Marvel by the Month is a weekly podcast that takes you through the Marvel Comics universe, one month at a time. NEW LISTENERS: catch up quickly by starting with the "Essential MBTM" episodes!
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May 1967 (w/Seanbaby) - "-- If There Should Be a Thunder God!"
Comedy scientist Seanbaby (1-900-HOTDOG, Cracked.com) joins us for a double dose of Thunder God action, and then we accidentally destroy a tiny bit of his humor powers by reading the most aggressively unfunny thing Marvel ever published.
April 1967 (w/Miles Stokes) - "Beware the Juggernaut, My Son!"
Miles Stokes of Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men joins us to try and x-plain why the Juggernaut's second appearance has more going for it than it seems. (Hint: it has nothing to do with the Juggernaut.) Also: the Fantastic Four encounter the Kree for the first time, and Peter Parker tosses his spider-duds in the trash.
March 1967 (w/Fred Hembeck) - “Blastaar, the Living Bomb-Burst!”
Legendary cartoonist Fred Hembeck joins us to talk about a mind-blowing Nick Fury story, a ridiculous Dr. Strange tale, the most convoluted Avengers issue we've ever read, and Blastaar and Sandman's rampage through the streets of Manhattan!
Pre-MCU Movie Night (w/Jordan Morris) - The Punisher (1989)
Comedy writer Jordan Morris (Jordan, Jesse, Go!) joins us for another bonus episode in which we examine the Marvel Cinematic Universe before there was a Marvel Cinematic Universe — specifically The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren, which was (barely) released in 1989.
February 1967 (w/John Hodgman) - "Mike Murdock Must Die!"
John Hodgman (Judge John Hodgman, Medallion Status, Dicktown) joins us to talk about the silliness of Silver Age Daredevil comics, John Romita's underappreciated art on Spider-Man, and who he'll be playing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
January 1967 (w/Matt Fraction) - "In Our Midst... An Immortal!"
A young up-and-comer by the name of "Matt Fraction" [sic] joins us to talk about the goings-on in the Marvel Universe of January 1967, including the first Marvel Comic written AND drawn by a single artist, the debut of the Abomination, the return of Bucky Barnes (?!), Hercules moving into Avengers Mansion, and Sandman's terrible new costume.
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This show gives a wonderful overview of Silver Age Marvel Comics! The hosts are really funny while also having superb knowledge of comics history. The caliber of guests they have on the show is very impressive as well. Highly recommended!
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This show scratches my nerd itch. I've learned so much through the pod about the early days of the Marvel Universe, and to appreciate the incredible work of its creators in the early days, especially Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. The show is fun, well composed, to the point, and funny too.
As someone who started reading comics in 2008, the early days of Marvel and the origins of my favorite superheroes and villians have always been a mystery to me, and even more so, they felt inaccessible. Where could I possibly begin? I was overwhelmed, but also sad that it felt out of reach.
"Begin here!!" This podcast screams. They give a reading list each week and I read the ones I want to, as they are all on Marvel Unlimited (I highly recommend a subscription if you want to fully enjoy the journey). Seeing the beginning of the Fantastic Four, Spiderman, the Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man in just the first 10 or so episodes was a joy. I learned so much, I re-fell in love with the characters and the beauty of comics, and I especially was overjoyed to discover Jack Kirby's fantastical drawings of monsters.
If you feel your history and understanding of the early days of Marvel are lacking and you want to fill that gaping hole, start here! Listen at your pace as you read the issues that grab you, and you'll also gain context on how the early issues and heroes are a product of their times.
The hosts are well versed in the 'verse. The guests are great. The music is catchy. And the stories are just a joy.
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