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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 10 - Deadpool

Anthony sings the Bee Gees, Dr. Issues channels Madeline Kahn, and the Patreon is announced. Oh, and they also talk about the Merc with the Mouth, Deadpool!


  • Introduction
  • Announcement of new Patreon! (02:34)
  • Deadpool background
    • Created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza in New Mutants 98 (Feb. 1991)
    • Began as villain attacking Cable & New Mutants
    • Later joins X-Force, begins making appearances in other books
    • Gets own miniseries in 1994
    • Joe Kelly series in 1997 is where character comes into his own - introduces Blind Al & Weasel, along with 4th wall breaking
    • Gail Simone introduces little yellow boxes Deadpool could interact with
    • Joins Cable in "buddy cop" series, firmly established as comic relief character
    • 2010 - joins Uncanny X-Force, more moralized version of character
    • 2010s sees Deadpool become the new Wolverine - appears in numerous series and side miniseries
    • In solo series, gets cured of healing factor and loses scarred face
    • New series by Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan - gets married and discovers he has child
    • Died in Deadpool 250 as part of Secret Wars
    • All New All Different Marvel - joins Avengers Unity Squad, initially sides with Hydra Steve Rogers out of respect, but later has crisis of conscience and walks away
  • Favorite Deadpool moments (24:08)
  • Issues (25:40)
    • Considered in-universe to be "schizophrenic" or suffering from psychosis
    • Moral flexibility & ambiguity
    • Blind loyalty to certain characters/people can cost him
  • Treatment (42:37)
    • In-universe - any & all treatments are on the table
    • Out-of-universe - anti-psychotics, under observation
  • Skit
  • Ending

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