From psychoanalyzing superheroes to delving into representation issues within the comics industry, comic book podcasts are getting as varied as ever.
DC and Marvel continue to reign supreme at the box office, with the DCU's Black Adam and the MCU's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dominating the comic book movie conversation this fall. Other iconic comics such as The Sandman and The Umbrella Academy are strong on Netflix, further proving how comics continue trending even for audiences who don't read comics anymore.
For those who still do, podcasting offers unique and diverse perspectives on the world of comics. Some are hosted by celebrity comics writers, some dive into the deep and complicated lore of superhero universes, and others even feature mental health experts who psychoanalyze comic book heroes and villains.
It is a dated stereotype to assume that comics are just for boys. After years of hypermasculine heroes and oversexualized heroines, sexist attitudes are changing, and a podcast like Bitches On Comics represents this change.
The Bitches on Comics website says, "We’re creating a podcast to make comics more welcoming and friendly, particularly for LGBTQ folks and women readers." Focusing on diverse, new-age storylines, diverse creators from different demographics, and LGBTQ+ superheroes in comics, the podcast provides fun food for thought in bi-monthly interviews with notable women and queer creators who have worked on titles such as Green Lantern, Doom Patrol, Life on Earth trilogy, Marvel's America and many more.
Comicsverse is the most definitive comicc podcast given the in-depth research and detail the team can go into. Apart from the usual share of interviews with artists and writers and reviews of the latest titles, what sets Comicsverse apart is its focus on comic book theory.
The podcast goes beyond usual geeky fandom and even analyzes comic book elements in academic terms, elevating comic books to the high-art status that they deserve. It might not sound like the trendiest of podcasts but for listeners who wish to take a deeper look into the art of comics and the method behind it, Comicsverse should be on their priority list.
From Chris Claremont's classic run to modern arcs by writers such as Joss Whedon, hundreds of X-Men storylines have emerged over the last 60 years. With so many characters and numerous alternate timelines, learning the lore is a massive undertaking.
This podcast's titular duo of Jay Edidin and Miles Stokes break down all ongoing X-Men titles in their reviews, complete with their individual analyses on the most popular and obscure of X-Men characters. Dedicated fans will feel nostalgic relating to the sheer obsession the hosts have with the team. As for newly converted fans, Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men makes for essential listening.
What makes Serious Issues one of the most interactive comic book podcasts is the sheer relatability and feel-good nature evoked by its hosts, Andrew Levins and Siobhan Coombs. The duo started Serious Issues as a free-flowing comic book review podcast, and over the episodes, it has grown into an even more engaging conversation space for guests and fellow geeks to geek out.
Given the uncensored and raw nature of the episodes, the hosts and guests can be quite foul-mouthed while passionately backing their opinions, making the podcast sound all the more realistic. The themes can range from the hosts defending Hawkeye or putting the spotlight on underground comic book writers.
Kevin Smith has donned many hats, exhibiting his eccentric brand of humor as a director, actor, comedian, and of course, comic book writer. An ardent Batman fan (also having authored a few Batman storylines himself), Smith's podcast Fatman Beyond (earlier known as Fatman on Batman) obviously shows his appreciation for the Dark Knight from the title itself.
The first few episodes delved into the creative process behind the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Smith constantly defending Kevin Conroy's voice performance as the best take on the character. The loosely structured interviews are candid, unexpectedly insightful, and perfectly suited for Batman fans with Smith and his co-host Marc Bernardin delving into the intricate details behind the aforementioned animated series, Batman films and comics.
Brad and Lisa aren't a normal couple. They form a team: a comic book geek couple. So it's only apt for the lovebirds to debate and discuss comic book relationships throughout publishing history and pop culture.
They explore the various dynamics of iconic and even lesser-known comic book couples from many titles across publishing houses. With a lighthearted tone, Comic Book Couples Counseling can make for quick listen for those who aren't in the mood for something too introspective. At the same time, they also go beyond relationships incorporating some cool celeb interviews such as a recent conversation with composer Michael Giacchino on his latest Marvel special Werewolf By Night or writer Dan Jurgens looking back at the legacy of his magnum opus Death of Superman.
Comic book retailer Kristen Parra was once asked by a customer if she had any titles focusing to Latinx characters. This kept Kristen thinking on how sparse Latin-American representation is in the comic book world with even indie titles not having much to offer.
This led her to team-up with her friends lit major Jennifer Lopez and frequent podcaster Sara Bazan to form Comadres y Comics, a podcast that facilitates open discussions on Latinx representation in pop culture in general and comics in particular. According to the podcast's website, its ultimate goal is "to highlight the role that Latinos have in the comic book industry not only as creators but as consumers and fans." For listeners who are looking to get acquainted with new trends within female and Latin characters in comics, Comadres Y Comics is definitely worth a listen.
Be it a hero or a villain, comic book characters have had a lot of emotional baggage with some even being diagnosed with legitimate mental health issues. Attempting to a take a psychological look at such comic book icons, Capes on the Couch offers quite an interesting twist to fan-favorite characters.
Ensuring that such sensitive analysis comes from an expert, the hosting panel includes a comic nerd and a board-certified psychiatrist. Together, they join forces for an unconventional option that must be on listeners' lists if they wish to get engrossed in a deeper comic book podcast. As expected, other mental health advocates and psychiatrists also feature as guests other than comic book professionals.
If a comic book reading club could turn into a podcast, then it would be called the First Issue Club. Quite an informative podcast, First Issue Club finds its members talking about the latest comics of the week including the likes of the number-one sellers as well as under-the-radar indie titles.
There is no limitation on genres or writers with First Issue Club's library only getting more expansive with every passing episode. The calming nature of the hosts' voiceovers are an added bonus to make it a genuinely easygoing and well-researched podcast.
Putting the spotlight on women storytellers, fans, and industry experts, Women of Marvel is an essential podcast to understand the changing gender dynamics and politics within modern patterns of comic consumption.
An original production by Marvel Entertainment, the podcast takes an insightful look at how some of the most iconic superheroines like She-Hulk and Captain Marvel have progressed over the years. Recent female Marvel heroes like Kamala Khan and America Chavez are also brought up in the conversations hosted by Marvel exec Ellie Pyle, journalist and attorney Angelique Roché, and producer-author Judy Stephens. The guests range from female comic book writers to playwright to even game designers and comic book historians.
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Shaurya Thapa is an Indian freelance journalist who mostly dabbles in writings on cinema, music, and human interest features. When it comes to Screen Rant, he writes lists on a wide array of subjects ranging from international films to mainstream Netflix series and comic book trivia. He also hosts a podcast called ‘BhindiWire’, an Indian parody of IndieWire.