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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 42 - Monica Rambeau

It's our second Captain Marvel episode about the second Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau! Is Monica the Harold Miner of the Marvel Universe? How many Monica songs does Anthony reference? All this, plus a special guest appearance from Jeanne as Monica Rambeau - listen now!


  • Introduction

  • Background (8:29)

    • Monica Rambeau created by Roger Stern & John Romita, Jr. in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (October 1982)

    • A lieutenant in the New Orleans police department, she tried helping an old friend of her grandfather’s prevent the creation of a dangerous weapon, but in the process of destroying it, she was exposed to extra-dimensional energy, which gave her the power to convert her body to any form of energy – one of the men who witnessed the explosion said “the captain is a marvel”, so the media dubbed her Captain Marvel – kept the name to honor Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel, who had recently died – first costume created from old Mardi Gras costumes, then her grandfather’s friend created a costume for her out of unstable molecules

    • Joined the Avengers to gain control over her powers

    • Became leader of the team in 1987 - lost her powers after over-exerting herself battling Marrina, wife of Namor

    • Retired briefly from superhero duties until she regained her strength and powers

    • When Genis, son of Mar-Vell, became a superhero, he called himself Captain Marvel – after a brief argument with Monica, she changed her name to Photon

    • Rejoined the Avengers and was involved in mostly inter-galactic adventures

    • Genis-Vell wanted to get away from his father’s identity and began calling himself Photon – Monica once again had to change her name, this time to Pulsar

    • Led the Nextwave team against HATE

    • Changed her name to Spectrum, and led a Mighty Avengers team after Infinity

    • Tried to destroy the Ultimate Universe to prevent it from destroying Earth 616, but Ultimate Reed Richards was able to stop her

  • Issues (13:34)

    • Starts off as legacy character even though she has no connection to the original

    • After recovery of powers, has some phobias about using her powers, especially underwater (20:17)

    • In Nextwave, constantly brags about her leadership of the Avengers (25:53)

  • Treatment (31:27)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe (35:34)

  • Skit (46:21)

  • Ending


  • J. Edgar Hoover/Ghostbusters - Anthony - 11:35
  • Baby Shark - Doc - 11:50
  • Michael Jordan - Doc - 15:20
  • Space Jam - Anthony - 15:51
  • "Space Jam" by Quad City DJs - Anthony - 15:53
  • Harold Miner - Doc - 16:20
  • Ric Flair - Anthony - 27:29
  • The Miz - Anthony - 28:26
  • "For You I Will" by Monica - Anthony - 30:57
  • Redshirt - Anthony - 32:26
  • "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)" by Monica - 35:08
  • Code switching - Anthony - 42:06
  • "Angel of Mine" by Monica - Anthony - 55:34

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