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Hi Sean and Greg,

Exceptional first couple episodes for your SECRET WARS II coverage!! You've done a fantastic job celebrating the "hits" of this series, while also taking them to task for the "misses". Love hearing the behind-the-scenes tidbits, and the stories that put the series in the context of 1985. Your insight into the parallel development of the Beyonder to a child was eye-opening. I'm not sure I made that direct connection when I read this originally.

I haven't read these comics since their original publication, but they were beloved for me at the time. While I recognized the main series was lacking, the crossovers... THE CROSSOVERS!! This was the first time I dipped my toes into many Marvel books. I bought all the crossover issues, some of which would become life-long passions. Uncanny X-Men #196 was my first X-Men comic ever, and I stayed with the X-Men (and all the spin-offs) for another 10 years (plus bought all the stories going back to GIANT SIZED X-MEN #1)!! I was in mutant madness! To this day, I still dip back into X-Men and try them every few years (all growing out of a Secret Wars II crossover)!! Iron Man #197 launched me into being an Iron Man collector for a few years too. Who says crossovers don't hook readers on new series!!

This was also my first issue of Daredevil. While it would be another four years until I became a life-long reader of Daredevil, I'll never forget my first experience. My first Micronauts comic! My first Avengers comic! My first Alpha Flight comic! All series I've gone on to collect for years and years! And so many more!! The Gold Building issues of Spider-Man were my first web-crawler comics, and really made an impression on me. This formulated my opinion of Peter Parker which still resonates with me to this day.

Since listening to these first two episodes, I've started re-reading the SECRET WARS II mini-series. Whoa. Some of this is tough going. Truthfully, I’m enjoying your coverage a lot more than actually re-reading the issues.

A couple things that jumped out at me in issue #1 (not mentioned on your show):
1) Michael Jackson has a cameo in the McDonald's restaurant. Too funny!
2) I love the idea of Captain America flying coach. I'm envisioning this scene where he held up the boarding process, with a line of passenger down the aisle waiting to take their seats while Cap repeatedly tried to shove his shield in an overhead bin. LOL!

Regarding iconic covers, maybe I’m biased from reading these at the time, but I think there are few iconic covers in the SECRET WARS II mini-series. Issues # 2, 4, 5, and 8 have very memorable covers for me. They really resonate when I see them. Can’t vouch for the artistic talent, but I know they give me the warm fuzzies.

I know you've recorded thru issue #3 already, so here is some advance feedback based upon my re-reading of issues #3 & #4:
1) Issue #3: Oh. My. Mother-Loving. Gosh. ... Good luck with issue #3, the sex issue!! Jim Shooter and Al Milgrom's thoughts on women and the abundance of prostitutes is worth a discussion all by itself. I was 12 when I read this originally. I can't believe they blatantly put prostitutes and sex in this comic, but carefully danced around any code-approved concerns. Pretty confident this issue had some kind of impact on my sex-ed at the time. Looking at issue #3 & #4, I haven't seen that much lingerie outside of a Victoria's Secret catalog.
2) Issue #4, the love issue, was bonkers! We're really supposed to believe that Dazzler was somewhat falling for the Beyonder? I know she ultimately rejects him, but there are moments where she seems to genuinely be falling for him. Sweeping her literally off her feet worked?!?! I call B.S. He's a creepy stalker/date-rape kind of guy. Arguments could be made about him learning about love and not intentionally abusing his power, but he's basically an infant holding a loaded handgun.

Are you guys still planning to cover the Secret Wars related mini-series: “Beyond!” (2006) and “Spider-Man Secret Wars” (2010)? I enjoyed both series. What about the Spider-man animated series episodes (1997)? Or the very recent Avengers animated “Secret Wars” episodes (2018)? Plus all the toy discussions that could be had!?!?! This podcast might never end!!

Again, loving your coverage! Keep up the great work and can't wait to hear more!!

Thanks,
The Irredeemable Shag
The Fire & Water Podcast Network
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Hey guys! Loved episodes 11 & 12! I was sooooo late with my episode 11 feedback, I’m combining with this episode.

Like you guys, I love Spider-Woman’s look too! I followed her to Force Works, Omega Flight, and even sorta the Spider-Girl title (well, a different character with a similar costume). Loved the single mom angle. Was a unique and real world idea for comics. And red hair too! (I've got a well-known weakness for redheads).

Regarding being dead, I've always thought of the “always dead list” as Bucky, Jason Todd, Barry Allen, and Captain Mar-vell. Well, that list worked for about 20 years . That pretty much just leaves Captain Mar-vell as the last one who is still dead (even though they’ve found lots of ways to use him over the past decade without resurrecting him).

Overall, amazing coverage on the initial Secret Wars! So much fun to listen to! I might have to do a re-listen of your first 12 episodes sometime down the line. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for these episodes!

To the future, can't wait to hear your coverage of Secret Wars II. I was ALL-IN on that mini-series as it was being published and bought just about all the crossovers. In fact, the X-Men crossover and Daredevil crossover issues of Secret Wars II led me to become a decades-long collector of both those properties. See, crossovers do sometimes create ongoing collectors!!

On that subject, how do you plan to handle the crossovers? Will you address them? Tangentially or dedicated episodes? Dying to know.

Also, for the in-between episodes, how about an episode dedicated to the Secret Wars merchandise (i.e. toys, coloring books, lunch boxes, puffy stickers - surely there were puffy stickers, etc)?

Thanks again for filling the SECRET WARS shaped hole in my heart!!
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Another great episode, guys! I don't have a lot to comment other than I loved this episode too! And that shot of Spidey's black costume as shorts and short-sleeves has haunted me for decades! LOL!

Can't wait for the next episode!!
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Dead Robin & Dr G! Another fantastic episode! Pure joy listening to this one. I'm the worst at leaving consistent feedback, but know that you've hooked me and I'm loving it! I played your trailer in a recent JLI episode too!

I especially loved in this episode how you put the Black Costume introduction in perspective to what was happening in the Spider-Man comics. People tend to forget Secret Wars #8 wasn't really the first appearance of the costume.

Finally, I love this version of Spider-Woman! I followed her in Force Works and Omega Flight! As you said, not a lot of stand-out moments there, but I still have a soft spot for the character.

Keep up the great work!
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Just realized I failed to provide feedback on your issue #7 coverage. Whenever a new episode comes out, I devour it as quickly as possible!!

Besides that I love each and every episode of this show, I did have some thoughts about your issue #7 episode. During the episode, you mentioned that you thought it was odd for Marvel to introduce the new Spider-Woman in issue #7 given that her costume was somewhat of a teaser for Spider-Man's new costume. Y'all said something along the lines of showing Spider-Woman's costume before the introduction of the Spider-Man black costume took away some of the punch for the reader of the black costume introduction.

I think the piece that was missing from the discussion was that while issue #8 shows Spider-Man receiving the costume, truthfully the reader saw it for the first time 8 months earlier in the pages of the Amazing Spider-man. So the introduction of Spider-Woman didn't really take anything away from the new costume reveal.

Just a different perspective. Can't wait for your issue #8 coverage!!
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Hi Dr G & Dead Robin!

I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying the SECRET WARS PODCAST! I'm listening to episode 4 right now and I'm in pure nostalgic heaven! You guys are doing a phenomenal job covering the issues. I love that you celebrate the issues while still being critical. I freely admit that I'm so biased about this series, I can't see it's flaws (even though I realize they are there).

In addition to buying the comics, I owned a good amount of the action figures, the Captain America's cycle, and coloring/activity books! While I'm really a DC guy nowadays, these Secret Wars action figures were my gateway drug into superhero toys! I still proudly display my Secret Wars Kang on one of my bookcases!

Just curious, do you plan to cover ancillary titles too? Deadpool's Secret Wars? Spider-Man & The Secret Wars? Beyond? I'm a sucker for anything related to the original Secret Wars and devour it on Marvel Unlimited.

Also, have you heard this anecdote regarding Jim Shooter's decision to write the comic himself? I always heard it was partially motivated by the insane volume of distribution and the payment that went along with that. Meaning that Shooter realized how widely distributed this book would be (including the comic packs in grocery stores) and knew there were extra dollars attached to whomever wrote it. Would be interesting to know if there was any truth to that rumor.

Since you guys were so kind to share your origin story with SECRET WARS, I hope you don't mind if I share mine. Particularly because this was the comic series that made me a life-long comic collector! No exaggeration! No hyperbole! Specifically issue #2 changed the course of my life forever!

When I was in sixth grade, I was the victim of peer pressure. “Peer pressure in sixth grade, surely not?!?!”, you think astonished. I know… shocker (read as sarcasm). I had just started a new middle school and was still getting to know my new friends. During lunch one day, they started talking about all these fantastic sounding characters from some comic book I had never heard of. I was really only familiar with a few Marvel characters; mainly the ones who appeared in the “Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends” cartoon. When I acknowledged that I didn’t know many of these characters, my new friends pounced on me as all sixth graders typically do when they see weakness in a fellow classmate. “You don’t know what Secret Wars is?!?!?!” “You don’t know who Galactus is?!?!?!” “Everyone knows who Magneto is, don’t they?” And so on. Seriously?!? Who heard of "Nerd Bullying" and "Nerd Peer Pressure", especially back in the early 1980s?!?

So there I was, an eleven year old outcast. I felt ridiculed and incompetent. Surely there must be some way to redeem myself. And then the answer appeared before me… I was in the local convenience store getting some candy and an icee. I happened upon the comic book rack and staring me in the face was “Secret Wars” issue #2. A big bold image of Magneto on the cover. I immediately purchased the comic and devoured the information. I refused to be the butt of my sixth grade class. So from there forth, I made sure to buy all the issues of “Secret Wars”. I even paid the painful sum of $5 for a back issue of #1 (considering cover price was $0.75, that’s a hefty mark-up for an eleven year old). Then in order to prepare for any unexpected, yet vitally important sixth grade conversations, I began buying other comics also… a little Uncanny X-Men here… a little Marvel Saga there… eventually some Justice League, Firestorm, Crisis on Infinite Earths...
And that’s how it begins. A life long addiction… all because of sixth grade peer pressure.

Thanks again for the super-enjoyable podcast! Keep up the great work! It's unbearable waiting for each new episode! :)
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I love how Tigra has become a running character for this podcast. The insight into her origins and ongoing development makes fascinating long-form listening. I don’t have anything insightful or pithy to add, just keep up the great work and let’s have more Tigra episodes! And it goes without saying… She’s Hot!
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Kylo Ren's speech pattern has been bugging me. It reminded me of someone else, but I couldn't put my finger on it until tonight. Kylo Ren talks like Napoleon Dynamite!  I can just imagine the scene in Episode VIII...

Rey: What are you drawing?

Kylo: A wampcor.

Rey: What's a wampcor?

Kyle: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a Wampa and a Rancor mixed. Bred for it's skills in the Force. 

#StarWars #TFA #NapoleonRen #KyloDynamite
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JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL: BWAH-HA-HA PODCAST

Coming 2016 1st Quarter as part of the FIRE & WATER PODCAST NETWORK! ‪#‎FWPodcast‬

A new monthly index show chronicling the adventures of the Justice League International era! Hosted by The Irredeemable Shag and an ever-changing roster of guest hosts! Also featuring, "Meanwhile" episodes covering the JLA TV pilot, Batman: Brave & the Bold cartoon appearances, spin-off mini-series, action figures, and more! Stay tuned!
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