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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Jul 1, 2020

It's time for another thematic episode - how do support systems impact rehabilitation of comic villains? And what techniques can we apply to the real world to reduce recidivism? This one gets a bit heady - strap in & listen now!


  • Intro
    • Thanks to new Patron Dan
    • Message from fan Jacob - “your podcast helped me get through some really s**tty times in the last couple weeks. I’m just wrapping up my undergrad degree in psychology, wanting to do something with addiction, and Doc’s way of speaking about psychiatry & practicing has genuinely reaffirmed why I wanted to take this path. When I didn’t really feel like studying for my exams I’d find an episode where you examined a character with said disorders or behaviors I was being tested on”
    • New review - EmeraldGod - Doc and Anthony break down superheroes to a level that makes you go hmmm. They allow us to dive into the minds of characters to not only reveal a little about the character and how they see the world, but they also open them up and show us how we can make them more relevant and real. In a world full of would-be icons, this show helps bring modern-day mythologies upfront and personal. Thanks, guys for a great show. I am hooked.
  • Background (06:50)
    • Support systems in comics, formal or otherwise - specifically related to rehabilitated villains
    • Good job: Emma Frost, Hawkeye, Plastic Man
    • Harley Quinn - on the line (19:18)
    • No good: Hal Jordan/Parallax, Angel/Archangel, Magneto (24:30)
    • Ravenscroft & Arkham (40:25)
  • Break (48:17)
  • Treatment (49:34)
    • What parallels can we use to address recidivism in the real world?
  • Ending
    • Next episodes: [REDACTED], Eeyore, Reader
    • Plugs for social


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