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#164 – Pym Particle Roundup

Eric O'Grady/Ant-Man/G.I. Ant-Man/Slaying Mantis/Black Ant, Bill Foster/Black Goliath/Giant-Man/Goliath, Tom Foster/Goliath, Nadia van Dyne/Wasp, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, Rita DeMara/Yellowjacket, Erik Josten/Power Man/Smuggler/Goliath/Atlas, Raz Malhotra/Giant-Man

#163 – Cassandra "Cassie" Lang

Stature/Stinger

Today we talk about Cassie Lang, who used to steal her dad's Pym Particles and then joined the Young Avengers as Stature, died, was resurrected by Doctor Doom, and then joined Ant-Man to fight crime as Stinger.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Marvel Premiere (1972) #47
-Heroes for Hire (1997) #7
-Young Avengers (2005)
-Civil War (2006)
-Young Avengers Presents (2008) #5
-Avengers: The Children's Crusade (2010)
-WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE I AM
-Avengers World (2014) #16
-Ant-Man (2015)
-Astonishing Ant-Man (2015)
-Ant-Man (2020)
-WandaVision
-Snyder Cut Justice League trailer
-Goodbye, Battle Princess Peony

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#162 – Scott Lang

Ant-Man

Today we talk about Scott Lang, a man who stole the Ant-Man armor from Avengers Mansion for what was supposed to be a one-time superhero gig and then Hank Pym said "actually you know what? be Ant-Man". Since then he's died, come back, and gone into space.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Billy on the Street
-Marvel Premiere (1972) #47
-Iron Man (1968) #133
-Avengers (1963) #196
-Marvel Two-in-One (1974) #87
-Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #24
-Fantastic Four (1961) #405
-Fantastic Four (1998) #43
-Avengers (1998) #62
-Avengers (1998) #76
-Avengers (1998) #500
-Avengers: Children's Crusade
-FF (2012)
-Avengers World (2014) #16
-Ant-Man (2015)
-All-New Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #12
-Ant-Man (2020)
-Future State: Nightwing (2021)
-Future State: Batman/Superman (2021)
-Future State: Superman of Metropolis (2021)

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#161 – Janet van Dyne

Wasp

Today we talk about Janet van Dyne, best known as the Wasp. She was a founding member of the Avengers, can get really small, fly (but only when she's small), and sometimes she even gets really big, but not that often.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Tales to Astonish (1959) #44
-Avengers (1963) #1
-Avengers (1963) #59
-Avengers (1963) #83
-Avengers (1963) #217
-West Coast Avengers (1985) #32
-Secret Invasion (2008) #8
-Avengers (2010) #32
-Avengers: Rage of Ultron (2015)
-Avengers (2018) #12

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#160 – Henry "Hank" Pym

Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket

Today we talk about Henry "Hank" Pym, who discovered a particle he named after himself that can make him small, and then he made a helmet that can talk to ants, and then he decided to get big, and then he decided to make a robot, and then he had a rough time.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Tales to Astonish (1959) #27
-Avengers (1963) #1
-This isn't the Smartest Characters list but it is a smartest heroes list
-i'm just a little guy
-Avengers (1963) #55
-Avengers (1963) #59
-Avengers (1963) #212
-West Coast Avengers (1985) #1
-Avengers: Rage of Ultron (2015)

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#159 – The Vision

Victor Shade

Today we talk about The Vision, who was created by Ultron based off of the body of one hero and the brain of another and then the Avengers taught him about autonomy and emotions. He's married Wanda Maximoff, had children, died, been reborn (repeat as necessary), and built his own family.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-WandaVision on Disney+
-Avengers (1963) #57
-Golden Age Vision (Aarkus)
-Adam Link by Eando Binder
-Avengers (1963) #75
-Giant-Size Avengers (1974) #4
-Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982)
-Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985)
-West Coast Avengers: Vision Quest
-Vision (1994)
-Avengers: Disassembled
-Young Avengers (2005)
-Avengers A.I. (2013)
-All-New All-Different Avengers (2015)
-Vision (2015)
-What is a man?
-DC Future State (2021)

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#158 – Bat Family Roundup Pt. 2

Carrie Kelley/Robin/Catgirl/Batgirl/Batwoman, Duke Thomas/Robin/The Signal, Harper Row/Bluebird, David Zavimbe/Batwing, Luke Fox/Batwing

Today we talk about Carrie Kelley, most known as the Robin from Dark Knight Returns, Duke Thomas, a sort-of Robin and The Signal, Harper Row a.k.a. Bluebird, and the two Batwings, David Zavimbe and Luke Fox!

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Dark Knight Returns (1986)
-Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001)
-Dark Knight III: Master Race (2015)
-Batman (2011): Zero Year
-Batman (2011): Endgame
-We Are Robin (2015)
-Robin War (2015)
-Batman (2011): Bloom -Batman and the Signal (2017)
-Batman and the Outsiders (2018)
-Batman (2011)
-Batman Eternal (2014)
-Batman & Robin Eternal (2015)
-Batman Incorporated (2011)
-Batwing (2011)
-Future State: The Next Batman (2021)
-Future State: Wonder Woman (2021)
-Future State: Harley Quinn (2021)
-Future State: The Flash (2021)
-Future State: Superman of Metropolis (2021)
-Vision (2015)

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#157 – Bat Family Roundup Pt. 1

Leslie Thompkins, Victoria October, Lucius Fox, Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael

Today we talk about several characters who are adjacent to Batman! Leslie Thompkins and Victoria October are doctors (highly necessary), Lucius Fox is Bruce Wayne's business manager (highly necessary), and Jean-Paul Valley is an assassin turned ally turned terrible Batman turned ally (not really necessary).

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Detective Comics (1937) #457
-Batman: War Crimes
-Robin (1993) #174
-Detective Comics (2016) #948
-Detective Comics (2016) vol 6 (#969-974)
-Batman (1940) #307
-Batman: Haunted Knight
-Red Robin (2009)
-Batgirl: Future's End (2014)
-Batman: Sword of Azrael (1992)
-Batman: Knightfall (1993)
-Azrael: Agent of the Bat (1995)
-Batman & Robin: Eternal (2015)
-Detective Comics (2016)
-Dead End Jobs for Ghosts
-She Would Feel the Same
-Pass Me By: Gone Fishin'
-Stage Dreams
-Glitter Vipers
-Hell. Hath. No. Fury.

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#156 – Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth

Alfred Beagle/Alfred Pennyworth/Penny-One

Today we talk about Alfred Pennyworth, who is the Wayne family butler, who raised Bruce after his parents died. Or is he? Turns out, in true comics fashion, so much of Alfred's backstory has been redone that it's all a bit of a blur.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Batman (1940) #16
-Detective Comics (1937) #328
-Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
-Batman (2011) New 52
-Batman Eternal (2014)
-Batman (2016) Rebirth
-Pennyworth (TV show)

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#155 – Jim Gordon

Commissioner Gordon/Batman

Today we talk about James W. Gordon, the Police Commissioner for Gotham PD. He's the father of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and the friend of Batman, who then became Police-Sponsored Batman for a little bit but he needed a mecha-suit to do it.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Batman: The Golden Age vol 1
-Detective Comics 1937-2011 Special Issue (reprints Detective Comics #27!)
-our episode on Crisis on Infinite Earths
-Batman: Year One (1987)
-Batman: The Black Mirror
-Batman: The Killing Joke
-Batman (2011) #41
-DC Infinite Frontier lineup

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