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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 63 - Psychiatry in comics

Anthony & Doc look at depictions of psychiatry & therapy in comics. How has the field changed since the 80s? Who gets it right and who gets it waaaay wrong? Tune in to find out!


  • Intro

    • Plug for Scooby-Doo and Sister Too – Liz & Lydia, sisters with nothing in common but their shared love of Scooby-Doo (1:08)

  • Background

    • Examples

      • Arkham: A Serious House on Serious Earth

      • Dark Knight Returns – formerly catatonic Joker sees therapist in Arkham, who thinks he’s managed to fix Joker and brings him on TV to show off his turnaround, before killing everyone

      • Harley Quinn – psychiatrist who falls in love with Joker and joins him (16:45)

      • Doc Samson – typical depiction of “lie down on couch and talk about your feelings” (23:00)

      • Aunt May – Ultimate Spider-Man 45 – sees therapist because of all of the trauma she’s undergone in her life, and her misguided belief that everyone around her dies, so she doesn’t allow herself to get close to anyone – very real and honest depiction of a therapy session, as well as legit suggestions from the therapist (31:40)

      • Doc Samson – typical notion of “lie down on couch and talk about feelings”

    • Break – plugs for Cage’s Kiss and Cult of Domesticity

      • Unstoppable Wasp – Nadia goes to therapy to help deal with her bipolar disorder (41:45)

      • Silk – Cindy has therapy sessions to address her being locked in isolation for a decade – first session is speechless, but she comes back and eventually comes to trust Dr. Sinclair as a trusted listener

      • Heroes in Crisis – Sanctuary offered heroes a chance to let their guard down – supposed to be safe, but broken by Wally West (62:36)

  • Ending (78:04)

    • Next episodes - Ollie Queen, Maxx, Robbie Reyes


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