Tag: Marvel Comics

DNA Podcast 077 – Hub Comics with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell

In this episode, Rob and Don team do an international team-up with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell of Hub Comics of Somerville, Mass. to expose the true nature of owning a comic shop in this modern age. Thrill as the intrepid foursome discuss the perils of pissing off your comic reading audience. Gasp as Tim and Jesse expose the hidden side behind the counter at Hub Comics and what really goes on when the doors close. Shudder as the true reading habits of comic shop denizens are laid bare for your eyes to behold. All this, and more references to Persepolis than you can count, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Hub Comics
DC INK line
DC Zoom line
Marvel Superhero Adventures
 Art School Confidential
Ghost World
Warriors Novels (fantasy cats)
Understanding Comics
Neil Gaiman
MICE: Mass. Independent Comics Expo
Fun Home
March by John Lewis
Toon Books


DNA Podcast 057 – Culture War Profiteering

In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to discuss Culture War Profiteering. What is Culture War Profiteering? And how is it being used on you on a daily basis? The trio will delve into this, the issues surrounding it, and what we can do about it. All this, and the sad tale of Swastika Lane, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Note: This episodes has some dodgy audio at the beginning, but clears up fairly quickly.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

The Amazing Atheist video about the Outrage Machine
Virtue Signalling
Marvel Comics Social Justice Failure
Marvel Comic Print Runs
The Image Comics Boom of the 90’s
Comics and Diversity YouTube Channel (We got the name backwards….)
Riri Williams
Purse Puppies
Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Assault Episode
Netpicks Channel: 13 Reasons Why
Stranger Things: Female Characters Kept Separated
The Swastika
Rush Limbaugh
Alex Jones
The Satanic Panic
The 90’s Comic Speculator Boom
The Big Sort
Russian Facebook Pages Organize Two Duelling Rallies in America
Caves of Steel by Issac Azimov
Monty Python- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Ready Player One

DNA Podcast 054 – TV Superheroes

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the history of American TV superheroes. From the open plains where the Lone Ranger roams, to Gotham City and Smallville, the pair chart the history of TV supers as from the dawn of TV to the present day. Along the way, they define what a Superhero is,  discuss how animated TV supers evolved, and bring back memories of the Six Million Dollar Man monster that terrified Rob as a kid. All this, and why Hugh Hefner is responsible for the campy Batman 66 TV series, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of TV Superhero Shows
Capes and Cowls: A History of Superhero TV
Small Wonder
The Lone Ranger
The Adventures of Superman
DC Heroes RPG
Kung Fury
Movie Serials
Batman Serial
The Superman Radio Show
Doc Savage Man of Bronze
Captain Video
Couragous Cat and Minute Mouse
Bob Kane
Astro Boy
Eight Man
Batman 66 or, if you prefer….
Al Lewis
The Green Hornet
The Marvel Superheroes TV Series (60’s)
Captain America Theme
Space Ghost
The Super Six
Spiderman 67
Hanna Barbera
Frankenstein Junior and the Impossibles
The Mighty Heroes
The Superfriends
The Spidermobile
Shazam! (TV Series)
The Six Million Dollar Man
Bionic Bigfoot
Ted Cassidy (Lurch)
Richard Kiel (Jaws)
The Bionic Woman
The Bionic Superpowers Sound Effect
Wonder Woman TV
The Amazing Spiderman 70’s TV
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
The Greatest American Hero
Misfits of Science
My Secret Identity
Jerry O’Connell
Superboy TV Series
Super Force
Gemini Man
Probe TV Series
Global Frequency
Lois and Clark
Power Rangers
Batman TAS
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
One Punch Man
Young Justice
Damage Control
Angel and the Ape
Prez Comic
The Tick (2017)
Skull the Slayer

DNA Podcast 052- A Brief History of American Comics

In this episode, Rob and Don plunge into the vast history of American comic books and try to make sense of it all. The pair explore the origins of the first comic books, and how the name Gains changed the comic book world not once, but twice! Then they face the challenge of the superheros as Superman’s birth brings about a new age, both in comic books and real life. Finally, they talk about the current comic market, and what flagging sales mean for Marvel and DC’s future. All this, and Brother Power the Geek, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

A History of Comic Books (wikipedia)
The Great Canadian Comic Books
Nelvana of the Ether People
Angus MacAskill- The Giant of Cape Breton
Cherry Poptart
The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck
Journey to the Gold Diggins
Hogan’s Alley
The Yellow Kid
Birth of a Nation
The Sunday Supplements
Winsor McKay
Little Nemo in Slumberland
Funnies on Parade
New Fun Comics
Doctor Occult
Action Comics #1
Superman OTR
Superman vs The KKK
DC Comics
The Shadow
Archie Comics
Dell Comics
Fawcett Comics
EC Comics
Horror Hosts
Spook Shows
Seduction of the Innocent
The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquincy
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Marvel Comics
MAD Magazine
Robert Crumb
ZAP Comix
Underground Comix
Don Heck
Teen Titans
Comics Code Authority
Brother Power the Geek
Harvey Comics
Eclipe Comics
First Comics
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Crisis on Infinite Earths
The Black and White Glut
IMAGE Comics
Rob Liefield
Todd McFarlane
Jim Lee
Valiant Comics
Malibu Comics
The Death of Superman
Marvel Unlimited


DNA Podcast 025 – The Kevin Doak Comedy Hour


In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comedian Kevin Doak to discuss comedy and the nerdly arts. The trio debate which superhero you want to have over for dinner, why the Walking Dead needs more laughs, and the depressed turnout of Batman v. Superman. All this, and why Shawn of the Dead is the most realistic zombie movie ever, is waiting for you in this, the 25th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things discussed:
Don Rickles
Honest Trailers Batman v. Superman
Shawn of the Dead
Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
The Dresden Files
Terry Prachett
Piers Anthony



DNA Podcast Episode 002- Audience Expectations

THAT cover.

THAT cover.

Welcome Operatives to the Department of Nerdly Affairs, tonight your hosts Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm discuss how audience expectations shape how people create media and react to it. In addition, we discuss Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series, what really makes a story “Adult”, why Hollywood can’t get Wonder Woman right, and International Comics culture. All that, plus the Combat Sign Wave and Phantom Lady’s incredible cleavage are waiting for you in this week’s episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 


Things Discussed:

The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell

Show Don’t Tell

Phantom Lady

Charlton Comics


Damage Control

New Adult Fiction

The Magicians by Lev Grosman

The Magicians TV Series (video)

Masamune Shirow

Combat/Exposition Sine Wave



Naruto/Bleach/One Piece Background Comparison

One Piece

Sailor Moon Crystal Sucks

Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman Movie (video)

Justice League vs. The Avengers

Wonder Woman TV (2011) (video)

International Iron Man (Okay, so it was 25 countries.)

Supaida Man

The Incredible Hulk Manga

Super Sentai

Go Ranger

Battle Fever J

Super Robot Red Baron (video)

Inspector Bicycle (video)