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Voice of Latveria
20 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
S1E23 - 23: Unto You Is Born... the Doomsman! (with Paul Tobin)
Paul Tobin (writer of Bunny Mask, Dr. Doom and the Masters of Evil, etc.) joins Douglas to discuss Astonishing Tales #1-5, but they are attacked by an all-consuming sonic sponge.
34 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
S1E22 - 22: The Baxter Building Besieged! (with Greg Matiasevich)
Greg Matiasevich (of Multiversity Comics' "Robots from Tomorrow" podcast) joins Douglas to discuss Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine! #1-12, a Lee/Kirby tribute miniseries spearheaded by Erik Larsen and Eric Stephenson. Topics include "Jack Kirby" as a genre, the lost Kirby black-light poster, and how this cast of thousands went about approximating the vintage F.F. vibe.
49 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
S1E21 - 21: In the Darkness Dwells... Doom! (with Bryan Stratton)
Bryan Stratton of "Marvel by the Month" joins Douglas Wolk (during the heat bubble in Portland!) to discuss Sub-Mariner #20 and Rise of the Black Panther #4. Topics include Prince Namor's straightedge side, the many beverages of Victor Von Doom, the staircase-as-Slip 'n' Slide motif in Roy Thomas's stories, why "glazier" is one of the more lucrative trades in Latveria, Doctor Doom and Namor's toxic relationship dynamics, and differing views of autocracy in Marvel Comics.
69 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
S1E20 - 20: The Power and the Pride! (with Charles Hatfield)
Charles Hatfield, Professor of English at California State University and the author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Kirby's final contribution to the Doctor Doom story, Fantastic Four #84-87. Topics include the influence on this story of Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, the relationship between portraits of Doom and of Shah Jahan, the implied moral resemblance between Gustav Hauptmann and Adolf Eichmann, and the appearance of a pair of suspiciously familiar-looking chefs.
45 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
S1E19 - 19: This Man... This Demon! (with Laura Hudson)
Comics critic, cultural commentator and screenwriter Laura Hudson joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Marvel Super Heroes #20--Doctor Doom's first cover feature, and the first appearance of Valeria! Topics include what exactly Diablo keeps in his costume, Doom's problematic modes of thinking about romantic relationships, Frank Giacoia's game attempt at pulling off a Jim Steranko riff, what (if anything) the U.S. Civil War has to do with all of this, and "the putrid pledges of diplomatic immunity." This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
45 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
S1E18 - 18: Don't Look Now, But It's--Dr. Doom! (with Christine Hanefalk)
Christine Hanefalk of The Other Murdock Papers and the #savedaredevil campaign joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Doctor Doom's battle with Daredevil in Daredevil #37-38 and Fantastic Four #73. Topics include the quasi-science of Daredevil's radar sense, the question of whether it's a good idea for him to be driving a car, Gene Colan's approach to pacing stories, and Reed Richards' bizarre forgetfulness about the first time Doom switched bodies with him. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
33 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
S1E17 - 17: Behold the Savage Sky! (with James Romberger)
James Romberger - artist, teacher, and author of "Steranko: The Self-Created Man" - joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Jim Steranko's Nick Fury serial in Strange Tales #161-167... in which Doctor Doom only appears in the final panel, but WHAT A PANEL IT IS. Topics include Steranko's formal innovations, the early connections between Steranko and Art Spiegelman, and the chessboard motif in this story. (Also: apologies for the slightly glitchy sound quality this week!) This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
60 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
S1E16 - 16: The Peril and the Power! (with Rhett Thomas)
Comics historian Rhett Thomas joins Douglas Wolk to talk about Fantastic Four #57-60, Silver Surfer: Loftier than Mortals #1-2 and "The Silver Burper" from Not Brand Echh #1! Topics include the unwieldiness of the device with which Doctor Doom steals the Silver Surfer's power, the curious creative relationship between Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1966, and who owns a hundred pairs of stretch socks.
46 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
S1E15 - 15: Enter... Dr. Doom! (with Dugan Trodglen)
Dugan Trodglen--musician, comics retailer, journalist, and technically a character within the Marvel Universe--joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Avengers #25! (And the final panel of #24.) Topics include Don Heck's fortes as an artist, the beginning of Wanda Maximoff's fraught relationship with TV sets, the putative hipness of Hawkeye, Wally Schirra's advertisement for Actifed, and relevant videos of MF DOOM.
34 minutes | May 25, 2021
S1E14 - 14: Bedlam at the Baxter Building! (with Chelsea Gaia)
Chelsea Gaia--co-host of "Experience: A Career Stories Podcast," and a former wedding photographer--joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Fantastic Four Annual #3, Marvel Heroes & Legends '96, and Fantastic Four 40th Wedding Anniversary Special. Topics include Roz Kirby's possible influence on Susan Storm's wedding outfit, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's surprising final collaboration, which superhero picks up the check when everybody goes to eat at Tavern on the Green, and why honeymooning in the Blue Area of the Moon is a terrible idea.
45 minutes | May 18, 2021
S1E13 - 13: Crisis on Campus! (with Robb Milne)
Robb Milne of the excellent "Marvel by the Month" podcast joins Douglas Wolk to discuss two much later stories that take place very shortly after Fantastic Four #40: Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness's backup story from 2006's Stan Lee Meets Doctor Doom #1, and Christos Gage and Mario Alberti's 2010 Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1! Topics include a secret moonlighting gig the 616 Stan Lee might have had, the sorts of continuity glitches over which Douglas gets extra finicky, and how one of Eero Aarnio's classic Ball Chairs might have ended up in a panic room for visiting dignitaries at a thinly disguised Columbia University.
46 minutes | May 11, 2021
S1E12 - 12: The Battle of the Baxter Building (with Jeet Heer)
Jeet Heer--national affairs correspondent for "The Nation," master of intellectually omnivorous Twitter threads, and Jack Kirby scholar--joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Fantastic Four #39 and 40. Topics include Doctor Doom as Hobbes' Leviathan, Kirby's personal background and how it informed Fantastic Four's characters, the proto-Doom in Challengers of the Unknown #4, the Inhumans' story as an allegory for Jewish assimilation, and the F.F. as a Kennedy-era Democratic coalition.
29 minutes | May 4, 2021
S1E11 - 11: Picture Perfect (with Kian Ross)
Episode Notes Kian Ross of the 616 Society joins Douglas Wolk to discuss Spider-Man/Human Torch #1, from 2005! Topics include the evolving relationship between Peter Parker and Johnny Storm, which mutant is best prepared to do the bookkeeping for X-Corp, Doom's surprising credulousness, and what exactly goes on in Douglas's secret book club for his patrons.
36 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
S1E10 - 10: Origin of Doctor Doom! (with Abraham Riesman)
Episode Notes Abraham Riesman, the author of "True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee," joins Douglas Wolk to discuss 1964's Fantastic Four Annual #2, the first appearance of Latveria, and the origin of Doctor Doom. Topics include what we know and don't know about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's working relationship at this point, Lee's unusual interpretation of "diplomatic immunity," the open question of when Doom's mother came into the narrative, and Kirby's uncharacteristically reserved evaluation of what he contributed to Doom's creation.
50 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
S1E9 - 9: The Master Plan of Doctor Doom! (with Patrick A. Reed)
Episode Notes Patrick A. Reed, comics historian and Associate Curator of the exhibition "Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes," joins Douglas to discuss Fantastic Four #23. Topics include baby dinosaurs, the peculiar dynamics of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's collaboration at this point, Reed Richards being even more of a jerk than usual, the aptness of the Terrible Trio's name, the astronomical price of ionic dust powder, and what in the name of all that is holy is even happening in the final two pages of the story.
42 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
S1E8 - 8: Doom Quest (with Jay Edidin)
Episode Notes Jay Edidin of "Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men" joins us to discuss the X-Men/Doctor Doom '98 Annual, "Victor Von Doom and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From," the peculiar beard of the Onslaught homunculus, Jean Grey's spotty memory of her Antarctic adventure, what was happening just off-panel while Wolverine was getting eviscerated in "Days of Future Past," the career hazards of seers, and Magneto-clone Joseph's status as a twunk.
23 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
S1E7 - 7: The Death-Trap of Doctor Doom! (with Katie Pryde)
Episode Notes Katie Pryde of Books with Pictures joins us to discuss Avengers #1 1/2, published in 1999--although it sort of purports to be from 1963. Topics include the secret origin of Teflon, Doctor Doom's economical reuse of failed death-traps, Bruce Timm's stellar Jack Kirby pastiche, and Hank Pym's ability to turn his worst habits into superpowers.
47 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
S1E6 - 6: Marked for Destruction by Doctor Doom! (with Matt Singer)
Episode Notes ScreenCrush.com editor (and Spider-Man expert) Matt Singer joins us to discuss Amazing Spider-Man #5, the vanity of Doom's death-traps, Flash Thompson's man-crush on Spidey, the Fantastic Four's callous disregard for Peter Parker's life, the glories of Steve Ditko's fight choreography, and why Doom would have been an excellent recurring character in Spider-Man comics.
33 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
S1E5 - 5: Tomorrow Belongs to Me (with Alex Ross)
Episode Notes Alex Ross, the author of "Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music," joins us to discuss the role of Wagner's Ring Cycle in Invaders #32-33, whether it's possible to play Wagner's piano music in armored gloves, and whether Thor or Alberich would have been a stronger candidate for plucking out of operatic reality and sending off to attack Stalin.
39 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
S1E4 - 4: The Micro-World of Doctor Doom! (with Arthur Wyatt)
Episode Notes "Judge Dredd" writer Arthur Wyatt joins us to discuss the utter madness of Fantastic Four #16 and #17, the peculiar physics of the Microverse, the inefficiency of supervillain death traps, and what Doctor Doom has in common with Pete Buttigieg.
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