Dec 27, 2021 • 12M

Episode 122: Born with Powers (Strange Tales #120 - Part 1) -- April 1962

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Edward Nevraumont
What if... the Marvel Universe was real? In 1961 the Fantastic Four revealed themselves to the world and everything changed. Mike and Ed discuss the in-universe implications of super powers, aliens, monsters and more. From how Avenger Insurance will pay for Thor's property damage to why Spider-man needs a new PR agency, its comic books discussions in a whole new way. Every issue covered in the Marvel Universe from the very beginning. Full backstory on every episode with transcripts at
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the revelation that the term “mutant” only refers to superpowered individuals born with their powers. Why have so many mutants appeared recently? Is the emergence of mutants at all tied to the arrival of the Fantastic Four? Or have mutants always been with us, but in hiding? Do mutant abilities run in families, or is mutation random? Is Thor a mutant? What about Spider-Man? And if mutant is the term for someone born with powers, what do we call people who obtain their powers during their life? Alterants?

Strange Tales (1951) #120 | Comic Issues | Marvel

In this issue:

Johnny “the Human Torch” Storm is jealous of the attention the X-Men are getting lately. As luck would have it, he runs into one of them, Bobby “Iceman” Drake, on a cruise. Some unfortunate criminals decide to rob the cruise ship, led by a man calling himself the Barracuda, and the Human Torch and Iceman team up to take them down.

This episode takes place:

After the Torch and Iceman take the Barracuda down.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering if the Fantastic Four and the X-Men are going to team up.