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Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.

Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.


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Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.




Issue 96 - Strangers in a strange land

What do Captain America, Exodus, and Sleepwalker all have in common? They're strangers in a strange land! Come to a weird place with us as we examine what it's like to be in the unknown! SHOW NOTES: IntroReminder to vote in awards showBackground Stories about characters displaced in time or space are innumerableSuperman - last son of KryptonCaptain America - man out of timeShining Knight (Sir Justin) - member of King Arthur’s Court, revived in 1941 and joined the Seven Soldiers of Victory...


Issue 95 - Killer Croc

We head back to the sewers to take on KILLER CROC! Does this raging reptile have a softer side? Also, stay tuned after the episode for a special bonus where we help a listener live! SHOW NOTES: IntroShoutout to Comic Book Keepers - Chris and Lance review a character or topic each episode - thegeeklygrind.comStill taking votes for award showBackground (02:55) Killer Croc created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan inDetective Comics#523 (Feb 1983)Waylon Jones was born with lizard like features...


Issue 94 - Baphomet

We take our first trip to the world of the Wicked + the Divine to examine Baphomet! And it's so complex, we enlisted Jered from the Fantom Zone to help us! Does this role playing god find a name he's comfortable with? Listen now to find out! SHOW NOTES: IntroThanks to guest Jered from Fantom ZoneNominees for 100th episode award show + mailbag - nominations pageBackground (05:15) Baphomet created by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matthew Wilson inThe Wicked + The Divine#2 (July...


Issue 93 - Quipping

We take a serious look at a not-so-serious topic: quipping! Why do characters do it? Why do WE do it? And can we stop, or should we? Listen now to find out! SHOW NOTES: IntroThanks for donations to Extra Life - beat the puzzle in 6:19:44 - still taking donations - potential video game livestream coming in a few weeksLast week for nominations - next week nominees will be announced for 100th episodeBackground (02:43) Quipping in comics is as old as the medium itself“It’s hailed as a sign of...


Issue 92 - Apocalypse

Listen now! It's En Sabah Nur - time has no meaning. It's 2020, so why not talk Apocalypse? How does Doc handle someone who bends timelines to his will? SHOW NOTES: IntroShoutout to I Understood that Reference - Rob & Ross are two Irish friends who cover movies, comics, gamesStill taking nominations for award showBackground (01:52)Apocalypse created by Louise Simonson and Jackson Guice inX-Factor#5-6 (June-July 1986)Apocalypse is believed to be the first mutant - over 5,000 years old, born...


Issue 91 - Damian Wayne

We examine our youngest character ever - DAMIAN WAYNE! Why does Doc want to send the Son of the Bat to the Phantom Zone for treatment? Listen to find out! SHOW NOTES: IntroThanks to new Mayor Patron Chad from P3!Shoutout to Super Sons - Dan & Jake cover comic books, news, and anything else on their mindsReminder to vote in nominationsBackground (2:16) Damian Wayne created by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert inBatman#656 (Sept 2006)Character was originally referenced as the son of Bruce Wayne...


Issue 90 - Uatu the Watcher

We go from reading to watching, as we examine UATU! How does Doc propose to cure this voyeur of his addiction? Find out - listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroThanks to new Patron Local Official Kate!Announcement of nominations for award show - Google Doc will be open until 8/31/20Request for sharing on social mediaBackground (13:09) Uatu the Watcher created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby inFantastic Four#13 (April 1963)First introduced as The Watcher, who lived on the Blue Area of the Moon -...


Issue 89 - Reader

Things get downright inhuman as we examine READER! Is it a problem if a dog isn't just a man's best friend, but his only one? Plus a cross-country skit you have to hear - listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroTwo new Patrons - Humble Citizen Andrew & Mayor Jacob!100th episode will be award show - more information at next episodeBackground (03:15) Reader created by Charles Soule and Ryan Stegman inInhuman#4 (October 2014)An older Inhuman, he was part of a group that lived in GreenlandOnce the...


Issue 88 - Eeyore

We head to the Hundred Acre Wood to find EEYORE! What treatment can Doc offer this perennially depressed donkey? Thanks for noticing us - listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroThanks to all the podcasts that participated in the Pod Raid last week, much appreciatedShoutout to Ocho Duro Parlay Hour - Ken, Padawn J, and Coach Duffy, along with an assortment of guests, talk sports, wrestling, entertainment, all in an hour - hence the name Background (03:24) Eeyore created by A.A. Milne...


Issue 87 - Daredevil

We head to Hell's Kitchen to examine the Man Without Fear, DAREDEVIL! Which of Matt Murdock's many issues can we address in an hour? Close your eyes and listen now! (Due to a technical glitch, this episode is in mono - sorry!) SHOW NOTES: IntroNew Mayor-level patron - Wol!Will now be doing 2 TPB reviews/month on PatreonShoutout to Verbal Diorama - Em covers movies from an entertaining perspectiveBackground (03:58) Daredevil created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett inDaredevil#1 (April...


Issue 86 - Support systems in comics

It's time for another thematic episode - how do support systems impact rehabilitation of comic villains? And what techniques can we apply to the real world to reduce recidivism? This one gets a bit heady - strap in & listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroThanks to new Patron DanMessage from fan Jacob - “your podcast helped me get through some really s**tty times in the last couple weeks. I’m just wrapping up my undergrad degree in psychology, wanting to do something with addiction, and Doc’s way of...


Issue 85 - Raphael

We head back to the sewers to look at RAPHAEL from TMNT! How hot is this hothead? And what techniques does Doc have to calm him down? Grab a slice of pizza and listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroShoutout to Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men - self explanatory title, and always entertaining - currently covering X-Man and Earth-295 - xplainthexmen.comNew Mayor level patron - Amy!Background (5:35) Raphael created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird inTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles#1 (May 1984)In Mirage...


Issue 84 - Erica Schultz (Forgotten Home)

We bring back writer ERICA SCHULTZ to talk about her latest work, Forgotten Home! Which Disney hit inspired the story? How does she avoid writing a Mary Sue character? All this and more in a great interview - listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroPlug social mediaInterviewBackground on EricaGenesis for project - inspiration, etcMarika Cresta - how did she come on board?Previous interview, mentioned daddy issues in characters - this one has mommy issues - how much Erica in Lorraine/Joanna?Lorraine -...


Issue 83 - Northstar

For Pride Month, we head north of the border to talk Northstar with Dr. Goku from GuardiansMH! A fascinating episode that covers impulse control, linguistic history, and how to handle trauma! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroIntro Dr. Goku, talk about GuardiansNew patron - AngelaShoutout to FriGay the 13th - Andrew & Matty cover horror films & topics with a LGBTQ perspective - Background (10:17) Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne inUncanny...


Issue 82 - Azrael

It's time for another Bat-family episode, this week it's Azrael! We break down the Az-Bat and discuss how religion impacts his outlook on life! Plus we get real about current events - you won't wanna miss it! SHOW NOTES: IntroTalk about last week’s call to actionBackground (10:35) Jean-Paul Valley created by Denny O’Neill, Joe Quesada, Grant Morrison, and an uncredited Peter Milligan inBatman: Sword of Azrael#1 (Oct.1992)Jean-Paul Valley is a computer science student in Gotham City, who...


Issue 81 - Superboy Prime

We punch a wall through Superboy-Prime! How is Prime like 2Pac? And which DuckTales character is Alex Luthor Jr. like? Listen in to find out! SHOW NOTES: IntroShoutout to Seequels - every week three hosts review direct-to-video sequels of childhood favorites, and compare/contrast with the originals - seequels.comBackground (04:38) Superboy-Prime created by Elliot S! Magin & Curt Swan inDC Comics Presents#87 (Nov. 1985)Earth-Prime is “our” world in the multiverse - no superheroes existClark...


Issue 80 - Laura Kinney

Get yer claws out, it's time to examine LAURA KINNEY! We look at this socially awkward Wolverine, and Doc invents a new use for the Danger Room! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: IntroApologies for no new episode last week - tried to get creators, and then needed a breakNew folks in Discord & Facebook fan groups - plug for those communitiesBackground (04:39) X-23 created by Craig Kyle for the X-Men: Evolution TV series, first comic book appearance in NYX #3 (Dec. 2003) by Joe Quesada & Joshua...


Issue 79 - Dick Grayson

We head to Bludhaven to take on the man of many names, Dick Grayson! Whether he's Robin, Nightwing, or Batman, he's the Bat-family's Jack of all Trades. According to Doc, he's also like Saved by the Bell - listen in to find out why! SHOW NOTES: IntroShoutout to Connor Carrick podcast - NHL defenseman Connor Carrick does a deep dive into improving mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - not just promoting this because he’s a Devils player, it’s a compelling listen...


Mental Health Avengers II: Age of Access (Part 2)

The Avengers have assembled once again, and this time we're finishing our second episode on the issues with access to health care. Listen as we come up with solutions to problems we hadn't considered when we recorded our last episode in a pre-COVID19 world! SHOW NOTES: IntroGuardiansMH, Pop Psych 101, Freudian Sips, and Popcorn PsychologyBackground Recap of problems raised in Part 1IssuesTelepsych in the age of COVID-19 and possibilities moving forwardInsurance and changes to the system -...


Issue 78 - Shredder

Grab your nunchuks and sais, it's time to face THE SHREDDER! Anthony & Doc examine which of the Turtles is his frenemy, and which member of the Juice Crew he'd be. Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Issue 78 - Shredder IntroShoutout to Gutting the Sacred Cow - comedians Kevin Gootee & Kevin Israel rip apart popular movies. They have a guest each week, and if you’re in the mood for hot takes, this is the show for you - Podchaser Reviews4Good extended to the end of the month,...