Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer, art director, publisher, promoter, and icon, died November 12 at age 95. While he is loved by many, and undoubtedly had a hand in some of the greatest stories of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and more, he was also known to aggravate disputes over story credit and art ownership with the likes of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. In this episode, Tim, Kumar, and Tom Spurgeon wrestle with the legacy of Stan the Man.
Ladies and gentlemen, Alternate Reality is back!!!! That’s right; in our first episode of what can only be described as “not our first comeback” we breathe new life into the show…… wait, this seems eerily familiar….. OH YEA, that was exactly what we wrote in the show notes of our previous episode,…. the last great Alternate Reality comeback.
Well we’re not making a big deal of things this time around. Just Jon and Charlie keeping things low-key and talking about the new Avengers movie. Who knows we might hang around this time. Don’t hold your breath……
Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder – his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death’s door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.
In addition to our own conversation about this book, Tobiah sat in with Arc Reactions this week to discuss the same book.
Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Hellboy in Hell.
A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.
Just in time for Halloween, Travis joins me to discuss our favorite magical comic book characters. Who will make the cut? Dr. Fate or Dr. Strange? Etrigan or Hellboy? Listen to find out! But first we briefly talk about the passing of Steve Dillon and then chat about the fantastic artist who’s coming to the 2017 Emerald City Comicon: José Luis García-López!
Who are your favorite magical characters? Let us know!
Marvel just recently revealed how Benedict Cumberbatch is going to look in his role as Doctor Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme. Those who know about Doctor Strange are aware of just how powerful he is, and the endless possibilities that his presence in the MCU will provide. It’s rumored that the first connection to the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE movie was in ANT-MAN when he went subatomic. But who exactly is Doctor Strange, and what is it that makes him the Sorcerer Supreme?
Join ComicsVerse as we dive into the history of Doctor Strange. Exploring the mysteries of the magical realms, we journey with Strange and Doctor Doom into Mephisto’s hellish realm on Doctor Doom’s most noble quest. We find out just how Strange earned the title of Sorcerer Supreme- and have quite the debate about what exactly this title means.
With some of ComicsVerse’s biggest DOCTOR STRANGE fans, including Editor-in-Chief Travis Czap, Chief Operations Officer Sean Bartley, and ComicsVerse staff and interns Fabio Castelblanco, Brian Delpozo, Kay Honda, and Bob Franco, you’ll discover a character whose power is greater than that of the rest of the Marvel heroes combined… depending on the storyline. While being a hero that is very versatile, he’s also incredibly inconsistent, which makes defining his character a tough task.
This podcast and the readings that correspond with it are so varied, and yet, the one constant is that they never let up on a sense of wonder and mystery. This is a great quality to the stories and to the character himself — whether he is a womanizer or a sage, he always carries with him a superb knowledge of the mystical realm, and deals with it so casually that the reader is forced to be swept up in awe at the magic that has become Stephen Strange’s norm. New readers and old will be left with one major question on their minds- how will Benedict Cumberbatch bring this character to life?
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Join Ben, Dave and John as they take a look back on the year that was 2015. They talk about their favorite moments and interviews from 2015. The guys had a blast in 2015 and can’t wait for 2016. Happy New Year!
This week the guys review Marvel’s studios twelfth installment of the MCU, Ant-Man. Do they capture that Marvel Movie Magic once again? Or did they take too big of a risk introducing this tiny Avenger? Did Paul Rudd deliver as Marvel’s newest on screen super hero? And what of the academy award winning Michael Douglas, was he convincing as the brilliant Hank Pym? Did they explore Hank Pym’s dark side? All these questions and more are answered in this week episode, so enjoy an Ant-Man Review!
WARNING: The following review contains spoilers.
Dedicated in loving memory to a great solider who gave his life to save the earth, Antony.
Is Marvel trying to copy the success of DC’s New 52 with their Secret Wars event this summer? Is Marvel trying to align the comic books with the movie universe? Is Marvel just really out of ideas so they are just rehashing some of their biggest events? Well this week Dave, Ben and John joined by 2 very special co-hosts, Frank Duran of Real Books Don’t Have Batman and Johnny Fournier of Sumptin – Sumptin, explore these very questions. We may not find the answers, but the journey is always fun, enjoy!
This week Dave and Ben are left to their own devices. All alone and even with Dave sick the 2 of them soldier on to give you an entertaining episode for the week. Thet also tackle some burning questions like is it too soon for Harvey Dent to show up in Gotham? Is anyone watching Gotham? Is Stan Lee the Watcher? Who first came up with that idea? And Ben says some controversial things that possibly could spawn some nerd-on–nerd rage! Stop the madness and just listen to the episode. Enjoy!
#stumpthegeekspeak question of last week: What was the first superhero comic that Jack Kirby worked on? And who published it at the time?
Answer: Blue Beetle at Fox Comics.
And the winner is David Patterson! Congrats you are the geek of the week!
#stumpthegeekspeak question of the week: Where did the Frightful Four first appear and who was in the original line up?
To answer post on our FB page or tweet @SuperHeroSpeak #stumpthegeekspeak. A winner will be announced on the next episode.
It’s Fox’s birthday so we drink a little more than we normally do on the show. We start with listener e-mail and a new quiz, Beer or Bullshit?
News: The Batmobile, Dr. Strange, Classic Batman Action Figs, Beer Takeovers and so much more.
Commercial Break: Delicious and nutritious Skrull milk.
Mixed Bag Reviews: Fox spent the week drinking beer for his birthday so he did not read the mixed bag, but Corey soldiered on. Wonder Woman Futures End #1 had a demonic Napoleon, Thor God of Thunder #25 was the perfect end for this run and X-Files Season 10 #16 was a lot like watching the show.
Beers of the Week: Mamma Mia Pizza Beer, Old Brown Dog Ale
Retro Read: In Dr. Strange #1 (1974) we find out what Dr. Strange and James Brown have in common?
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