Issue 71: Unthinkable! Dr. Doom Uses Sorcery To Make A Skinsuit

All hope lies in Doom
“Your Ass Is Mine!” – Dr. Doom

We cover one of Darryl and Ryan’s favorite runs, Mark Waid’s Fantastic Four! We talk about his big Doom story, Unthinkable!

Read along with Fantastic Four (Volume 3) 67-70 and 500

On this episode, Darryl takes the main role and EXPLAINS LORE, which is truly the most Unthinkable part. Sly can’t tell the difference between Mark Waid and another Divisive Issues favorite writer. Phil yearns for a weapon that makes him more like Sly. Ryan really wants to marry Mark Waid, and we’re not even talking about his favorite run yet.

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Issue 70: This Stan, This Monster! If This Be My Desti-Lee – Stan Lee’s Best Work

Ryan will never not love Stan Lee
And Who Shall Mourn For Stan Lee? Probably Us!

We’re still talking about Stan Lee! But this time, his best work, at least according to Sly and Ryan! Some Classic Kirby Fantastic Four! Some Ditko Spider-Man! And some Buscema Silver Surfer!

We cover:

Fantastic Four 51 – This Man… This Monster!

Amazing Spider-Man 31-33 – If This Be My Destiny!

Silver Surfer 5 – And Who Shall Mourn For Him?

On this episode, Ryan coins some terms and has some hot takes. Phil starts… defending comics? Sly gives his thesis on why Spider-Man rules. And Darryl blasphemes about what he enjoys.

Phil Guested on Ryan’s Other Podcast!

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Issue 69: Stan Lee Just Imagines Some Weird DC Reboots

Just Imagine... fridging everywhere
“Scrupulous Stan saved time by only changing some stuff and keeping other stuff exactly the same!”

We’re continuing our Stan Lee bonanza! So we spend another episode dunking on him. In the early 2000s, he had a series of books called “Just Imagine,” where he rebooted the major DC characters but with one major twist… now they’re dumb! Excelsior!

On this episode, we cover Stan’s re-imagining of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Ryan’s got the maturity of a 12 year old when it comes to respecting other cultures. Darryl is finally appreciating the finer things of comics, like wearing your underwear on the outside. Phil is a scumbag, but this time… in SPACE. And can you pass the Sly test and prove your worthy of existence?

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We made it 69 regular episodes. Nice.

Issue 68: Stan Lee: Stan the Man or Stan Bragg?

Ryan secretly still loves Stan Lee. Shhhhh
Face front, True Believers! For The World’s Greatest Boss! Just Don’t Dare Ask Any of My Employees!”

You know that guy that shows up in every Marvel movie? Stanley? Well, he’s been cameoing in comics for years! Not always in the best light, though. Apparently his coworkers really hated him and loved to openly mock him in their books. ‘Nuff Said!

Comics Covered: Angel And The Ape Issue 2

Mister Miracle Issue 6

Strange Tales Issue 181

In this episode, we delve into some of the more aggressive takes on Stan “The Man” Lee. Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, and Bob Oksner all included him in their books in a pretty negative light. Darryl! Loves! Extra! Exclamation!! Points!!! Sly gives the secret origin of Stan Lee’s co-creator. Ryan revisits his fourth world fever dream. And Phil finally comes out a chicky lady booby baby. It’s time to get deep into some meta lore here at Divisive Issues studios.

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Issue 67 – The Original Iran Deal: Kill Robin and Appoint Ambassador Joker

Death In The Family
“Ethiopia is only 1700 km from Lebanon as the crow(bar) flies!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! It’s time to help Robin find his mom! All four of them! Iran’s in the news a lot lately, so we recorded an episode two weeks ago, before anything happened to help hype it up for everyone. We’re getting our cohesive synergy on by following up our episodes on DC’s political stories of the 80s and some of Jim Starlin’s work to bring you Jim Starlin’s mark on the Batman Universe, Death In The Family. Just like Thanos, he set out to kill half of our main heroes. So who died: Batman or Robin? We’ll give you a hint, it’s definitely not Batman.

Read Along with Batman: Death In The Family And The Two Issues Before It

In this episode, we get some pretty serious whiplash from all the tonal shifts here. First, Ryan goes looking for some nose candy before Robin throws him off a balcony. Sly is FINALLY respecting Ryan’s choice of favorite characters (Jason Todd 4eva). Darryl just can’t stop wondering if Batman’s a real dad or not. And Phil has some thoughts on American foreign policy regarding serial killers.

Content Warning: As is so often the case, we talk about some pretty gratuitous violence here, including suicide.

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Issue 66 – Thanos: God Of Death Or Pilot Of Helicopters?

Thanos moer liek lame-os m i rite
I am become death, you cornered kitty!

Special episode alert! Who’s ready for an editorially mandated CROSSOVER? It’s the EVENT of the SUMMER! Divisive Issues will NEVER be the SAME AGAIN! We’re joined by Henry from Midtown Comics to talk about the inconsistent history of Thanos, the star of the mega-blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War!

Comics we cover: Spidey Super Stories 39 and Thanos Quest

Hoo boy, this was a wild ride. We give a quick synopsis of the history of Thanos leading up to Infinity Gauntlet, the book that inspired Avengers: Infinity War. How did Thanos get all the Infinity gems? Is he actually worthy of this decade long hype? And just how many skateboarding heroes does Marvel have? Henry’s a wonderful guest, despite his love of Sexy Fauxbo… I mean Lobo. Ryan traveled through time to 1979 to write the first issue we covered. Sly just can’t get behind the Marvel movies changing his precious Infinity GEMS into Infinity STONES. Darryl finally finds his soul (gem) mate in Thanos, his powerful purple prince.

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Announcement! Huge news! New Network Branding, Patreon, and more!

We made it
Our new network art – created by Sly

The Comrade network is relaunching as Flying Machine! And we have a patreon now with monthly bonus episodes! And other cool things!

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Issue 65 – Better A Dead Lantern, Than a Red Lantern

Red Lanterns get way cooler when it's a cat that vomits blood in the 00s.
“If all superheroes are equal, how are some Superer than others?”

Oops, We Talked Politics this week, everybody. We cover one arc of Steve Englehart’s Green Lantern, Red Lantern. An alien Green Lantern defects to Russia at the height of the Cold War and meets Gorbachev. It goes about how you would expect. Oh, also a 12 year old girl uses a ring to turn into an adult and make out with Hal Jordan. Yikes.

In this episode, Ryan’s dreams finally come true and he gets to talk about Green Lantern lore FOREVER. We talk a lot about Guy Gardner, the greatest Green Lantern ever. Somehow, Phil follows suit and falls in love with Guy, too. Darryl’s love for Salaak (and Ch’P) make their first appearance. Sly’s just a simple, gorilla man commie. If you’re interested in some of the old stuff we talk about, some old episodes we reference: Steve Englehart’s Doctor Strange getting cucked by Ben Franklin and the last time Green Lantern got political, John Stewart’s first appearance.

Comics Covered: Green Lantern 207-210

Theme song: The Ballad Of Red And Green By Eric Manwiller

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Issue 64 – Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to D-D-D-Die!

Yu-Gi-Oh's all kinda messed up, y'all.
“Do You Wanna Play A Game?”

We stay in the world of manga to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh! Everyone’s favorite card game! Too bad the manga has nothing to do with the card game and just has a kid ironically murdering people!

In this episode, Sly reveals the moral code for Sly’s America. Ryan starts his career writing gag manga. Phil tricks us into shutting up for a few minutes. And Darryl has to choose which of us to marry. All this and more!

Comics Covered: Yu-Gi-Oh Chapters 1-7

Theme song: The Yu-Gi-Oh Theme

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Issue 63 – My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness – The Title Says It All

Lesbians, ya know?
“My Private Report On Too Real Relatability”

We’re pretty sick of doing dumb and bad books, so we let Darryl pick one. He picked an autobiographical manga that really resonated with all of us, and hopefully you, too. A young woman’s journey through her crippling depression and anxiety as she comes to terms with herself and her sexuality as a lesbian. Not a lot of goofs here, y’all.

On this episode, we get another insight into the kinds of books Darryl would do if he controlled the podcast (hint: good ones). Ryan hides behind jokes (what else is new). Phil finally finds out if sex work is legal in Japan. Sly finds a secret boy hole that none of us knew about.

Just a heads up, we talk extensively about sex, prostitution, depression, anxiety, self harm, and suicide in this episode.

Comics Covered: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

Recommendation: Jeffrey Brown’s Graphic Novels

Theme song: Turn Me On

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