Category Archives: Comic Books

Great Superhero Movie of All Time Poll: Bob Kane Bracket

Hey, it’s that time again! We want to know what you think is the Greatest Superhero Movie of All Time (GSMOAT). You can see the full brackets here with an explanation of the seedings (and how this differs from the last time we did this), but for now, it’s time to vote in round 1 of the Bob Kane bracket.

Let you voice be heard! Voting in this poll will close on Tuesday.

Cheers, and happy voting!

Episode 37: Return of the pub

Hey listeners, guess what? It is the week you have been waiting for. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out this week. Are you exited? You can bet your lightsaber that Mr. Tabor is. In honor of this momentous week, we return to our conversation at The Pub in Tampa with our good friend, Nick Parrucci. We continue our discussion of the commodification and commercialization of geek culture, what makes a “geek” or a “nerd” and how those definitions have changed over time, and get Nick’s long-time fan take on the new film, and what his hopes and fears are for the series going forward. It is a really fun conversation, and one that we had a blast doing.

Our thanks again to the fine folks at The Pub for putting up with us, including our fantastic server, Brittany. And a very special thanks to our special guest and voice of the listener, Nick.

Cheers, and thanks for listening. And enjoy the movie!

Jim and Shawn

Episode 36: Soiled kimono

Soiled kimono. How is that for an enigmatic title? Well, once you have seen Bill Murray’s gloriously bizarre Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas, it will make perfect sense. We talked about that slice of holiday fried gold, as well as the unfortunate but unsurprising demise of Scott Weiland, our favorite Christmas specials, the underwhelming Batman v. Superman trailer, and the uneven wrap to this series of Doctor Who. Would somebody please get Peter Capaldi some scripts worthy of his prodigious talent? There are some spoilers here for the season finale of Doctor Who, so you have been warned.

As always, we thank you for listening.

Jim and Shawn

Guardians of the Galaxy is the Greatest Comic Book Movie of All Time (…so far)

One month ago we asked our fans the ultimate question…What is the GREATEST Comic Book Movie of ALL TIME (…so far)?  We picked 64 of the top grossing box office comic book based movies from the past almost 40 years and put them head to head, in the style of the NCAA Tournament.  We had four “divisional” brackets, named after Comic Book greats (Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Bob Kane and Siegel/Shuster) and over the past month we had our fans vote to declare a winner.  You chose GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY over Captain America: Winter Soldier as your winner.  Let’s take a look at what it took for GOTG and Winter Soldier to make it to the finals…

Logos trademark of Marvel, DC, Disney, Warner Bros respectively

Logos trademark of Marvel, DC, Disney, Warner Bros respectively

At first glance, GOTG’s run to the finals against CA: Winter Soldier looks pretty impressive.  But when we base the comparison of the movies faced in the GCBMoaT by historical US Box Office dollars, the feat is a bit more impressive.  GOTG had to defeat The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2 in order to make it to the Finals vs. CA: Winter Soldier.  The worldwide box office for all GOTG opponents totaled $1,642,146,754.00. Guardians of the Galaxy, in terms of both US Box Office numbers well as fan reception well deserves the title of Greatest Comic Book Movie of all Time!

Worldwide Box Office numbers for GOTG and all opponents in the GCBMoaT

US Box Office numbers for GOTG and all opponents in the GCBMoaT

Similarly, Cap’s run to the finals against Guardians looks less impressive when we put it into the context of the box office.  The biggest box office numbers come from GOTG, with Iron Man second in the bracket.  Both of these films were the greatest competition to Cap during the tournament.  The worldwide box office for all Captain America opponents totaled $988,065,053.00.  That is a 1.6x difference in GOTG’s favor…Wow.

Worldwide Box Office numbers for CA: Winter Soldier and all opponents in the GCBMoaT

US Box Office numbers for CA: Winter Soldier and all opponents in the GCBMoaT

However, this tournament was not based on Box Office numbers in any way…the movies were not seeded but rather placed in the brackets by random number generator. What this does say for Captain America: Winter Soldier is that even though it made less than Iron Man, or an inflation adjusted Superman II ($294,360,393.94 in 2015 dollars), it is a very compelling superhero comic book movie that deserves to be counted as one of the very best. 

What if the superheroes actually fought?

Interesting… what if our little podcast based tournament was a Battle World fight to the death?  Well, I think that the Guardians path to the title would have gone down like this:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy v. Green Lantern
    Green Lantern materializes giant death ray to destroy the Guardians.  Rocket hits Green Lantern over the head with a yellow prosthetic leg that he tricked Star-Lord into stealing.  Green Lantern is weak against yellow, Star-Lord blasts him into a nearby sun.  Guardians win!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v. Incredible Hulk
    Guardians stumble upon Hulk while flying over the Pacific Northwest in the Milano.  Gamora and Drax jump out to attack Hulk and while they put up a good fight, Hulk is still standing… as Drax and Gamora continue to fight.  After a long a brutal battle, Rocket grows tired of the shenanigans and creates a dimensional portal gun out of items laying around in the Milano and fires it at Hulk, sending him to another place in space and time.  Guardians win!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v. Big Hero 6
    Groot pops him. Guardians win!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v. The Dark Knight
    Batman interrupts Rocket from stealing parts from within Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences Division which begins the fight.  Rocket is immobilized via Batarang deployed electrical net and Star-Lord jumps in to free his furry friend.  Batman attempts to stun Star-Lord with his cape, Star-Lord dodges and throws a Gravity Mine to slam Batman to the ground.  Drax jumps in to attack the Dark Knight as Groot goes to free Rocket.  Batman uses his grappling gun to extricate himself from the twin bladed attack of the Destroyer.  Batman throws a smoke grenade to mask himself against his foes and begins a shrouded assault on the Guardians.  Groot senses this and grows flowers and leaves which clear the air.  As the smoke quickly dissipates, Drax finds his mark and attacks the Bat.  Noticing her opportunity, Gamora swoops in from the side and deals a painful shot to Batman’s upper body, knocking him unconscious.  Guardians win!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v. Spider-Man 2
    Spider-Man is swinging on his web through Manhattan when his spidey sense begins to tingle… a large alien ship is coming in over Atlantic Ocean!  An epic battle ensues (translation, it’s late and I am running out of pseudo-clever situations) and Spidey is defeated.  Guardians win!
  • Guardians of the Galaxy v. Captain America: Winter Soldier
    Captain America beats up Star-Lord, Gamora defeats Black Widow, Groot grounds Falcon, Rocket dismantles Bucky’s robot arm and Drax and the rest of the team subdue Cap.  Guardians win!

Well, that is how I see it.  It was a lot of fun interacting with our fans, and interesting to see how everything pans out in the end.  It came down to Jlo vs. Shawn.  And Shawn lost… but this guy isn’t bitter (yes he is).  Because really, doesn’t EVERYONE win with polls on the Internet?  You betcha!  EXCELSIOR!

Shawn & JLo

GCBMoAT: The Final Showdown

We’ve reached the finale of our greatest comic book movie of all time poll, and it’s the powerhouse finale that pits Guardians of the Galaxy, vanquisher of Spider-Man 2 by the thinnest of margins in the semis, against Captain America: The Winder Soldier, the film that ended Superman 2’s Cinderella run. This matchup is the argument that started it all, so we’re leaving it for you to decide (but the correct answer IS obvious #teamstarlord).

Get your votes in before Tuesday at midnight and help choose the GCBMoAT.


Jim and Shawn

GCBMoAT: The real Fantastic Four!

America, you have spoken, and, boy howdy, you were not kind to the Avengers, as Spider-Man 2 dumped Age of Ultron out of the competition, and, more shockingly, Superman 2 knocked out Marvel’s The Avengers, a triumph for all that is good, hopeful, and nostalgic in the comic book world (I COMPLETELY DISAGREE – Shawn).

Regardless, that leaves us with a pretty stellar Final Four, especially the first matchup pitting the rampaging, world destroying Guardians of the Galaxy vs. Spider-Man 2, which in my eyes would have made an amazing final. The other semi-final pits Superman 2 against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Who will be left standing in the final? You decide!

Voting will close Thursday at midnight, so let your voice be heard!

Cheers, and thanks to all who have participated.

Jim and Shawn

Mundanity Podcast “Spoiler Free” Review: Fantastic 4 (or the superhero movie that could have been)

Fantastic 4 is the latest offering from Fox (the studio that brought you “X-Men: Days of Future Past”… which they are often to promote in trailers and posters), was released in theaters today.  Now this is an important reboot at least two reasons, first of which, is that it is one of the main Marvel comic book properties… the “First Family” of Marvel, if you will.  Second, it is important to Fox to release a property other than X-Men that is not only popular, but profitable.

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