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The FANtom Zone - Comic Books
16 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
The FANtom Zone Farewell
Well true believers this is it, after almost 3 years we have reached the end of our time at The FANtom Zone. We wanted to record one last episode to thank all of our wonderful listeners and our amazing supporters. But fear not! Noah, Kayla, and Jered have other projects and will still be active in the comic book community! Please feel free to join our discord (https://discord.com/invite/A4e38kh) to talk all things comics or to say hi! Thank you all so so so much! Here are links to our other projects/where to follow us after The FANtom Zone! Noah's Podcast: abiteofpod.com Kayla's Twitter: https://twitter.com/_kaylammiller_?s=20 Jered's YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCImaiwV2O8ijqYqQHPl8FwA
83 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
EP87 Deep Dive: Nightwing
69 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
EP 86 Character Design in Comic Books
Comic books are, it goes without saying, a primarily visual medium. While writers may craft the ideas for our favorite stories, pencilers, inkers, and colorists give these ideas life by rendering them on the page. Perhaps no other aspect of comic art is more crucial to the medium than character design. We discuss the major elements of comic character design and highlight what we believe are the superheroes and villains who have the best looks in comics.
86 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
EP85 Wonder Woman 84 Movie Review
Wonder Woman's first film outing lit the box office on fire and raised the quality bar for superhero cinema. We discuss how well Wonder Woman 1984 stacks up to the original. Perfection is a hard act to follow, and this is already garnering a divisive response from audience and critics alike. In this review, we provide a comic fan's perspective of DC's latest silver screen installment and decide whether Wonder Woman 1984 rises above the hate and makes all our nerd dreams come true.
83 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
EP84 Deep Dive: Wonder Woman
In comics often time the first is still the best, and the first major woman superhero is no exception. Since her inception Wonder Woman has not only been the premiere female superhero but a first among equals with respect to any of her male Justice League counterparts. Diana of Themyscira is one of those rare comic figures who transcended the medium of comics itself, having risen to the status of a cultural icon representing heroism, equality of the sexes, and the power of women to people all over the world. This episode is our love letter to Wonder Woman, this podcast’s favorite superhero.
77 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
EP83 Objects, Artifacts, & Items in Marvel Comics
Christmas is in the air, and sure it’s about peace on Earth and goodwill towards men, but come on, it’s actually about getting cool stuff in your stocking! Well, the Marvel universe has magic hammers, iconic shields, mystical capes, and countless other priceless relics and gizmos in their superpowered toy chest. On this episode, we give you the rundown on all the signature items and hallmark objects we all know and love from the Marvel universe. We also spotlight a few you might not be familiar with, but really should be.
53 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
EP82 Indigenous Characters In Comics
Indigenous Americans have been unfortunately underrepresented in comics, but despite their frequent exclusion from mainstream comics, Native American characters and creators have had a significant impact on the comic book landscape. We spotlight our favorite Indigenous American characters and we discuss the way Indigenous American inclusion in comics has evolved over the years.
66 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
EP81 Marvel Cosmic
While most superhero stories take place on good old terra firma, in the Marvel Universe, some of the most compelling tales occur beyond the stars. That's right, no one does cosmic comics quite like the House of Ideas. On this episode we turn our telescope to the Marvel cosmos, investigating some of the premiere characters, entities, and locales that define Marvel's spaceways. Excelsior!
64 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
EP80 Deep Dive: Swamp Thing
Beware Listeners! Because something slimy this way comes! On this episode we Deep Dive Swamp Thing, the one of a kind body horror hero whose stories straddle the divide between Gothic tales of terror & superpowered melodrama. We retrace the journey of this atypical protagonist from mild-mannered biologist to vegetal behemoth monstrosity to full-blown Protector of the Green, & we tell you everything you need to know in order to appreciate the mysteriously macabre madness that is the Swamp Thing.
60 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
EP79 Villains Who Scare Us In Comics
Contrary to popular belief the bloodthirsty killers and terrifying monsters in the world of comics aren’t just confined to horror stories. In fact, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night populating every corner of the comic book landscape, even the superhero genre. In celebration of the Halloween season, we talk about the supervillains and comic book baddies that aren’t just effective antagonists but are truly frightening, characters who would fit as well in a slasher film as they do in a superhero adventure. Join us as we talk about the characters who keep us up at night, haunt our dreams, and just plain scare the beJesus out of us.
64 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
EP78 Deep Dive: Doom Patrol
If you’re looking for the most delightfully bizarre and wonderfully unorthodox collection of rag-tag misfits whose hearts are in the right place and at the end of the day they get the job done… then the Doom Patrol is for you! Join us as we Deep Dive DC’s strangest (and often best written) comic series, as we break down the hallmark characters, their villains, and all the details you need to know about one of the most undeniably unique teams in all of superhero comics.
48 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
EP77 Objects, Artifacts, & Items in DC Comics
In the world of superheroes if you aren't born with alien powers and you don't own a few billion dollars you might still be fortunate enough to get your hands on a special bauble or gadget that bestows upon you out-of-this-world abilities, burdens you with the responsibilities of a hero, and it might only cost you being possessed by an inhuman cosmic deity who wears your body like a fleshy mortal suit. On this episode, we take a look at the many mystical artifacts, signature items, and objects of power that populate DC comics. So grab your alien power rings, your underwater pitchforks, and your golden lariats, and join as we rummage through the toy chest of the DC Universe.
57 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
EP76 Deep Dive: Catwoman
They say that curiosity killed the cat, but curiosity also makes for a killer podcast episode, especially if what you’re curious about is Catwoman! That’s right, it’s our Catwoman deep dive! This episode has everything you might want to know about the enigmatic Ms. Selina Kyle: her abilities, her defining moments, and the details of her 80-year evolution from a sexpot supporting character to a feline femme fatale for the modern era. She is Catwoman. Hear her roar!
42 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Let's Talk Spider-Man with Mac Blake
Superheros and comic book culture generally have had a tendency to bleed into other media and genres. They've been adapted into videogames, they've practically dominated the cinema, and they've even found their way into the material of stand up comedy. On this episode we have a friend of the podcast comedian Mac Blake on to talk about his favorite character Spider-man. We chat about what he loves most about the wallcrawler, his first introduction to the character, and how comic books have influenced his comedy career and life. You can listen to Mac Blake's newest stand-up special on 'Live at Coldtowne' on Spotify
53 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
EP75 Schools & Academies in Comics
Some heroes are made, some heroes are born, but all heroes need schoolin’. Not only are sidekicks and young heroes a fixture in superhero stories, but by now so are the institutions that train and educate them. This week we look at our favorite examples of superhero academies & our favorite aspects of the stories that feature them. Grab your backpacks & trapper keepers, and your heightened sense of embarrassment, and join us as the Fantom Zone goes back to school! We also are running a back to school giveaway! Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and we will pick one lucky winner to receive all the comics mentioned in this episode along with some exclusive merch!
32 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
EP74 Let's Talk Faith with Julie Murphy
This week we chat with New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy about her book Faith: Taking Flight! Julie Murphy wrote the best selling and now Netflix movie Dumplin'. Faith: Taking Flight, is a coming of age novelization of the eponymous character originally published by Valiant Comics. We discuss the politics of representation and resisting toxicity through superhero storytelling. Join us as we take flight with Julie Murphy! Learn more about Julie Murphy and purchase this soon to be a best-seller at http://www.imjuliemurphy.com
56 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
EP73 Comic Book BFFs & Duos
While you might be tempted to think of the superhero as a lone figure in an outlandish costume waging a solo crusade against crime, the truth is comic book vigilantes often need someone to lean on when the chips are down. Friendship and camaraderie are a crucial part of the comic landscape, and that’s why this episode is all about the best team-ups, partnerships, and buddies in comic books. So grab your best mate and join us as we discuss our favorite Platonic relationships to grace the comic panel. Don't forget to subscribe for more episodes and leave a review!
59 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
EP72 Deep Dive: X-Men's Storm
Batten down the hatches because it's going to be quite a gale! This week we deep dive Marvel's Mistress of the Elements, Storm! We tell you everything you'd care to know about Ororo Munroe, breaking down her powers, her personality, and her personal history: from her humble origins to the raging tempest she's become. Moreover, we explain why we think Storm has grown past being an ensemble X-men character and evolved into an A-list solo star. In the Word of Dorothy Parker, "They sicken of the calm who know the Storm."
64 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
EP71 Rewind Review: Justice League
When the greatest superheroes and comic book legends DC has to offer come together on the panel they form the Justice League, but when Zack Synder and Warner Bros brought them together on the silver screen were they able to replicate the same magic? It's rewind review time again as we put the Justice League movie under the microscope! We talk about the controversies surrounding the film, the bizarre choices that went into its production, and point out the various aspects worthy of praise.
22 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
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