A Question Regarding the 4casts

September 11th, 2009 by |

Let’s just say, hypothetically, that I were to start getting my own segment on the 4th Letter podcast. A segment where I talk about any given subject for several minutes before returning the show to David and Esther. Anyone have any suggestions on things you’d like to hear me go on and on about? Don’t overthink it. Hell, even saying something as simple as “Gambit” works.

Just no Venom, Deadpool or Jeph Loeb. They’ve all been covered to death.

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16 comments to “A Question Regarding the 4casts”

  1. Alfred Pennysworth.
    Why few people go in depth on this guy is beyond me.

  2. As long as I can describe you as the Andy Rooney of comics, I’m good.

  3. Why do good fans happen to bad characters?

  4. @Jordan: This guy called Wodehouse wrote a fanfiction series about him once…it had different names, and it took place in a Universe where Bruce’s parents didn’t die, but it definitely had Alfred. There was a film with the guy who plays Greg House.

  5. One recurring joke in your “What if” columns that always got a chuckle out of me was “Reed Richard’s sanity is held together by a thread.” Talking about heroes who are a stone’s throw from going crazy (or who are just plain goofy) would be good for laughs.

  6. Will the fact that both major publishers are now owned by media conglomerates affect Diamond and the way comics are currently distributed?

    No, seriously, just explain the appeal of the Marvel Family to me. I just don’t get the draw.

  7. @Lurkee Mcgee: I didn’t get it for the longest time either. I’ve always been a dyed-in-the-wool DC girl. I think, for me at least, the lack of Marvel appeal was due in a large part (now, I’m speaking in generalities here, so don’t go jumpin’ down my throat) to their lack of female characters that don’t cry at the drop of a hat. Much more relate-able, or at least in the sense that when you’re a kid (especially if you’re a girl in a neighborhood of boys)and looking for something to look up to, were the women of DC. Women who were much more purpose driven and didn’t stop in the middle of combat to cry about their boyfriends. To My twelve year old brain, at least, that was how it broke down. But the longer I spent in the grown-up world, trying in vein to be friends with other women, i’ve come to realize they they’re written that way because most women will cry at the drop of a hat. So, it’s taken me twenty some odd years, but I finally get it. While DC characters all seem to have their token ‘humanizing’ flaw; Marvel characters seem, to me at least, to be just as flawed as the rest of us who shamble around this planet. They’re heroes because they manage to pull it together long enough to try and make some other people’s lives better. Which, basically is an exaggerated version of taking-care-of-business like most adults have to do every day to survive, especially these days. It also helps to find one character that works for you. I still find the women pretty hard to relate to, but i find women hard to relate to, so it kind of makes sense. I do have to wonder if men have the same problem, not with women, i already know they don’t understand women. I wish i could be of more help there. But I’ve always wondered if people, that is comic fans, choose their side by who they find the easiest to relate to; and if men have the same problem relating to male characters…

  8. @Season: What’s interesting is that I grew up thinking the opposite. I thought Marvel had the best heroines, particularly over on the X-Men. Invisible Woman and a few Avengers were also solid, but the writing was much less even than Claremont’s X-Men.

    Of course, now that I’m older, I realize that it wasn’t quite as simple as that (see also, claremont’s love of fetish and probably a bit of femdom courtesy of powerful women), but nostalgia is a hard beast to kill.

    I still mainly like Marvel, though much of their output is kinda bland right now. That’s almost entirely due to my time as a kid reading X-Men and Spider-Man. Marvel’s got an approach that I enjoy, and characters I used to want to be more like or could see myself in. I don’t think you’re alone in that problems relating thing, because that’s the issue I have with a lot of DC characters.

    @Lurkee Mcgee: You mean Captain Marvel and them? Easy: it’s what kids who used to read Superman would wish they could be. A young boy who, with a magic word, becomes a super strong man. Add in a best friend, a (sometimes annoying) sister, and a bunch of talking animals and you’ve got a Saturday morning cartoon ready to go.

  9. A spotlight on anything from a writer to an artist or even something like talking about dead characters or stuff like that that would stand out would be good.

  10. Same thing I’ve always asked from you: Undertaker comics.

  11. I might as well finally cover those Undertaker comics for October. I’ll get to them when I finish with the Dell monster stuff.

  12. Yeah, I was actually referring to Captain and Mary Marvel, etc., but thanks for the insight. I’ve always been a die hard Marvel Comics fan, who never really appreciated the god-like DC heroes until about two years ago. Captain Marvel, however, continues to not appeal to me. Although I do love Black Adam for all the same reasons that I love Dr. Doom.

  13. I don’t know if this would be good for a debut topic, but I’d like your thoughts on what DC and Marvel need to be doing better. By which I mean, what you’d make them do if you ran the industry. Serious thoughts, or Amalgam II: The Most Dangerous Amalgame, however you’d prefer to answer.

    And anything Fourth World would be pretty fun, because of the whole “Fourth Letter” thing. Someone needs to do it, fer cryin’ out loud.

  14. Black Avengers and why it should/should’nt be made.

  15. Obscure comics. Expose my fragile mind to more things like Dracula and Billy Ray Cyrus comics.

    And as for male characters being relatable: That’s Spideys bread and butter.

    Batman can also work when written well, though he often takes you to a dark place. Something that I believe Morisson picked up on, and tried to instill the book with some positive energy. He really seems to connect with characters, and wants to make his heroes happy.

    Perhaps more female writers could change the perception on female characters?

  16. Tarot.

    Talk about Tarot.