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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Jun 24, 2020

We head back to the sewers to look at RAPHAEL from TMNT! How hot is this hothead? And what techniques does Doc have to calm him down? Grab a slice of pizza and listen now!


  • Intro
    • Shoutout to Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men - self explanatory title, and always entertaining - currently covering X-Man and Earth-295 -
    • New Mayor level patron - Amy!
  • Background (5:35)
    • Raphael created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984)
    • In Mirage stories, Raph is the angriest and most violent one on the team, but grows to understand Leo’s leadership
    • Becomes mutated into a dinosaur-like creature after being attacked by a vampire
    • Image Comics - becomes disfigured after getting blasted in the face, and wears a Casey Jones-like mask to cover his eye
    • Then briefly took over the Foot Clan during an ongoing fight against the mob
    • IDW - Separated from his brothers after the mutation, and lived on the street for a while
    • Befriended Casey Jones after rescuing Casey from his father
    • Reunites with his brothers and trains with them and Splinter, but quick to estrange himself from them during difficult times
  • Issues (08:49)
    • Rivalry with Leonardo over leadership
    • First instinct in danger is to go it alone (15:55)
    • Somewhat contentious friendship with Casey Jones (22:34)
  • Break (31:40)
  • Treatment (33:00)
    • In-universe - Intervention for Raph
    • Out of universe (36:34) - Review of soldier/police officer, discuss anger management
  • Skit (43:09)
  • Ending (48:05)
    • Recommended reading: TMNT Bodycount - Raph & Casey Jones kick all kinds of ass
    • Next episodes: Support systems in comics, [REDACTED], Eeyore
    • Plugs for social


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