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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
With the Black Panther movie smashing the box office, we decided to read some comics about Black Panther smashing systemic oppression. It might only be in our dreams but it’s important to us, damn it.
We briefly talk about the long history of Black Panther in comic books and read a story about him facing off the Ku Klux Klan. No, it’s not some pseudo-KKK knockoffs, it’s the actual KKK. Well it is some pseudo-KKK knockoffs at first but he fights the real ones later. In this episode, Ryan finds his spirit animal in comic books. Phil is butthurt people think he and Darryl are the same person but is it really Darryl and Sly that are of one mind in this episode? Tune in to find out!
Ryan admits he was wrong and there’s no deconstruction or satire, just toxic masculinity. For real this time. Darryl is just blown away by just how Millar has poisoned us all. Phil compares him to Shakespeare. Sly just wants to put Ryan on blast for how dumb he is, but Ryan’s just lying down and taking it. We’ve been doing this for two years and we’re just broken. Happy anniversary, y’all.