iFanboy Video Podcast

iFanboy #98 – More Comic Book Voicemail

Show Notes

Just in time for the winter holiday season, iFanboy decided to clear out the ol’ voicemail box. In this episode they answer your questions, like:

  • What do we actually know about Batman’s mom?
  • Are DC’s villains really scarier than Marvel’s?
  • Who is richer: Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark?

As if that wasn’t enough they also discuss one of the iFanboy’s color blindness, Gambit hate, and sing the praises of a Superman comic book.

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  1. Luke! Luuuke!

    I can understand, somewhat, that a big week might make you not want to pick up Incredible Herc. I mean I almost forgot myself it was coming out this week cause Batman RIP filled my head for most of the week. But you guys really, really, really……..really need to try it. The next issue is going to be all about his origin in the Marvel U so maybe that is a good starting point. Oh and Josh, I understand this might not be for you, but when I read it….it has your name written all over it. 🙂

    I have a Hugh problem as well, but it’s usually between Hugh Hefner and Hugh Jackson

  2. Incredible Herc is really good. It’s in the same vein as Peter David’s Captain Marvel buddy comedy goodness. Since the first arc, and really it wasn’t that big a deal there ultimately, WWH stuff hasn’t been mentioned again. The book is most definitely its own thing if anyone worries that it’s was related to WWH, don’t.

  3. Yup, color blindness is male only.

    My kneejerk reaction is that Jerry from parts unknown is trolling.  I can see someone thinking Herc is not their cup of tea… but hate?  Ah well… takes all kinds.

    And finally:

    "Martha Kane (a maiden name given in homage to Batman co-creator Bob Kane), Martha was the heir to the Kane Chemical fortune and a member of one of Gotham City‘s wealthiest families. It has not been revealed whether she has any connection to the other prominent Kanes of Gotham, Kathy (Batwoman) or Bette (Flamebird). In her youth, Martha had a reputation as a notorious party girl, socialite, and debutante, frequenting all the most prestigious country clubs, night clubs, and soirees. However, she also had a developed social conscience and often used her family’s wealth and status to champion causes and charities."

  4. Aren’t women who are fully blind also technically color blind?  

    Game.  Set.  Match.  

    Winner: Montgomery 

  5. nice one. too bad for connor, he can’t distinguish among the hughs.

  6. Good episode guys….

    I’m pretty sure that women can be colorblind… I think its an x-linked trait, so more guys have it (if we have one copy of the ‘colorblind’ gene we get it)… but girls have two x chromosomes so they would have to have two copies to actually be colorblind…. I’m not 100%, but pretty close, if someone can prove me wrong I’d like to hear it….. ok enough geeking out for now. 

  7. I don’t see how Martha Wayne’s lack of attention is "misogyny", which implies outright HATRED. Maybe it’s a bit sexist, but on the other hand I think it’s perfectly natural for a father to mean more to a young boy (Bruce), because the father is who the son would naturally emulate. Nor do I understand how Granny Goodness is an example of DC’s misogyny either. I don’t know her character that well, but, uh, her boss, Darkseid, is a male and he’s supposed to be the ULTIMATE evil. So are you saying that it’s sexist that one of the evil gods is female? Wouldn’t it be sexist to assume that a woman wouldn’t be capable of being an evil god if she wanted to?? 😉 (On the other hand, I do happen to agree with the ‘women in refrigerators’ arguments that I’ve heard.)

    Good show. 

  8. Why hate Gambit?  Why do you hate murderers?  I don’t know…you just do.  I kid.  I loved that cartoon and loved him.  Then I sat and realized I couldn’t think of any great Gambit stories.  I have the mini from the 90s and it was so so.  Maybe someone has to just do the guy justice and not just put him in because fans want to see him.

    Incredible Hercules!  Incredible Hercules!!!  Happy voice!  HAAAAAAAPPY!

    Cool show guys.  Oh, and if you are going to include a girl on the show I must insist that you add a Mexican as well, less you want to be labelled as discriminatory ifanboys 😛

  9. Sounds like someone needs to read some good Cable and Gambit stories 🙂 I enjoyed the Gambit series that Fabian Nicieza wrote in later part of the 90’s.

    It’s funny when people call in to complain and put on what seems to be a fake voice like they are scared someone might identify them. I wouldn’t say that the Incredible Hercules is the best series but it is enjoyable.

    Sweet Tom versus the Flash mention. That podcast is hilarious and made me pick the Showcase Flash.


  10. @drakedangerz: the ifanboys don’t discriminate!!! hell, conor cant even tell if someones a different skin color unless someone tells him, kinda like Stephen Colbert. 🙂

  11. Gambit and Rogue are pretty awesome in the cartoon.  I can understand why people who were introduced to the X-Men that way are attached to the characters, individually and as a couple.  I haven’t really seen anything in comics canon to justify that kind of love.  But I do understand why people would want to see a version of the characters they liked reflected in comics.

    I think, in general, the way you got introduced to a character does affect the way you see them — much like the conversation about Cyclops on Paul’s Whedon article, a while back.

    That said, my gut instinct is still, "Gambit sort of sucks."  (But Cable is awesome). 

  12. Hahahaha, I love that little Morgan-Freeman-"Wanted" reference.

  13. Is it better for you guys financially if we watch these videoes on the site or if we watch them over at Rev3?  (or on iTunes?)

    I generally download them via iTunes, but end up watching them on the site while I eat lunch at work.

    I am going to watch it either way, but want to do it in a way that contributes to the site’s bottom line as much as possible.

  14. I notice there’s tons of iFanboy stuff on Vuze under "comics".

  15. It doesn’t make a difference how you d/l them.  I’m not sure many people torrent the shows, or how that would be kept track of, but via Revision3 or here, it doesn’t really matter.  A download is a download.  Watch it in the way that works best for you.  I would recommend  the HD version for the graphics, but the smallest flash version for our faces.

  16. Thank you for the quick response.

    While I have you here I have another iFanboy bottomline related question.  I have a fat list of graphic novels in my amazon wish list (approximately 300).  I expect to have at least 50 of those purchased for me over the next two months (Christmas and birthday).  I know you guys get a cut of the revenue when people click through the site to get to amazon to make purchases, so I would like to see to it that when friends and family go to buy from my wishlist they do it by going through your site first.  Is there a way to link directly to the wishlist in a manner such that you are credited with a clickthrough?  The wishlists provide a direct link, but I am wondering if it can be modified so that you get some credit.  I have tried giving instructions to older family members, but they just drool (I am from Kentucky and live in Georgia) when I give them instructions longer than one step.

    I am probably asking too much, but thought I might give it a try.  (Why can’t they just write me a damn check?  Stupid social norms.)

  17. Martha Wayne’s maiden name was Kane according to: http://comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=632

    Just as the current Batwoman’s real name is Katherine "Kate" Kane.  Does anyone else hear that Twilight Zone-esk music?  Maybe it’s just me.

  18. Martha Wayne’s backstory was covered in the 2-issue limited series comic and novel ‘Batman: The Ultimate Evil’. In it, Bruce discovered his mother was a crusader against child pornography. Batman took down a porn dealer she had been trying to have arrested.

  19. theres also an 8 issue mini from 2003, i believe, called Batman: Family that dealt with Bruce’s relationship with his mother, and a little bit of his mother’s history.

  20. As usual with all things X, Ron has the right of it.

    And really Gambit’s infinitely better than Cable. Like, in every way.

    Incredible Hercules might be worth reading if Amadeus Cho wasn’t a worthless prick. 🙂


  21. The problem people have with Cable is that the great Cable book has yet to be written: "Cable Explains the Financial Crisis."   He bodyslides into the board room of Lehmann Brothers in 2003 and won’t let anybody leave until he’s explained the dangers of credit default swaps.

    Pie charts are involved. 

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