Marvel's Declassified is a non-fiction narrative podcast focusing on the rich, dynamic, and evolving history of Marvel Comics - as told through a contemporary lens. Each episode is hosted by writer and comic book expert, Lorraine Cink (author of Powers of a Girl , co-author of Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, and Ultimate Marvel) and acclaimed journalist and critic Evan Narcisse (author of Marvel’s Rise of the Black Panther). Utilizing unique access to writers, artists, editors, and industry insiders who have shaped key storylines and witnessed firsthand the historical shifts within the comic book industry, we get the real story of Marvel Comics it could only be told by the House of Ideas itself.
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BONUS: George R.R. Martin’s Marvel Fandom
You may know George R.R. Martin as the writer of the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones. But long before becoming a world-renowned science fiction and fantasy writer, George R.R. Martin was just a kid in Bayonne, New Jersey, who read a LOT of comics. Lorraine and Evan chatted with George on last week’s episode—but there was so much more to talk about! In this final bonus episode, George speaks more about his early days as an avid Marvel reader, his engagement with the fanzine community as a teen, and the lasting impression that Marvel stories have left on his life and work. Plus, he reads one of his early letters to Marvel!
Make Mine Marvel
To close out this season of Marvel’s Declassified, Lorraine and Evan shift gears to tell the story of Marvel fandom through the years—through the voices of people who were there. From the glory days of the Merry Marvel Marching Society to the massive comic conventions of today, they look at how fandom has evolved since Marvel’s earliest days—and what still holds true today. Fandom means different things to different people—so as Marvel continues to tell the story of the “world outside your window,” Lorraine and Evan reflect on how those windows are continuing to grow and multiply.
Iron Man, Black Panther, & the Future
How have visions of the future influenced Marvel's stories? And on the flip side, how has Marvel shaped ideas about the future? From Iron Man's armor to the visionary technology of Wakanda, Lorraine and Evan explore how Marvel has answered these questions
Spider-Verse Secrets Revealed
What are the inner workings of the Spider-Verse? And what happens when a Spider-Man alternate reality spills off the page and into real life? Lorraine and Evan discover all of that and more on today’s episode. After chatting with Spider-Man writers past and present, they unearth what happened when a publisher in Mexico began making its own Spider-Man storyline where Gwen Stacy never lost her life and instead continued her adventures with Peter Parker.
BONUS: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps
Marvel’s Declassified presents: a bonus, extended interview with legendary Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick! In this candid conversation with Lorraine, DeConnick talks about what was on her mind when she was writing Carol Danvers, how the Carol Corps started (hint: the Kiss Army is involved), and why Captain Marvel is an “upward-facing character.”
How did Marvel Knights — a now-legendary imprint created by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti — save Marvel Comics from near-extinction? On this episode, Evan and Lorraine find out from the people who made it happen. They hear a firsthand account of how Quesada and Palmiotti went from co-founding an indie comic book label to marching into a meeting with the President of Marvel Comics, Joe Calamari, and requesting to be Marvel’s new co-Editors in Chief. They delve into the imprint’s experimental style, grim and grittier aesthetic, as well as its violent, realistic tone. Plus, they explore how the imprint’s risky decisions paid off.
If you are a fan of Marvel comics and movies, you will love this amazing podcast. Lorraine and Evan delve into the characters backstories. The guests they bring on and their stories are fantastic! I though I had a good knowledge of these characters but after listening to the first season, I view these characters in a new light. It’s absolutely incredible!
The in-depth details about Marvel are very interesting. They are mostly things that I never knew before listening to this. Personally, I think the episodes toward the end of the season got slightly less good, but mostly it is a very enjoyable podcast.
Yeah listened to the origins. Comics are a way to escape this world politics issues and race all of that. Listening to this one really didn’t enjoy it. Politics has crept into everything keep it out of marvel.