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January 10th, 2020    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1972 Part Three and Year End Wrap-up

Happy New Year! This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1972. The Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) talk in depth about a Stan Lee's vision of Ragnarok in Thor #200, The Amazing Spider-Man's discovery of his Aunt May's terrible life choices in issues #113-115, more terrible Avengers stories-but this time featuring the Sentinels in issues #102-104, Warlock #1-3 with Counter-Earth shenanigans and the introduction of the Soul Gem, Ghost Rider's sublime first appearance in Marvel Spotlight #5, more excellent comics featuring Black Widow and the secret of Project Four in Daredevil #90-91, the first three issues of the Defenders in their own title, Captain America versus Captain America (from the '50s) in issues #153-156 and the woman who would become Tigra's debut in The Cat #1.  The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, Mike Friedrich, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog, Sal Buscema, John Romita, Joe Sinnott,  Gil Kane, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. The boys also rate their favorite stories, creators, heroes/villains and covers from 1972.

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

November 6th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1972 Part Two

Sweet Christmas! This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1972. The Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) talk in depth about a terrible Avengers reunion in issue #100 of that title, Stan Lee's swan song on the Fantastic Four in issues 124-125 of FF, Werewolf by Night's continuing adventures in Marvel Spotlight #4 and his eponymous debut issue, Black Widow's origin and San Francisco shenanigans in Daredevil #88-89, Man-Thing being weird in the pages of Fear 10-11, Luke Cage's origin story in Luke Cage Hero for Hire #1, the Beast's continuing solo escapades in Amazing Adventures 14-15, Spidey, the Human Torch and the X-Men joining together in Marvel Team-Up #3-4, Hulk vs. Havok and Polaris in the Incredible Hulk #150, Amazing Spider-Man meets the Gibbon in Stan Lee's last issues of ASM (110-112), the return of the Defenders in Marvel Feature #3 and what the hell is Night Nurse #1? The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, John Romita, Barry Smith, Joe Sinnott, Gil Kane, Mike Ploog, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

August 28th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1972 Part One

This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1972. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Stan Lee returning to Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four as the FF meet the Air Walker the newest herald of Galactus in issues 120-123; Shanna the She-Devil's debut issue; the interminable Kree-Skrull War terminates in Avengers 95-97; Daredevil and Karen break up and DD moves to San Francisco with Black Widow in Daredevil 86-87; Spidey and Human Torch join forces in Marvel Team-Up 1-2; Dracula's Marvel debut in Tomb of Dracula 1-2; Werewolf by Night makes the scene in Marvel Spotlight 2-3; Adam Warlock makes Todd uncomfortable in Marvel Premiere 1-2; and the Beast mutates in Amazing Adventures 11-13. The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, John Buscema, Neal Adams, Joe Sinnott, Gil Kane, Mike Ploog, Gene Colan and Tom Sutton.

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

July 24th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1971 Part Three

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

 This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1971. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four combat with the Eternals' Over-Mind (and the transitioning of Stan Lee off of the title) in issues #113-116, Captain America getting truly ridiculous about race relations in issue #143, the Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Dr. Strange combining to form the Defenders in Marvel Feature #1-2, Spider-Man growing four extra arms and dealing with the debuting Morbius in Amazing Spider-Man #100-102, and Thor yet again foiling Loki's plans to take the Throne of Asgard in Thor #191-194. The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, the newly-arrived Archie Goodwin & Gerry Conway, Gary Friedrich, Sal & John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Gil Kane and John Romita. The S4 then reveal their picks for the best of 1971 Marvel.

July 7th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1971 Part Two

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

 This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1971. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four and how Ben Grimm is a jerk who can only be stopped by the Hulk in FF #111-112, the beginning of the interminable Kree/Skrull war in Avengers #89-94, Captain America goes undercover in Harlem while the legendary Stan Lee gives up writing Cap in issues #139-142, the Hulk deals with the annoying Doc Samson and the bizarre Tom Wolfe in Incredible Hulk #141-142 and Peter Parker's friend Harry develops a drug habit while Spider-Man appears on the Tonight Show to discuss prison reform in ASM #96-99. The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema, Herb Trimpe, John Buscema, John Severin, Gil Kane and John Romita.

June 17th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1971 Part One

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

 This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1971. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four and their new status quo, the return of the Squadron Sinister/Supreme in Avengers, Captain America taking on the Falcon as his official partner, the Hulk gets microversial and the Defenders unofficially team up for the first time. The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema, Herb Trimpe, John Buscema, Gene Colan and John Romita as well as legendary writer Harlan Ellison.

April 25th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1970 Part Two

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

This fiendish FIFTEENTH episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1970. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man and his battles with the Doc Ock and the shocking death of Captain Stacy, Captain America's campus chaos and a Bogus Bucky, the quiet finale of Lee & Kirby’s The Fantastic Four, more mediocre Mar-Vell and the separation of the Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner as well as a phony Valkyrie in Avengers; the boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, Herb Trimpe, John Buscema, Gene Colan and John Romita.

April 2nd, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1970 Part One

This forsaken FOURTEENTH episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1970. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man and his battles with the Kingpin, the Mighty Thor's epic tale the Fall of Asgard featuring Surtur, the amazing achievement of 100 issues of Lee & Kirby's The Fantastic Four, the debut of the villain team Zodiac in Avengers and the final pre-reprint days of the Original X-Men; the boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Sal Buscema, Denny O'Neil and John Romita.

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

 

February 27th, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1969 Part Two

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

This thirsty THIRTEENTH episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1969. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ X-Men and its dynamic new artist (plus the return of Magneto and the debut of Sauron), Captain America's new/old partner Rick "Bucky" Jones and his new/new partner the Falcon in their battles against Madame Hydra and the returning Red Skull, the debut of the Rick Jones/Captain Marvel pairing plus the return of Ultron and the debut of the Squadron Sinister in Avengers; the boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Jim Steranko, Gene Colan, John Buscema, John Romita as well as the debuting Neal Adams, Sal Buscema, Gil (that's gotta be) Kane and Barry (not yet Windsor) Smith.

February 1st, 2019    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1969 Part One

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

This totalitarian TWELFTH episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1969. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man’s “Crisis on Campus”, The Incredible Hulk’s first Annual/Special, the debut of the original Guardians of the Galaxy in "Marvel Super Heroes" as well as the Origin of Galactus story in the pages of Thor; the boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan and John Romita.

December 10th, 2018    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1968 Part Two

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

This eclectic ELEVENTH episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1968. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, the Amazing Spider-Man and Captain Marvel; the boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Gary Friedrich, Marie Severin, Joe Sinnott, John Buscema, Vince Colletta and Roy Thomas; and the S4 go in-depth into return appearances from Galactus, the Red Skull and the Warriors Three as well as important debuts from the previously mentioned Captain Marvel, future Captain Marvel Carol Danvers, and the embodiment of evil, Mephisto.

October 24th, 2018    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1968 Part One

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

 

This tremendous TENTH episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel’s output throughout 1968. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics’ Avengers, Thor and the First Family of Marvel, The Fantastic Four; the boys once again discuss the contributions of architects Stan Lee & Jack Kirby as well as other contributors John Buscema, Vince Colletta and Roy Thomas; and the S4 go in-depth into return appearances from the Silver Surfer and Galactus as well as important debuts from the Annihilus, the Wrecker, Ultron and the Vision.

September 27th, 2018    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: 1967 Part Two

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics' publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

 

This nostalgic ninth episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel's output throughout 1967. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics' Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, X-Men and Daredevil; the boys once again discuss the contributions of architects Stan Lee & Jack Kirby as well as other contributors John Romita, Marie Severin, Gene Colan, Don Heck, Roy Thomas and Werner Roth; and the S4 go in-depth into return appearances from Kraven, the Black Widow, Hercules, Mary Jane Watson & Harry Osborn as well as important debuts from the Kingpin and MODOK.

September 11th, 2018    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: Episode Eight - 1967 Part 1

 

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth, year-by-year look at Marvel Comics' publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

This enterprising eighth episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel's output throughout 1967. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics' flagship Fantastic Four's adventures as well as Strange Tales featuring Dr. Strange and Colonel Nick Fury; the boys once again discuss the contributions of architects Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, as well as a trio of newcomers in Roy Thomas, Jim Steranko and the recently departed Marie Severin; and the S4 go in depth into the first appearances of Ronan the Accuser, Blastaar and the Living Tribunal.

 
 

August 14th, 2018    

Marvel Age Podcast Featuring the Sarcastic Four: Episode Seven - 1966 Part 2

Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics' very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth year-by-year look at Marvel Comics' publishing history, focusing on 10 significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.

This serendipitous seventh episode takes a concentrated look at roughly half of the best of Marvel's output throughout 1966. The Sarcastic Four talk in depth about Marvel Comics' revitalized Tales of Suspense series, which now featured Captain America solo tales in addition to Iron Man adventures, the Avengers, Daredevil, Tales to Astonish (now featuring the Incredible Hulk) and Thor's rechristened solo series; the boys once again discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, "Jazzy" John Romita, and Don Heck, as well as the debuting Gene Colan and Gil Kane; the S4 go into the first appearance of the Gladiator, Power Man and the Swordsman; They also discuss Steve Ditko's last Dr. Strange story and our team breaks down the surprising reveal of Ego, the Living Planet.

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