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Marvel by the Month

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Marvel by the Month is a weekly podcast that takes you through the Marvel Comics universe, one month at a time. NEW LISTENERS: catch up quickly by starting with the “Essential MBTM” episodes! (Not affiliated with Marvel Comics.)


Fill-In Episode (w/Katie Proctor of Books With Pictures) - X-Men (2000)
Jun 30 • 73 min
Happy Pride Month! We made it just under the wire! Our special guest for this episode is Katie Proctor, proprietress of Portland’s own Books With Pictures, a comics shop designed from the ground up to be LGBTQ/POC/women/newbie-friendly and inviting to all…
February 1966 (w/Clint McElroy) - THE COMING OF GALACTUS (part 3)
Jun 24 • 97 min
Clint Freakin’ McElroy (The Adventure Zone, War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery) joins us for our Season 3 finale! Podcasting’s greatest dad shares the secret origins of his Marvel Comics fandom, describes what it was like to read these books as they…
January 1966 (w/Seanbaby) - THE COMING OF GALACTUS (part 2)
Jun 17 • 102 min
The internet’s Seanbaby joined us as our guest for this episode, which we lost control of within about 90 seconds. Topics discussed include but are not limited to: homemade fireworks, why Batroc the Leaper rules, Stan Lee’s non-existent grasp of the basic…
December 1965 (w/Tom Scioli) - THE COMING OF GALACTUS (part 1)
Jun 10 • 82 min
HOLY MOLEY, IT’S TOM SCIOLI! The writer/artist behind Fantastic Four: Grand Design, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, Gødland and Gobots joins us to talk about the arrival of the Marvel Universe’s hongriest antagonist and his silver-plated pal! Plus: the…
November 1965 (w/Jamie Wenger) - GIANT-SIZE MBTM #1
May 27 • 107 min
In this month of Marvel Comics, five — count ‘em, five — different multi-part storylines come to their conclusions, so we brought in our friend Jamie Wenger to help us out with the very first GIANT-SIZE MARVEL BY THE MONTH! Together, we’ll take you…
October 1965 (w/ Dr. David Russ) - FF vs. Inhumans; Thor vs. Absorbing Man; Daredevil vs. THE ORGANIZER
May 20 • 67 min
The Fantastic Four tussle with Black Bolt and the Inhumans as the Seeker closes in! Loki and the Absorbing Man make their push to conquer Asgard! Thor encounters the world’s least ethical journalist! And Daredevil gets to the bottom of a political scandal…
September 1965 (w/JL Watkins) - 1st appearance of the Inhumans, Sentinels; Peter Parker’s 1st Day of College
May 13 • 68 min
Johnny Storm encounters the Inhumans for the first time in New York City’s legendary Abandoned Buildings District! Bolivar Trask riles up the hoi polloi to “Make Humanity Great Again,” but his robot Sentinels have a different plan in mind! And Peter…
August 1965 (w/Levi Buchanan) - 1st appearance of Gorgon; Iron Man vs. Titanium Man; Peter and Betty Split
May 6 • 76 min
Last time he was on the podcast, we suckered Levi Buchanan (PiNKHEARTS) into watching 1994’s terrible The Fantastic Four movie, which was so awful, none of us have left our houses since. But we did locate the massive tiled bathroom where he’s been…
Fill-In Episode (w/Joe Keatinge) - The 1950’s Marvel Universe
Apr 29 • 68 min
Maybe we should have called this one “Atlas by the Month”? In the decade before Stan and Jack blew the doors off of the comics world with Fantastic Four #1, the company then known as Atlas Comics tried to relaunch their three biggest superheroes of the…
July 1965 (w/Noah Campbell) - Reed & Sue’s Wedding; Frightful Four and The Thing vs. FF; X-Men vs. Juggernaut
Apr 22 • 84 min
Get us to the church on time, because Sue Storm and Reed Richards are tying the knot! But don’t worry, 12-year old boys: there’s 23 1/2 pages of brawls before the half-page wedding. And if that’s not enough fantastic fist-fighting for you, we catch you up…
June 1965 - Peter Parker graduates; 1st appearance of Hercules, Molten Man, Warriors Three
Apr 15 • 69 min
This episode is packed with so much Thunder God content that we should have released it on a Thursday! Not only does Thor conclude his battle against the unstoppable Destroyer, he also finds himself in Olympus tussling with Hercules in his very first…
May* 1965 - 1st appearance of Juggernaut, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Hydra; 1st ongoing Namor series
Apr 8 • 80 min
Like Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (who makes his debut this month), we’re still operating from bunkers in undisclosed locations, protecting ourselves from an omnipresent invisible enemy. Join us as we talk about the Marvel Comics high points from May…
April* 1965 - FF and Daredevil vs. Doom; Thor vs. Viet Cong; Spidey vs. JJJ; 1st appearance of Stiltman
Apr 1 • 85 min
Season 3 begins here! A powerless Fantastic Four need some help from the Man Without Fear to recapture the Baxter Building from Doctor Doom! J. Jonah Jameson escalates his campaign against Spider-Man with some killer robot hijinx! Thor fights his way…
ESSENTIAL MBTM Vol. 2: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (September 1963 - May 1965)
Mar 25 • 69 min
Catch up on 21 episodes of Marvel by the Month Season 2 in just over an hour! Robb and Bryan recap all of Marvel’s superhero titles cover dated September 1963 through May 1965, including the first year-and-a-half of the Avengers and X-Men, and the debuts…
Fill-In Episode (w/Levi Buchanan): The Fantastic Four (1994)
Mar 18 • 67 min
We took a couple of hours off from laying out Season 3 to watch the unreleased The Fantastic Four (1994) movie, and we kind of wish we hadn’t. But at least we got to hang with Levi Buchanan (PiNKHEARTS) for a couple of hours, so it wasn’t all bad! This…
Fill-In Episode - What If: Spidey Joined the FF, the Avengers Never Formed, and Someone Else Became Spidey?
Mar 11 • 57 min
While we plan out Season 3 of MBTM, please enjoy the first of three fill-in episodes, in which we take a look back at alternate versions of stories that we’ve already covered on the podcast. Join us in the pages of What If? as the Watcher tells us: What…
May 1965 (w/Douglas Wolk) - LIVE at Books With Pictures in Portland, OR
Mar 4 • 68 min
Season Two of Marvel by the Month ends with an interconnected story that sends shockwaves throughout every corner of the embryonic Marvel Universe! Marvel Comics guru Douglas Wolk joins us live at Books With Pictures in Portland, OR to untangle the…
April 1965 - Avengers vs. Masters of Evil; Death of Zemo; Daredevil vs. Namor
Feb 26 • 64 min
It’s the penultimate episode of our second season! In his last appearance as a villain, Hawkeye teams up with the all-new Black Widow against Iron Man! The Avengers take on the Masters of Evil, and somebody won’t survive the experience (hint: it’s the…
March 1965 (w/Noah Campbell) - 1st appearance of Absorbing Man, Frightful Four, Ka-Zar, The Beatles
Feb 19 • 70 min
New characters! New teams! New costumes! The Absorbing Man, the Frightful Four (featuring Medusa), Ka-Zar, and The Clown and his Masters of Menace make their Silver Age Marvel Comics debuts! Captain America gets an origin story! And a certain Fab Foursome…
Happy Valentine’s Day! (w/Sara Miller Stratton and Barb Allen)
Feb 12 • 63 min
Valentine’s Day is this Friday, so to celebrate, we did the most romantic thing we could think of: We opened a bottle of pinot noir, laid out a box of fancy chocolates, and lured our wives into the studio to talk at them about 1960’s Marvel Comics. Join…
February 1964 - Origin of the Mandarin; Reed & Sue engaged; 1st appearance of Dragon Man, Count Nefaria
Feb 5 • 68 min
Love is in the air in this month of Marvel Comics! Reed Richards and Sue Storm finally get engaged! Dorrie Evans considers trading up from Johnny Storm to Peter Parker! Mandarin tells the story of how he put a ring (or ten) on it! And then Giant-Man ruins…
January 1965 (w/Jamie Wenger) - 1st appearance of Scorpion, Lucifer; Avengers vs. Mole Man
Jan 29 • 67 min
We enter 1965 as J. Jonah Jameson decides that if you can’t beat ‘em, hire someone to create someone who can! Plus, the Avengers run afoul of both the X-Men and the Mole Man, Thor flashes back to his fight against a certain jade giant, and we get our…
December 1964 - 1st appearance of The Leader, Attuma, Matador
Jan 22 • 60 min
In this marvelous month of comics, the Fantastic Four team up with Namor (but he doesn’t know it)! Plus, Spidey gets his mojo back, and Sandman and the Enforcers pay the price! Speaking of Spidey, there’s not one but TWO Spider-Men in this month’s…
November 1964 - 1st appearance of Dormammu, Immortus, Unus the Untouchable
Jan 15 • 62 min
It’s Robb and Bryan’s birthday, but you get the present of this fancy new episode! Doctor Strange faces the Dread Dormammu for the first time (but definitely not the last)! Unus the Untouchable does not get touched by the X-Men! And Immortus… shows up and…
October 1964 - 1st appearance of Wonder Man, Purple Man (Killgrave), Sinister Six
Jan 8 • 63 min
Happy New Year, everybody! Before you get too settled into 2020, come back to 1964 with us and witness the tragic tale of Wonder Man, the debut of Killgrave the Purple Man, and Spidey’s first epic struggle against the Sinister Six! Plus: Hulk gets a…
Happy New Year 2020!
Jan 1 • 34 min
As we close the book on 2019, Robb and Bryan have a lot to be grateful for and a lot to look forward to in 2020. Thanks to all of you who listened to, guested on, followed, and shared MBTM this year. We couldn’t have done it without you — and we wouldn’t…
September 1964 (w/Joe Keatinge) - Origin of Doctor Doom, 1st appearance of Hawkeye, Kang, Diablo
Dec 25, 2019 • 91 min
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! This one is our biggest (and possibly best) episode yet. Joe Keatinge is back in the studio with us to discuss the origin of Doctor Doom, as well as the first appearances of Hawkeye, Kang the Conqueror, and…
August 1964 (w/Noah Campbell) - 1st appearance of Kraven, Beetle, Owl, Grey Gargoyle, Unicorn
Dec 19, 2019 • 80 min
We don’t actually have a lock — or a door — on our studio, so there was nothing we could do to prevent Noah Campbell from wandering in during recording this episode, which features the first appearances of B-to-D-list villains Kraven the Hunter, the…
July 1964 - 1st appearance of Green Goblin, Zemo, Masters of Evil; 1st FF/X-Men meeting
Dec 11, 2019 • 77 min
Three HUGE debuts in this month’s worth of Marvel Comics! First, the Green Goblin shows up to sign future Hollywood big-shot Spider-Man to his first movie contract! Then, Heinrich Zemo makes his 1940’s AND 1960’s debut simultaneously in Sgt. Fury and…
June 1964 - 1st appearance of Mysterio; Reed Richards vs. Namor
Dec 4, 2019 • 76 min
In this month of Marvel Comics, Spider-Man’s roundest-headed villain makes his debut! Plus, Daredevil faces Electro in his second issue, Iron Man rivets himself a new facemask, and Sue Storm finally chooses between Namor and Reed (spoiler: she goes with…
Fill-In Episode - The Comics Code of 1954
Nov 27, 2019 • 45 min
Happy early Thanksgiving! We gorged ourselves prematurely on turkey and soy-based turkey substitute and fell asleep before we could record this week’s episode. So here’s a fill-in where we talk about the absurd self-censorship of the Comics Code…
May 1964 (w/Joe Keatinge) - 1st FF/Avengers meeting; The Watcher’s origin; 1st appearance of Balder
Nov 20, 2019 • 85 min
Writer Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER, Evolution, Stellar) joins us to talk about the first meeting of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, Jack Kirby’s wartime experience, and why Steve Ditko might have been the best thing early Marvel had going for it. He also…
April 1964 (w/Melinda Carlson-Smith and JL Watkins) - 1st appearance of Daredevil, Black Widow, Enchantress, Executioner
Nov 13, 2019 • 60 min
It’s our first Robb-less episode! Fortunately, JL and Melinda stepped in to discuss Daredevil’s first appearance, as well as the debuts of Black Widow, the Executioner, and the Enchantress! And don’t worry, we still talked about what the Beatles were up…
March 1964 (w/Noah Campbell) - Captain America joins the Avengers; 1st appearance of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver
Nov 6, 2019 • 77 min
Captain America sure took his sweet time re-entering the Marvel Universe, but the (not-quite-)First Avenger finally makes his Silver Age debut this month! Speaking of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, future Avengers Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch also make…
Marvel by the MONSTER (w/Douglas Wolk) - Halloween Bonus Episode
Oct 31, 2019 • 49 min
Greetings, True BOO-lievers! Enter this bonus episode freely and of your own will as Douglas Wolk takes us on a tour of Marvel’s monster comics from the early 1960’s! Thrill to tales of Tim Boo Ba, X: The Thing That Lived, The Living Totem, and an…
February 1964 (w/Douglas Wolk) - 1st appearance of The Mandarin, Electro, Black Knight
Oct 30, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, Iron Man finally, finally, FINALLY gets an arch-villain! Meanwhile, Spider-Man gets what seems like his tenth killer foe, and Giant-Man faces a guy who’s motivated to become a supervillain because he gets obsessed with gluing wings onto…
January 1964 - Avengers vs. Hulk & Sub-Mariner; Mole Man Returns; 1st appearance of The Blob, Baron Strucker
Oct 23, 2019 • 66 min
The Hulk teams up with the Sub-Mariner to fight the team he co-founded two issues ago! The Mole Man returns to undermine the Fantastic Four! The Blob shows up to ruin the X-Men’s day! And the scintillating saga of Giant-Man vs. the Human Top concludes, in…
December 1963 - Origin of Doctor Strange; Iron Man gets red-and-gold armor; 1st appearance of Hate-Monger, Mr. Hyde
Oct 16, 2019 • 68 min
How did self-absorbed surgeon Stephen Strange become the Master of the Mystic Arts? We finally learn the answer this month! Plus: Iron Man gets some slick new Ditko-designed duds, Mr. Hyde and the Human Top are introduced in a pair of cliffhanger stories,…
November 1963 (w/Levi Buchanan) - First appearance of The Lizard, Molecule Man, Giant-Man; Hulk quits Avengers
Oct 9, 2019 • 71 min
PiNKHEARTS co-creator Levi Buchanan returns to the show to chat about the NINE comics that Stan Lee wrote this month! Jack Kirby somehow drew six of them, including the first appearances of the Molecule Man, Giant-Man, Space Phantom, and Vanisher. Steve…
Fill-In Episode - Stan Lee’s Original Fantastic Four Synopsis
Oct 2, 2019 • 44 min
Oh no! The Dreaded Deadline Doom has reared its ugly head in the MBTM Bullpen! Our recording schedule has been thrown off by forces beyond our control, so please enjoy this emergency fill-in episode that examines Stan Lee’s original typewritten synopsis…
October 1963 - Spidey vs. Doom; 1st appearance of Crimson Dynamo, Rama-Tut, Lava Man
Sep 25, 2019 • 60 min
Spider-Man faces off against Doctor Doom as the Fantastic Four travel back in time to deal with Rama-Tut, who may or may not be his ancestor (it’s complicated). Plus, Iron Man pits his Yankee ingenuity against the red menace of the Crimson Dynamo, a…
September 1963 - 1st appearance of The Avengers, X-Men, Super-Skrull, Sandman
Sep 18, 2019 • 66 min
Our second season opens with the one-two punch of X-Men #1 and Avengers #1, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same! Plus, the Skrulls return in the super-est way possible, The Sandman rubs Spidey the wrong way, Nick Fury meets the 1940’s version…
ESSENTIAL MBTM Vol. 1: The Marvel Age of Comics (November 1961 - August 1963)
Sep 11, 2019 • 64 min
NEW LISTENERS START HERE! The Marvel Age of Comics began in November 1961 with Fantastic Four #1. Nearly two years later, Marvel Comics had introduced most of its first wave of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Doctor Strange,…
August 1963 - Marvel Comics Group Ushers In The Marvel Age of Comics!
Sep 4, 2019 • 56 min
Say it loud, say it proud! “Marvel Comics Group ushers in The Marvel Age of Comics!” Nearly two years since Fantastic Four #1, Marvel made this bold statement of purpose on the covers of its August comics. Unfortunately, the issues themselves were kind of…
July 1963 - 1st appearance of Doctor Octopus, Doctor Strange; Namor invades Manhattan
Aug 28, 2019 • 59 min
This month, Professors Lee and Ditko give us a double doctorate in strangeness and octopusery! Not to be outdone, Lee and Kirby unleash the armies of Atlantis on the surface world in the most epic Marvel story to date! Doctor Doom, Loki, Egghead, the…
June 1963 - 1st appearance of the Wasp, Radioactive Man, the Thinker
Aug 21, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, the (Mad) Thinker makes his debut, along with his seriously awesome android. Spidey and the Torch begin their bromance/brivalry, the Radioactive Man debates the finer points of international diplomacy with Thor, and Ant-Man nearly manages…
May 1963 - 1st appearance of Nick Fury, the Vulture, the Tinkerer
Aug 14, 2019 • 61 min
In this episode, Nick Fury makes his nail-chewing, Nazi-stomping WWII debut and instantly triples the amount of testosterone in the Marvel Universe. The Vulture and the Tinkerer also appear for the first time, as does Doctor Strange (but not that Doctor…
April 1963 - 1st appearance of the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes, the Watcher
Aug 7, 2019 • 49 min
The Fantastic Four head back into space (because that’s turned out so well for them every other time they’ve done it) in a race to the moon against the Commie menace of the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes! Plus, Iron Man fights a guy who never shows up…
March 1963 (w/Jamie Lewis) - 1st appearance of Iron Man, J. Jonah Jameson, the Chameleon; 1st Hulk vs. Thing fight
Jul 31, 2019 • 57 min
HUGE EPISODE! Iron Man emerges from the jungles of Southeast Asia! J. Jonah Jameson introduces Fake News to the Marvel Universe! The Hulk and the Thing throw down for the first time (but definitely not the last)! And the Human Torch finally stops…
February 1963 - 1st appearance of the Impossible Man, Willie Lumpkin
Jul 24, 2019 • 48 min
The Fantastic Four answer their mail! The Wizard returns! The Impossible Man debuts! And Thor fights… uh, Thug Thatcher! Wait, what? Is this a bit? Reading List: Fantastic Four #11, Strange Tales #105, Tales to Astonish #40, Journey Into Mystery #89,…
January 1963 (w/Noah Campbell) - Doom and Loki return, 1st appearance of Tyrannus, Paste-Pot Pete, the Scarlet Beetle, Lee + Kirby
Jul 17, 2019 • 82 min
PASTE-POT PETE IN THE HOUSE YO! Also, Doctor Doom and Loki return! Tyrannus and the Scarlet Beetle make their debuts! And the Marvel Comics Universe versions of Lee + Kirby appear for the first time, in the book that they wrote and drew! Our buddy Noah…
December 1962 (w/J.L. Watkins) - Namor returns, 1st appearance of Egghead, Zemu
Jul 10, 2019 • 52 min
Namor returns! Egghead debuts! And the Fantastic Four make a commercially successful movie! There’s so much going on in this month of Marvel Comics that we had to bring in our pal J.L. Watkins to help us handle it all! Thanks for sticking with us for 10…
November 1962 (w/Levi Buchanan & Jess Crayons) - 1st appearance of the Puppet Master, Alicia Masters, the Wizard
Jul 3, 2019 • 67 min
It’s a super-sized episode this week, as Levi Buchanan and Jess Crayons of PiNKHEARTS join Robb and Bryan to discuss the first appearance of Ben Grimm’s future lady love, Alicia Masters, and her creepy AF stepdad. Plus, the the villainous Wizard makes his…
October 1962 - 1st appearance of Loki, Odin, Asgard
Jun 26, 2019 • 47 min
We finally get a glimpse of Asgard as Loki shows up to mess with Lame Doctor Blake’s alter ego! The U.S. gub’mint turns against the Fantastic Four! And Ant-Man loads himself into a catapult and shoots himself into a pile of ants (not for the last time)!…
September 1962 - 1st appearance of Ant-Man, The Ringmaster, Jane Foster
Jun 19, 2019 • 48 min
Sub-Mariner teams up with Doctor Doom! The Hulk takes on the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime! Henry Pym gets his first alter-ego! And Jane Foster shows up and gets referred to as “Jane Nelson” for her entire debut! Reading List: Fantastic Four #6,…
August 1962 - 1st appearance of Spider-Man, Thor
Jun 12, 2019 • 51 min
This is a big one, you guys. A Midtown High wallflower by the name of Peter Parker goes three minutes with Crusher Hogan, and Dr. Don Blake discovers a temporary cure for his extremely persistent lameness. Is this as good as Marvel Comics get? Maybe, but…
July 1962 - 1st appearance of DOCTOR DOOM, the Toad Men
Jun 5, 2019 • 49 min
Time travel! Toad Men! And the debut of Marvel’s greatest villain, DOCTOR DOOM! All this and more awaits you in MBTM episode #5! (PS: No, you didn’t miss an episode. Fantastic Four was still on a bimonthly publishing schedule.) Reading List: Fantastic…
May 1962 - 1st appearance of The Hulk, 1st modern appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner
May 29, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode, two of Marvel’s biggest stars make their debut! In Fantastic Four #4, Namor, the Sub-Mariner tries to drown New York City and steal Reed Richard’s girlfriend. And in Incredible Hulk #1, Bruce Banner saves the life of teenager Rick Jones…
March 1962 - 1st appearance of the Miracle Man
May 22, 2019 • 37 min
In the third episode of Marvel by the Month, Robb and Bryan review Fantastic Four #3, featuring the menace of the Miracle Man — a villain so epic he doesn’t even get mentioned on the cover. Plus: the debut of the Fantasti-Car and new costumes for Reed,…
January 1962 - 1st appearance of The Skrulls, Henry Pym
May 15, 2019 • 43 min
While all true-blue Americans were obsessed with rooting out the shifty Red Commies in their midst, the Fantastic Four face the shapeshifting menace of the green-skinned SKRULLS FROM OUTER SPACE! And in Tales to Astonish #27, we meet Doctor Henry Pym, a…
November 1961 - 1st appearances of the Fantastic Four, Mole Man
May 12, 2019 • 49 min
The Marvel Universe begins here with the legendary Fantastic Four #1! Robb and Bryan go panel-by-panel through the issue that started it all and nerd out about what still feels fresh after nearly 60 years, what doesn’t hold up as well, and whether or not…