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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Jul 3, 2019

On the heels of Jessica Jones S3, Patron Ariel requested we cover the Purple Man, KILLGRAVE! How is the comic version different from David Tennant's portrayal? And can Anthony & Doc count to 50? (The answer to the last one is no.) Listen now!

(DISCLAIMER: We inadvertently forgot this was episode 48, so we keep calling it 49 in the show. Don't worry, you're not missing anything, we just can't count ;-P )



  • Podcoin plug (0:40)

  • Background (2:55)

    • Zebediah Killgrave created by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando in Daredevil #4 (October 1964)

    • A former doctor now operating as a spy, he was in an accident with a chemical that turned his skin purple, and gave his body pheromones that allowed him to control people nearby with his voice

    • Recurring villain of Daredevil initially

    • He seduced and impregnated a woman, who gave birth to a daughter Kara - she became Persuasion and was affiliated with Alpha Flight

    • Became involved with Jessica Jones - tortured her for months and sent her to kill Daredevil - she ends up leaving the superhero business and becomes a private investigator

    • He later manipulates the Thunderbolts, and worked with Baron Zemo to control New York City

    • During Fear Itself, breaks out of the Raft, but not before attacking the Puppet Master

    • Later revealed that he impregnated several women who gave birth to purple children, all of whom have their father's power, but only if they work together - Daredevil saved the children from their father, so they collectively erase the world's memory of Matt Murdock as Daredevil

    • Recently killed by gunshot and thrown into the sun

  • Issues (8:36)

    • Relationship with children - Kara vs. Purple children

    • Compare/contrast with TV version (19:32)

    • Capable of normal interaction with people? (29:53)

  • Treatment (41:14)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe

  • Skit

  • Ending


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