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Some of My Friends Read Comics

SOME OF MY FRIENDS READ COMICS is a book-club format podcast about reading the great comic book stories for the first time. On each episode, your hosts will review a classic comic book story or run, examine how well it holds up, and figure out how it fits within the grand context of comics.
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Aug 5, 2015

Time travel & alternate universes, robot Josef Stalins, and triceratopses -- all the silly staples of any good Fantastic Four story.

On today's SOMFRC, the gang reads Fantastic Four #343-346 - written and drawn by the great Walt Simonson (Thor, Detective Comics).  But is this story as fantastic as our eponymous foursome??

Find out on SOME OF MY FRIENDS READ COMICS!!

Jul 22, 2015

75 years ago, if you had told us that a guy who runs around in clown makeup stealing jewels would one day become the most iconic supervillain in comics, then we're afraid we wouldn't have heard you because we weren't born yet.

In this very special episode all about The Joker, we take a look back at his first appearance in Batman #1 and then read what has been called the greatest Joker story of all time, Alan Moore's controversial The Killing Joke. Join us, won't you?

Jul 8, 2015

The Scientist, The Criminal, and The Sexist Douchebag! Primetime sitcom? Nope! It’s the three different guys that have been Ant-Man. In this episode, we sort through them and discuss *cue dramatic music* THE MANY ORIGINS OF ANT-MAN!

Jun 24, 2015

Ready for some trippy 60's comic book art? We sure are, and you can bet your American flag that Steve Rogers is too! For only three issues in 1969, Jim Steranko infused Captain America with a dose of Salvador Dali and delivered some of the coolest, most surreal, early Marvel issues we've ever seen.

Join us as we talk about the (first) time Cap faked his own death in Captain America 110, 111, and 113.

Jun 10, 2015

In 1997, frustrated with struggling sales, DC cancelled all four of their Justice League titles and brought the original "Big 7" back to the team for the first time in a decade. But that wasn’t enough, they also brought on superstar writer Grant Morrison to turn the reboot into a huge bestseller.

In this episode of SOMFRC, Vince, Chris, and Kia take a look at JLA #1-4 to see what the hype was all about, compare the JLA to the Avengers, and explore Morrison’s jump from writing counter-cultural indie comics to superhero icons.

May 27, 2015

Remember that time in the 70’s when Godzilla was shrunken down by Ant-Man, fought the Fantastic Four and the Avengers as he grew large again, traveled through time twice, and even had his photo snapped by good ol’ Spider-Man? You don’t?!?! Well it’s true! Not only did Godzilla have his very own 24-issue Marvel comic, but it’s ALL in continuity.

So come join Vince, Chris, and Kia as they relive the finale of this insane series and see just how our big green dino-friend fit himself into the Marvel Universe.

May 13, 2015

There’s more than one way to skin an evil murderous robot. Vince, Chris, and Kia took a look back at a couple of classic Ultron stories written 30 years apart to see just how things have changed in the comic book world.

LISTEN in amazement as they discuss differences between the movies and the comics and try to wrap their heads around exactly what the heck is going on with the Avengers.

This episode: Avengers Vol. 1 #66-68 [1969], Avengers Vol. 3 #19-22 (Ultron Unlimited) [1999]

Next episode: Marvel's Godzilla: King of the Monsters #20-24 [1979]

Apr 19, 2015

Big bad nurses, stabby Santas, and bowling balls to the head. It’s all right here in Born Again, a classic Daredevil story by the master of superhero noir himself, Frank Miller.

We follow Matt Murdock as he gets more paranoid than we’ve ever seen him before and falls into a deep pit of depression. But hey, can you blame the guy? You’d be a wreck too if the Kingpin discovered your secret identity and dismantled your entire life.

Chris, Vince, and Kia go through this story and discuss classic villain tropes, comparisons to Batman, and decide once and for all whether it really deserves to be called a classic. All without giving away any spoilers for the new Netflix series, we promise!

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