support of Creative Loafing Atlanta, home of such podcasts as Mo Audio and Dish on the Dish.

Join us in two weeks as we get ready for another Netflix show (Marvel’s The Defenders) with the death and resurrection of Elektra in Frank Miller’s Daredevil!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Aug 02 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Episode 37 - The Spider-Man Episode

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin welcome your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a pair of powerful Spidey Super Stories! First up, they swing into action with a discussion of one of the most famous comic stories of all time: the origin of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15! After that, it’s on to an action-packed tale of great power and great responsibility (and one of the most iconic scenes in superhero comics), as a guilt-ridden wall-crawler fights against impossible odds to save the life of his beloved Aunt May in the three-part storyline If This Be My Destiny …! from Amazing Spider-Man #31-33! Can the winded web-slinger prevail against the machinations of the mysterious Master Planner? And can he survive the cutthroat halls of academia long enough to win a ticket to that homecoming dance known as … The Comics Canon? Things Discussed in This Episode: • Actor Frank Nelson • Are you obliged to stop a thief? • The Acme Warehouse • Spider-Man’s Uncanny Valley moment • Marvel: The Untold Story by Sean Howe • Peter Parker’s true calling: costume design! • To Alcohol! • Kid Puncho, the Fighting Clown • Kind words from The Nerds Uncanny • Thor Frog from Walt Simonson’s Thor #365 • The Hood: Blood From Stones • The Return of Beta Ray Bill • Give Our Regards to the Atom-Smashers! • Kraven’s Last Hunt • Kevin’s essay on Secret Empire in Vex Mosaic • Curt’s review of Spider-Man: Homecoming The Comics Canon is presented with the support of Creative Loafing Atlanta, home of such podcasts as Mo Audio and Dish on the Dish. Join us next week for a look at the year in Marvel movie and TV adaptations (so far), and then again the week after that for a discussion of the dark side of geekdom via Evan Dorkin’s The Eltingville Club! Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Jul 05 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: Episode 28 - Wolverine: Old Man Logan

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In this episode, Kevin and “Old Man Holman” mark the release of the new Logan movie by gassing up the Spider-Mobile for a road trip across a post-apocalyptic wasteland to discuss Wolverine: Old Man Logan, collecting Wolverine #66-72 and Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Size #1, published by Marvel Comics. Fifty years after the villains of the Marvel Universe teamed up to defeat the world’s heroes, a haunted Logan has forsaken violence to live a peaceful life of farming with his wife and two children. But when he can’t pay his rent to the vicious Hulk Gang, the promise of a financial windfall leads him on a dangerous cross-country trip with the blind archer Hawkeye. Can the man formerly known as Wolverine outrun rampaging dinosaurs, creepy Moloids and his own dark past long enough to save his family? Can he keep from popping his claws and returning to his savage ways? And can he gain admittance to that alternate reality known as … The Comics Canon? Things Discussed in This Episode: • Giant Size Man-Thing • Kevin mispronounces Morry Hollowell’s name • Where Curt draws the line • Reading comics on a tablet • #NotmyHawkeye • Kevin’s fanboy struggle • The post-apocalypse economy • Curt likes a big map • Paste Pot Creek and Otisburg • “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” • “Gigglin’” Glen Weldon • Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon • Secret Wars • Logan • Asterios Kokkinos’ The Five-Minute Podcast • Legion Join us in two weeks as we switch gears to discuss a very different comics character getting the cinematic treatment: Daniel Clowes’ Wilson (along with Ghost World and Art School Confidential). Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Mar 01 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #14: Episode 94 – Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

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Just in time for the Oct. 4 release of Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, Curt and Kevin are joined by Atlanta actress and comics fan Jennifer Lee for a timely (and faintly explicit) discussion of the 1989 graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, published by DC Comics!

On April Fools’ Day, the inmates, led by the Joker, have taken over Arkham Asylum and taken the staff as hostages. Their one demand? That Batman join them for a lethal game of hide and seek! Meanwhile, the journal of founder Amadeus Arkham reveals the gruesome origins of Gotham City’s most notorious psychiatric facility!

Can the Caped Crusader survive a gauntlet of his deadliest enemies without going insane—if he hasn’t already? And can this strikingly illustrated tale check itself into that madhouse of sequential storytelling known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • Church Going by Philip Larkin
  • The Thoth tarot deck
  • Why is Batman so uptight?
  • The fetishization of madness
  • “You can’t let someone run around blinding horses, dude!”
  • Is Batman mentally ill?
  • Violent Cases and Mr. Punch
  • Alice by Jan Svankmajer
  • Legion season 3
  • Batman: I Am Suicide
  • The Stumptown pilot
  • The Invisibles
  • Planetary
  • Castle Rock season 2

Join us in two weeks as we get into the spooky spirit of October with a look at Emily Carroll’s book of short horror comics, Through the Woods!

Until then, turn some heads with our snazzy Comics Canon merchandise! And why not accessorize with a little King Krackle from our sponsor at Category 4?

Last but not least, please help us spread the word! Rate us on iTunes, send us an email, and hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! We may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Oct 02 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #15: Episode 5 Daredevil: Born Again

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In this episode, “Miller March” continues as Curt and Kevin ring in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil series by applying their keen extrasensory senses to Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic tale of revenge, redemption and overheated Christian symbolism. When his junkie ex-girlfriend sells his secret identity for a fix (we’ve all been there, right, fellas?), Matt Murdock finds himself homeless and penniless as he faces off against the Kingpin of Crime, a murderous psychotic, a roided-up super-soldier, and one very unfriendly health-care professional. Is this the end of everyone’s favorite blind attorney turned protector of Hell’s Kitchen? Or can ol’ Hornhead overcome these trials and tribulations to win a favorable verdict in the People’s Court known as … The Comics Canon? Things discussed in this episode: The lamest rogue’s gallery in all of comics? (Cough) Stilt-Man (Cough) Karen Page’s poor negotiation skills “The Passion of the Matt” and heavy-handed Catholic imagery Leave my credit score alone, you monster! “There is no corpse.” Lois the Killer Nun! Nuke? Seriously? It’s an Avengers thing … you wouldn’t understand. Why kids don’t play make-believe as Daredevil Join us in two weeks as we shamble down to rural Georgia to pass sentence on The Walking Dead: Safety Behind Bars and The Heart’s Desire! Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Mar 16 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #16: Episode 2: Swamp Thing's Anatomy Lesson

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin dig deep into the fertile soil of The Saga of the Swamp Thing issues 21-24! In this tangled tale of fearsome flora, Alan Moore puts DC’s mixed-up muck monster through an existential crisis that plants the seeds of a new era in superhero comics.

Feb 03 2016

42mins

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Rank #17: Episode 49 – Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin return to Gotham City to unwrap the riddle of Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles, by Tom King, Mikel Janin and Clay Mann, published by DC Comics!

The Dark Knight Detective has popped the question to his “purr-fect” match, the beguiling cat burglar known as Catwoman. But before his feline foil can answer, he must unburden himself of a terrible secret—an especially dark night from early in his crime-fighting career.

The Caped Crusader’s two most dangerous enemies, the Joker and the Riddler, have gone to war, with the streets of Gotham as their battleground. The city’s supervillain community has taken up sides, with its citizens quite literally caught in the crossfire, along with the tragic figure known as … Kite Man?

Can the World’s Greatest Detective suss out a solution to this pernicious puzzle before the entire city is torn asunder? And can this criminal conflict win top billing on that comedy club marquee of magnificence known as … The Comics Canon?

Things Discussed in This Episode:

Join us in two weeks as we celebrate our two-year anniversary and our 50th official episode with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark Superman tale, For the Man Who Has Everything!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Jan 03 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #18: Episode 65 – The Death of Superman

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin turn their attention to one of the most famous Superman stories of all time—the headline-grabbing, multi-part event storyline The Death of Superman, written and drawn by a rotating cast of creators and published by DC Comics!

The hulking, mysterious figure who comes to be known as Doomsday arrives out of nowhere, destroying everything in his path! Not even the Justice League can slow this raging brute as he plods toward Metropolis, leaving death and ruin in his wake! Only one man has a chance against this inhuman monster. But is even Superman up to the task?

Can the Man of Steel stop Doomsday’s relentless onslaught without paying the ultimate price? (Well, the title of the story is a dead giveaway.) And will his name be added to that memorial of monumental epics known as … The Comics Canon?

Things Discussed in This Episode:

Join us in two weeks as we explore the topic of death from a different angle with a look at cartoonist Roz Chast’s graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Aug 15 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #19: Episode 87 – Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past (With Tedd Walley)

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In this episode, we welcome Tedd Walley, writer, artist and publisher of Mathilda: The Forces of Evil vs. The Third Grade, as we travel to the distant future of 2013 for a discussion of the landmark X-Men storyline Days of Future Past from Uncanny X-Men #141-142, and finish it off with Demon from #143, by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, published by Marvel Comics!

In a dystopian future America ruled by the mutant-hunting Sentinels, Kate Pryde and the few remaining X-Men launch a desperate plan to avert nuclear war! The adult Kate inhabits the mind of her younger self, enlisting the X-Men of 1980 to stop the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly!

Then, young Kitty Pryde finds herself alone in the X-Mansion on Christmas Eve when she’s attacked by one of the demonic N’Garai in a cross between Home Alone and Alien!

Can the youngest X-Man save the day twice in the span of three issues? And can our misunderstood mutants prevent apocalypse and usher in that better tomorrow known as ... The Comics Canon?

Things Discussed in This Episode:

  • Point Blank, on Netflix July 12
  • The cover of Uncanny X-Men #141
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Wolverine: Days of Future Past
  • Rachel Summers
  • What is the Brotherhood’s endgame?
  • How tight is security at the Pentagon, exactly?
  • Kitty Pryde and Chris Claremont’s legacy of strong female characters
  • Our Dark Phoenix and Ed Piskor episodes
  • A Murderer’s Row of 80s comics professionals
  • All-New X-Men: Yesterday’s X-Men
  • The Great Darkness Saga
  • Brian Michael Bendis’s upcoming Legion of Superheroes comic
  • New X-Men: Here Comes Tomorrow

Join us in two weeks as we grow tired of wondering whether the New Mutants film will ever see the light of day and dive into another Claremont mutant property from the early 80s with The Demon Bear Saga from New Mutants #18-20!

Until then, be the most stylish mutant on your block with our Comics Canon merchandise! And be sure to check out King Krackle from our friends at Category 4!

Last but not least, please be so kind as to rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Jun 24 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #20: Episode 67 – Ultimate Spider-Man: Venom

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In this episode, Curt and Kevin prime the pump for the Oct. 5 release of the Venom feature film with a discussion of the sinister symbiote’s origin story -- that is, as portrayed in issues 33-39 of Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, published by Marvel Comics!

Peter Parker’s childhood friend Eddie Brock reveals that their fathers were working on a cancer-fighting super-suit shortly before they died in a mysterious plane crash years earlier. When Peter investigates, the suit bonds with him, making him more powerful, and soon attempts to turn him into a homicidal monster!

When the suit bonds with a vengeful Eddie Brock, can Peter hope to prevail against this stronger, bloodthirstier version of himself -- and save his friend in the process? And can he swing his way into that worldwide web of comic book stories known as … The Comics Canon?

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Join us in two weeks as we return to the Spider-corner of the Ultimate universe to discuss the origin of that other popular web-slinger, Miles Morales, in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man!

Until then, please rate us on iTunes, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook, and  we may read your comments in an upcoming episode. And as always, thanks for listening!

Sep 12 2018

1hr 16mins

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Episode 116 – The Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War

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On this episode, we launch a new miniseries on cosmic comics stories called (what else?) The Cosmic Canon! First up: the historic Kree-Skrull War, specifically Avengers issue #93-97, by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams and John Buscema, published by Marvel Comics!

Can you call a storyline the Kree-Skrull War when there’s no actual Kree vs. Skrull combat? And can this character-stuffed epic achieve victory in that Battle Beyond the Stars known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode:

  • Holy pop-culture and sci-fi references, Batman!
  • G.I. Joe #1
  • “You guys hired Jack of Hearts as an Avenger?!!”
  • Is Goliath juicing?
  • Skrull milk
  • Marvels Epilogue
  • The Avengers/Defenders War
  • Deep Space Nine: A Call to Action through Sacrifice of Angels
  • Should we do a side episode on DS9?
  • War of Kings
  • The Avengers: The Korvac Saga

Join us in two weeks as The Cosmic Canon continues with Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War Vol. 1!

Until then: Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook!

And as always, thanks for listening!

Aug 04 2020

1hr 26mins

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Episode 114 – Marvels

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Phil Sheldon is just your average man on the street—except that his career as a freelance photographer uniquely positions him to chronicle several key events in the history of the Marvel Universe, as depicted in the 1994 miniseries Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, published by Marvel Comics!

Can our workaday shutterbug overcome his feelings of inferiority in the face of superpowered beings? Can he rise above a wave of anti-mutant hysteria, survive the Coming of Galactus and work through the tragic death of young Gwen Stacy? And can he make it onto that Front Page of funnybook excellence known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode:

  • We linger on the artwork of Alex Ross
  • Jolene by Dolly Parton
  • Sex and the City
  • Phil Sheldon’s journalistic objectivity
  • The Black Cat
  • The Old Guard
  • Avengers #16-28
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • The Marvels Project
  • A Killing in Comics

Join us in two weeks as we dive into the Kree-Skrull War!

Until then: Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! And as always, thanks for listening!

Jul 21 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 114 – The Sandman: Dream Country

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Atlanta actress Jennifer Lee joins us for the conclusion of our Sandman two-parter to discuss The Sandman: Dream Country (issues 17-20), as well as Tales in the Sand (#9) and Men of Good Fortune (#13), by Neil Gaiman and a dream team of artists, published by DC Comics!

Will the lord of Dreams rescue his former flame, the muse Calliope, from a reprehensible author? Can a thousand dreaming cats transform reality? And can these stories transcend the waking world and gain entry to that midsummer night’s dream known as ... The Comics Canon?

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Join us in two weeks as we review Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross!

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Jul 08 2020

1hr 19mins

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Episode 113 – The Sandman: The Doll’s House

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On July 15, Audible is releasing a star-studded audio production of the first three storylines of the beloved DC/Vertigo series The Sandman—giving us the perfect excuse to book a two-part return trip down the River of Dreams. First stop: The Doll’s House, by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, and others!

Taking stock of his realm after decades away, Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, notes that some of its denizens are missing. Meanwhile, teenager Rose Walker embarks on a search for her missing brother Jed—a journey that involves a pair of Silver Age superheroes, a boarding house full of memorable characters, and the extremely unsettling nightmare known as The Corinthian.

Will Rose survive a serial killers’ convention only to die at the hands of Morpheus himself? And can she make her escape to that Field of Dreams known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode:

  • Content warning: Child abuse and attempted assault
  • Our Preludes and Nocturnes and Season of Mists episodes
  • A missed merchandising opportunity
  • Little Nemo in Slumberland
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Women without agency
  • “Calm down, Mickey Spillane!”
  • The Bogeyman and The Family Man
  • Swamp Thing: American Gothic
  • The Man Who Was Thursday
  • Mindhunter
  • The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations
  • Iron Maiden’s Revelations
  • Cereal Killers by Too Much Joy

Join us in two weeks as our Sandman two-parter continues with looks at the short stories Tales in the Sand and Men of Good Fortune from the Doll’s House collection, as well as Sandman: Dream Country!

Until then:

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Jun 23 2020

1hr 25mins

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Episode 112 – Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story

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Today’s episode was supposed to be about The Sandman: The Doll’s House. But we felt that we just couldn’t ignore the protests taking place around the United States and across the world over the needless, senseless deaths of George Floyd and many other black Americans. So instead we’re discussing the historic but little-known Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story, published in 1957 by a group called the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

This 16-page comic explores the events surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott, gives a brief biography of Dr. King, and outlines the principles of nonviolent resistance. And it inspired a young man named John Lewis, who would go on to become a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and U.S. Congressman, and whose comic biography March, Vol. 1, we reviewed back in March of this year.

Original copies of this book are hard to find, although an authorized reissue was published in 2013 by Marietta, Georgia-based Top Shelf Productions. It’s also available on Comixology for $1.99. (And here's some background on it by March co-writer Andrew Aydin.)

In addition to our thoughts on the book itself, we discuss the ways in which superhero comics can be problematic, particularly in their sometime glorification of violence by authority figures. We also briefly discuss the 2019 HBO miniseries Watchmen, and spoil some plot points.

We plan to be back in two weeks with that episode on The Doll’s House, pending other world-shaking events. In the meantime, we encourage you to donate to Black Lives Matter or to a bail fund or other activism-related funds: you can find an extensive list here and here.

Thanks for listening, and stay safe and well!

Jun 07 2020

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Episode 111 – The Immortal Hulk Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?

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Over the years, the Hulk has been a rampaging behemoth, a Vegas enforcer, and a gladiator-turned-warlord on a far-flung alien planet. And the Green Goliath gets another incarnation in The Immortal Hulk Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?, by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett, published by Marvel Comics.

When Bruce Banner dies (which happens a lot), he awakens at nightfall as The Immortal Hulk, a cunning, brutal and fearsome instrument of vengeance, exacting terrible retribution on those who take the lives of others.

Can investigative reporter Jacqueline McGee and the Canadian superhero Sasquatch survive their encounters with this terrifying new monster? And can this fresh take on ol’ Jade Jaws gain entry into that Tomb of Horrors known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • The very first Wolverine fan fiction?
  • The Incredible Hulk TV series
  • “The Green Door”
  • Joe Bennett’s career peak
  • Indestructible Hulk Vol. 1: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • From Beyond
  • Incredible Hulk Vol. 1: Return of the Monster
  • Mighty Avengers Vol. 1: No Single Hero

Join us in two weeks as we commemorate Audible’s upcoming Sandman adaptation with a look at Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House!

Until then:

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May 27 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 110 – The Concrete Episode

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Paul Chadwick’s Concrete has the trappings of a superhero story—a quiet, somewhat nebbishy man finds his brain transplanted into a giant stone body that allows him to do great things. But like a number of other similar titles from the early 80s like Nexus and Zot!, it spins this well-worn concept into something new, intelligent and wholly original.

In his first four issues (as reprinted in Concrete Vol. 1: Depths), former senatorial speechwriter Ronald Lithgow uses his newfound abilities to rescue miners from a cave-in, attempts to swim the Atlantic Ocean, and recounts his familiar yet freshly horrifying origin.

This chip off the old block may be able to hold his own against unfathomable aliens and undersea predators, but can he survive the unspeakable menace of the man known only as Anonymoose? And can he reach the summit of that pinnacle of comic-book excellence known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

Join us in two weeks as we delve into another comic about a super-strong giant with a look at 2018’s The Immortal Hulk Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?

Until then:

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May 13 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 109 – Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: Life in the Big City

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Comic book worlds don’t come any more vividly imagined or painstakingly detailed than Astro City. The metropolis that gives this anthology series its title isn’t all that different from the one outside your window—you know, except for all the high-flying heroes, insectoid invaders and mystical menaces that share the sidewalk with everyday citizens like you. Life in the Big City, collecting the first six issues of this long-running series, allows the reader to imagine what it would be like to live in a world of magic and wonder.

Will the super-powered Samaritan ever be able to slow down long enough to enjoy life, or go on a date? Can a young woman from the ethnic neighborhood of Shadow Hill trade her talismans and traditions for those of the city’s bustling downtown? Is the boorish Crackerjack really all that stands between Earth and an alien assault?

And can these stories move on up to that shining city on a hill known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • The ethics of Samaritan’s fact-checking gig
  • Why are there so many bank robberies in superhero comics?
  • The Bouncing Beatnik’s most impressive power
  • Curt’s favorite character
  • Chekhov’s First Family Brooch
  • Where’s our Astro City TV series?
  • Astro City: Confessions
  • Kids Love Batman
  • Astro City Vol. 3, issues 39 & 40

Join us in two weeks as we explore the world of Paul Chadwick’s Concrete, discussing select stories from Concrete Vol. 1: Depths!

Until then:

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Apr 29 2020

1hr 30mins

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Episode 108 – Superior Foes of Spider-Man Vol. 1: Getting the Band Back Together

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It’s hard out here for a C-list supervillain. You’ve got the basic lack of respect, your super-powered parole officer ... and then there’s the constant bickering and backstabbing that threaten to tear your crew apart faster than your not-so-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man ever could!

At least, that’s the problem facing the five members of the Sinister Six in the hilarious Superior Foes of Spider-Man Vol. 1: Getting the Band Back Together, by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, published by Marvel Comics!

Can these fractious felons survive the machinations of the Chameleon, the Owl and their own leader, the double-crossing Boomerang? And can this quarrelsome quintet graduate into that Secret Society of Super-Villains known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • This may not be the best pickup line
  • The problem with Overdrive
  • Does anyone find Groucho glasses funny?
  • We cast the Superior Foes sitcom
  • Curt workshops a Chameleon joke
  • A few words from Evan Dorkin
  • Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
  • The Irredeemable Ant-Man
  • The Fix Vol. 1: Where Beagles Dare
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel

Join us in two weeks as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of Marvels with a discussion of (what else?) Astro City: Life in the Big City!

Until then:

Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! And as always, thanks for listening!

Apr 15 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 107 – Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest

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It’s April Fools’ Day, and while most of us aren’t in the mood for pranks given the current state of affairs, we could all use something a little light and fun. And what’s more fun than ... Mister Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite deconstructing (okay, detroying) the entire DC multiverse? That’s why we’re discussing Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest, by Evan Dorkin and an all-star cast of artists, published by DC Comics!

Join us as we ask the burning questions: How DO you pronounce Mxyzptlk, anyway? And can these two interdimensional imps manage the imp-possible and make a favorable imp-pression on that imp-maginary world known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • Aren’t they ALL imaginary tales?
  • Kit ‘N’ Kaboodle
  • The Wonder Twins’ powers ARE kind of lame
  • What if Wolverine, but nothing interesting?
  • The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited
  • What If? #34
  • Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites
  • Fantastic Four Marvels Snapshot #1

We’ll be back in two weeks with another fun, funny comic to help us all get through these tough times: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man: Getting the Band Back Together, by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber!

Until then:

Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! And as always, thanks for listening!

Apr 01 2020

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Episode 106 – Starman: Night and Day

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Just as Jack Knight was one of DC Comics’ more interesting second-generation superheroes, the book that chronicled his saga from 1994 through 2001 was one of the more literary-minded and ambitious mainstream superhero comics of its time. And that ambition is on full display in issues #9-16 of the series, as collected in Starman: Night and Day, by James Robinson and Tony Harris!

Having reluctantly accepted the mantle of Starman from his father Ted, Jack Knight puts a decidedly Gen-X stamp on the role, complete with tattoos, a leather jacket and a staggering knowledge of obscure pop-cultural ephemera. But all that edgy ’90s attitude can’t keep the past from encroaching on the present as he contends with Nash, the vengeful daughter of his dad’s arch-nemesis, the Mist!

Can Jack, Ted, the blue-skinned alien Mikaal Tomas and the red-haired O’Dare siblings survive as Nash cuts a swath of murder and destruction through Opal City? And can this story blow the mind of that Starman waitin’ in the sky we like to call ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • Stargirl
  • Zero Hour
  • Aliens with human-sounding names
  • Jack Knight is kind of a jerk
  • High Fidelity
  • Quentin Tarantino and all those pop-cultural references
  • Do you know any good sci-fi lit podcasts?
  • A few science fiction writers we like
  • Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.
  • Green Lantern: Rebirth
  • JSA: The Return of Hawkman
  • James Robinson’s Airboy

Join us in two weeks as we commemorate April Fool’s Day with Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest, by Evan Dorkin and various artists!

Until then:

Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! And as always, thanks for listening!

Mar 18 2020

1hr 39mins

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Episode 105 – March Book 1

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In this episode, we take a break from talking about fictional superheroes to discuss a real-life superhero with a look at March, Book 1, the first in a three-part series of autobiographical graphic novels examining the life and career of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, published by Top Shelf Productions!

Join us as we trace the civil rights leader’s early days, from his humble beginnings preaching to chickens on his family’s farm to his first meeting with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and his efforts to desegregate Nashville department store lunch counters. Will this gripping account of one man’s journey to gain freedom and equal rights through nonviolent means make its way to that hallowed hall of heroes known as ... The Comics Canon?

 In This Episode!

Join us in two weeks as travel back to the ‘90s to visit one of the hippest superheroes ever with a look at Starman Vol. 2: Night and Day, by James Robinson and Tony Harris!

Until then:

Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! And as always, thanks for listening!

Mar 04 2020

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Episode 104 – House of X and Powers of X Part 2

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In this episode, we conclude our two-part look at the two 2019 miniseries that reset the status quo for the X-Men: House of X and Powers of X, by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, published by Marvel Comics!

The mutant nation of Krakoa faces its first major setback when a mission to stop Orchis from activating the Mother Mold meets with disaster! Meanwhile, 1,000 years in the future, Wolverine and Moira MacTaggert must act as the Man-Machine Ascendancy prepares to be assimilated into the alien techno-collective known as the Phalanx!

Mutantkind seems destined to suffer a terrible fate. Can Charles Xavier and Magneto prevent that dark future from coming to pass? And can they hope to survive the judgment of that Not-So-Quiet Council known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

Join us in two weeks as we kick off the month of March with a look at the first volume of U.S. Representative John Lewis’s autobiographical graphic novel trilogy, March!

Until then:

Impress your friends with our Comics Canon merchandise! Rate us on Apple Podcasts! Send us an email! Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook! And as always, thanks for listening!

Feb 19 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 103 – House of X and Powers of X Part 1

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In this episode, after a brief delay, we tackle one of the biggest superhero comics events of 2019: the game-changing series House of X and Powers of X by Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, published by Marvel Comics!

The mutant telepath Charles Xavier shocks the world by announcing the formation of Krakoa, a nation of mutants. In return for recognizing its sovereignty, Krakoa will gift mankind with miracle drugs that drastically improve human life. Meanwhile, it's business as usual for the X-Men, who undertake a suicide mission to a sun-orbiting space station to prevent the eventual rise of one of mutantkind's greatest foes!

What do these events have to do with a mutant war against the Man-Machine Ascendancy 100 years from now, or the plans of the mysterious Librarian 1,000 years hence? What surprising role does Xavier's former flame Moira MacTaggert have to play in all this? And can our not-so-merry mutants survive long enough to make it to that island sanctuary known as … The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

Join us next week—that’s right, next week!—as we wrap up our two-parter with an exploration of issues #4-6 of House of X and Powers of X!

Until then:

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Feb 12 2020

1hr 13mins

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House of X Programming Note – and a Bonus Top 10 List!

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“Hey, where’s my House of X episode?” we hear you asking. Well, Kevin’s here to answer that question in this special bonus announcement.

And to make up for the delay, we’re throwing in a little something extra—Curt Holman’s Top 10 Superhero Adaptations of 2019!

Thanks for your patience—and as always, thank you for listening!

Feb 04 2020

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Episode 102 – Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

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In this episode, we look ahead to the Feb. 7 debut of the Netflix series Locke & Key with a look at the six issue arc that launched the popular saga—Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, published by IDW!

The Locke family falls prey to a violent home invasion in which guidance counselor Rendell Locke is shot and killed. His widow and three children move across the country to Keyhouse, the family's ancestral home, which houses a few secrets. Meanwhile, Rendell's killer, Sam Lesser, is on their trail, under the thrall of an unearthly woman imprisoned in a well on the Keyhouse estate!

Can this fractured family overcome their inner demons and stop the devious Dodge from acquiring the mysterious Anywhere Key? And can they unlock the right door to gain entry into that house of horrors known as … The Comics Canon?

Discussed in This Episode!

Join us in two weeks as we tackle one of the biggest comics events of last year: Jonathan Hickman's House of X/Powers of X!

Until then:

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Jan 22 2020

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Episode 101 – Bone Vol. 1: Out From Boneville

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In this episode, we explore the wondrous world of Jeff Smith’s Bone (soon to be an animated Netflix series) with a look at the first installment of this beloved fantasy series: Out From Boneville, originally published by Cartoon Books!

Forced to flee their home of Boneville, cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone each find their way to an uncharted valley populated with adorable talking possums, a laconic red dragon, tough-as-nails Gran’ma Ben and the beautiful young woman known as Thorn.

Can our wayward cousins avoid the clutches of the fearsome Rat Creatures and their terrifying leader, the Hooded One? And can they stay out of trouble long enough to settle that uncanny valley known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • What ARE the Bones, exactly?
  • Mad Magazine’s Don Martin
  • Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche
  • Where are all the plush Bone dolls?
  • Bone Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border
  • Batman Vol. 8: Cold Days
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Mouse Guard: Fall 1152

Join us in two weeks on Wednesday, New Comic Book Day, as we pivot from fantasy to horror with a look at Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft!

Until then:

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Jan 08 2020

1hr 9mins

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Episode 100 – Action Comics #1, Superman #1, and the Comics Canon All-Stars!

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We all know the story: Rocket escapes exploding planet. Elderly couple adopts alien baby. Baby grows up to become the most powerful superhero of all time.

But today's Man of Steel is very different from the one we get in his first-ever adventure, as originally recounted in 1938's groundbreaking Action Comics #1—and expanded upon a year later in his own magazine, Superman #1, both published by DC Comics.

For our landmark 100th episode, we explore the origin and first appearance of Superman, one of the most beloved and iconic figures in popular culture. Can this champion of the oppressed save an innocent woman from the electric chair and foil a plot to drag the U.S. into war in Europe? And can he muscle his way into that hallowed Fortress of Solitude known as … The Comics Canon?

But wait! There's more! We also look back at our favorite canonical stories from the first 99 episodes!

In This Episode!

  • One of the best covers in comics history
  • Babies in padded cells and straitjackets
  • This Superman is a super-jerk!
  • Superman: The Unauthorized Biography by Glen Weldon
  • We need to talk about The Dark Knight Returns
  • What can you expect from the NEXT 100 episodes?

Join us in two weeks as we kick off our fifth year with a look at the first installment of Jeff Smith's charming Bone saga (coming soon to Netflix): Out From Boneville!

Until then:

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Dec 23 2019

1hr 12mins

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Episode 99 – Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2: Issues 7-12

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Listen here, Anti-Monitor! Wiping out countless realities and snuffing out untold billions of lives is one thing. But when you step to the Maid of Steel ... well, now you’ve gone and made it personal!

In what may be our longest episode ever, we close the book on the epic 12-issue event that closed the book on the DC multiverse—Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, published by DC Comics!

After a pitched battle at the dawn of time, five Earths become one, and a few redundant superheroes find themselves without a home! But the Anti-Monitor still has one trick up his metal sleeve, teleporting our world to the anti-matter universe (hey, you said there was only one universe left)!

Can the last Supermen standing and a parade of your favorite D-listers succeed against the cosmic creep with the worst name in comics? And can this landmark reality-warping series score a table at that restaurant at the end of the universe known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • George Perez’s cosmic artwork
  • The Anti-Anti-Monitor
  • “How come YOU get to be Earth-1?”
  • “Weird” Al Yankovich’s “Word Crimes”
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War
  • Justice League: The Darkseid War
  • 52

Join us in two weeks on Wednesday, Dec. 25, as we mark our 100th episode with a look at the origin of the first and most legendary superhero of them all in Action Comics #1!

Until then:

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Dec 11 2019

1hr 37mins

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Episode 98 – Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1: Issues 1-6

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Like the animator’s giant eraser in Chuck Jones’ classic Merrie Melodies short “Duck Amuck,” a wave of anti-matter sweeps across countless realities, obliterating everything in its path until only a handful of universes are left in the epic 12-issue event Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, published by DC Comics!

Aided by the mysterious Monitor, some of comics’ greatest heroes are all that stand between the remaining worlds and the malevolent ... um, Anti-Monitor!

Join us as we answer the burning questions: Can George Perez draw every single DC character before this crossover event is through? And can this world-changing saga survive that End of the Effing World known as ... The Comics Canon?

In This Episode!

  • The history of the DC multiverse
  • We have to talk about Pariah
  • Characters referring to other characters by their names
  • Does The Haunted Tank have a horn that plays Dixie?
  • DC: The New Frontier
  • “You’re going to die now! ... But later!”
  • The worst name in comics
  • Swamp Thing: American Gothic
  • Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 1
  • Six Crises by Richard Nixon (yes, really)

Join us in two weeks on Wednesday, New Comic Book Day, as this story shifts into gear, resulting in some memorable moments and the birth of a new universe in issues #7-12!

Until then:

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Nov 27 2019

59mins

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Great Discussions!

By OneRedSoulRebel - May 22 2020
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Curt and Kevin have some amazing insights into some of the more famous stories in comic book history. They take this incredibly beautiful medium very seriously in their consideration on whether or not a particular story should be in the Cannon. Fantastic Podcast!

A decent comic book show.

By Saintsfire - Feb 20 2020
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It’s an easy show to listen to, and a good place to hear discussions on some of your favorite comics. I wouldn’t really consider it the end all be all to an actual comics canon. Just a fun experiment. They have some valid points, but sometimes I really can’t support their decisions. The biggest one being their decision on The dark knight returns. I’m the middle of the road when it comes to politics, but sometimes it feels like they wear theirs on their sleeves. Objectivity is hard I get it, but if your trying to make a Canonical list of the most important comics you need to leave those biases at the door. Love the podcast guys, good luck.