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#115 – Howard the Duck

Howard Duckson

Today we talk about Howard the Duck, who is a cynical duck-shaped alien who ended up on Earth, where he endures many misadventures, falls in love with a human woman, and is forced to wear pants.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Howard the Duck cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy
-Adventures into Fear (1970) #19
-Spider-Man Team Up (1995) #5
-Howard the Duck (1986 Movie Trailer)
-Falcon & Winter Soldier (2020) #1
-Strange Adventures (2020) #1

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#114 – Lunella Lafayette and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Today we talk about Lunella Lafayette, canonically the smartest person in the Marvel Universe who is best known as Moon Girl, and her best friend Devil Dinosaur, who is literally a dinosaur named Devil. We also talk a bit about Moon-Boy, who is a small furry boy who first befriended and named Devil.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Devil Dinosaur (1978) #1
-Fallen Angels (1987)
-Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015)
-Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur tv series announcement
-Falcon & Winter Soldier (2020) #1
-Amethyst (2020) #1
-Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost (2020) #1

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#113 – Uatu the Watcher

The Watcher

Today we talk about Uatu the Watcher. Who is this big alien man? Why does he watch? Why does he keep breaking his non-interference oath to keep helping the Fantastic Four? Let's find out.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Fantastic Four (1961) #13
-Uatu: jsyk i can't INTERFERE if you just HAPPENED to take something POWERFUL from my HOME in order to SAVE YOUR WEDDING
-Uatu: don't worry, i'm NOT gonna watch your honeymoon
-Original Sin (2014)
-The Magnus Archives
-Superman Smashes the Klan
-Wolverine (2020) #1
-Runaways (2017) #30
-Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #8
-Nightwing (2016) #69
-Teen Titans (2016) #39
-Batman (2016) #89
-DCeased: The Unkillables #1
-Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins II #5

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#112 – Roberto "Robbie" Reyes

Ghost Rider

Today we talk about Roberto "Robbie" Reyes, the 5th Ghost Rider, and the only Ghost Rider to drive a Dodge Charger and be visually modeled after Zayn Malik of One Direction.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-All-New Ghost Rider (2014)
-Avengers (2018)
-Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
-Robbie Reyes: Ghost Rider (2016) -Ghost Rider (2019)
-Hawkeye: Freefall (2020)
-Gwen Stacy (2020) #1
-Superman: Heroes (2020) #1
-Bojack Horseman
-The Penumbra Podcast
-Ric Grayson Wants His Memories Back, and Fans Want Their Dick, in Nightwing #69 [Preview]

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#111 – Helena Bertinelli

Huntress/Batgirl

Today we talk about Helena Bertinelli, best known as the Huntress, but was also Batgirl for a bit. We also talk about Helena Wayne, who was the first heroine to go by Huntress, because they're basically indistinguishable except for their personalities and backstories.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-DC Superstars (1976) #17
-Infinity, Inc. (1984)
-Crisis on Infinite Earths
-The Huntress (1989)
-Batman: No Man's Land
-Birds of Prey (1999) #57
-The Question: Pipeline (an example of a Helena/Renee teamup)
-Huntress (2011) (New 52)
-World's Finest (2012)
-Grayson (2014)
-Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016)
-Batman: Hush
-Ant-Man (2020) #1
-X-Men/Fantastic Four (2020) #1
-DC's Crimes of Passion (2020) #1
-Switchblade Sisters: Mad Max Fury Road with Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan

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#110 – Birds of Prey

DC Superhero Group (almost 100% women!)

Today we talk about the Birds of Prey, a superhero team founded by Oracle and Black Canary, typically with Huntress and Lady Blackhawk, though the team has included many characters including Hawk and Dove, Catwoman, Big Barda, and many more!

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey #1
-Birds of Prey: Manhunt
-Birds of Prey (1999)
-Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds (Gail Simone's first arc)
-Birds of Prey (2010)
-Birds of Prey (2011) #1
-Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016)
-Hawkeye: Freefall (2020) #2
-Detective Comics Annual (2018) #3
-Far Sector (2019)
-Shadow of the Batgirl

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#109 – John Constantine

Occult Detective/The Hellblazer

109 John Constantine

Today we talk about John Constantine, an occult detective and con man who has seen too much but still does his best. He's also the kind of man to have a threesome with ghosts.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Swamp Thing (1982) #37
-Crisis on Infinite Earths
-tumblr post about witches having joint custody of a child
-Polygon's Constantine Threeway article
-Grayson Annual #3
-Justice League Dark (2011)
-Justice League Dark (2018)
-(mildly nsfw) tumblr ficlet about Bruce Wayne having sex with The Literal Devil
-Nightwing (2016) #68
-Batman (2016) #87
-Strange Adventures previewsworld page (#1 out March 4, 2020)
-Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #1
-Pod of Greed

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#108 – Zatanna Zatara

Zatanna

108 Zatanna Zatara

Today we talk about Zatanna Zatara, whose superhero name is just her first name, and she can cast spells by saying words backwards! She's an extremely powerful magician--both on stage and in the Justice League.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-Action Comics (1938) #1
-Hawkman (1964) #4
-Identity Crisis (2004)
-Zatanna (2010)
-Justice League Dark (2018)
-Hawkeye: Freefall (2020) #1
-The Hard Tomorrow
-Emperor Hulkling news
-WandaVision hulkling news
-Birds of Prey trailer #2

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#107 – Doctor Fate

Nabu/Kent Nelson/Inza Nelson/Eric and Linda Strauss/Jared Stevens/Khalid Ben-Hassin/Khalid Nassour

107 Doctor Fate

Today we talk about Doctor Fate, who is mostly a Lord of Order named Nabu who empowers/inhabits the body of whoever puts on the Helmet of Fate. Typically this is Kent Nelson, but it has been many, many people.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-More Fun Comics (1936-1947)
-Kent Nelson origin
-Eldritch Blaest
-All-Star Comics #3 (forming of the Justice Society of America)
-Doctor Fate (1987)
-Justice League Dark (2018)
-Doctor StrangeFate
-Batman (2016) #86
-Star (2020) #1
-Legion of Super-Heroes (2019)
-Outlawed news!

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#106 – Michael Holt

Mr. Terrific/The Man of 1,000 Talents

106 Michael Holt

Today we talk about Mr. Terrific: a little bit of Terry Sloane but mostly Michael Holt, both men with no super powers but they're EXTREMELY smart and just REALLY GOOD AT EVERYTHING. Although, Michael Holt really should've been Dr. Terrific because he EARNED those 14 PhDs.

Media specifically mentioned in today's episode:
-CW Arrow's Mr. Terrific (Curtis Holt)
-Terry Sloane's terrific costume
-Spectre (1992-) #54
-New 52 Mister Terrific
-Hawkeye: Freefall (2020) #1
-Diana, Princess of the Amazons
-Wonder Woman: Warbringer
-New Mutants trailer

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