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Marvel Age Master Class #16: 1970 Part Two with Russell Sellers

Marvel Age Master Class #16: 1970 Part Two with Russell Sellers

May 9, 2019

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month’s Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben’s Sultry Sixteenth episode takes a concentrated look the other half of the finest of Marvel Comics’ output throughout 1970. Ben is joined by DC Post-Crisis Management host Russell Sellers (also from the Sarcastic Four) to talk in-depth about the Amazing Spider-Man and his battles with Doc Ock as well as the legendary death of Captain Stacy, Captain America’s Campus Chaos and his ‘Easy Rider’ phase, the quiet finale of Lee & Kirby’s Fantastic Four, more mediocre Mar-Vell and the separation of the Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner in their titles as well as a phony Valkyrie in Avengers; Morse & Sellers discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Romita, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, John Buscema, Gil Kane and Herb Trimpe; Ben and Russell talk about character returns from Baron Zemo, Modok, and the Enchantress as well as yet another Bucky fake-out return.

Marvel Age Master Class: 1970 part one with Russell Sellers

Marvel Age Master Class: 1970 part one with Russell Sellers

April 15, 2019

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month’s Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben’s Fierce Fifteenth episode takes a concentrated look at about half of the finest of Marvel Comics’ output throughout 1970. Ben is joined by DC Post-Crisis Management host Russell Sellers (also from the Sarcastic Four) to talk about the Fantastic Four, the Avengers with Captain Mar-Vell, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Spider-Man and the Uncanny X-Men; Morse & Sellers discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Romita, Sal Buscema, Roy Thomas, and Neal Adams; Ben and Russell talk about character returns from the Black Widow, the Kingpin and Nick Fury as well as debuts from the Schemer, the Zodiac, and the Maggia.

Marvel Age: Master Class-1969 Part Two with Todd Weber

Marvel Age: Master Class-1969 Part Two with Todd Weber

March 18, 2019

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month’s Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben’s Forensic Fourteenth episode takes a concentrated look at the rest of the finest of Marvel Comics’ output throughout 1969. Ben is joined by “The Manager” Todd Weber from the Sarcastic Four to talk about Captain America, the Avengers, Captain Mar-Vell and the Uncanny X-Men; Morse & Weber discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Sal Buscema, Barry Smith, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, John Buscema and Neal Adams; Ben and Todd talk about character returns from the Red Skull, Magneto and Ultron as well as debuts from the Falcon, the Squadron Sinister, Sauron and the Savage Land Mutates.

Marvel Age Master Class: 1969 part one with Todd Weber

Marvel Age Master Class: 1969 part one with Todd Weber

February 25, 2019

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month’s Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben’s Therapeutic Thirteenth episode  takes a concentrated look some of the finest of Marvel Comics’ output throughout 1969. Ben is joined by “The Manager” Todd Weber from the Sarcastic Four to talk about Thor, Ego the Living Planet, Galactus, The Incredible Hulk, the Leader, the Amazing Spider-Man, the Kingpin and the Original Guardians of the Galaxy. Morse & Weber discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Arnold Drake, John Romita, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan and Herb Trimpe; Ben and Todd talk about diverging paths between Lee and Kirby as well as why the Hulk didn’t catch on in Marvel’s early years.

Marvel Age: Master Class-1968 Part Two with Nick Duke

Marvel Age: Master Class-1968 Part Two with Nick Duke

January 21, 2019

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month’s Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

 

Ben’s Tantalizing Twelfth episode  takes a concentrated look at some more of the finest of Marvel’s output throughout 1968. Ben and guest Nick Duke talk about Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, the Amazing Spider-Man and Captain Marvel. Morse & Duke discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, John Romita, John Buscema, and Roy Thomas. Ben and Nick also look at the character debuts of the Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers and Mephisto as well as an in-depth discussion as to why Steranko’s work on Nick Fury stands the test of time.

Marvel Age: Master Class-Remembering Stan Lee and 1968 Part One with Nick Duke

Marvel Age: Master Class-Remembering Stan Lee and 1968 Part One with Nick Duke

November 13, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month’s Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben’s Eloquent Eleventh episode was recorded on the day Stan Lee passed away. After a heartfelt discussion about Stan's massive legacy and Ben's personal remembrances, the show takes a concentrated look at some of the finest of Marvel’s output throughout 1968. Ben and guest Nick Duke talk about the Avengers, Thor & the Fantastic Four. Morse & Duke discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Buscema and Roy Thomas. Ben and Nick also look at the character debuts of the Vision, Ultron and Annihilus as well as return appearances from Lee's favorite character the Silver Surfer and Galactus.

Marvel Age Master Class: 1967 Part 2 with Tim Capel

Marvel Age Master Class: 1967 Part 2 with Tim Capel

October 7, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben's Tremendous Tenth episode takes a concentrated look at more of the finest of Marvel's output throughout 1967. Ben and guest Tim Capel talk about the new-look Amazing Spider-Man, the Avengers' struggle to find its way, the shenanagins in Daredevil as well as a look at what was going on in Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense and X-Men. Morse & Capel discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, Don Heck and the recently departed Marie Severin. Ben and Tim also look at the character debuts of the Kingpin and MODOK and also go in-depth into return appearances from Kraven, the Black Widow, Hercules, Mary Jane Watson and Norman & Harry Osborn.

(please note: one line of audio had to be dramatically recreated by the producer)

Marvel Age Master Class: 1967 Part 1 with Tim Capel

Marvel Age Master Class: 1967 Part 1 with Tim Capel

September 23, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben's Noteworthy Ninth episode takes a concentrated look at more of the finest of Marvel's output throughout 1967. Ben and guest Tim Capel talk about sustained success on Fantastic Four and creative arrivals on Strange Tales. Morse & Capel discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and notable Marvel newcomers Roy Thomas, Jim Steranko, and the recently departed Marie Severin. Ben and Tim also look at the character debuts of Blastaar, The Living Tribunal and Ronan the Accuser.

Marvel Age Master Class: 1966 Part 2 with Russell Sellers

Marvel Age Master Class: 1966 Part 2 with Russell Sellers

August 27, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben's extemporaneous eighth episode takes a concentrated look at more of the finest of Marvel's output throughout 1966. Ben and guest Russell Sellers talk about big changes and arrivals on Marvel Comics' Avengers, Thor, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Daredevil and Tales of Suspense. Morse & Sellers discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, John Romita and Marvel newcomers Dennis O'Neil and Gene Colan. Ben and Russell look at the arrivals of Captain America in the pages of Tales of Suspense as well as the Hulk's advent in the pages of Tales to Astonish and discuss characters such as Ego, The Living Planet, The Dread Dormammu, Clea, The Swordsman and Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD.

Marvel Age Master Class: 1966 Part 1 with Russell Sellers

Marvel Age Master Class: 1966 Part 1 with Russell Sellers

August 7, 2018
Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.
 
Ben's stupendous seventh episode takes a concentrated look at some of the finest of Marvel's output throughout 1966. Ben and guest Russell Sellers talk about big changes and arrivals on Marvel Comics' flagship titles Amazing Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. Morse & Sellers discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and the debut of "Jazzy" John Romita and discuss why Steve Ditko left Marvel in 1966. Ben and Russell look at the arrivals of the Silver Surfer and Galactus as well as Black Panther's debut in the pages of the Fantastic Four. The boys also talk in-depth about the Green Goblin's ascent to the top of the Spider-Man Rogues Gallery.
Marvel Age Master Class: 1965 pt 2 with Nick Duke

Marvel Age Master Class: 1965 pt 2 with Nick Duke

July 20, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

 
Ben's sensational sixth episode takes a concentrated look at some of the finest of Marvel's output throughout 1965. Ben and guest Nick Duke talk about Marvel Comics seminal Amazing Spider-Man, Strange Tales and the revamped Avengers. Morse & Duke discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and John Severin, with a special talk about the recently deceased Ditko. Ben and Nick look at the graduation of Peter Parkerl and discuss the lineup overhauls of both the Avengers and Strange Tales. They also talk in depth about the epic year-long Eternity and Dormammu Saga which starred Dr. Strange.
Marvel Age Master Class: 1965 Part 1 with Nick Duke

Marvel Age Master Class: 1965 Part 1 with Nick Duke

July 4, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben's fabulous fifth episode takes a concentrated look at the rest of Marvel's output throughout 1964. Ben and guest Nick Duke talk about Marvel Comics' many crossovers as characters within their shared universe interacted even more in 1965! Morse & Duke discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth and Wallace Wood. Ben and Nick look at the further development of Daredevil and discuss the Inhumans, the Frightful Four and the robotic Sentinels from X-Men. They also talk in depth about the heralded ​wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm and they discuss the legendary first appearance of the Juggernaut.
Marvel Age Master Class: 1964 Part 2 with Todd Weber

Marvel Age Master Class: 1964 Part 2 with Todd Weber

June 24, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel staffer Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

Ben's fantastic fourth episode takes a concentrated look at the rest of Marvel's output throughout 1964. Ben and guest Todd Weber talk about Marvel Comics' many crossovers as characters within their shared universe interacted more than ever. Morse & Weber discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, as well as Steve Ditko. Ben and Todd look at the further development of Dr. Strange and Spider-Man's greatest threats to date-The Sinister Six and the Green Goblin. They also talk in depth about the origin of Marvel's most menacing villain of all, Dr. Doom, and why Marvel's annuals were revolutionary.​

Marvel Age Master Class: 1964 Part 1

Marvel Age Master Class: 1964 Part 1

June 18, 2018

Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel staffer Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

This third episode takes a focused look at Marvel's output throughout 1964. Ben and guest Todd Weber talk about Marvel Comics synergistic growth as they expanded their comic universe, Morse & Weber discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Bill Everett, and Ben and Todd look at the further development of Iron Man, the X-Men and the Avengers while also investigating and dissecting the debuts of the Mandarin, Hawkeye, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Daredevil as well as the triumphant return of Captain America in Avengers issue #4!​
Marvel Age Master Class: 1963

Marvel Age Master Class: 1963

June 7, 2018

​​Welcome to the Marvel Age Master Class Podcast! Each month, former Marvel staffer Ben Morse joins with a member of PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers or Todd Weber) to take a closer look at the year previously highlighted in that same month's Marvel Age Podcast! Ben brings his wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge to catch things the S4 missed and brings his unique perspective to talk about the stories and creators of the selected year.

This second episode takes a focused look at Marvel's output throughout 1963. Ben and guest Tim Capel talk about Marvel Comics' growing pains as they expanded their comic universe, Morse & Capel discuss the work of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Don Heck, and Ben and Tim look at the further development of the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor and Spider-Man while also investigating and dissecting the debuts of Iron Man, Dr. Strange, the Avengers debut and the first-ever X-Men comic.