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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 13 - Cyclops

This week's patient is Scott Summers, aka Cyclops of the X-Men! Anthony & Dr. Issues try to delicately untangle the Summers family tree and look at his many romantic relationships. What happens when a black man and a mutant discuss who's been more oppressed? Listen now to find out!


  • Introduction
  • Background
    • Scott Summers - created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby - X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963)
    • Mutant who can fire energy beam from his eyes - forced to wear ruby quartz visor to keep his blasts contained
    • One of the original students of Charles Xavier, eventually became the leader of the X-Men in Xavier's absence
    • Later learned his father was Christopher Summers, aka Corsair of the Starjammers
    • Brother Alex became Havok
    • Becomes romantically involved with Jean Grey
    • Trains new group of X-Men after the original team defeated by Krakoa
    • Quits the X-Men after Jean Grey dies
    • Marries Madelyne Pryor, a Jean Grey look-alike - have a child, Nathan (aka Cable)
    • Jean returns - Scott leaves family to be with her, but returns to kill Mr. Sinister after he drove Madelyne to suicide (she's really a clone, don't think about it too much)
    • We discover Cable is the time-traveling son of Scott & Madelyne (REALLY don't think about it too much)
    • Eventually marries Jean, but later has affair with Emma Frost since he felt abandoned by Jean
    • Jean dies AGAIN, now he's free to be with Emma
    • Begins to resent Xavier for molding him into the leader as a teen, leaves the school
    • House of M - Scott retains his powers, but is one of the few - helps protect first mutant baby born after the incident, gives her to Cable to raise in the future (Hope)
    • Avengers vs. X-Men - Phoenix Force returns to Earth to bond with Hope
      • Scott wants her under their protection, the Avengers want to take her, which leads to battle
      • A Phoenix-possessed Scott kills Xavier
      • Cyclops eventually captured and imprisoned
      • Broken out by Magneto and becomes hardened against mankind
    • Takes over Xavier's school per his will, but turns it over to Kitty Pryde
    • Killed during Death of X storyline as a result of Terrigen Mists
  • Issues (17:05)
    • "Born to lead" - paralysis by analysis
    • Relationships with Jean, Madelyne, and Emma
    • Trauma prevents him from controlling his powers, whether external or internal
  • Treatment (37:44)
    • In-universe - bond with non-mutant to get him to see bigger picture
    • Out-of-universe - reference Tony Robbins to demonstrate overcoming obstacles
  • Skit (47:35)
  • End (49:47)


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