Anthony Sytko is a runner, lawyer, podcaster, and host of Capes on the Couch Podcast.
We take a short trip to Jersey City to talk to KAMALA KHAN! What does hero worship from one hero to another look like? And we have our first ever winner of an open casting call for the voice of Kamala - Nur Chodry! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Intro Shoutout to Seth making memes in FB Group Podchaser Reviews4Good Background (03:55) Kamala Khan created by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie McKelvie in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) in a one-panel cameo, but first major appearance was Ms. Marvel #1 (Feb. 2014) First generation Pakistani-American, she chafes against the rules of her parents - she’s a major superhero fangirl, and writes fanfiction about the Avengers, especially Carol Danvers, whom she idolizes One night she sneaks out of the house only to end up exposed to the Terrigen Mists, which unlock her latent Inhuman genes – she has the power to shape-shift Her friend Bruno learns of her abilities after she gets shot stopping Bruno’s brother from robbing a store, and becomes her “man in the chair” - he helps her defeat the Inventor, a hybrid of Thomas Edison & a cockatiel In Secret Wars, she helps Carol protect Jersey City, and gets her family & friends to a safe place while they wait for the world to end - once the Incursions pass and the realities merge, she continues operating as Ms. Marvel During a battle against Warbringer, she’s joined by Nova, Spider-Man, and several Avengers - Iron Man offers her a spot on the team, and she accepts Deals with HYDRA using her likeness to co-opt their redevelopment scheme which involves brainwashing residents - manages to defeat them, but takes hit to her reputation During Civil War II arc, initially sides with Carol Danvers, but comes to realize Carol’s manipulating her and stands up to her idol, especially after Carol’s precog arrests a friend of hers who was supposedly going to blow up the school - in the ensuing attempt to rescue Josh, Bruno is seriously injured, and he blames Kamala She quits the Avengers, because they’re too globally focused - she joins the Champions with other young heroes instead She reconciles with Carol, as well as Bruno - they begin dating in the newest series, where it’s revealed that all of her friends and her parents all know of her dual identity Issues (11:12) Initially coping with strict parents – common teenage issue Fangirling of heroes leads to broken pedestal, especially with Carol Danvers (20:23) Unrequited crush on Bruno leads to heartache (28:32) Break Plugs for Talk Me Into, We’re All Mad Here, and Saladin Ahmed Treatment (38:20) In-universe - Interpersonal therapy, focus on the details for a change Out of universe (43:23) -  Skit (Kamala voiced by Nur Chodry, who won the open casting call!) (49:44) Ending (56:00) Next episodes: secret identities, Shredder, Dick Grayson Podchaser Reviews4Good Patreon Locke & Key review up now References: Evita - “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” - Doc (08:56) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Anthony (10:25) TV Tropes - Broken pedestal - Anthony (20:46) The Incredibles - Doc (24:58) Romeo & Juliet - Doc (34:56) Apple Podcasts: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here iHeartRadio: here Spotify: here Twitter FacebookE-mailPatreonTeePublicDiscord
For our 75th episode, we flip the script - Anthony's the expert and Doc's asking questions. Primarily: how do you estate plan in a world where death isn't permanent? Find out some real life estate planning tips, plus Anthony pitches a new comic book! Listen now! SHOW NOTES: Intro Social distancing – next few episodes will be recorded remotely New patron – Tasha – new Mayor level patron Review read – Dino Gangof1 from Huuuh? Podcast - “More than a comics podcast. Delves deep into superhero psyche. Always a great listen. A new must in my book.” Shoutout to Happier Podcast - Gretchen Rubin helps listeners find a happier life Issue – how to handle estate planning in a world where death is not permanent (09:45) Examples: Jean Grey, Superman, Wolverine – countless heroes have died and returned Furthermore, non-powered individuals have returned from the dead as a result of the actions of heroes E.g. Avengers: Endgame and the fallout of “the Snap” seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home What happens to their stuff – finances, personal effects, etc. What tools could be used: Primarily trusts Laws passed regarding resurrection Draw distinction between powered individuals and humans Break (41:35) Plugs for Popcorn Psychology & Bedknobs and Broomflicks, plus Al Ewing Real-life legality (42:27) Declared death in absentia Property held in trust Call to action: Get an estate plan (62:00) Ending Next episodes: Kamala Khan, Secret identities, Shredder Reminder of TPB review for Patrons at Local Official level & up – this month Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft References: "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story" from Hamilton - Anthony (17:01) "Dick in a Box" - Doc (21:45) "Bring out your dead" from Monty Python & the Holy Grail - Doc (54:48) Vince McMahon faked death/Chris Benoit murder-suicide - Doc (58:00) Apple Podcasts: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here iHeartRadio: here Spotify: here Twitter FacebookE-mailPatreonTeePublicDiscord
We tidy ourselves up for a look at Batman's butler ALFRED PENNYWORTH! Why does he keep working for a loner like Bruce? And how would he actually be like a Real Housewife? Listen now to find out! SHOW NOTES: Intro Review read – Rey - “Well worth listening for the entertainment value of comic book superheroes, but highly informative when it comes to mental health. Anthony & Doc Issues are on top of their game here… analyses and skits make for a perfect mix!” Plug of the week – Geek History Lesson – Jason & Ashley take an in-depth look at a pop culture character every week – Jason wrote a book about military superheroes, and they have a comic book called Jupiter Jet that just finished up a Kickstarter Background (03:54) Alfred created by Don Cameron & Bob Kane in Batman #16 (April 1943) Originally Alfred Beagle, later retconned to Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth Also originally overweight and clumsy, he was the comic relief of the story, as he attempted to act like a detective alongside Batman & Robin – later his physical appearance changed to match that of the actor who played him in the serial – since then, he’s been slim with a mustache Serves as butler for Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Dick Grayson, one of the only people who knows their true identities Pre-Crisis, he was an actor and intelligence agent whose father served the Wayne family Post-Crisis, he has been a valet all his life, serving the Waynes after his father passed away New 52 – Alfred was a soldier, whose father served the Waynes – Jarvis attempted to resign, but was murdered by the Court of Owls Alfred had a daughter, Julia, who served in reconnaissance for the British Army – mother was Mademoiselle Marie, a French war heroine Loses his right hand in Batman: Endgame, but has it reattached after Bruce returns Issues (07:36) Surrogate father to Bruce – he carries the burden of his secrets Loneliness (14:54) Focus on helping others means he can lose himself (22:04) Break Plugs for Have Not Seen This and Parent Quest, plus Meredith Finch Treatment (30:17) In-universe – Alfred’s understudy Out of universe (33:57) Skit (39:09) Ending (46:06) Next episodes: Capes in Court 75th Issue Special, Kamala Khan, Secret Identities in Comics Apple Podcasts: here Google Play: here Stitcher: here TuneIn: here iHeartRadio: here Spotify: here Twitter FacebookE-mailPatreonTeePublicDiscord
This week Anthony Sytko of Capes on the Couch joins me to talk about the start of this brilliant podcast. Diving into the minds of superheros and supervillains is amazing and these guys nail it! Anthony also hits us in the feels when chatting about his son Theo and how he has been affected by this little bundle of joy! Check out Anthony by listening to Capes on the Couch! Capes on the Couch Please leave me a voice message via anchor to have your questions or thoughts played on the next episode or email me at If you are listening on iTunes please leave Parent Quest a 5 star review and share with your friends! Follow me at any of the social links belows: Twitter Facebook Instagram  Intro: sunrise by Rexlambo | Music promoted by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Outro: Cosmos by From The Dust | Music promoted by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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