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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 48 - Killgrave

On the heels of Jessica Jones S3, Patron Ariel requested we cover the Purple Man, KILLGRAVE! How is the comic version different from David Tennant's portrayal? And can Anthony & Doc count to 50? (The answer to the last one is no.) Listen now!

(DISCLAIMER: We inadvertently forgot this was episode 48, so we keep calling it 49 in the show. Don't worry, you're not missing anything, we just can't count ;-P )



  • Podcoin plug (0:40)

  • Background (2:55)

    • Zebediah Killgrave created by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando in Daredevil #4 (October 1964)

    • A former doctor now operating as a spy, he was in an accident with a chemical that turned his skin purple, and gave his body pheromones that allowed him to control people nearby with his voice

    • Recurring villain of Daredevil initially

    • He seduced and impregnated a woman, who gave birth to a daughter Kara - she became Persuasion and was affiliated with Alpha Flight

    • Became involved with Jessica Jones - tortured her for months and sent her to kill Daredevil - she ends up leaving the superhero business and becomes a private investigator

    • He later manipulates the Thunderbolts, and worked with Baron Zemo to control New York City

    • During Fear Itself, breaks out of the Raft, but not before attacking the Puppet Master

    • Later revealed that he impregnated several women who gave birth to purple children, all of whom have their father's power, but only if they work together - Daredevil saved the children from their father, so they collectively erase the world's memory of Matt Murdock as Daredevil

    • Recently killed by gunshot and thrown into the sun

  • Issues (8:36)

    • Relationship with children - Kara vs. Purple children

    • Compare/contrast with TV version (19:32)

    • Capable of normal interaction with people? (29:53)

  • Treatment (41:14)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe

  • Skit

  • Ending


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