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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.

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Issue 68 - Medusa

It's a hair-raising episode, as Anthony & Doc look at Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans! Heavy is the head that wears the crown, especially when it's covered in prehensile hair! How does she want to break away from her husband, Black Bolt? All this, plus a special guest voice - Anna from Freudian Sips as Medusa! Listen now!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Intro

    • Mental Health Avengers

    • Review read – Cinemondo Podcast “A unique perspective on the Super Hero genre. Refreshing and fun discussion that goes deep into the psychology of the superheroes you know and love. Fascinating listen!“

    • Shoutout to Cinemondo – Kathy, Mark, and Burke review genre films – all 3 work in the industry, so they know what they’re talking about, and have some fascinating guests on the show

  • Background (04:06)

    • Medusa, full name Medusalith Amaquelin-Boltagon, created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby in Fantastic Four #36 (March 1965)

    • Originally a member of the “Frightful Four”, enemies of the Fantastic Four, who had her under mind control until Professor Xavier helped break her free

    • Later revealed that she is a member of the Inhumans, mutated by the Terrigen Mists to provide their race with extraordinary powers – hers is prehensile hair

    • Fell in love with her distant cousin Black Bolt, and they married to become king & queen of the Inhumans

    • Temporarily joined the Fantastic Four as a replacement for Sue Richards

    • Gave birth to a son, Ahura, who became the Judy Winslow of the Marvel Universe

    • Has to fight off the advances of Black Bolt’s brother, Maximus the Mad, on numerous occasions

    • Due to Black Bolt’s powers, she serves as interpreter, a role she chafes at

    • She takes over as leader of the Inhumans upon Black Bolt’s death in “Realm of Kings”, and replaces Black Bolt in the Illuminati for a time

    • Helped rebuild Attilan during the Inhumanity storyline when the Terrigen Bomb exploded, creating thousands of new Inhumans

    • When Black Bolt was revealed to be alive, she attacked him for setting off the Terrigen Bomb and then abandoning her

    • She then had an affair with Johnny Storm, until Black Bolt returned and apologized to her

    • Abdicated the throne during the Inhumans vs. X-Men arc, wanting to establish a democracy among the Inhumans – also destroyed the Terrigen cloud in order to save mutants

    • As a result of that act, her hair began falling out, similar to her dying – she takes Primagen, which restores her hair and health

  • Issues (10:52)

    • Does not always appreciate having to speak for her husband – feels that she doesn’t have voice of her own

    • Difficulty at times in dealing with leadership role as queen – has left or abdicated the throne a few times (18:58)

    • Difficulty with losing hair – serves as major part of her identity (27:40)

  • Break (34:04)

  • Treatment (35:46)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe (40:00)

  • Skit (44:58)

  • Ending (50:23)
    • Next episodes - Mental Health Avengers, Bane, Political Terrorism, The Tick
    • Review giveaway
    • Joker: Endgame review on Patreon

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