The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast

The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 050

Captain America’s Dodranscentennial Battles:
75 Years as Sentinel of Our Shores!

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Face Front, True Believers! The #MarvelSHP founding host trio of Illegal Machine, Mr. Fixit, & Diabolu Frank are joined by W.A.M. Count Drunkula and a couple of special cameo guests for a celebration of both our fiftieth episode and the 75th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Avenger with our first ever all Captain America episode! We hope you think it was worth the wait! Excelsior!

  • 0:02:05 Case No. 1. Meet Captain America radio theater
  • 0:09:10 Excerpt reading from Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes
  • 0:10:38 Round Table: The Origin of Captain America!
  • 0:26:36 Excerpt reading from The Steranko History of Comics, Vol. 1
  • 0:33:06 Round Table: Enemies of America
  • 0:49:05 Round Table: Supporting the Sentinel of Liberty
  • 0:59:14 Round Table: Illustrating The Living Legend of World War II
  • 1:01:41 Excerpt reading from Grant Morrison’s Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero
  • 1:04:53 Round Table: Iconic Images of The First Avenger
  • 1:13:45 Excerpt reading from Gerard Jones & Will Jacobs’ The Comic Book Heroes: The First History of Modern Comic Books – From the Silver Age to the Present
  • 1:16:54 Round Table: The Human Writing Machine
  • 1:34:26 Excerpt reading from Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
  • 1:39:36 Round Table: Seeking the Sentinel of Liberty
  • 1:54:36 Mighty Marvel Mail Bag: Illegal Downloading Lecture Edition
  • 2:10:21 Over a half hour of bonus material (deleted tangents, bloopers, etc.)

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3 thoughts on “The Marvel Super Heroes Podcast Episode 050”

  1. Hang on to your hats True Believers as I drop some Anj history pertinent to this show.

    When I set up the ComicBoxCommentary site, I thought I would try to review lots of different books but I ended up finding that too loose of an idea. I decided to focus the site on one character instead. My initial thought? Captain America!

    At the time, Ed Brubaker was about 3 years into his run on Cap and I was loving that book. I hadn’t collected Cap before that, going to the title only because I had loved all that Brubaker had done before. I was floored. I loved … I mean LOVED … that run. Since it was my favorite book at the time, I thought this might be the way to go. But then I realized outside of Brubaker’s run, I really knew very little about Cap. What I knew, I only knew from guest starring stints and the occasional Avengers book I bought. Hard to do a whole blog on him. So I decided to lean on prior loves and dedicate the site to Kara (I wasn’t too into the Supergirl of the time, collecting her book, but having a hard time with her Loeb/Kelly characterization.)

    I loved both Cap movies, probably my favorite Marvel movies overall. I thought Joe Johnston was a great choice as director given how much I loved the Rocketeer. That movie captured the feeling of a hero in WW2 so I wasn’t surprised that First Avenger was such a winning film. I knew Evans from Human Torch and Ramona’s second Evil Ex in Scott Pilgrim. I did not expect him to grab the role as well as he has.

    Great show!


  2. Captain America has long been a close 2nd in my “Favorite Superhero” list, right after Superman. He is far and away my favorite Marvel character, I enjoy both publishers’ rich back log of comics, but I would consider myself more of a DC Fan. It was really a conversation between myself and either Ryan Daly or J David Weter this summer helped me realize that maybe the reason Captain America resonates so well with me is that he’s really more of a DC Character in origin and execution. Popping up in the Golden Age, he’s this pure, righteous, altruistic character with a strong moral compass that always does the right thing. He really doesn’t have any character flaws or biases that blind him from making the right decision. He’s a pure hero through and through. Take all that and wrap it in the iconography of the American Flag and you have a character that you can’t help but love.

    It’s very difficult to really pick out my favorite Captain America run, I echo a lot of the runs mentioned in the episode. I’m a big fan of the Waid & Garney stuff, I think the book was still pretty solid when Kubert came aboard for the last part of the Waid run, and I also enjoyed the Jurgens run that finished up that volume. One often overlooked aspect of the Waid run is the Sentinel of Liberty series that sort of served as a “Tales of Captain America” series and jumped around in time to tell stories of Cap’s past. There was a couple of really neat stories in that run, loved the Invaders story that ran through the title.

    For me, the Stern & Byrne run was pretty much perfect, that gave me everything I want out of the title, it’s too bad it was cut short by Shooter’s latest editorial edict. I’m a fan of the Emgelhart run, and have enjoyed what I’ve read of the JM DeMattis run. When I was a kid I had sporadic issues of the run and lived what I read. I’ve since completed that run, I just need to sit down and read it in its entirety now.

    Right up there with the Waid & Garney and Stern & Byrne runs is the Kirby stuff, both the 60’s & 70’s stuff is a blast to read. I love the Tales of Suspense stories, they are so much fun, you jump in to just 10 pages of balls to the wall action every issue. There’s always some buddy discounting Cap because he’s old or doesn’t have super powers, and the Cap whoops their ass. And then how can you not love the MADBOMB story arc. I contend that the cover to Captain America #193 is the single most iconic Captain America image of all time. No other Captain America image has been merchandised as often and on as wide of variety of products as that cover.


  3. A big juicy episode that kept me entertained during the Holidays, but because I listened to it in chunks, it’s not easy to come up with coherent comments. Just letting you know these big omnibus shows have been excellent, and that your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

    On non-Cap related content, I think you made an excellent sales pitch for Marvel Unlimited. I still don’t get why DC won’t enter the 21st century on this.


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