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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Need Counseling


Mar 21, 2018

Dr. Issues learns we don't have the licensing budget for good music, and Anthony discovers he's like Iron Man, but not in the cool, mechanized suit-wearing kinda way.

Show notes:

  • Introduction
  • Background on Tony Stark
    • Starts off as Howard Hughes analogue - pro-war industrialist
    • 1969 - Artificial heart
    • Demon in a Bottle - Grapples with alcoholism
    • Loses company, becomes homeless - Rhodey takes over suit
    • Armor Wars - Takes out armored heroes/villains, battles Edwin Cord
    • Creates War Machine armor, but becomes paralyzed and loses Rhodey
    • The Crossing - kills several people (later retconned)
    • Heroes Reborn - comes back healthy and with new look
    • Secretary of Defense - leads to Avengers Disassembled
      • First time Stark Tower used as Avengers base
    • Civil War - Superhuman Registration Act
    • Dark Reign - Brain "rebooted"
    • Heroic Age - Bleeding Edge armor/Stark Resilient
    • Comics Tony turns into a clone of RDJ
    • Secret Wars II - Incursions, end of Ultimate Universe
    • Civil War II - Tony vs. Carol
    • Marvel NOW - Tony is in coma, brain is AI, Riri is Ironheart
  • Primary Issues
    • Arrogance
    • Alcoholism
    • Reliance on technology creates distance
    • Tendency to over-intellectualize everything
  • How to address issues
    • Want to solve problems without breaking him down
    • Narcissism makes for delicate handling
  • Tony on Dr. Issues's couch