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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

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Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.


Issue 85 - Raphael

We head back to the sewers to look at RAPHAEL from TMNT! How hot is this hothead? And what techniques does Doc have to calm him down? Grab a slice of pizza and listen now!


  • Intro
    • Shoutout to Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men - self explanatory title, and always entertaining - currently covering X-Man and Earth-295 -
    • New Mayor level patron - Amy!
  • Background (5:35)
    • Raphael created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984)
    • In Mirage stories, Raph is the angriest and most violent one on the team, but grows to understand Leo’s leadership
    • Becomes mutated into a dinosaur-like creature after being attacked by a vampire
    • Image Comics - becomes disfigured after getting blasted in the face, and wears a Casey Jones-like mask to cover his eye
    • Then briefly took over the Foot Clan during an ongoing fight against the mob
    • IDW - Separated from his brothers after the mutation, and lived on the street for a while
    • Befriended Casey Jones after rescuing Casey from his father
    • Reunites with his brothers and trains with them and Splinter, but quick to estrange himself from them during difficult times
  • Issues (08:49)
    • Rivalry with Leonardo over leadership
    • First instinct in danger is to go it alone (15:55)
    • Somewhat contentious friendship with Casey Jones (22:34)
  • Break (31:40)
  • Treatment (33:00)
    • In-universe - Intervention for Raph
    • Out of universe (36:34) - Review of soldier/police officer, discuss anger management
  • Skit (43:09)
  • Ending (48:05)
    • Recommended reading: TMNT Bodycount - Raph & Casey Jones kick all kinds of ass
    • Next episodes: Support systems in comics, [REDACTED], Eeyore
    • Plugs for social


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