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Marvel by the Month is a weekly podcast that takes you through the Marvel Comics universe, one month at a time. NEW LISTENERS: catch up quickly by starting with the "Essential MBTM" episodes!

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Season 4 starts in just two weeks, and we are frantically scrambling to get everything ready for launch, much like a certain fantastic foursome did in 1961! That means it's time for another What If...? fill-in bonus episode! Take a peek into three classic Fantastic Four alternate realities that answer the questions, "What if... ... the Invisible Girl had married the Sub-Mariner?" (What If...? vol. 1 #21, written by Bill Mantlo, art by Gene Colan w/Bob Wiacek, ©1980 Marvel Comics) ... the Fantastic Four had not gained their super-powers?" (What If...? vol. 1 #36, written and drawn by John Byrne, ©1982 Marvel Comics) ... the original Marvel Bullpen had become the Fantastic Four?" (What If...? vol. 1 #11, written and drawn by Jack Kirby, inked by Mike Royer, ©1978 Marvel Comics) "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Happy Pride Month! We made it just under the wire! Our special guest for this episode is Katie Proctor, proprietress of Portland's own Books With Pictures, a comics shop designed from the ground up to be LGBTQ/POC/women/newbie-friendly and inviting to all (even old nerds like us). While we prep Season 4, Katie was kind enough to make time to talk about 2000's X-Men for the second of our pre-MCU Marvel movie bonus episodes. How does the film that relaunched the superhero blockbuster hold up? What didn't age quite as well? And what does happen to a toad when it gets hit by lightning? Listen and find out! We support the following organizations, and we hope that you will consider doing so as well: Black Resilience Fund TransActive Gender Project Q Center Outside In Basic Rights Oregon Visit Books With Pictures online at bookswithpictures.com or in person at 1401 SE Division St in Portland (open hours vary depending on proximity to apocalypse). "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Clint Freakin' McElroy (The Adventure Zone, War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery) joins us for our Season 3 finale! Podcasting's greatest dad shares the secret origins of his Marvel Comics fandom, describes what it was like to read these books as they were hitting the stands, and spills the beans on the only character Marvel wouldn't let him and the boys use in Journey Into Mystery! It is impossible that you are reading this and don't already know all of the awesome stuff that Clint is up to, but just in case: https://www.themcelroy.family Comics Released This Month: Amazing Spider-Man #36, Avengers #27, Daredevil #15, Fantastic Four #50, Sgt. Fury #29, Strange Tales #144, Tales of Suspense #77, Tales to Astonish #79, Thor #127, X-Men #19, ©1966 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
The internet's Seanbaby joined us as our guest for this episode, which we lost control of within about 90 seconds. Topics discussed include but are not limited to: homemade fireworks, why Batroc the Leaper rules, Stan Lee's non-existent grasp of the basic principles of magnetism, why Thor might be the dumbest Marvel hero ever, and the insane set of circumstances that must have led to the Silver Surfer's creation. Plus: dick punches! This is not a family-friendly episode, unless you have a rad family. Your time could not be better misspent than on Sean's virile new comedy site, 1-900-HOTDOG or his brain-melting math combat collectible card you know what just try it mobile game, Calculords! Comics Released This Month: Amazing Spider-Man #35, Avengers #26, Daredevil #14, Fantastic Four #49, Sgt. Fury #28, Strange Tales #143, Tales of Suspense #76, Tales to Astonish #78, Thor #126, X-Men #18, ©1966 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
HOLY MOLEY, IT'S TOM SCIOLI! The writer/artist behind Fantastic Four: Grand Design, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, Gødland and Gobots joins us to talk about the arrival of the Marvel Universe's hongriest antagonist and his silver-plated pal! Plus: the Avengers' first run-in with Doctor Doom, the returns of Kraven the Hunter and Magneto, and the overly convoluted story of how Nick Fury eventually wound up losing his eye at some point that's not really clearly defined. Comics Released This Month: Amazing Spider-Man #34, Avengers #25, Daredevil #13, Fantastic Four #48, Journey Into Mystery #125, Sgt. Fury #27, Strange Tales #142, Tales of Suspense #75, Tales to Astonish #77, X-Men #17, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
In this month of Marvel Comics, five — count 'em, five — different multi-part storylines come to their conclusions, so we brought in our friend Jamie Wenger to help us out with the very first GIANT-SIZE MARVEL BY THE MONTH! Together, we'll take you through Spider-Man's desperate struggle against the Master Planner to save Aunt May's life, the Avengers' latest battle against Kang the Conqueror, Namor's quest to recover Neptune's trident and the throne of Atlantis, Captain America's race against the Red Skull's doomsday Sleeper robots, and the X-Men's first skirmish with the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Plus, find out what happens when the Fantastic Four finally reach the Inhumans' Great Refuge! Clear your schedule and charge your earbuds — this is our biggest episode ever! Comics Released This Month: Amazing Spider-Man #33, Avengers #24, Daredevil #12, Fantastic Four #47, Journey Into Mystery #124, Sgt. Fury #26, Strange Tales #141, Tales of Suspense #74, Tales to Astonish #76, X-Men #16, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
The Fantastic Four tussle with Black Bolt and the Inhumans as the Seeker closes in! Loki and the Absorbing Man make their push to conquer Asgard! Thor encounters the world's least ethical journalist! And Daredevil gets to the bottom of a political scandal as only he can: by gaslighting his best friend every step of the way! Our pal Dave Russ tries to help us straighten it all out, because he's a chiropractor, get it? Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #32, Avengers #23, Daredevil #11, Fantastic Four #46, Journey Into Mystery #123, Sgt. Fury #25, Strange Tales #140, Tales of Suspense #73, Tales to Astonish #75, X-Men #15, ©1965 Marvel Comics. Dr. David Russ is the best chiropractor in Portland, OR. You can learn more about him (and see the logo that Robb designed for him) at happyspinepdx.com. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Johnny Storm encounters the Inhumans for the first time in New York City's legendary Abandoned Buildings District! Bolivar Trask riles up the hoi polloi to "Make Humanity Great Again," but his robot Sentinels have a different plan in mind! And Peter Parker heads off to his first day at Empire State University! Our pal JL Watkins joins us to discuss all of these things and more on this week's episode! Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #31, Avengers #22, Fantastic Four #45, Journey Into Mystery #122, Sgt. Fury #24, Strange Tales #139, Tales of Suspense #72, Tales to Astonish #74, X-Men #14, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Last time he was on the podcast, we suckered Levi Buchanan (PiNKHEARTS) into watching 1994's terrible The Fantastic Four movie, which was so awful, none of us have left our houses since. But we did locate the massive tiled bathroom where he's been quarantined and coerced him into weighing in on the debut of Gorgon, the final breakup of Peter Parker and Betty Brant, and Iron Man's first encounter with the Titanium Man. Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #30, Avengers #21, Daredevil #10, Fantastic Four #44, Journey Into Mystery #121, Sgt. Fury #23, Strange Tales #138, Tales of Suspense #71, Tales to Astonish #73, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Maybe we should have called this one "Atlas by the Month"? In the decade before Stan and Jack blew the doors off of the comics world with Fantastic Four #1, the company then known as Atlas Comics tried to relaunch their three biggest superheroes of the 1940's: Captain America, the Human Torch, and the Sub-Mariner! Our pal Joe Keatinge (Shutter, Ringside, Stellar, Marvel Knights: Hulk, Morbius: The Living Vampire) takes us on a tour of how these WWII heroes were retrofitted for the Red Scare in a pre-Comics Code world! Reading List: Captain America's Weird Tales #74, Young Men #24-28, Captain America Comics #76-78, Sub-Mariner Comics #33-42, Human Torch Comics #36-38, Men's Adventures #27-28. (Thanks to Tom Brevoort for his website articles and his chapters in Marvel Chronicle, which provided invaluable information.) "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Get us to the church on time, because Sue Storm and Reed Richards are tying the knot! But don't worry, 12-year old boys: there's 23 1/2 pages of brawls before the half-page wedding. And if that's not enough fantastic fist-fighting for you, we catch you up on the Frightful Four's latest scheme, which involves their brand-new ally: Ben Grimm! Plus, the X-Men and Juggernaut conclude their first confrontation — find out whether or not Professor X saves the day with yet another end-of-issue brain blast! (He does.) Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #29, Avengers #20, Fantastic Four #43, Fantastic Four Annual #3, Journey Into Mystery #120, Sgt. Fury #22, Sgt. Fury Annual #1, Strange Tales #137, Tales of Suspense #70, Tales to Astonish #72, X-Men #13, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
This episode is packed with so much Thunder God content that we should have released it on a Thursday! Not only does Thor conclude his battle against the unstoppable Destroyer, he also finds himself in Olympus tussling with Hercules in his very first annual! Plus, the Warriors Three (Hogun, Fandral, and Volstagg) make their debut in "Tales of Asgard." And if that's not enough for you, Peter Parker graduates from high school and meets the Molten Man on the very same day, and John Severin makes his Marvel Age debut in the pages of Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD! Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #28, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, Avengers #19, Daredevil #9, Fantastic Four #42, Journey Into Mystery #119, Journey Into Mystery Annual #1, Sgt. Fury #21, Strange Tales #136, Tales of Suspense #69, Tales to Astonish #71, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Like Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (who makes his debut this month), we're still operating from bunkers in undisclosed locations, protecting ourselves from an omnipresent invisible enemy. Join us as we talk about the Marvel Comics high points from May 1965, including a new ongoing series, Gene "Adam Austin" Colan's Silver Age Marvel Comics debut, and the irresistible arrival of X-Men's most immovable adversary! Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #27, Avengers #18, Fantastic Four #41, Journey Into Mystery #118, Sgt. Fury #20, Strange Tales #135, Tales of Suspense #68, Tales to Astonish #70, X-Men #12, ©1965 Marvel Comics. *Starting with this season, we'll be covering issues based on the month they were released, not their cover date. So this is our second "May 1965" episode. The previous one included Marvel comics cover-dated May 1965; this episode features the issues that hit the stands in May 1965. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Season 3 begins here! A powerless Fantastic Four need some help from the Man Without Fear to recapture the Baxter Building from Doctor Doom! J. Jonah Jameson escalates his campaign against Spider-Man with some killer robot hijinx! Thor fights his way through Vietnam, the new Avengers get their first mission, and Daredevil faces the variable-height menace of... STILTMAN! Reading List: Amazing Spider-Man #25-26, Avengers #17, Daredevil #8, Fantastic Four #39-40, Journey Into Mystery #117, Sgt. Fury #19, Strange Tales #133-134, Tales of Suspense #66-67, Tales to Astonish #68-69, ©1965 Marvel Comics. *Starting with this season, we'll be covering issues based on the month they were released, not their cover date. So this is our second "April 1965" episode. The previous one included Marvel comics cover-dated April 1965; this episode features the issues that hit the stands in April 1965. We also added a few additional issues from March 1965 to get everything back in sync. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Season Two of Marvel by the Month ends with an interconnected story that sends shockwaves throughout every corner of the embryonic Marvel Universe! Marvel Comics guru Douglas Wolk joins us live at Books With Pictures in Portland, OR to untangle the threads of an epic that includes the dissolution of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Fantastic Four's worst defeat, and the complete transformation of The Avengers! Special thanks to: Douglas for joining us on stage; Katie Proctor for hosting us at her incredible comics shop; JL Watkins for audio production and engineering; Sara and Jack Stratton for merch tabling; Barb Allen, Katie, and Douglas for the live musical performance. Subscribe to Douglas Wolk's incredible Marvel Unlimited daily book club and forum, The 616 Society, at https://www.patreon.com/douglaswolk Reading List: Fantastic Four #38, Avengers #16, Tales to Astonish #67, Tales of Suspense #65, Journey Into Mystery #116, Amazing Spider-Man #24, Sgt. Fury #18, Strange Tales #132, X-Men #11, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne. Performed live by Barb Allen, Robb Milne, Katie Proctor, and Douglas Wolk. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
New characters! New teams! New costumes! The Absorbing Man, the Frightful Four (featuring Medusa), Ka-Zar, and The Clown and his Masters of Menace make their Silver Age Marvel Comics debuts! Captain America gets an origin story! And a certain Fab Foursome meets half of another Fantastic Foursome. All this, and Noah Campbell too! Reading List: Journey Into Mystery #114, Tales to Astonish #65, Amazing Spider-Man #22, Avengers #14, Tales of Suspense #63, Sgt. Fury #16, Fantastic Four #36, Strange Tales #130, X-Men #10, ©1965 Marvel Comics "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Catch up on 21 episodes of Marvel by the Month Season 2 in just over an hour! Robb and Bryan recap all of Marvel's superhero titles cover dated September 1963 through May 1965, including the first year-and-a-half of the Avengers and X-Men, and the debuts of some of Marvel's most memorable characters, including Daredevil, Black Widow, the Sandman, Electro, the Mandarin, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, the Green Goblin, Mysterio, and SO! MANY! MORE! Get yourself all caught up for Season 3, which starts next week! Reading List: Avengers #1-16, X-Men #1-11, Amazing Spider-Man #4-24, Fantastic Four #18-38, Journey Into Mystery #96-116, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #3-18, Strange Tales #112-132, Tales of Suspense #45-65, Tales to Astonish #47-67, Daredevil #1-7, ©1963-1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
While we plan out Season 3 of MBTM, please enjoy the first of three fill-in episodes, in which we take a look back at alternate versions of stories that we've already covered on the podcast. Join us in the pages of What If? as the Watcher tells us: What If Spider-Man Had Joined the Fantastic Four? What If the Avengers Had Never Been? What If Someone Else Had Become the Amazing Spider-Man? Reading List: What If? (vol. 1) #1, 3, 7, ©1977-78 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
It's the penultimate episode of our second season! In his last appearance as a villain, Hawkeye teams up with the all-new Black Widow against Iron Man! The Avengers take on the Masters of Evil, and somebody won't survive the experience (hint: it's the genius who glued a mask to his face). Daredevil tussles with the Sub-Mariner in a story that should be terrible, but is instead one of the best things we've read so far! And the Fantastic Four head to the Skrull galaxy on a mission of REVENGE! All this and more awaits you within, True Believer! Reading List: Tales to Astonish #66, Tales of Suspense #64, Sgt. Fury #17, Daredevil #7, Amazing Spider-Man #23, Fantastic Four #37, Journey Into Mystery #115, Avengers #15, Strange Tales #131, ©1965 Marvel Comics. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
Valentine's Day is this Friday, so to celebrate, we did the most romantic thing we could think of: We opened a bottle of pinot noir, laid out a box of fancy chocolates, and lured our wives into the studio to talk at them about 1960's Marvel Comics. Join us as we revisit some of early Marvel's most romantic moments and discover what ACTUAL LADIES think about Lame Doctor Blake and Jane Foster, Peter Parker and Betty Brant, and Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and Namor. [Borat Voice: My Wiiiiife!!] Re-Reading List: Journey Into Mystery #97, Amazing Spider-Man #9, Fantastic Four #27. "Marvel by the Month" theme by Robb Milne, sung by Barb Allen. All incidental music by Robb Milne. Visit us on internet at marvelbythemonth.com.
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