Episode 15: The Replacements - Superman

The Eradicator.  Cyborg Superman.  Steel.  Superboy.  Each claimed to be Superman's successor, but none were the true heir.  Where did they come from, and what happened to them after Superman's return?

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 The story that brought these four to the forefront.

The story that brought these four to the forefront.

 One of these turns out to be a villain. Any guesses on which?

One of these turns out to be a villain. Any guesses on which?

 The Eradicator’s original form. And yes, that’s Superman with a beard.

The Eradicator’s original form. And yes, that’s Superman with a beard.

 Just a slight transformation from his hand-held device form.

Just a slight transformation from his hand-held device form.

 Hank has seen better days.

Hank has seen better days.

 Who wouldn’t trust that face?

Who wouldn’t trust that face?

 Not a replacement, just an homage to a hero.

Not a replacement, just an homage to a hero.

 Natasha takes over as Steel, and she means business.

Natasha takes over as Steel, and she means business.

 Alas, I knew her Horatio…

Alas, I knew her Horatio…

 Leather jacket, unnecessary thigh belt, sunglasses? Oh right, it’s the 90s.

Leather jacket, unnecessary thigh belt, sunglasses? Oh right, it’s the 90s.

 Young Justice isn’t a great name, but Impulse wanted to call them Super Heroes In Training, so it could be worse (check the acronym…)

Young Justice isn’t a great name, but Impulse wanted to call them Super Heroes In Training, so it could be worse (check the acronym…)

 The 1990s eventually passed, thankfully for Superboy.

The 1990s eventually passed, thankfully for Superboy.

 Superboy decides to take after his other “dad” for a little while. It doesn’t end well.

Superboy decides to take after his other “dad” for a little while. It doesn’t end well.

Episode 14: Who is Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel)?

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, we look at the history of Carol Danvers, and touch on the other Captain Marvels in the Marvel Universe.

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 Captain Mar-Vell, aka the original (Marvel Universe) Captain Marvel.

Captain Mar-Vell, aka the original (Marvel Universe) Captain Marvel.

 Monica Rambeau.  The only Captain Marvel with no Kree connection.

Monica Rambeau. The only Captain Marvel with no Kree connection.

 Phyla-Vell (left) and Genis-Vell (right), with Rick Jones (center).  Yes, that is a taxonomy pun.  Thank Peter David for that!

Phyla-Vell (left) and Genis-Vell (right), with Rick Jones (center). Yes, that is a taxonomy pun. Thank Peter David for that!

 Carol’s first Ms. Marvel costume.  Apparently, her neck is cold, but her torso is warm.

Carol’s first Ms. Marvel costume. Apparently, her neck is cold, but her torso is warm.

 Carol’s first appearance as Binary.  Note the two stars on the uniform to represent her codename.

Carol’s first appearance as Binary. Note the two stars on the uniform to represent her codename.

 Carol used this costume under the codenames of Warbird and Ms. Marvel (the second time she went by that name)

Carol used this costume under the codenames of Warbird and Ms. Marvel (the second time she went by that name)

 Finally, Carol in her Captain Marvel costume.  So much more practical than her previous outfits.

Finally, Carol in her Captain Marvel costume. So much more practical than her previous outfits.

 Carol sometimes wears this “Mohawk helmet” in battle, and yes, we will see it in the movie!

Carol sometimes wears this “Mohawk helmet” in battle, and yes, we will see it in the movie!

As mentioned in the episode, the essay an in-depth look at Avengers #200 and the horrible disservice done to Ms. Marvel and the rest of the Avengers is available at Carol A. Strickland’s website in a piece titled “The Rape of Ms. Marvel.

Episode 13: Is Star Wars Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

This episode, we talk Hard Science-Fiction (or Sci-fi), Soft Sci-fi, and Fantasy.  Comparing and contrasting those different genres allows us to classify where Star Wars fits in.  Before that, however, a clarifying question deriving from Episode 10, and a comment made about robots and androids.

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 Robot…

Robot…

 Android…

Android…

 Cyborg.

Cyborg.

 He scienced the heck out of this…with real science! That is some Hard Sci-Fi.

He scienced the heck out of this…with real science! That is some Hard Sci-Fi.

 Here’s a Mars movie that goes softer on their Sci-Fi (Mission to Mars).

Here’s a Mars movie that goes softer on their Sci-Fi (Mission to Mars).

 The epitome (and arguably the progenitor) of most of today’s modern fantasy.

The epitome (and arguably the progenitor) of most of today’s modern fantasy.

 So, where does this belong?

So, where does this belong?

Episode 12: Wakandan Econ

In order to answer a listener's question about the economics of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther, Kurt talks to economics professor Dr. Matt Dobra about how the economics of Wakanda would (or would not) work in the real world.  Learn about Dutch Disease, the Resource Curse, and more, through the lens of pop culture!

 Long live the King!

Long live the King!

 Pretty close to where I said in the episode, just a little farther east.

Pretty close to where I said in the episode, just a little farther east.

 In the movies, this shield is made of pure vibranium.  In the comics...that's a little more complicated.  Ask me about it sometime!

In the movies, this shield is made of pure vibranium.  In the comics...that's a little more complicated.  Ask me about it sometime!

Episode 11: How to Bring the X-Men into the MCU

With the Fox/Disney deal pretty much complete, we contemplate how mutants can be seamlessly integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 Well, I don't remember that happening in Avengers: Age of Ultron...

Well, I don't remember that happening in Avengers: Age of Ultron...

 This had a few ideas that inspired the movie, but it's still far from an "adaptation."

This had a few ideas that inspired the movie, but it's still far from an "adaptation."

 Turns out, there's more of Hawkeye on this cover then there was in the movie.

Turns out, there's more of Hawkeye on this cover then there was in the movie.

 Almost everyone on this cover has actually appeared in a movie or Netflix show in the last 10 years.  10 points for the first person to name the three exceptions.

Almost everyone on this cover has actually appeared in a movie or Netflix show in the last 10 years.  10 points for the first person to name the three exceptions.

 Is it secret?  Is it safe?  (Whoops, wrong universe)

Is it secret?  Is it safe?  (Whoops, wrong universe)

 If you are a Thor fan, you'll definitely want this.  There are Thors galore!

If you are a Thor fan, you'll definitely want this.  There are Thors galore!

 Acupuncture gone very, very wrong.

Acupuncture gone very, very wrong.

Episode 10: The Future is Now!

Starting from near the beginning of the science-fiction genre, here are just a few times that sci-fi predicted technology before its arrival in our world.

 Verne overestimated the flight time by about a day, but they got knocked off course by an asteroid.

Verne overestimated the flight time by about a day, but they got knocked off course by an asteroid.

 If you're expecting the book "I, Robot" to bear any resemblance to the Will Smith movie...don't.

If you're expecting the book "I, Robot" to bear any resemblance to the Will Smith movie...don't.

 Not actually a robot, but an android (robots are purely mechanical, androids have some organic bits to them).

Not actually a robot, but an android (robots are purely mechanical, androids have some organic bits to them).

 "Little known" fact.  "Beam me up, Scotty" is never said in the TV show or any of the original cast movies. (Many Trekkies already know this)

"Little known" fact.  "Beam me up, Scotty" is never said in the TV show or any of the original cast movies. (Many Trekkies already know this)

 Star Trek PADDs: Collect the entire set!

Star Trek PADDs: Collect the entire set!

Episode 9: Cloak & Dagger and Cloak & Dagger

Listener Joshua C. just watched the pilot of Cloak and Dagger, and is curious to find out how close the characters and other aspects of the show hew to their original comic book counterparts.

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 Looks like a typical teenage drama until you notice Tandy's right hand...

Looks like a typical teenage drama until you notice Tandy's right hand...

 We're going to get a lot of titles that are "Noun and Other Noun," aren't we?

We're going to get a lot of titles that are "Noun and Other Noun," aren't we?

 They don't show it here, but this trade's title is "Lost And Found."

They don't show it here, but this trade's title is "Lost And Found."

 Shadows and Light?  Oh, come on!  Now you're not even trying!

Shadows and Light?  Oh, come on!  Now you're not even trying!

 Whoops.  Wrong Cloak & Dagger.  But look!  Music by Brian May (of Queen)!

Whoops.  Wrong Cloak & Dagger.  But look!  Music by Brian May (of Queen)!

Episode 8: I'm talking to you Through the Fourth Wall

We go over a few comic book stories and characters that have fourth-wall breaking as an important part of their dynamic.  And if you're not familiar with what "breaking the fourth wall is," I explain that up front.

 Time out!  No, seriously, time out!  What is this doing here?

Time out!  No, seriously, time out!  What is this doing here?

 Deadpool does it right on the box!  (That is probably the least family-friendly comment I'll make on this site or the podcast)

Deadpool does it right on the box!  (That is probably the least family-friendly comment I'll make on this site or the podcast)

 Classic?  Thanks for making me feel old, Marvel!

Classic?  Thanks for making me feel old, Marvel!

 She really means it folks...

She really means it folks...

 This book is as fun as the cover makes it appear to be.

This book is as fun as the cover makes it appear to be.

 While this book is as weird as the cover makes it appear to be.

While this book is as weird as the cover makes it appear to be.

 I don't remember if this happens in the book, but the fact that it's possible tells you a lot.

I don't remember if this happens in the book, but the fact that it's possible tells you a lot.

Episode 7: The Replacements - Captain America

Thanks to the question from listener Justin B. (No, it's not Bieber), this is the first in a recurring feature we'll come back to every now and then, each time focusing on a different heroic identity.  We'll look at the people who have taken the place of the original, and what happened to them once the primogenitor returns.

 Who wants to help Cap punch ole' Hitler in the jaw?

Who wants to help Cap punch ole' Hitler in the jaw?

 This is a better question than "Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?"

This is a better question than "Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?"

 "No capes!"  Steve should have listened to Edna, as he tripped on this cape more than once.

"No capes!"  Steve should have listened to Edna, as he tripped on this cape more than once.

 Steve is the one on the left, although John Walker will wear the black costume as "U.S. Agent" down the road.

Steve is the one on the left, although John Walker will wear the black costume as "U.S. Agent" down the road.

 Turn around Bucky, and help Black Widow find her contact lens!

Turn around Bucky, and help Black Widow find her contact lens!

 You will believe a Cap can fly!

You will believe a Cap can fly!

 The infamous "Cap was Hydra all along" storyline.  Sam and Bucky play important roles.

The infamous "Cap was Hydra all along" storyline.  Sam and Bucky play important roles.

 Isaiah Bradley, aka "The Black Captain America."  Urban myth or forgotten hero? (Hint, it's the second one.)

Isaiah Bradley, aka "The Black Captain America."  Urban myth or forgotten hero? (Hint, it's the second one.)

Episode 6: Marvel vs. DC - A History

The listener question this time is about the rivalry of Marvel vs. DC; the differences between the two companies, the history of their feuds and collaborations, and other causes for the rift in the fan community.  

 One of these fights is fairly even.  The other two, not so much...

One of these fights is fairly even.  The other two, not so much...

 In true 90s fashion, votes for this were either mailed in, or you could vote on an America Online page.

In true 90s fashion, votes for this were either mailed in, or you could vote on an America Online page.

 Some of these mash-ups made more sense than others, but they were all fun.

Some of these mash-ups made more sense than others, but they were all fun.

 That cover alone made this worth getting.  Unfortunately, the trade is out of print, so good luck getting it at a reasonable price.

That cover alone made this worth getting.  Unfortunately, the trade is out of print, so good luck getting it at a reasonable price.

Episode 5: Legacy Games and Crossed Arms?

Two listeners get their questions answered this time.  One wants to know what makes Legacy games special and if they're worth the price.  The other wants to know why everyone in movies is crossing their arms.

 The beginning of the Legacy Legacy.

The beginning of the Legacy Legacy.

 You can get the red box, or the blue box.  They are identical.

You can get the red box, or the blue box.  They are identical.

 If you want to have a game you can keep playing after the campaign is done, this is my recommendation.

If you want to have a game you can keep playing after the campaign is done, this is my recommendation.

 This is functional...

This is functional...

 and this is just because Ryan Reynolds was having fun.

and this is just because Ryan Reynolds was having fun.

 Warning: Don't get too attached to the noblemen.

Warning: Don't get too attached to the noblemen.

 Season 2 comes in black and yellow.  Collect all four to make one big image!

Season 2 comes in black and yellow.  Collect all four to make one big image!

 Not out yet, but available to pre-order.  Looking forward to it!

Not out yet, but available to pre-order.  Looking forward to it!

 This is symbolic...

This is symbolic...

 My vote's for T'Challa, but I wouldn't disagree with any of them to their face.

My vote's for T'Challa, but I wouldn't disagree with any of them to their face.

Episode 4: Why Are Mutants Hated?

Mutants are "hated and feared" by many humans in the Marvel Universe, but listener Aaron L. wants to know why they're treated so differently from the other super-powered beings.  Kurt tackles this question, as well as announcing a contest! (See below for more details)

 How exactly does Iceman see?  Perhaps that's why he missed.

How exactly does Iceman see?  Perhaps that's why he missed.

 No, of course I wasn't the first to make that joke.

No, of course I wasn't the first to make that joke.

 16 million dead, and that's the opening chapter.  The story's called "E for Extinction" for a reason.

16 million dead, and that's the opening chapter.  The story's called "E for Extinction" for a reason.

 What's wrong with Wanda?

What's wrong with Wanda?

 I accidentally refer to this storyline as "Mutant Messiah" in the episode.  I was close...

I accidentally refer to this storyline as "Mutant Messiah" in the episode.  I was close...

Contest announcement!  Go to the Welcome to Geektown Facebook page, and share any post there for an entry into the contest.  Get two more entries into the contest by leaving a five-star review on iTunes (this also gets you in the Geektown City Council).  One winner, picked at random, will win their own copy of Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 Trade Paperback, where Peter Parker's origin is retold in a more modern format.  A great jumping-on point!

 With great something, comes great something else...

With great something, comes great something else...

Episode 3: A Thanos Primer

In anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, listener Joel L. asks about its villain, Thanos, and why he's so scary.

 The Blood Brothers would be completely forgotten were it not for their being in this issue.

The Blood Brothers would be completely forgotten were it not for their being in this issue.

 I see five characters here you'll actually see in the movie.  Maybe six.

I see five characters here you'll actually see in the movie.  Maybe six.

 A lot of characters die in this book.  Most are back now.

A lot of characters die in this book.  Most are back now.

 The defining Thanos story to date, and the major inspiration for the film.

The defining Thanos story to date, and the major inspiration for the film.

 Infinity Crusade: Yes, religion gets brought up.  No, not well.

Infinity Crusade: Yes, religion gets brought up.  No, not well.

 We've apparently run out of nouns to go with "Infinity."

We've apparently run out of nouns to go with "Infinity."

 

Don't forget to stay past the credits!

 For the cosplayer in your life.

For the cosplayer in your life.

Episode 2 - Where to Start: The Marvel Edition

Where should one begin reading when they take their first foray into the Marvel Universe?  That's the question asked today by listener Justin B., and Kurt offers a few different options with pros and cons for each.

 She's already caught.  How will turning invisible help?

She's already caught.  How will turning invisible help?

 The DIY option for the budding young colorist.

The DIY option for the budding young colorist.

 Power and Responsibility.  Prepare to read those words a lot.

Power and Responsibility.  Prepare to read those words a lot.

 No more what now?

No more what now?

Episode I - The Starts and Restarts of the DC Universe

Learn the history of the various reboots of the DC Universe, both hard and soft.  From Action Comics #1 in 1938 all the way to 2016's Rebirth, find out about the big continuity shake-ups that have changed the history of some of your favorite characters.

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 In the beginning...

In the beginning...

 The Silver Age starts in a Flash

The Silver Age starts in a Flash

 Flash meets Flash

Flash meets Flash

 It's called Crisis for a reason

It's called Crisis for a reason

 These things never go well for The Flash

These things never go well for The Flash

 A major crossover with no Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman?

A major crossover with no Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman?

 High collars and low cut tops.  Thanks, Jim Lee!

High collars and low cut tops.  Thanks, Jim Lee!

 The oddest game of tag ever.

The oddest game of tag ever.

Coming soon!

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