297 – Thor #160-#161

Because we all loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so much, we’re doing a series on Ego the Living Planet and starting off with “Thor #160-#161” by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby from all the way back in the 70s. Thor intervenes to stop a galaxy-crushing battle between Ego and Galactus and finds a new home for The Wanderers. This comic may be almost 50 years old, but surprisingly so much of it still holds up: kernels of great ideas can be found everywhere. We talk a bit about how the flippant concern for canon back in the Golden Age lead to creativity and gush for days over Jack Kirby’s flawless work.

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Next time: “Nova: Nova Corps” by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

126 – Talkin’ ’bout Sidekicks

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We wrap up our sidekick series with an open discussion on the role and function of sidekicks in comics. Are they necessary anymore? Why were they around in the first place? Is there a reason why there’s always some kind of implication of pedophilia with Batman and Robin? C’mon, Tumblr, tell me why. For more information on past or future shows, visit www.AtomicPoweredSuperCast.com!

073 – The Galactus Trilogy

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We take it back old school to 1966 to read the first appearance of one of the Marvel Universe’s biggest baddies by reading a trio of issues from Stan Lee & Jack Kirby’s original run on the Fantastic Four. “The Galactus Trilogy” spans issues 48 through 50. It’s fraught with great line art, poor coloring, and one hell of a dysfunctional team dynamic — not to mention the end of the world. For more information on past and upcoming episodes, visit www.AtomicPoweredSuperCast.com!