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Character Corner - A Podcast on Your favorite Comic Book Characters

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Dpalm & Kriss love talking about Comic Books & Comic Book Characters. The Character Corner lets them do just that. We pick some of our favorite characters from DC, Marvel, Image and more to discuss their backgrounds and important issue runs. We cover some characters you might not know about or you wan too learn more about. This is the perfect show for both those who only know these characters from the movies and for hardcore comic book readers. Check the show notes for the key issues we discuss.
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This feels like a long time coming. It's actually quite amazing that it's taken us this long to cover Barry Allen. We're slowly making our way through the original seven members of the Justice League (Martian Manhunter is the only remaining member left and we'll cover him soon). There's a few reasons why it's taken us such a long time to cover the character that practically launched the Silver Age of comics. First, we're Wally West fans. There's a reason why Wally West was the second character we ever covered on the Character Corner. And rightly so. Most of what everyone knows of the Flash came from Wally's time (The Speed Force was created during Mark Waid's great Wally West run). Related to this, the second reason it has taken us this long is because Barry Allen for so long represented more of a Legend in the DC Universe than anything else. His first appearance kicked off the start of the Silver Age and his death not only saved the DC Universe but also arguably kicked off the Bronze Age. His sacrifice set the bar and tone for so many characters, not just Wally. He also for the longest time the promise of a hero passing his mantle and legacy to his protege. And honestly, the best Barry Allen stories and the ones people really think of that define the character, all came after his return from death after two decades. But before we get into Barry, we start with Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash. We'll also be covering some of the other members of the Flash family in part 2. Consider these episodes the primer for later this year when we do a deep dive Comic Book Book Club into Josh Williamson's run on the Flash that really brings home and ties together the legacy of Barry Allen. Issues: Jay Garrick Flash Comics #1 - First Appearance of Jay Garrick The Golden Age Flash All Star Comics #3 - First Appearance of the Justice Society of America (Jay was founding member and Chairman) Barry Allen Showcase #4 - First appearance of Barry Allen the Silver Age Flash Flash #110 - First Appearance of Wally West as Kid Flash Flash #123 - Flash of Two Worlds (Barry & Jay meet for the first time) The Original Rogues (We covered Flash Rogues on this episode) Captain Cold - Showcase #8 Mirror Master (Sam Scudder)- The Flash #105 Gorilla Grodd - The Flash #106 Pied Piper (Hartley Rathaway) - The Flash #106 Weather Wizard (Mark Mardon) - The Flash #110 Trickster James Jesse - The Flash #113 Captain Boomerang - The Flash #117 The Top (Roscoe Dillon) - The Flash #122 Abra Kadabra - The Flash #128 Heat Wave - The Flash #140 The Golden Glider (Lisa Snart) - The Flash #250 Rainbow Raider - The Flash #286 The Flash #139 - First appearance of Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom The Flash #275 - The death of Iris Allen The Flash #282 - 283 - Thawne revealed as Iris' murderer The Flash #324 - Barry kills Thawne when Thawne tries to kill his new fiance The Flash #340 - 350 - Trial of the Flash. #350 ends with Iris being revealed to be from the 30th century and still alive, Barry goes off with Iris to live in the 30th century Crisis on Infinite Earths The Wally West Years (Check our Wally West Character Corner & the Update) Final Crisis #2 - The real return of Barry Allen The Flash The Rebirth - Six Issue mini-series. Sets the ground for the modern take on Barry and Eobard. Revealed that Thawne went back in time to kill Barry's mother The Flash vol 3 Blackest Night Flashpoint The Flash Vol 4 (Rebirth) The Williamson run. We will be covering this in a Comic Book Book Club Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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Is World Domination a father-son bonding activity? Kriss and Dpalm dive into Robert Kirkman's Invincible with the first five volumes. The first 5 volumes of this series are a great introduction to the world that Kirkman has set up. It's also a great example of how those that say they want a "dark", R-rated Justice League (looking at those lost SnyderCut stans), just need to pick up some creator owned books. Invincible starts off as basically "What if we took Superman, gave him a son and then made him an evil tyrant that needed to be stopped by his son?" Seriously, Nolan/Omni-Man beating the shit out of his son Mark/Invincible is something no one is really expecting to see. But don't think that Invincible is just some DC rip-off. Far from it. Yes they take their shots and have their parodies, but really Invincible does a great job of building its characters and the world they live in into something that stands on its own. By the time you finish volume 5, you're fully invested. There's the trauma of Mark and his mother Deborah trying to piece their lives together after Nolan is revealed to be an evil tyrant and exposed to the whole world. The supporting cast like Allen the Alien, Atom Eve (who when you realize what her powers are you'll be questioning yourself), the Mauler Twins, Monster Girl and others are all intriguing and interesting on their own. Then there's the feeling that you clearly don't know all that is going on besides the fact that Kirkman has a plan and is willing to take his time to build out that world. All of this makes for a great and exciting read. We'll be back at the end of the month to do the next 5 volumes. Make sure you stay tuned and pick up your own copies so you can read along with us. Issues: Volume 1 Family Matters Volume 2 Eight is Enough Volume 3 Perfect Strangers Volume 4 Head of the Class Volume 5 Facts of Life what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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First Character Corner of 2021 and we timed it to come out the same weekend that Marvel premieres its first Disney+ TV series: WandaVision. So, of course we had to tackle the Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch and her husband (ex-husband technically) Vision. These two characters actually have a pretty robust history and in the case of Wanda, have some pretty serious consequences in the Marvel Universe. The fallout from House of M significantly changed the status of mutants and led to some major moments. Hope wasn't wrong when she said she blamed Wanda for everything. Both Wanda and Vision have some deep cut connections to the Golden Age. And for those that have seen the first two episodes of WandaVision, getting some of the background gone on these characters will probably make you look at those first two episodes less as a sitcom and more as the setup for a horror story. Issues: Uncanny X-Men #4 - First appearance of Scarlet Witch and her twin brother, Pietro/Quicksilver Avengers #16 - Cap's Kooky Quartet. Wanda & Pietro join the Avengers Avengers #57 - First appearance of Vision Avengers #108 & 198 Avengers #128 - Agatha Harkness becomes to the magical mentor of Wanda Avengers #133 - 135 - Full origin of Vision revealing his connection to the android Human Torch Giant Size Avengers #4 - Marriage of Vision and Scarlet Witch Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982) Issue 4 - Magneto revealed to be the father of Wanda and Pietro Avengers #242 - 243 - Vision becomes leader of the Avengers Avengers #251 - 254 - Vision tries to take over the world's computers. Is stopped and then monitored by world governments Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985) These 12 issues lead to the birth of Wanda & Vision's twins: Tommy & Billy West Coast Avengers #42 - 5 - Vision Quest. Vision is dismantled and put back together without human emotion West Coast Avengers #51 - 52 - The truth about Wanda & Vision's twins is revealed Avengers Vol 3 #10 - Wanda brings Wonder Man back from the dead Avengers vol 3 #500 - 503 - Disassembled. Wanda remembers the truth about her twins and things go very very badly House of M Wanda makes her way to #2 on the All Time Mutant decimation list with three simple words: No More Mutants Children's Crusade Wiccan and Speed search for Wanda who they believe they are the reincarnated souls of her twins Avengers vs X-Men Uncanny Avengers - The "Unity" squad. Vision (Tom King) Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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We're cutting it close but we're squeezing in a final Character Corner/Pull List episode of 2020. This has been a long, stressful year that's disrupted our normal schedule but we didn't want to close out the year without one more episode. Plus, despite everything going on, it's actually been a really great year for comics. There's good stuff all around. Kriss has finally jumped into the Power Rangers books that Dpalm recommended and he really has been enjoying reading them. On the DC side, Scott Snyder's Dark Knights: Death Metal is coming close to an end and it's really good. As we've mentioned before, Death Metal has been a really good commentary on DC in trying to clean up the mess of their multiverse and their history of erasing their history. Hopefully they'll keep it up after this is all over. Oh and Tom King is back to wrap up his Batman/Catwoman story. On the Marvel side, there's plenty to go around. There's the Star Wars books, particularly Darth Vader and when you couple those with the announcements from LucasFilms and it's all very exciting. Captain America is great, Miles Morales' Ultimatum story has wrapped up and there's plenty more. But the real thing to talk about is what Hickman is doing with the X-Men. Dawn of X has wrapped up with the X of Swords and Hickman once again proves he's playing the long game. As the man who wiped out the Captain Britain Corps, we didn't expect him to be the one to bring it back and then to do it through a X-Men story but that's exactly what he did. We're excited to see what he's going to continue to do with these X-Books and what's coming with Reign of X. Oh and for 2021, we're getting back to the basics. We'll be kicking off 2021 with a Scarlet Witch and Vision Character Corner to coincide with WandaVision. And we're going to also then do a Comic Book Book Club on Invincible. So stay tuned. Issues: Power Rangers Saban's Go Go Power Rangers Vol 1 - 3 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol 1 - 6 Star Wars: Darth Vader #7 & #8 The Flash #763 & #764 Dark Knight Death Metal Dark Knights Death Metal #6 Dark Knight Death Metal - The Last Stories of the DC Universe Dark Knights Death Metal - The Secret Origin Dark Knights Death Metal - Speed Metal Action Comics #1028 Batman/Catwoman #1 Captain America #25 & #26 Miles Morales: Spider-Man #21 Excalibur #1 - #11 (Essential for the lead up to X of Swords) X of Swords Excalibur #12 X-Men #12 X of Swords: Creation #1 X-Factor #4 Wolverine #6 X-Force #13 Marauders #13 Hellions #5 New Mutants #13 Cable #5 Excalibur #13 X-Men #13 X of Swords: Statis #1 X-Men #14 Marauders #14 - 15 Excalibur #14 Wolverine #7 X-Force #14 Hellions #6 Cable #6 Excalibur #15 X-Men #15 X of Swords: Destruction #1 X-Men #16 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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With the release of the Miles Morales: Spider-Man game for Playstation 4 & 5, it's the perfect time to do a follow-up on Miles Morales. Back in 2015 we did a Character Corner on Miles (Listen here). Since then a lot has happened. Matter of fact, around the time of that episode, Miles was making the huge transition from the 1610 Ultimate Universe to the main 616 universe through Jonathan Hickman's Secret Wars. The result of Secret Wars saw big changes for Miles as not only did he make it over to 616 but so did his family and friends. And with that Marvel now has two Spider-Men to play with: The elder Peter Parker who deals with the challenges of being Spider-Man as an adult and the teenage Miles Morales that still gives readers that classic "teenage Spider-Man angst". The other big thing that's changed with Miles is that his creator Brian Michael Bendis finally passed the character along to another writer. Saladin Ahmed picked up the writing duties of Brooklyn's Spider-Man and not only has it been great, but the arc has tied directly back to Secret Wars and the fact that Miles & his family/friends are not from 616. It's been a great run so far and we can't wait to see how it all plays out. Listen as we give the update on Miles and talk about how he's gone from new character 9 years ago to an unstoppable force that can't be too far from a live action debut. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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It’s that time again...time for another episode of the Pull List one the Character Corner podcast. Kriss caught up on what Scott Snyder did on Justice League and is doing with his anti-Crisis Crisis, Dark Knight Death Metal and we have thoughts. Outside of the DC & Marvel super heroes, Power Rangers remains great and if you haven’t been reading the Star Wars books you’re really missing out. Seriously, you can’t call yourself a Star Wars fan and not be reading what’s happening in those books. The third Darth Vader series from Marvel continues the trend of great Vader books. This current one is set right after Empire Strikes Back and well, Emperor Palpatine is an asshole. Over at Marvel, it’s X-Men everything. The X of Swords event is heating up but . If you’re an X-Men fan you should be scared of what Hickman has up his sleeves. We’re slowly catching up on everything but one thing is clear: The X-Men are back. Every X-book is great and a must read. We're nervous because things are going well for the X-Men and X-Men stories always in with tragedy so we're now worried what's coming next (Nimrod is inevitable and yet we haven't seen any mention in a while). And then there’s DC. Look, we’re hard on DC because well...we’ve been hurt before (see our live action movie rants). However, we’ve been overall pleasantly surprised by what they’ve done with Rebirth. What Scott Snyder has done the last year or so with Justice League and now Death Metal feels like finally someone is talking back to the leadership at DC and saying “all our history should matter and we should embrace it”. The conclusion of Death Metal and the fall out with Future State is very exciting. The problem is, there are still hints that the problems at the core of DC are still there. Like why when Snyder rolled off of Justice League to do an event that is literally destroying the DC multiverse....the Justice League book continued on with a new creative team like nothing was happening. At least now we're taking two steps forward and only one step back. That's still making progress. Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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It is good to be back. After taking an impromptu hiatus in September we're back with a new episode of the Character Corner. We're wrapping up our Superman series with Part 2. We pick up right where we left with the aftermath of the Death of Superman after his epic fight with Doomsday. Like the first episode, while we talk about issues and storylines, we also focus a lot on the themes around the character and what he means. A lot of the more modern Superman takes show a much more well-rounded and human character than were shown in previous comic eras or even the movies. Superman struggling with being alien yet feeling as if he's one of us humans is a key plot point in a lot of stories. At their core, Superman stories have always really been the story of an immigrant integrating with society. This was a really fun episode to record. We also draw some parallels between Superman and other characters like Captain America, Cyclops and Spider-Man. Give it a listen. Also, we really do appreciate the 5 star reviews on iTunes. During this rough year, it's been great to hear from fans of our episodes. It really helps keep us motivated to do more. So keep leaving reviews and we'll keep reading them. Issues: Reign of the Supermen Action Comics #687-688 Adventures of superman #500 - 502 Superman #78 - 79 Superman Annual #5 Superman: The Ma of Steel #22 - 23 Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #2 Superman: The Return of Superman Action Comics #689 - 692 Action Comics Annual #5 Adventures of Superman #503 - 505 Adventures of Superman Annual #5 Green Lantern #46 Superman #80 - 83 Superman: The Man of Steel #24 - 26 Superman/Doomsday Hunter/Prey Superman The Wedding Album Grant Morrison JLA (We're going to do a whole Character Corner on this run) Superman Red/Superman Blue Special #1 Superman #132 Adventures of Superman #555 Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10 Action Comics #742 Superman: The Man of Steel #77 Superman #133 Adventures of Superman #556 Action Comics #743 Superman Red/Superman Blue Superman President Lex (2003) Action Comics #773 Adventures of Superman #581 Adventures of Superman #586 President Luthor Secret Files and Origins #1 Superman Vo2 #162 Superman Vo2 #163 Superman Vo2 #164 Superman Vo2 #165 Superman: Lex 2000 #1 Superman: The Man of Steel #108 Superman: The Man of Steel #109 Superman: The Man of Steel #110 Infinite Crisis Superman: Camelot Falls Superman #654 Superman #655 Superman #656 Superman #657 Superman #658 Superman #662 Superman #663 Superman #664 Superman #667 Superman #668 Superman Annual #13 Superman: Last Son of Krypton Action Comics #844 - 846, #851, #866-870 Action Comics Annual #11 Superman: For Tomorrow Superman #204 - 2015 Final Crisis Superman: New Krypton Superman: New Krypton Special #1 Superman #681 Adventure Comics Special Featuring Guardian #1 Action Comics #871 Supergirl Vol 5 #35 Superman #682 Action Comics #872 Supergirl Vol 5 #36 Superman #683 Action Comics #873 Superman Grounded New 52 Doomsday Clock Non-Canon Injustice Superman: Red Son Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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We're back with another Character Corner episode. This time we're diving into the first part of a two part series on the man himself, Superman. Created in 1938 by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, Superman is the first superhero and is the birth of the Golden Age. The first part of this series is going to focus more on the overall history and context of Superman and not really digging into the stories too much. Mainly because there’s so much. This is once again a Golden Age character and perhaps the most important character in comic book history. There have been some changes here and there but Superman has largely remained the same compared to other characters (go dive into the histories of Wonder Woman or Hawkman). Superman also had the benefit of radio serials (Over 2000 episodes) that were aimed at kids that really helped the character take root. From 1941 - 1970, under editor Mort Weisinger, Superman stories spend nearly 3 decades finding their footing. While there are definitely stories here that resonate, this time period is really about setting up the overall characterization of who Superman really is. And it's a good foundation that anyone looking to make a live action Superman should look at (Looking at you Zack Snyder). In this episode we explore the 'who is he?' of Superman leading up to Crisis and then jump into John Byrne's Man of Steel which sets the stage of who Post-Crisis Superman is and is the Superman that is the model for all those that come after. We then end with the Death of Superman (Superman #75) which Dpalm makes a solid argument for the beginning of the death of comics. Before we jump into that though, Kriss and Dpalm take some time to talk about the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Boseman's death hits so hard because he was becoming a legend not just because of the characters he played on screen but because of who he was off of it. Issues: Key Issues Action Comics #1 - First appearance of Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane Superman #1 - First appearance Jonathan and Martha Kent Action Comics #23 - First appearance of The Daily Star/Daily Planet Superman #7 - First appearance of Perry White Action Comics #6 (unnamed cameo), Radio serial (April 15 1940), Superman #13 - First appearance of Jimmy Olsen Superman #76 - First official meeting of Batman and Superman Key Villain Appearances Action Comics #23 - First appearance of Lex Luther Action Comics #242 - First appearance of Brainiac Superboy #68 - First appearance of Bizarro Adventure comics #283 - First appearance General Zod Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 - First appearance of Darkseid Powers Flight - Comes in the second episode of the radio serial Action Comics #11 - X-Ray vision & super hearinng Action Comics #20 - Super human breath Superman #129 - Freeze breath Superman #146 - All of his powers except strength come from the Earth's sun Action Comics #300 - All of his powers (even strength) come from the Earth's sun and are taken away by red sunlight Superman #61 - Kryptonite first appears in the comics (mentioned on radio 6 years before) Crisis on Infinite Earths DC's Legends 1 - 6 - John Ostrander John Byrne's Man of Steel 1 - 6 - retells the story origin of Superman Post Crisis Superman The Man of Steel (These volumes collect Superman, Action Comics and Adventures of Superman) Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Volume 5 Volume 6 Volume 7 Volume 8 Volume 9 The Death of Superman Superman The Man of Steel #18 Justice League of America #69 Superman #74 Adventures of Superman #497 Action Comics #684 Superman The Man of Steel #19 Superman #75 Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness?
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Covid made the release of comics a little wonky. But we're finally getting back to a normal schedule so the Pull List is back. We actually have a lot of books to talk about. One thing we do ask though is...when the hell is Saga coming back? It's been almost two years since we got an issues and it really drives home the fact that when it comes to independent books, nothing is guaranteed...even if it's super popular. Outside of the big 2, Dpalm sings the praises once again of the Power Ranger books and he might have even convinced Kriss to pick it up. Over at DC, we really need to talk about how great the Flash run of Williamson has been. We know he's coming to the end of his time on the book and of course like everything with Barry, Eobard Thawne is proving why he is the Flash's greatest enemy. For Marvel, the Star Wars books are still great but the biggest thing right now is the Empyre event that's going on. While it seems to really be an Avengers/Fantastic Four event, X-Men #10 involves Vulcan and ties into Empyre while also setting up for the big X-Men even coming this fall. Also, if you've been reading X-Force then you know there's a lot of similarities between what that team has been dealing with and the Cotati threat in Empyre. Issues: Power Rangers Ranger Slayer Ninja Turtles Star Wars Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Star Wars DC The Flash Latest #758 Young Justice Legion of Superheroes Deceased Marvel X-Men #10 X-Factor #1 X-Force New Mutants Venom Amazing Spider-Man Fantastic Four Empyre Like what you hear? Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Follow us on Twitter: @Dpalm66 @InsanityReport @TheMTRNetwork Our shirts are now on TeePublic: https://teepublic.com/stores/mtr-network Want more podcast greatness? Sign up for a MTR Premium Account!
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