The X-Men TAS Podcast: The Spider- Man Years – Duel of the Hunters

Posted in The X-Men TAS Podcast on May 13th, 2019 by Willie

Punisher, Kraven, Spider-Man, Man-Spider, Mary Jane, Morbius, Harry Osborne! The characters that show up in this episode are endless so join us as we discuss…

  • Punisher, less sadistic, more superhero!
  • The smelliest places in NYC!
  • Deborah Whitman’s continued lack of respect!
  • Is the Neogenic Nightmare truly over?
  • More thoughts on Avengers Endgame!

That’s right, stay after the discussion of this episode to hear more spontaneous and spoilerific discussion on Avengers Endgame! Also, make sure to subscribe to our podcast via BuzzsproutiTunes or Stitcherand tell all your friends about it! Last but not least, follow Willie Simpson on Twitter and please join our Facebook Group!

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The X-Men TAS Podcast: The Spider- Man Years – Enter the Punisher

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6th, 2019 by Willie

Punisher enters and Spider-Man is not really afraid…Join us as we discuss…

  • Peter’s still bad at dating!
  • So many HBO references!
  • The various incarnations of the Punisher we could think of!
  • Aunt May in total denial!
  • Spider-Man probably has no respect for Morbius as a scientist!

This is one of the best Spider-Man episodes yet so try to track it down and watch it, you won’t regret it. Also, make sure to subscribe to our podcast via Buzzsprout, iTunes or Stitcher and tell all your friends about it! Last but not least, follow Willie Simpson on Twitter and please join our Facebook Group!

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The X-Men TAS Podcast: BONUS – Avengers End Game (SPOILERS)

Posted in The X-Men TAS Podcast on April 29th, 2019 by Willie

We have reached the End Game of the MCU…only proceed if you have as well as we discuss…

  • That time when [REDACTED]
  • Or how about [REDACTED]
  • Our thoughts on [REDACTED]
  • We get the joke, you aren’t going to write any spoil-[REDACTED]

Please do yourself a favor and hold off on downloading until you see the film, but we hope if you have, you enjoy our conversation as we try to make sense out of this major milestone movie event! Also, make sure to subscribe to our podcast via BuzzsproutiTunes or Stitcher and tell all your friends about it! Last but not least, follow Willie Simpson on Twitterand please join our Facebook Group!

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The X-Men TAS Podcast – BONUS – Silver Surfer TAS

Posted in on October 22nd, 2018 by Willie

We step away from the world of mutants to explore the world of self-torturing overly philosophical silver people with a look at the almost forgotten Silver Surfer animated series! Hop on your glittering cosmic surfboard as we discuss…

  • Shalla-Bal!!!!!!!!!
  • Silver Surfer’s personality?
  • The various origins of the Silver Surfer throughout the years!
  • If you were brainwashed into killing, is it your fault?
  • The greatness Galactus!

We had a lot of fun watching all 13 episodes of the Silver Surfer this week and we highly recommend you give it a shot if you have never seen it. You can watch them to by clicking here. Make sure to subscribe to our podcast via iTunes or Stitcher and tell all your friends about it! Also, find us on Facebook! Also, follow Willie Simpson on Twitter and please join our Facebook Group!

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The X-Men TAS Podcast: Episode 43 – Cold Comfort

Posted in on January 8th, 2018 by Willie

It’s wholly appropriate that a freezing, frigid pall has fallen over the United States as the beloved X-Man Iceman comes into our midst. Hop on our ice-slide and glide into one of the best X-Men TAS episodes ever as we discuss…

  • The sorted, screwed up history between Jack Kirby and Stan Lee!
  • Iceman, possessor of the greatest self-transportation system ever invented!
  • Giving Fox’s Gifted another shot, and liking it!
  • Cyclops, rageaholic!

The wind, air and ice may all be freezing but the conversation on this latest episode is blazing so don’t miss out on this classic! As usual, make sure to subscribe to our podcast via iTunes or Stitcher and tell all your friends about it! Also, find us on Facebook! Also, follow Willie Simpson on Twitter and please join our Facebook Group!

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The Real History of Marvel Comics with Jack Kirby in an Ultra Rare Interview

Posted in Comic Books, Jack Kirby on July 2nd, 2012 by Willie

Superhero movies are everywhere these days, coldly destroying the competition in the movie theaters in the summer.  Their omnipresence is even sparking interesting debate from elitist movie critics at the New York Times.  With movies starring classic comic book characters like Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men, the question rises as to what collection of creative geniuses could have possibly come up with these zillion dollar ideas that millions of people have become fiercely loyal to?  The obvious answer is that it boils down to two Jewish guys from New York City, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  However, if you really deep fry the question, the answer might just boil down to one man, Jack Kirby.  The real story of the history of Marvel Comics is not exactly the tale of a happy collaboration between the revolutionary pop artwork of Kirby and the bottomless imagination of Stan Lee.  In actuality, the authorship of these legends is a jumbled and bitter history featuring bad work for hire contracts and editorial self-aggrandizement.  According to Jack Kirby, he basically not only created and drew every Marvel Comic of significance, but plotted and wrote all the dialog, a telling of history that leaves little room for one Stan Lee.  Jack recollected Stan as a “bother” and “office prankster,” hired as an office boy by Marvel’s owner Martin Goodman as a favor because they were related, and overtime graduated from office paperboy to over-glorified editor.  Stan would change some dialog to make it snappier or funnier, as well as changing character’s names on a whim, but Jack did all the heavy lifting, and because he worked at home, had little contact or interaction with Stan Lee.  Evidence speaking to this arrangement is found in this wonderful article published in a Jack Kirby fanzine, which you can read here.  In that article, you can read more about the troubled history between Stand and Jack, and see Jack’s original artwork and dialog, as well as the light notes Stan put in the margins.  Jack’s version of history is very negative towards Stan Lee, probably to an unfair degree.  Marvel Comics never properly took care of Jack over the years, treating him as a standard work for hire artist, and not the genius who revolutionized the way comic books are written and drawn, thus creating in Jack a deep bitterness.  A popular story out there is that Jack once entered a toy store towards the end of his life, (he died in 1994), and started to cry because he saw that every toy was of something he created, and he wasn’t getting a dime.  Stan, to his credit, did have more of a role in Marvel’s success then Jack would ever admit.  While Stan’s role in the creation of the Fantastic Four, the hit that saved Marvel from closing its doors in the early 60s, is questionable, Stan did create Spider-Man with artist Steve Ditko, the greatest superhero in the Marvel roster.  Jack, filled with bitterness, would claim for years that he was actually the one that created Spider-Man, a claim knocked down by numerous people close to the situation.  I could go on and on, but you can see the depth of wonderful intrigue to this history, and I hope one day, someone makes a smart and serious period piece movie about Stan and Jack, bringing this complicated history to light.  In light of this history, the global success of the multi-billion dollar Avengers/X-Men/ and Spider-Man franchises, is a bit bittersweet for two reasons.  First, Jack never lived to see it, and the second is that Jack’s name is not as well known as Stan’s, who has received an undue level of credit for something that essentially belongs to Kirby.  Anyway, the interview below is an incredible document.  Its Jack reflecting on his long life, how he started making comics, his stories from being a soldier in Patton’s army, and his personal cosmic philosophy that influenced all of his creations.  The interview took place in 1990, and while the interviewers do a wonderful job in allowing Jack to speak, as well as asking pertinent questions, the callers at the end basically have no idea of who Jack Kirby is, and thus ask a series of ludicrous questions, that are equally humorous and slightly disrespectful to a man of Jack’s stature.  It’s a great interview and well worth listening to because this is the man who facilitated the enjoyment of millions of people’s childhoods.  So, enough yapping, here is Jack Kirby, King of Comics.  Oh, the transcript of the interview is here, handy if you want to follow along more closely.

The video is courtesy of the Jack Kirby Museum, an incredible YouTube channel started by Jack’s family that fans of Jack should all subscribe to.

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X-Men, The Animated Series Review

Posted in Comic Books on June 4th, 2011 by Willie

Before I launched, I ran a website called with my friend Ken Kocses.  On that site, I created a web series called the Superhero Club Review.  The reviews had the premise that I would review every superhero related TV show and movie ever.  Well, I still haven’t given up on the idea, and I WILL return to reviewing these things one day, maybe soon.  Anyway, in honor of the new X-Men First Class movie coming out, I thought I’d repost my review of the legendary 90s cartoon, X-Men.  If I start making reviews soon, I’m going to begin with the X-Men movies, but until then, I hope you enjoy this if you’ve never seen it.

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