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Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar, as he takes a trip back in time to the magical dawn of superheroes to discover just how bizarre and, frankly, off putting the earliest days of superhero comics could be. Every episode, $#!+ will get weird in a way that will leave you wondering WTF, Golden Age?
 
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We always bounce back. For our final season of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua takes us on a spy-fi retrospective through the decades. Then he and Lani take a step back and just appreciate the magic that is Agents season 7. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More about Joshua Unruh…
 
We are a cautionary tale to steer children away from crime and excess. For the sixth season of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua explains the 616 antecedent to the Chronicoms and then Lani enjoys Joshua’s less than enthusiastic reaction to the sixth season. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Dia…
 
There’s nothing you can do to get us to join your Evil League of Evil. It’s a rough ride as Lani and Joshua close out this season. But before they hit the trail of narrative chicanery, Joshua tells Lani all about superheroes and their annoying offspring from the future. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Note…
 
We Don’t Half-Hit People. For an introduction to the Lighthouse, Joshua talks about what agency looks to space in the 616 and then Lani discusses all the time, and story, out of joint. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More about Joshua Unruh Support Pulp Diction Production…
 
Rain or shine, the man with the umbrella’s always ready. Joshua tells Lani about Villain Worlds and how they’re different from Bizarro Worlds and makes some recommendations of Villain Worlds to read and others to avoid. Then they dive hard into the Framework to discuss returns of favorite and less favorite characters, ships that were a bad idea, an…
 
We are freakin’ robots. For the LMD arc, Joshua points out two knock-off Captains America as well as the shell game that is LMDs and Doombots in the 616. Then Lani leads the conversation about identity, bad girl shenanigans, ill conceived ships, and the missed opportunities in LMD. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitch…
 
We know what a good light source is. A guy with a flaming head. It’s a vengeance fueled story arc on Agents of SHIELD as they introduce GHOST RIDER! Joshua and Lani dive into the more mystical end of the Marvel comics before freaking out about how cool a flaming skull in a Dodge Charger is. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS…
 
We’re running. Very Fast. Away. Just like real life, it is a cavalcade of difficult topics for Joshua and Lani discuss. Slavery, both fictional and otherwise, the misuse of police powers, and more are mixed into the usual, and enjoyable, spy and relationship shenanigans. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Not…
 
We’ll discuss the consequences of your little science fair later. As we pick back up with the Agents, Joshua discusses the thematic overlap between Inhumans and the X-Men. Then Lani and Joshua kick around the various couples and how their relationships impact the arc. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes:…
 
We’re leaving because of witches. Welcome to the new Dark Ages. Joshua discusses the many and deadly foes of Spider-Man while defending secret identities. Then, Lani and Joshua discuss how this could have been two great Spidey movies instead of one good one. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More abou…
 
We’re not looking for forgiveness and we’re way past asking permission. For INFINITY WAR, Lani and Joshua discuss what happens when you think of Thanos as being METAL and then proceed to get real philosophical about this allegedly big dumb superhero story. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about …
 
One honey cone for the bear, one dragonfly ripple for the frog. Don’t get ‘em mixed up. For their first look at a feature length project, Joshua and Lani dig into THE MUPPET MOVIE. How do the Muppets’ particular brand of chaos transfer from skits and gags to the big screen? Pretty well, honestly, but not without some bumps in the road. Download the…
 
We do whatever a spider can! For Homecoming, Lani and Joshua talk about the angry origins of Spider-Man, their appreciation for superheroes that don’t murder, and why the Vulture is one of the MCU’s great villains. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More about Joshua Unruh S…
 
We were told you people were conceited douchebags, but that isn’t true at all. For Guardians of the Galaxy v. 2, Joshua and Lani are joined by Rob Heiret of STAR WARS podcast Metaphors Be With You to discuss, as Lani puts it, “space stuff.” And thank goodness he’s here to help bear the load because this movie is…not great. But the Four Color Facts …
 
We want to punch you in your perfect teeth. For Civil War, Joshua and Lani figure out whether you should read the source material, hash out a philosophy of superpowers, and discuss mind control and culpability. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More about Joshua Unruh Suppo…
 
What are we? Pimp Stormtroopers? For the big Luke Cage season one wrap up, Joshua and Lani discuss the cultural impact and massive significance of Luke Cage while also dissecting the many, many parts of its narrative that just didn’t work. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. …
 
We’re about sick of always having to buy new clothes. For these episodes, Joshua and Lani talk about problematically named African American characters and how antagonists work. Hint: Luke Cage’s first season is a little confused about how antagonists work. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about …
 
We, like Wu Tang, ain’t nuttin’ to fuck wit. For their second look at Luke Cage, Joshua and Lani dive more into the character’s comic book origins, lament some choices, but celebrate the appearance of Reva, Misty, and Claire! Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More about Jos…
 
Jesus saves. We don’t For the inaugural episodes of Luke Cage, Joshua and Lani discuss the origins of the character, the narrative stumbles at the opening of the show, all while trying to get Lani to listen to hip hop duo, Gang Starr. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: Black Nerd Problems: The Luke Cag…
 
WE DO AS PEGGY SAYS! For the big Agent Carter wrap-up, Joshua and Lani take listener questions in their new segment Takes to Astonish and then lament the sad state of romance in the show. Well, except for Manfredi and Whitney. They’re a love for the ages. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about L…
 
We are presently engaged in a frenzied search for her while talking into our glasses like madmen. It’s some of the best stuff the second season of Agent Carter has to offer in this episode! Joshua and Lani get some Four Color Facts about Oklahoma, both real and fictional, as well as superhero team-ups with villains. Then it’s a discussion of useles…
 
We usually take a bit more romancing before we drop our pants For the big wrap up of Jessica Jones’s first season, Joshua and Lani find themselves discussing the Ship of Theseus and the nature of humanity during the Four Color Facts. During the discussion of the show, they celebrate the return of Claire, how to solve a problem like Trish, and what …
 
We wish we had a Mother of the Year Award so we could bludgeon you with it. Joshua and Lani enter the soggy back third of Jessica Jones and, friends, it isn’t pretty. The plans are half-baked, the characterization is maybe a quarter-baked, and the plot is still basically dough. It’s a rough ride but at least it starts with Four Color Facts about th…
 
We’re drawing your initials with a big heart around them on our Etch-A-Sketch. For this installment of Jessica Jones, Joshua talks about the Four Color Loves of Jessica while Lani uses the lens of two upstairs neighbor weirdos bringing pathos to discuss the show as a whole. Jessica’s childhood home is turned into a mad house as she tries to tempt K…
 
The beauty of what we do is that it can’t be explained. And if it can’t be explained, it can’t be believed For this week’s episode, Joshua and Lani discuss the many comic book superheroic identities of Jessica Jones and finally hear about the Purple Man. Then, moving onto the episodes, they chat dive into the joys of Malcolm and Luke, the tragedy t…
 
We don’t waste time circle jerking with a bunch of whiners. For the next set of Jessica Jones episodes, Joshua writes a love letter to his favorite superhero of all time and maybe even convinces Lani to read some comics. They go on to discuss the highs and lows of Luke and Jessica together, the mixed bag of these two episodes, and finally come face…
 
Our greatest weakness? Occasionally we give a damn. For their first foray into Jessica Jones, Joshua and Lani discuss hardboiled detectives, the burden of being special, and begin to dig into fiction’s place in helping us confront trauma in ourselves and others. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More …
 
Until this exact moment, we thought you were Build-A-Bear. For Avengers: Endgame, Joshua and Lani welcome Metaphors Be With You’s Rob Heiret to talk about meaningful deaths and time travel shenanigans in the most anticipated LUA hot take ever! Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Ri…
 
We’re the guys who kill Gordon. (Accidentally.) In this episode, Joshua and Lani discuss psychic vampires and how the pulp fantasy of the 1930s influenced superhero comics even into the modern day. They also wrap up the second season of Agents: Jiaying is evil, Cal is sympathetic, Skye is competent, and May is going on vacation. It’s a madhouse! Do…
 
There are no strings on us. Joshua and Lani have a come to Whedon conversation about Age of Ultron. Spoiler: they didn’t like it much, so if you loved it, they still love you, but you might want to give this episode a miss. But if you do tune in, get ready for some comic book revelations about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s true father, Ultron’s t…
 
We are really starting to regret that Hot Pocket earlier. This episode, Joshua and Lani finally discuss who Skye is in the 616, the evil(?) of Jiaying, and wonder why this NuSHIELD storyline happened at all. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More about Joshua Unruh Support …
 
Higher, further, faster, baby! For this Hot Take, Joshua and Kelly gush about their newfound love of Captain Marvel, defer on how complicated Carol’s comic book backstory is, discuss how well this movie addressed identity-as-origin, and think a bit about compassion as a defining heroic trait. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • R…
 
Sorry, Eddie. The tiger’s been loose for awhile. For this batch of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua and Lani discuss the tools of superheroing, whether Simmons is up to no good, and if New SHIELD is a delicious new flavor or just Diet Hydra. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More a…
 
Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar as he takes on the comic book origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first woman led film with Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero. This session is an addendum to Earth’s Mightiest Hero with a special guest, the inimitable Sara Century. She’s a Carol Danvers expert and superfa…
 
Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar as he takes on the comic book origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first woman led film with Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Support Superhero University and Pulp Diction Productions! If you can’t support us financially, please leave the show a rating and review on iTun…
 
We killed the man Cal planned to kill for two and a half decades. DISAPPOINTMENT! For this week’s discussion of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua and Lani revisit the Savage Land, make heart eyes at Dark Jemma, Sif, and Raina, then try to figure out what exactly the hell is going on with the Kree. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS •…
 
Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar as he takes on the comic book origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first woman led film with Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Support Superhero University and Pulp Diction Productions! If you can’t support us financially, please leave the show a rating and review on iTun…
 
Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar as he takes on the comic book origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first woman led film with Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Here’s more information on the the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Support Superhero University and Pulp Diction Productions! If you can’t support…
 
Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar as he takes on the comic book origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first woman led film with Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Here’s more information on the Mercury 13 and Jerrie Cobb. Support Superhero University and Pulp Diction Productions! If you can’t support us fin…
 
We’re going to go kill the man that ruined our lives. BEST. DAY. EVER. Joshua and Lani delve deep into the hidden alien city that barely was as well as the MacLachlan-magnificence that is (apparently) based on Thor villain, Mr. Hyde. Download the mp3 here. Subscribe to the show! iTunes • RSS • Stitcher Show Notes: More about Lani Diane Rich. More a…
 
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