Dec 29, 2021 • 12M

Episode 123: Trading Superheroes (Strange Tales #120 - Part 2) -- April 1964

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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 team-up of the Human Torch and Iceman. Is Iceman trying out for the Fantastic Four? Or is the Human Torch trying out to join the X-Men? What are the rules or expectations for changing from one superhero team to another? How are superhero teams the same (or different) from sports teams? Who has the leverage, the team owners or the players?

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

In this episode:

Johnny “the Human Torch” Storm is jealous of the attention the X-noMen 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.