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#247 – Eclipso

Today we talk about Eclipso, who has gone from a scientist who accidentally became evil for a bit, to a manifestation of the Wrath of Christian God, to a powerful being from Gem World. He possesses people with black diamonds and anger.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-House of Secrets (1956) #61-80
-Eclipso: The Darkness Within (1992) reading order
-Eclipso (1992)
-Spectre (1992) #14-18
-JSA (1999) #46-52, 56-58, 73-75
-Action Comics (1938) #826, Adventures of Superman (1987) #639, Superman (1986) #216
-Day of Vengeance (2005)
-52 (2006) #27
-Blue Beetle (2006) #16
-Countdown to Mystery (2007)
-Brightest Day (2010) #7
-Justice League of America (2006) #54-59
-Team 7 (2012) #1-4
-Sword of Sorcery (2012) #6-9
-Justice League Dark (2011) #23.2
-Justice League vs. Suicide Squad (2016) #4-6
-Justice League Dark (2018) #15-19
-The Flash (2016) #775-779

-Black Panther, Wakanda Forever trailer

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#245 – The Bloodstone Family

Ulysses Bloodstone, Elsa Bloodstone, Cullen Bloodstone, Lyra Bloodstone

Today we talk about the Bloodstone family, started by Ulysses Bloodstone who was an immortal monster hunter until he died and was succeeded by his daughter Elsa, who found her lost brother Cullen in another dimension, and then they discovered their sister Lyra!

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Marvel Presents (1975) #1-#2
-Bloodstone (2001)
-Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone & the Monster Hunters (2005)
-Nextwave (2006)
-Astonishing Tales: Boom Boom & Elsa Bloodstone (2009) #1
-Legion of Monsters (2011)
-Avengers Arena (2012)
-Avengers Undercover (2014)
-Marvel Zombies (2015)
-Monsters Unleashed! (2017)
-Doctor Strange: Damnation (2018)
-Excalibur (2019) #8
-Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone (2022) #1

-Batman vs. Robin (2022) #1
-Tales of the Human Target (2022) #1
-Dark Knights of Steel: Tales from the Three Kingdoms (2022) #1
-Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton

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#244 – Theodore Sallis

Man-Thing

Today we talk about Ted Sallis, most commonly known as Man-Thing, who accidentally super soldier serum-ed himself into becoming a magic swamp creature.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Song for Ted Sallis by The Mountain Goats
-Savage Tales (1971) #1
-Adventure into Fear (1970) #10
-Man-Thing (1974)
-Giant-Size Man-Thing (1974)
-Man-Thing (1979)
-Infernal Man Thing (2012)
-Man-Thing (2017)
-R.L. Stine Man-Thing (2017) panels
-Curse of the Man-Thing (2021)
-Briar's diagram on Discord

-Batman (2016) #127
-Cable (2020)
-Everything Marvel announced at D23 (2022)

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#243 – Rac Shade

Shade the Changing Man

Today we talk about Rac Shade, a guy who originally came to Earth to clear his name in his own dimension but was turned into a poet tasked with astral projecting to Earth to discover a cure to a problem on his own plant.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Steve Ditko Omnibus starring Shade the Changing Man
-Suicide Squad (1987) #16
-Shade the Changing Man (1990)
-Hellblazer (1988) #268
-Flashpoint (2011)/Flashpoint: Secret Seven (2011)
-Justice League Dark (2011)
-Shade the Changing Girl (2016)
-Shade the Changing Woman (2018)

-Batman/Superman: World's Finest (2022) #4

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#241 – Firestorm Roundup

Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein, Mikhail Arkadin, Lorraine Reilly, Jason Rusch, Mick Wong, Gehenna

Today we talk about all the people and combinations of people that have made up the nuclear powered (but fire-themed) superhero Firestorm, but mostly Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein, and Jason Rusch.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Firestorm: The Nuclear Man (1978)
-The Fury of Firestorm (1982)
-JLA (1996) #69
-Identity Crisis (2004)
-Firestorm (2004)
-Infinite Crisis (2005)
-52 (2006)
-Justice League of America (2006) #32
-Blackest Night (2010)
-Brightest Day (2011)
-The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men (2011)
-Legends of Tomorrow Anthology (2016)
-Doomsday Clock (2017)

-X of Swords
-She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

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#240 – Red Tornado

John Smith/Ulthoon/Tornado Tyrant/Tornado Champion

Today we talk about the Red Tornado, who is an android who has 1) had the memories of Ma Hunkel the golden age Red Tornado, 2) been possessed by the spirit of a sentient tornado from Rann, 3) been transformed, briefly, into a human man.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Justice League of America (1960) #64
-Red Tornado (1985)
-Crisis on Infinite Earths reading order
-Firestorm: The Nuclear Man (1982) #90-93
-Young Justice (1998)
-52 (2006)
-Justice League of America (2006)
-Red Tornado (2009)
-Dark Nights: Metal (2017)
-Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020)
-Young Justice cartoon
-specific Supergirl image (but honestly it doesn't look As Bad in motion)

-The Hunt on webtoon
-Avialae on webtoon
-Batman (2016) #126
-Detective Comics #1062
-Love Everlasting #1
-Dark Crisis: Young Justice (2022) #2

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#239 – Alec Holland

Swamp Thing

Today we talk about Alec Holland, who was Swamp Thing for a long time, and a few other Swamp Things including his daughter, who is kind of his wife and John Constantine's daughter? Things get weird when you're made of plants.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Swamp Thing (1982 film)
-The Return of Swamp Thing (1989 film)
-Swamp Thing (2019 series trailer)
-House of Secrets (1956) #92
-Swamp Thing (1972)
-Challengers of the Unknown (1958) #82-87
-Swamp Thing (1982)
-Swamp Thing (2000)
-Swamp Thing (2004)
-Brightest Day (2010) #23-24
-Swamp Thing (2011)
-Convergence: Swamp Thing (2015)
-Swamp Thing (2016)
-Swamp Thing: New Roots (2020)
-Swamp Thing: Green Hell (2021) #1
-The Swamp Thing (2021)

-Batman (1989 film)
-New Mutants (2019)
-Inferno (2021)
-Betsy Braddock/Rachel Summers kiss
-The Sandman (2022 tv series)

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#238 – Bernhard "Buddy" Baker

Animal Man, A-Man

Today we talk about Bernhard "Buddy" Baker, best known as Animal Man, who is a wife guy, an animal lover, and sometimes an avatar of the energy field that connects every animal on earth.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Strange Adventures (1950) #180
-Action Comics (1938) #552
-DC Comics Presents (1978) #77
-Crisis on Infinite Earths (1988) reading order
-Animal Man (1988)
-Buddy turning into a leech in Injustice #18 panel 1 panel 2
(briar originally said limpet and meant lamprey but turns out it's a leech!)
-Justice League International (1987) #24
-Justice League Europe (1989)
-JLA (1996) #27
-Infinite Crisis (2005) reading order
-52 (2006)
-Countdown to Adventure (2007)
-Justice League (2006) #24
-Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
-The Last Days of Animal Man (2009)
-Starman/Congorilla (2011) #1
-Justice League of America (2006) #54-59
-Animal Man (2011)
-Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King (2020) #1
-Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020) #5

-Robin (2021) #15 pride variant
-The Secret X-Men (2022) #1 (Variant)

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#237 – Hawk and Dove Roundup pt. 2: Hawks

Hank Hall (Hawk/Monarch/Extant), Holly Granger