CM Podcast 250 – Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle (1979)

Welcome to a very special edition of Comics Misremembered Podcast. We are celebrating our 250th podcast!! About a week ago I had no idea what we were going to do to honor this milestone.

We started kicking around ideas: Maybe do a countdown of our favorite storylines. We ditched this idea because we figured it would be too similar to past podcasts. Then changed it up to: review a great and celebrated storyline that is often over looked.

This brings us to the topic of this week’s CM Podcast. We will be reviewing the trade paperback of Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle. This is a collection Iron Man Vol.1 #120 – 128. The original story was published by Marvel in 1979.

The creators of this storyline are: Writer/Co-Plotter – David Michelinie, Artist – John Romita, Jr and Inker/Co-Plotter Bob Layton.

The title Demon in a Bottle comes from Iron Man #128 which is the final part of the overall story arc. It also has one of the most recognizable covers of all time created by Bob Layton.

Jon and I have never read this story in it’s original run. We had a great time going over it and we both think it is as relevant today as it was in 1979. I think the reason it is often overlooked on people’s Top Ten lists is because this is only the beginning of Tony Stark’s descent into alcoholism. In this story arc: Bethany Cabe points out that he has a drinking problem, helps him identify the problem and overcome it. Tony seems to have conquered his demons. Or has he?

If you continue reading after #128, Tony’s struggle become worse and he will eventually lose everything to drinking. It will be several years before he turns it all around to become sober and a success again.

It’s a terrific story that shows that no man is an island. You sometimes have more problems than you can handle and it is always a good idea to have your friends and family help you out when times are tough.

We compare Tony Stark of the 70s to how he behaves in the 2020s, we cover the infamous Javis resignation letter and discuss how they tired to use elements of this story in the Iron Man 2 movie to varying degrees of success.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 250

CM Podcast 112 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

It’s July and the start of big blockbuster movie season.  This year, Marvel and Disney release Spider-Man: Homecoming which welcomes Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Jon and I were determined to see this movie come Hell or high water!  We had several road blocks which we describe in the podcast but we finally were able to see it and boy, did we like it!

We do a breakdown of the movie: Tom Holland’s performance, his high school co-stars and the motivation of the villain, Vulture.  We also share some Easter Eggs from the movie.  Very few spoilers in this podcast.

Once of the things we both agree on, The Scorpion from the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man comic run did not look like a scorpion…

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I say he looks kind of like a green squirrel man.  It was just an odd costume design.

Listen to the podcast to find out why we even begin to talk about the Scorpio.

Your comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 85 – Civil War II

Happy New Year, folks!  Welcome to 2017 and I hope it is a peaceful and prosperous year for you.

We are back talking comics this week and the item on the table tonight is Civil War II or as I like to call it Civil Wat The Sequel.  Jon and I have a lively and frank discussion on the story and it’s impact in the Marvel Universe.

There will be **spoilers** so if you have not read it (and think that you may want to read it in the near future) then go read it and come back once you are done.

We will answer the question:

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Is Civil Wat II a battle between differing ideology of heroes on the concepts of fate and free will that at the conclusion of the series, the impacts of our heroes’ actions will be felt by the Marvel Universe for years to come?

OR

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Is Civil War II just a cash grab based on a popular miniseries?

Listen to the podcast and find out.  Also, we mention that we were going to talk about Marvel’s other miniseries Death of X (and we were!  Honest!) but we go so caught up in talking about Civil War Dos that we ran out of time.  We will talk about Death of X next week.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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