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Issue 32 - Incredible Hulk

We cover the Incredible Hulk. And for a character this large, we need help, so we called upon our friends at Popcorn Psychology to guest host with us! This is our biggest and most fun episode yet, with a group therapy session you'll have to hear to believe! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Introduction Background Created by Stan Lee (RIP) and Jack Kirby in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962) Robert Bruce Banner saves young Rick Jones from detonation of a gamma bomb, but in the process gets hit...


Issue 31 - Doctor Strange

This week Anthony & Doc tackle the Master of the Mystic Arts, DOCTOR STRANGE! What makes one of the founders of the original Defenders tick? Plus what happens when Dr. Strange loses his smile? Listen now and find out! [EDITOR'S NOTE: This show was recorded prior to Stan Lee's passing, and as such no mention was made of it. We will honor The Man during our next episode, fittingly about the Incredible Hulk.] SHOW NOTES: Introduction Background (04:19) Created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko...


Issue 30 - Molecule Man

Molecule Man, Molecule Man, does whatever a molecule can... that includes being a mama's boy and making Twilight Zone references! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Introduction Background (2:50) Molecule Man (Owen Reece) created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby in Fantastic Four #20 (Nov. 1963) Timid scientist who was hit with radiation during experiment, leaving him with ability to control matter at the molecular level Fired for accident, decides to become supervillain and turn on mankind Originally...


Issue 29 - Wolverine

We're the best at what we do, and what we do is analyze WOLVERINE! Doc & Anthony break down James "Logan" Howlett and his relationships. Plus Doc sings Peter Cetera and Anthony goes Tough Mudder on Kitty Pryde. Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Introduction Background (8:18) Created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr. (drawn by Herb Trimpe) in The Incredible Hulk #180/181 (Oct./Nov. 1974) Originally simply an agent of the Canadian government known as Weapon X tasked with taking down...


Issue 28 - Norman Osborn

It's our Halloween episode all about the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn. Then again, Anthony would rather be in Kamchatka than celebrate Halloween, but he managed anyway. Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Introduction Background (10:56) Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964) Head of Oscorp, a chemical company – discovered a secret formula created by his former business partner Mendell Stromm – attempted to recreate it, but it exploded in his face, driving him...


Issue 27 - Ra's al Ghul

Third time's a charm - we finally get around to analyzing Ra's al Ghul! Anthony & Doc discuss the value of legacy, reference Hamilton for a second week in a row, and Ra's turns into Grampa Simpson on the couch. Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Batman References: Finally, the Rock has come back...BatmanWhere does he get those wonderful toys?Geek History LessonEnergizer BunnyYou're a Mean One, Mr. GrinchHamiltonThe World Was Wide EnoughHamiltonWho Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story iTunes:...


Issue 26 - Vandal Savage

Patron Matt wanted it, so we give it to you - VANDAL SAVAGE! Just as Supergirl returns, Anthony & Doc Issues cover DC's immortal powermonger. They also sing Hamilton and talk about their upcoming crossover episode with Popcorn Psychology! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Green LanternFinal Crisis References: Popcorn PsychologyScarfaceDon't get high on your own supplyTen Crack CommandmentsC.R.E.A.M.FreeCivHamiltonThe Room Where It HappensMean GirlsYou can't sit with us!We Gonna Take U Back/Don't...


Issue 25 - Hank Henshaw

Just in time for the Supergirl premiere, President-level Patron Brian selected HANK HENSHAW! Learn how this pastiche of Reed Richards became a fully fleshed out character AFTER he lost all his flesh! SHOW NOTES: Adventures of Superman References: Max Landis' "Death and Return of Superman" videoSteelJustice LeagueSuperman's "World of Cardboard" speechOffice SpaceToday is the worst part of my life iTunes: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here iHeartRadio:...


Issue 24 - Governor

Our first ever listener-poll chosen episode - THE GOVERNOR from the Walking Dead! Doc shudders over the unholy trinity of sexual taboos, and Anthony makes the fewest pop culture references in an episode! Listen now! (SIDE NOTE: After we recorded, we realized we had miscounted, and this was the 24th episode, not the 25th. Rather than re-record the intro, we left it in. Whoops.) SHOW NOTES: The Walking Dead References: Game of Thrones fans react to the "Red Wedding""Are you not...


Issue 23 - Stepford Cuckoos

In conjunction with The Gifted Season 2 premiere, Anthony & Doc examine the Stepford Cuckoos! What problems could telepathic identical triplets possibly have? Plus, we're pretty sure this is the first ever time WWE, Santeria, and Sweet Valley High are mentioned in the same hour! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: New X-Men References: Amoeba BoysScott Summers episodeWWE Survivor SeriesWWE King of the RingSanteriaLet it GoFrozenOld Spice diamonds commercialSweet Valley HighBaby-Sitters...


Issue 22 - Spawn

It's our second Patreon President selected episode - SPAWN! Find out what happens when an atheist becomes an agent of Hell! Plus references to the Simpsons, Annie Duke, and Pascal's Wager! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Spawn References: The Devil and Daniel WebsterTreehouse of Horror IVThe SimpsonsIllusions, MichaelArrested DevelopmentYakety SaxWatchmaker analogyPascal's WagerNuremberg defense Thinking in Bets The Walking Dead listener poll iTunes: here Google Play: here Stitcher:...


Issue 21 - Typhoid Mary

WE'RE BACK! Season 2 of Capes kicks off with a look at Typhoid Mary, the multiple personality seductress featured in Iron Fist S2 this week! So sit back and enjoy all the South Park references and psychoanalysis you can handle! SHOW NOTES: Listener poll fundraiserDaredevil References: Butters summoning Biggie SmallsSouth ParkMonica using a 619 she saw on TVHeroes Article on Psylocke returning to a Caucasian bodyMunchausen by proxyMoney, Power, Respect iTunes: here Google Play:...


Issue 20 - Multiple Man

It's our second ever Patreon President-selected episode, as listener Matt suggests Multiple Man Jamie Madrox! Anthony & Dr. Issues discuss paralysis by analysis, and Doc deals with an unorthodox group session. Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Giant-Size Fantastic Four References: FaginOliver TwistSilence of the Lambs clipMultiplicity Power Perversion PotentialRic FlairArthurPoochie rapThe SimpsonsThe Golden ManNextI'm not Xena, I'm Lucy LawlessThe Simpsons iTunes: here Google Play:...


Issue 19 - Scarecrow

Don't be afraid, it's just the latest episode of Capes on the Couch featuring Gotham's premier fear fetishist, Scarecrow! Anthony & Dr. Issues talk about how Jonathan Crane would be a mage, and Anthony goes on a non sequiter about cookies. It's par for the course, really - listen now! SHOW NOTES: TerrorLong HalloweenDark VictoryWhen in RomeKnightfallAs the Crow FliesScarebeastHushBattle for the CowlBlackest Night/Brightest DayForever Evil References: Everything is AwesomeThe Lego...


Issue 18 - Casey Jones

This week, it's the masked vigilante and cricket aficionado CASEY JONES! Anthony tackles his ever-changing backstory, while Dr. Issues discusses what makes vigilantes difficult to treat. And the couch session is unlike anything that's come before. So get high on cocaine and watch your speed - listen now! References: Casey JonesNinja kick the damn rabbit!Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesAmerica, F**k Yeah!Team America: World PoliceWe can rule the galaxy as father and son.Star Wars Episode V:...


Issue 17 - Hank Pym

It's a special Ant-Man and the Wasp episode as Anthony & Dr. Issues examine HANK PYM! Our hosts discuss his multiple costumed identities (and invent a new one for him), and discuss his interactions with the other Avengers in light of the #MeToo movement. It's all here - Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Thanos AnnualSentry2 Men and the Mouse podcastTales to AstonishAnt-ManTales to AstonishGiant-ManGoliathAvengersYellowjacketAvengersAvengers ForeverWaspRage of Ultron References: Honey I Shrunk the...


Issue 16 - Sentry

This week's patient is Marvel's insane Superman analogue, THE SENTRY! Anthony & Dr. Issues pick apart Bob Reynolds to find out what makes one of Marvel's most powerful heroes tick. And speaking of powerful, Dr. Issues gets emotional talking about depression and suicide. It's all here - listen now! SHOW NOTES: Sentry References within episode: Flying BrickBruce AlmightyLegally BlondeWorld of cardboardJustice League UnlimitedHarlow experimentRational emotive behavioral therapyNational...


Issue 15 - Question

Anthony & Dr. Issues examine the predecessor to Rorschach, THE QUESTION! Of course, it was all part of the plan that they did Rorschach first... or was it? SHOW NOTES: Watchmen References in episode: Skin gunManipulative BastardJustice League: DoomGDPRNo man is an islandDevotions upon Emergent OccasionsCreator Avatar Paranoid personality disorder Delusional disorder iTunes: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here iHeartRadio: here Twitter Facebook E-mail Patreon


Issue 14 - Legion

Our first ever President-picked episode - LEGION! Anthony & Dr. Issues go inside David Haller's shattered mind to revisit dissociation, talk about what it's like being the son of the most famous mutant in the world, and the most auditorally challenging couch visit yet! SHOW NOTES: References: Three men make a tigerBlind men and an elephant iTunes: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here Twitter Facebook E-mail Patreon


Issue 13 - Cyclops

This week's patient is Scott Summers, aka Cyclops of the X-Men! Anthony & Dr. Issues try to delicately untangle the Summers family tree and look at his many romantic relationships. What happens when a black man and a mutant discuss who's been more oppressed? Listen now to find out! SHOW NOTES: References: TriskaidekaphobiaShrek is LoveScott is a dickPhineas Gage iTunes: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here Twitter Facebook E-mail Patreon