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#197 – Maxwell Lord IV

Max Lord owner of Maxwell Lord Enterprises

Today we talk about Max Lord, a businessman who pulled together the Justice League International, got mind-control powers, died, came back, and was apparently evil all along?

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Justice League International (1987)
-Invasion! reading order
-Formerly Known as the Justice League (2003)
-JLA Classified (2004): I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League
-Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005) #1
-Superman: Sacrifice (2005)
-Booster Gold (2007)
-Blackest Night (2009)
-Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1 & #3
-Brightest Day (2010) #0
-Justice League: Generation Lost (2010)
-Justice League vs. Suicide Squad (2016)
-Wonder Woman (2016) #764

-Saga to return January 2022
-Long Exposure vol1 Kickstarter

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#196 – Black Manta

David (no last name has been revealed as of recording)

Today we talk about Black Manta, whose quest to kill Aquaman is his main character trait, and in trying to determine why that is, he has gotten some truly weird backstories, until they came upon a very normal one.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Aquaman (1962) #35
-Aquaman (1991) #6
-Aquaman (2002) #8
-Black Manta (2021) #1
-Superboy (1993) #20
-Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis (2006) #52
-Brightest Day (2010) #1
-Aquaman (2011) #9

-Batman webtoon
-Don't Go Without Me
-Love Condemns Her
-Control Option Shift
-DC Fandome
-Tom King's Human Target announcement

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#195 – Nathaniel Richards

Kang the Conqueror/Immortus/Iron Lad/Rama-Tut/Scarlet Centurion

Today we talk about Nathaniel Richards, probably best known as Kang the Conqueror, Iron Lad, or Immortus, though through time travel (his whole Thing) and alternate universe versions, he's been a lot of different guys.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Avengers (1963) #8
-Fantastic Four (1961) #19
-Avengers Annual (1967) #2
-Avengers (1963) #10
-Giant-Size Avengers (1974) #3
-Young Avengers (2005)
-Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010)
-FF (2012) #8
-Avengers (2012) #34
-Exiles (2018)
-Avengers (1963) #23
-The Avengers (1963) #69
-Avengers (1963) #267
-Citizen Kang (1992)
-Avengers (1963) #129
-Avengers (1998) #38
-Avengers (1963) #292
-Edge of Spider-Geddon (2018) #1
-Avengers (2016) #1-6
-Loki on Disney+

-The Department of Truth
-ShortBox comics fair twitter

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#194 – The Eternals

Marvel Superhero Group (Another Jack Kirby original)

Today we talk about The Eternals, who are a group of people who were experimented on by Celestials and now they have powers. Some of them are on Uranus, some on Titan, and some on Earth. The ones on Earth do some superhero team stuff sometimes!

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Eternals (1976)
-Thor Annual (1966) #7
-The Eternals (1985)
-The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (2000)
-The Eternal (2003)
-Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman
-Eternals (2008)
-Avengers (2018) #1
-Eternals (2021)

-Blue & Gold (2021) #2
-X-Factor (2005)
-Hawkeye trailer

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#193 – Heralds of Galactus Roundup

Gabriel Lan/Air-Walker, Pyreus Kril/Firelord, The Destroyer, Tyrant, The Fallen One, Tyros/Terrax, Frankie Raye/Nova, Morg the Executioner, Lambda-Zero/Stardust, Pastor Mike/Praeter

Today we talk about the various Heralds of Galactus, because he's had so many more than just the Silver Surfer! Some of them get fired, some of them die, some of them quit, and some of them turn into androids.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Fantastic Four (1961) #120
-Thor (1966) #305
-Thor (1966) #225
-Silver Surfer (1987) #81
-Thanos (2003) #11
-Fantastic Four (1961) #211
-Fantastic Four (1961) #258
-New Warriors (1990) #1
-Fantastic Four (1961) #164
-Fantastic Four (1961) #244
-Heralds (2010) #1
-Silver Surfer (1987) #69
-Silver Surfer (1987) #109
-Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill (2005) #1
-Annihilation: Silver Surfer (2006) & Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007)
-The Mighty Thor (2011) #1

-Batman: Wayne Family Adventures Webtoon
-Goodbye, Battle Princess Peony & related tweet
-Hawkeye trailer

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#192 – Norrin Radd

Silver Surfer/Herald of Galactus

Today we talk about Norrid Radd, best known as the Silver Surfer, a sad space man from a flawed utopian planet who became the herald of Galactus to save his planet, betrayed him with the Fantastic Four, and still kicks it around the universe.

Today's mentioned & relevant media:
-Fantastic Four (1961) #48
-Silver Surfer (1968)
-Sub-Mariner (1968) #34
-Silver Surfer (1987)
-Skaar: Son of Hulk (2008) #8
-King in Black (2020) #3

-Invincible (Amazon Prime Original)

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#191 – Mephisto

Mephistopheles/The Devil

Today we talk about Mephisto, who is basically the devil except the devil also exists in Marvel canon. He tempts people with their greatest desire and then either makes a deal with a Dire Price or gives you unforeseen negative consequences!

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Faust
-Silver Surfer (1968) #3
-Ghost Rider (1973) #68
-Fantastic Four (1961) #277
-West Coast Avengers (1985) #51 & 52
-Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985)
-Mephisto vs. (1987)
-Astonishing Tales (1970) #8
-Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment (1989)
-Daredevil (1964) #266
-Spider-man: One More Day (2007)
-Spiderman: One Moment in Time (2010)
-Spider-Man No Way Home trailer
-Peter remembering One More Day events? in 2021? More likely than you'd think
-Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #60
-X-Factor (2005) #256

-Invincible
-Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #6 SECOND PRINTING

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#190 – Shang-Chi

Today we talk about Shang-Chi, a character who was originally conceived as the son of racist caricature villain Fu Manchu (which has since been ret-conned). He is very good at martial arts and fighting his evil half-siblings!

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-An interesting post about Shang-Chi, Fu Manchu, and what marvel could do about it
-Special Marvel Edition (1971) #15
-Master of Kung-Fu (1974)
-Shadowland (2010) omnibus
-Avengers (2012)
-War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas (2019)
-Agents of Atlas (2019)
-Shang-Chi (2020)
-Shang-Chi (2021)
-Master of Kung Fu (2015)

-Invincible
-The Adventure Zone: Crystal Kingdom
-Super Sons Polarshield Project, Foxglove Mission, & Escape to Landis

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#189 – Atom Roundup

Albert Pratt/Atom, Adam Cray/Atom, Atom (DC One Million), Rhonda Pineda/Atomica/Atom

Today we talk about several people who have gone by Atom. One of them is short but doesn't get small, one of them was on the Suicide Squad, one of them can split into a bunch of little guys, and one of them was secretly a triple agent.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-All-Star Comics archives
-The Last Days of the Justice Society of America (1986)
-Justice Society of America (1992)
-Zero Hour (1994)
-Sword of the Atom (1983)
-Suicide Squad (1987) #44
-Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth (2016) #1
-DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1,000,000 (1999) #1
-Aquaman (2011) #16
-Justice League (2011) #17
-Forever Evil (2013)
-Crime Syndicate (2021)

-Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #6
-TikTok of Tim coming out to his brothers
-X-Factor (2005) #45

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#188 – Ryan Choi

The Atom

Today we talk about Ryan Choi, another prominent Atom who got tricked by a future version of an ex-girlfriend into becoming the Atom, realized he was good at it, and continued to fight crime and get very small once the plot was revealed.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Identity Crisis (2004), tie-ins &reading order
-DCU: Brave New World (2006) #1
-The All-New Atom (2006)
-Countdown to Final Crisis (2007)
-Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
-Titans (2008) Villains for Hire
-Convergence: The Atom (2015) #1, #2
-Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth (2016) #1
-Justice League of America (2017)

-Blue & Gold (2021) #1
-James Tynion IV substack
-Molly Knox Ostertag substack
-Saladin Ahmed's subscription site
-Scott Snyder comixology deal
-Scott Snyder substack comics class

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