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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling


Sep 5, 2018

WE'RE BACK! Season 2 of Capes kicks off with a look at Typhoid Mary, the multiple personality seductress featured in Iron Fist S2 this week! So sit back and enjoy all the South Park references and psychoanalysis you can handle!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Introduction/welcome back
  • Changes to the show for Season 2 (01:55)
  • Anthony's Extra Life fundraiser (09:30)
  • Background (13:15)
    • Mary Walker, created by Ann Nocenti and John Romita, Jr. in Daredevil #254 (May 1988)
    • Suffers from multiple personalities - Mary is weak and sickly, Typhoid is impulsive and lustful
    • Typhoid has low level telekinesis and psionic ability to manipulate men
    • Hired by Kingpin for her dual abilities - Mary to seduce Matt Murdock, Typhoid to battle Daredevil
    • Typhoid also seduced Kingpin, although she couldn't control him well
    • Defeated Daredevil and nearly killed him, until Mary's guilt took over and she saved him
    • Created additional personality - Bloody Mary - sadistic man-hater who kills domestic abusers
    • Mary becomes friends with Mary Jane Watson while Typhoid/Bloody Mary fight Spider-Man
    • Mary regains control and gets treatment
    • While in institution, each personality hired a mercenary - Mary hired Deadpool to kill her, Typhoid hired Deadpool to break her out, and Bloody hired the Vamp/Animus to break her out for a killing spree
    • Typhoid joins Deadpool and they have semi-romantic relationship until he tries to reform her
    • She gets captured and sent to the Raft, where she breaks out and begins working for Kingpin again
    • Joins Shadow Initiative as "Mutant Zero" and works for Henry Gyrich until she's outed by Taskmaster
    • "Shadowland" - she joins the Hand and fights alongside Daredevil (who's really the Beast), and then reports to Kingpin who uses code words to reveal he's been controlling her all along
    • Lady Deathstrike's Sisterhood of Mutants - joins with Enchantress to take down X-Men, but gets defeated by Psylocke
  • Issues
    • Multiple personalities
    • Mary is weak, often sick - sickness is healed when Typhoid takes over - guilt-ridden and suicidal
    • Typhoid is hypersexual and impulsive
    • Bloody is misandrous and sadistic
  • Treatment
    • In-universe - use Magneto's helmet, try to keep Mary in control
    • Out-of-universe - help her find her voice, build off small successes
  • Skit
  • Ending

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