Episode #33 – Representation and Super Heroes

The demographics for super hero comic book readers are as wide and varied as the many super powers audiences will find in the adventures inside. Exclusivity has been a part of comics since the beginning. For too long there have been little attempts for the heroes inside comics to resemble the readership outside of comics. Until recently that is. Over the years there has been great emphasis on diversifying the types of characters you’ll see in comics to include more races, nationalities, and religions so that the characters inside better reflect the real world we all see. Representation in super hero comics tries to make the experience of reading as inclusive as possible by showing characters that reflect the diversity of the world outside. The panel explores this important topic while showcasing some of the characters and stories they believe best exemplify this more inclusive shift in the medium.


Zack Slater
Frank Melman (on Twitter)
Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)
Clifton (on Twitter)

Produced by Zack Slater

Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter)

Engineered by Mike BlueLion209

Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  
Support by RFM – NCM: https://bit.ly/2xGHypM

Episode Notes

We have another Watch Challenge coming up in a few weeks. This time Frank challenged Zack to give Rick and Morty a shot, and Zack challenged Frank to try out Cowboy Bebop. Both Frank and Zack chose five episodes to represent their chosen shows. Both had some familiarity with the show they were challenged to watch, but neither had ever seen full episodes. We invite you to watch along at home to prepare for this discussion with us.

The chosen episodes from each show are:

Rick and Morty

S1 ep 5 – Meseeks and Destroy
S1 ep 6 – Rick Potion no. 9
S1 ep 8 – Rixty Minutes
S2 ep 1 – Rickle in Time
S2 ep 4 – Total Rickall

Cowboy Bebop

01 – Asteroid Blues
05 – Ballad of Fallen Angels
11 – Toys in the Attic
15 – My Funny Valentine
16 – Black Dog Serenade

Check out the Watch Challenge episode on August 19th to hear our thoughts on all of these episodes. And find out if either show has a brand new fan.

Sojourner “Jo” Mullein the new Green Lantern from Far Sector

John Stewart in Justice League Unlimited 

Miles Morales Spider-Man

2 Spider-Mans!

Dust from X-Men

Black Panther

Black Panther first Appearance in Fantastic Four

Luke Cage


Storm fights Calisto

Storm vs Wonder Woman in Marvel vs DC Comic Event

Storm vs Cyclops for leadership of the X-Men

Storm and Black Panther

Falcon Sam Wilson appearing in Captain America 

Sam Wilson is Captain America

Joaquin Torres the second Falcon

Mister Terrific

The Golden Age Mister Terrific

Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan

Monica Rambeau

The Signal – Duke Thomas

Duke Thomas in We Are Robin

Damien Wayne “I am Robin” from Robin War

Milestone Comics

Rocket appearing in Milestone / DC Comics 

Echo from Marvel Comics

Silhouette from New Warriors

Static aka Static Shock

And finally…Night Thrasher!

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