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Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics

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COMIC BOOKS! The mythic stories! The dazzling colors! The memorable, often iconic, characters! Join brothers Kevin and Will Hines — two comedians from the UCB Theatre — as they discuss the comics they have loved their whole lives! Season one dove dee...Show More

1:18:35 | Sep 18th

Continuing this stellar run of Jack Kirby masterpieces, we review what may be the single greatest issue of FF ever - "This Man, This Monster" as well as the introduction of a little-known Marvel hero known as The Black Panther! Kevin and Will lose th...Show More

1:16:46 | Sep 11th

This is it! The big one! Perhaps the most famous Fantastic Four story from the Kirby Era: The Galactus Saga. The long-winded, big-helmet-wearing, pantsless God-like villain known as Galactus shows up on Earth in order to... eat it for dinner. Along w...Show More
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58:22 | Sep 4th

We take a break from our already-insane (not) regular structure to interview our friend RAMSEY ESS, who has collected EVERY SINGLE ISSUE of the Fantastic Four. That's... crazy. He's a huge fan of the book, and we talk about it! All right! -- SHOW INF...Show More

1:34:12 | Aug 28th

We are now going over some of the greatest FF issues of all time! This episode, we see the debut of The Inhumans: Gorgon, Medusa, Crystal, Karnak, Triton, Black Bolt and Lockjaw. You want STRONG FEET or ANIMATED HAIR or TELEPORTING DOG? We got 'em! -...Show More

1:02:11 | Aug 21st

Will and Kevin discuss one of the all-time great Marvel Comics characters: Ben Grimm, The Ever-Lovin' Thing! They also get into their admittedly insane plan for structuring this season, and some more email! -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @ScrewItComics...Show More

1:17:32 | Aug 14th

Will and Kevin examine the first capital G GREAT long run of FF stories in this batch. Artist/co-writer Jack Kirby is getting into a groove as the action is non-stop, the characters have evolved and it is just plain fun! Plus we meet The Frightful Fo...Show More

1:04:03 | Aug 7th

Kevin and Will analyze the "getting good" run, including a deep dive on the much-underdeveloped character of the group: Sue Storm aka The Invisible Girl. Jack and Stan seemed determined to relegate her to "needing to be rescued" status. But was there...Show More

1:25:48 | Jul 31st

This is where the Fantastic Four starts to get good. We've got an awesome Hulk vs. Thing fight, the evolution of Dr. Doom, the increased powers of Sue Storm -- and a feeling that Stan and Jack are starting to really understand their characters. Oh, a...Show More

1:26:00 | Jul 24th

A catch-up episode! Kevin and Will take a break from the Fantastic Four briefly to discuss the new Spider-Man movie "Far From Home." And they also read a bunch of listener email! More Fantastic Four next week! -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @ScrewItCom...Show More

1:10:50 | Jul 17th

Kevin and Will analyze the bad issues. You can still see the elements that will make this series great. Ben's character is settling into place. The artwork remains strong (although the inking gets worse). The huge number of ideas is still impressive....Show More

1:21:40 | Jul 10th

We go through a bad stretch: issues 9 through 24. Villains with ultimate power dispatched by... ignoring them! And also... calling their parents? Time travel only when you need it! Sue tries on wigs! COMMUNIST SUPER APES! Eeesh. -- SHOW INFORMATION T...Show More

1:06:17 | Jul 3rd

Kevin and Will go segment crazy as they analyze the characters, themes and significance of the first eight issues of The Fantastic Four. Plus a deep dive on the team's brilliant, bossy, maybe emotionally bullying leader Mr. Fantastic! -- SHOW INFORMA...Show More

1:10:22 | Jun 26th

Kevin and Will recap the first eight issues of the Fantastic Four. The Origin! The Skrulls! Doctor Doom! And Sub-Mariner! These are great! -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @ScrewItComics Instagram: @ScrewItComics Email: Subscribe:...Show More

37:40 | Jun 19th

Hosts Will and Kevin talk about the original run of The Fantastic Four! This was the comics series that launched all of Marvel Comics. We get into the partnership of artist/writer Jack Kirby and editor/writer Stan Lee! The weird characters of Reed, S...Show More

03:01 | Jun 5th

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1:16:03 | Jan 1st

A special episode! After swearing they would never play the PS4 Spider-Man game, both Kevin and Will bought PS4 systems and games and got completely obsessed with it! They loved every bit of it, and in this episode get into why! The characters, the m...Show More

1:06:55 | Dec 20th, 2018

We re-activate this podcast to discuss the awesome new movie: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Your co-hosts Kevin and Will LOVED it, but of course we also have enough thoughts that we talk for over an hour about. Which version of Miles Morales do...Show More

1:07:19 | Nov 13th, 2018

Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, as well as the architect of the Marvel Universe, passed away this weekend. Kevin and Will give a eulogy. They talk about Stan’s personality, his salesmanship, his focus on the reader, his love of words, his res...Show More

1:23:54 | Oct 31st, 2018

This is the end of Season One of the podcast! Thanks to everyone who listened! We go over what we learned, and then read a whole bunch of emails we got in the last few weeks! Thank you all from your hosts Kevin and Will Hines!

1:06:57 | Oct 24th, 2018

A look at what the Spidey-world looks like without Steve Ditko: your co-hosts Kevin and Will look at the first two issues with a new artist/co-plotter. And what it looks like: people are friendlier, backgrounds are filled in, everyone’s hunkier.. And...Show More

1:19:57 | Oct 17th, 2018

Spider-Man’s original artist and co-writer Steve Ditko departs the series not with a bang but with a whimper. “Just A Guy Named Joe” has a pretty good start (in the opinion of your podcast co-hosts, at least) but falls apart. Maybe editor/scripter St...Show More

52:13 | Oct 10th, 2018

In his second to last issue, artist Steve Ditko turns in a good story! There’s subplots and great drawing and two weird-looking robots and the introduction of one of the greatest villains in the Spider-verse -- Norman Osborn! Corrupt businessman, ter...Show More

54:41 | Oct 3rd, 2018

He got his powers from a meteor. He’s obsessed with meteors. This is the story of…. THE LOOTER! (?) Continuing this run of “guy who punches hard” villains, it’s clear that artist Steve Ditko is mentally checked out. But seeing a great artist phone it...Show More

40:29 | Sep 26th, 2018

In what Will deems the “worst issue so far of the Ditko run” we see the Molten Man return and Stan Lee turn in his strangest bunch of dialogue yet! BUT the issue does venture into “so bad it’s really weird” territory so CHECK IT OUT!

1:00:16 | Sep 19th, 2018

Kraven is back to hunt the ultimate prey: Spider-Man! Betty Brant has a trippy Spidey-themed dream! And Gwen Stacy is falling for Peter! All great stuff! So… why is this issue kinda… eh?

1:05:41 | Sep 12th, 2018

Once again, Kevin and Will talk about some of their favorite non-Ditko stories! This episode, we go into the 1982 classic “Nothing Can Stop The Juggernaut” and the 2008 modern classic “Unscheduled Stop!” Plus a longish discussion about the lack of fe...Show More

1:05:45 | Sep 5th, 2018

“The Final Chapter” -- part 3 of the stunning Master Planner trilogy and co-hosts Kevin and Will are so excited they don’t quite know what to do with themselves. They read the first five pages out loud, then gush, then gush some more! They make the v...Show More

1:05:23 | Aug 29th, 2018

Part 2 of the artist Steve Ditko’s climactic Spider-Man triology - “Man on a Rampage.” All the setup of last issue comes bursting forth in an issue-long explosion of anger and fighting from Spidey! The previous 31 issues are in a way ALL part of a bu...Show More

1:09:35 | Aug 22nd, 2018

This is it: One of the best stories in the history of Marvel Comics -- maybe ALL comics. It’s a three part story we call “The Master Planner Saga” and it starts here with issue 31 - “If This Be My Destiny.” We get fully into it: what made this trilog...Show More

1:01:52 | Aug 15th, 2018

A decent issue with a huge continuity error: the gang of uniformed thieves that show up periodically are ACTUALLY a foreshadowing of next issue! DO YOU FIND THIS FASCINATING? Co hosts Will and Kevin do! Plus: Ned Leeds PROPOSES to Betty Brant!

1:00:19 | Aug 8th, 2018

Kevin and Will welcome guests Kait Thompson and Mark David Christenson, the co-hosts of “Aw Crap, A Hellboy Podcast!” We get into: how Ditko makes a great action story out of a not-that-great villain! How JJJ’s cowardice is ratcheted up to farcial le...Show More

58:08 | Aug 1st, 2018

Spidey teams up with Doctor Strange, who happens to be the other big co-creation of Spidey artist Steve Ditko. There’s very little Peter Parker as the two Ditko superheroes battle a pleasantly very evil wizard named Xandu! Ah, HERE’S the great Ditko ...Show More

54:23 | Jul 25th, 2018

Sure there’s a golden man who can punch like a wrecking ball but also: PETER PARKER GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL! Kevin and Will get into this momentous event. We also talk about how Ditko’s plotting seems to focus way more on Peter’s civilian life than his...Show More

49:36 | Jul 18th, 2018

We are well into the era where artist Steve Ditko had stopped talking to writer/editor Stan Lee, and it’s making for stories with very unique structures! For example, in this issue -- the battle is over at the halfway point, and then there’s about 10...Show More

57:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

Spidey fights not ONE but TWO villains with secret identities: The Green Goblin and also -- THE CRIME MASTER! It’s yet another guy who’s plan is to unite all the crime syndicates in NYC! Will the fact that Spidey-Man has to use a cheap rented costume...Show More

42:53 | Jul 8th, 2018

Steve Ditko passed away this week at the age of 90. We recorded this episode the morning after the news broke. As listeners know, he is the artist and co-creator of Spider-Man. Hosts Kevin and Will give him a special eulogy episode where we talk abou...Show More

58:42 | Jul 4th, 2018

We interrupt our flow of doing the Ditko issues to talk about two brand-new issues of Spider-Man, because they are so good! Instant Classics. One is Dan Slott’s final issue -- Amazing Spider-Man #801. And the other, Chip Szdarsky’s Spectacular Spider...Show More

1:01:21 | Jun 27th, 2018

First appearance of the Spider-Slayer robot, back when it was just the Spider-capturing robot! Also, Kevin and Will realize every teenager on Peter Parker’s block is a nephew/niece with no parents in sight. Weird, right? And we catch up reader mail, ...Show More

1:05:28 | Jun 20th, 2018

Kevin and Will break from the format of the podcast to talk about Spidey stories from after the original Steve Ditko era! They talk about two in this episode: The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man and Kraven’s Last Hunt! Both are so cool!

1:06:49 | Jun 13th, 2018

The current penciller (Joe Quinones) and colorist (Jordan Gibson) for “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man” join Kevin and Will to talk about the psychological drama that is issue 24 -- Spider-Man Goes Mad! We get into: Ditko hands! Gangster Fac...Show More

1:01:21 | Jun 6th, 2018

Kevin and Will are joined by Chip Zdarsky, current writer for the Marvel Comic “Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man.” We talk about his recent story in which 2018 Spider-Man time-travels to… the Spider-Man of THIS EPISODE’S ISSUE! So cool! We ge...Show More

46:25 | May 30th, 2018

Step right up and see… the silliest heroes yet! A group of circus performers kick out the one member of their group with actual powers (The hypnotist Ringmaster) and try to get Spidey with their ability to… Run at him fast! This ish also features a r...Show More

1:02:53 | May 23rd, 2018

Spider-Man and the Human Torch have two problems: their emotionally fragile girlfriends, and a guy with an armored flying suit who calls himself the Beetle. Guess which one is portrayed more realistically!

50:50 | May 16th, 2018

Co-hosts Kevin and Will discuss the debut of the probably-not-that-great-villain The Scorpion! He can punch! He can also...well, he can punch pretty hard. Plus a boatload of reader mail!

52:49 | May 9th, 2018

After a whole issue of doubt, Spider-Man is back into action! For the first time in the comic’s run we have a whole issue where Spider-Man is joyously being Spider-Man, and it is FUN! Your hosts love this issue, which is zero surprise.

53:17 | May 2nd, 2018

One of the best issues of the original run, according to your co-hosts Will and Kevin! There is no villain for this issue as Peter deals with the fallout of his decision to quit being Spider-Man as he cares for his Aunt May. Co-creators Steve Ditko a...Show More

54:08 | Apr 25th, 2018

The Green Goblin is back and he’s meaner and smarter. Pete’s love life is once again falling apart as he can’t convince working girl Betty that popular rich girl Liz means nothing to him. Everyone loves the Human Torch more than Spidey. And then: a t...Show More

43:19 | Apr 18th, 2018

Co-hosts Kevin and Will Hines ask: If you’ve got a top hat that can hypnotize anyone -- why not open a circus? Well, that’s the apparent decision by this issue’s villain; The Ringmaster! Previously appearing in The Hulk, this actually-twirling-an-evi...Show More

55:32 | Apr 11th, 2018

We take a break from analyzing the old comics to discuss: Spider-Man movies! Kevin and Will talk about their lifelong dream to see a good Spider-Man movie, and what it felt like to see it realized in the original (2001) Spider-Man! We talk about what...Show More

56:18 | Apr 4th, 2018

For the first-ever Spider-Man annual, there’s a special event: six of Spidey’s worst baddies team up to try and defeat him together…. By fighting him ONE AT A TIME! Also, most of Marvel’s other heroes casually walk in and out of the story, doing very...Show More

52:04 | Mar 28th, 2018

He’s a hunter and you know that because he is wearing a vest made out of a LION. He’s KRAVEN the HUNTER, and he debuts in this issue, Amazing Spider-Man 15. Kevin and Will -- er, no surprise -- love the issue, though they also admit it has the usual ...Show More

1:20:02 | Mar 21st, 2018

Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Are You Talking REM Re: Me?) is our guest to talk about this issue of Spidey which features the debut of The Green Goblin! It is also inspired a Marvel comic which Scott wrote (Spider-Man/Deadpool #6), which is rea...Show More

56:38 | Mar 14th, 2018

The probably-quickly-named villain MYSTERIO is the bag guy of issue 13, and hosts Kevin and Will … no mystery here … like him a lot! He has a whole bag of tricks designed to scare Spidey which end up sending our hero to a psychiatrist! This series is...Show More

51:06 | Mar 7th, 2018

Maybe our favorite issue yet! Action, drama, humor and as always amazing Steve Ditko art! Doc Ock unmasks Spidey! He really does it, but there’s a TWIST that helps Spidey protect his identity. Plus Will bought comics this week and Kevin loves when Lo...Show More

53:47 | Feb 28th, 2018

It’s the return of premier Spidey villain Doctor Octopus, and this issue sizzles! We’ve got melodrama in Peter’s growing love affair with Betty Brant! A new troubled character who threatens to destroy the people he loves with his gambling addiction! ...Show More

1:03:31 | Feb 21st, 2018

The best worst villains in the Spider-Man universe: it’s the Enforcers! Ox! Montana! And the even more insanely-named Fancy Dan! Artist Steve Ditko really seems to be following a “make ‘em fun-to-draw first, worry about the story second” rule with th...Show More

50:43 | Feb 14th, 2018

One of the coolest powers yet most desperate costumes ever, Electro is the villain for this issue. He’s got lightning bolts on his wrists, ankles and face, and he’s called Electro. Now, what do you think his powers revolve around? But despite this co...Show More

58:21 | Feb 7th, 2018

Alex Fernie (UCB, Bajillion Dollar Properties, Do You Want To See A Dead Body?) is our first ever guest as we go over Issue 8, the oddly subtitled “Tribute To Teenagers” issue. A tribute in that there are teenagers IN the story, and that might be the...Show More

47:37 | Jan 31st, 2018

Our first return villain and it’s our favorite winged septuagenarian (assuming) The Vulture! Peter Parker’s brilliant “Anti magnetic inverter” (?) no longer stops bird-brain, so how will Spider-Man beat this weird old man who flies? Other questions: ...Show More

48:04 | Jan 24th, 2018

This issue introduces what will be another classic Spidey villain: The Lizard! Spider-Man travels to the swamps of Florida to battle this tragic scientist-turned-lizard-man! And JJJ is along for the ride. Kevin is moved by The Lizard’s tears! Will re...Show More

52:15 | Jan 17th, 2018

Spidey meets Marvel’s most notorious villain --- the very unsubtly named Doctor Doom! An exciting idea that leads to a just okay story! But even a sub-par Doom story has all that great/ridiculous Doctor Doom dialogue! Never has a villain referred to ...Show More

46:25 | Jan 10th, 2018

Another major villain debuts: The Sandman! A man gets the power to separate himself into millions of tiny sentient beings and he uses it to…. Get big bags of money! Come on, Spidey still specializes in THUGS, no matter how powerful! Also: Spidey show...Show More

44:19 | Jan 3rd, 2018

The debut of Doctor Octopus, one of the greatest Spidey villains of all time! Fittingly, this is the first truly great issue of Spider-Man! Great characters, moody beautiful art, terrific action and a great story! We can’t stop raving about this one!

44:37 | Dec 20th, 2017

We meet the first classic Spider-Man villain: The Vulture. Like all great Ditko villains, he seems created just for the cool visuals. He looks distinct and cool (or at least intriguingly odd), he's smart, he's mean, and he will be back.  And... there...Show More

43:52 | Dec 13th, 2017

For his second appearance, Spider-Man gets his own comic that contains two -- really THREE -- stories! He meets J. Jonah Jameson, the perpetually angry newspaper publisher who uses his media empire to paint Spider-Man as a MENACE! He meets the FF, wh...Show More

58:37 | Dec 6th, 2017

Amazing Adult Fantasy was an anthology comics series that featured stand-alone sci-fi and fantasy stories. They were short, dark, weird and often had twist endings. Think Twilight Zone, but five page comics stories. But this issue -- the series' last...Show More

56:44 | Nov 22nd, 2017

In this podcast, we will discuss all 41 of the original Spider-Man comics done by the original creative team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko! But before we do, we wanted to give a background on both the character and us! So we talk about the history behi...Show More