The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast #29

Comics Bulletin & Alex Ross
On the Cusp of J’onn J’onzz’s 61st Anniversary

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On October 8, 2014, the website Comics Bulletin published a discussion between Bryan Stroud and the famous painter of Marvels and Kingdom Come in the article Alex Ross Talks About the Martian Manhunter on the Cusp of J’onn J’onzz’s 60th Anniversary. Nearly two years later, with the Alien Atlas’ next birthday imminent and with the help of an online text-to-audio program, Diabolu Frank joins their conversation…


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The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 062

Tigra Two-in-One
featuring Spider-Man & The Thing

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Face Front, True Believer! Dr. Anj of Supergirl Comic Box Commentary fame finally joins Diabolu Frank & Mister Fixit for an episode focusing on the Were-Woman! Connecting the dots of Tigra’s various late Bronze Age solo and guest appearances, we cover Marvel Chillers #4 and Marvel Two-In-One #19 (both 1976,) Fantastic Four #177-184 (moving into 1977,) Marvel Team-Up #67 and Marvel Premiere #42 (1978,) before concluding with Marvel Team-Up #125 (January, 1983!) Besides multiple pairings of Tigra with Ben Grimm and Peter Parker, she also faces Kraven the Hunter twice; joins Invisible Girl, Thundra, Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic for an extended adventure; loses her mentor Dr. Tumolo; and faces the return of Zabo from her comics debut as Greer Grant Nelson: The Cat! Talent on these stories includes Chris Claremont, John Byrne, George Pérez, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Ron Wilson, Joe Sinnott, J.M. DeMatteis, Kerry Gammill, Len Wein, Sal Buscema, Bill Mantlo, Frank Robbins, Jim Shooter, Archie Goodwin, John Warner, Ed Hannigan, Mike Vosburg & Ernie Chan! That kind of spread requires an episode tumblr gallery! We even managed to work Superman & Big Barda in (and out again!) That’s a lot of comics to bring in at under 90 minutes! Excelsior!

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The Idol-Head of Diabolu Podcast #28

Adjudicating J’Onn J’Onzz
ComicsVerse v Martian Manhunter

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The website Comicsverse, “your source for in-depth comics analysis” very very briefly ran a series of podcasts (exactly two to date, the last one in January) under the banner “Best Underrated Characters in Comics.” Mind, this is out of 80 shows in total, and there’ve been 19 since, so perhaps they just abandoned the premise. I tend to think that’s for the best, since I find the title misleads one into thinking they’re going to select a character they find deserving of attention they haven’t received and tell you why they’re boss.

Unfortunately, in the episodes shining a white hot interrogation lamp on two heroes I’m very fond of, the shows instead felt like inquisitions to determine whether they are in fact underrated, or just poo (with the moderator’s thumb on the scale weighing toward poo in both cases.) One was Doctor Strange, and you should know by the subject of this blog who the other was…

Join me for a special feature length episode with Diabolu Frank for the defense in the case of ComicsVerseS the Manhunter from Mars, but you should lead with the prosecution’s case before you allow me to retort! Superman, Batman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and the rest of the Justice League will be called into question and occasionally treated as hostile witnesses as part of The Trial of the Incredible Hulk Sleuth from Outer Space!

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The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 061

The Mighty Thor!

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Face Front, True Believer! Longtime listeners will know the name, as his legend echoes through many episodes, but this edition marks the coming of… FRY-HOLE! Our special guest joins Mister Fixit, Illegal Machine, & Diabolu Frank to discuss his favorite Marvel Super Hero, the God of Thunder, Miiiighty Thoooorrrr!!! We finally have a broad discussion about the founding Avenger and cinema star, with our sweet spots of coverage in the ’80s & ’00s! It’s not the most linear chat though, with tangents into several Avengers, Marvel Knights (“Streets of Poison” represent, ya’ll) and even the X-Men! Plus, Frank peeks into the Marvel Mail Bag and finds careless whispers! Excelsior!

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DC Special Podcast: The Joke That Keeps On Killing

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Meanwhile… Mr. Fixit, Illegal Machine, & Diabolu Frank look at the controversial 1988 Batman: The Killing Joke prestige format one-shot that has gone from one of the most revered works of a new wave of mature readers books to a (mostly) direct-to-video animated film and an albatross around the neck of DC’s attempts at outreach to modern women not in refrigerators. While the comic and flick are a touchstone, this is less an individual critique than a debate about the treatment of prominent females in comics. But bro-ier than that sounds. Beyond Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, we also talk Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Rafael Albuquerque, and more. We also go broader than Barbara Gordon to other imperiled heroines like Supergirl, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Cassandra Caine, The Huntress, Bat-Girl, Batwoman, Superwoman, and yes, Sansa Stark. If you’re not up to date with Game of Thrones or Orange Is The New Black, this episode may be even more problematic for you than usual.

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The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 060

#MarvelSHP Summer Special 2016 featuring X-Men & Julio Iglesias

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Face Front, True Believer! We’re cleaning out the closet with lots of old audio and unaddressed letters in the Mighty Marvel Mail Bag! Illegal Machine, Diabolu Frank, & Mister Fixit are joined by special guests Count Drunkula, The Irredeemable Shag & Pekita Trotamundos! Excelsior!


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DC Special Podcast: Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad (2016)


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