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Adults Shouldn't Be Reading Comics?!

Hello, boys and girls! We must admit, it’s a real pleasure to see your smiling faces once more! If you’re here for another spellbinding episode of The Bags and Boards Show With ComicTom101 podcast, then you better believe that you’re in the right place! Please stick around, because like every week, we have plenty of comic book news to deliver to you!

Let’s take a quick moment to recap everything you might’ve missed from our last podcast! A hot topic we focused on was an oldie but a goodie: first appearances. Will comic book speculators ever put the subject to bed permanently? The answer is most assuredly no. In the meantime more and more characters are popping up, and readers question where and when these heroes and villains initially appeared. Our latest example followed the character of Dylan Brock, Eddie Brock’s son, and what was considered his first appearance. On the one hand, you have writer Donny Cates’ opinion, but on the other, there’s CGC and their thoughts on the matter. One says Venom #7 and the other Venom #9. Like with most things in comics, it’ll be left for the market to decide.

If you want to know more about that podcast, you’ll have to check it out, but for now, let’s go over our latest and greatest show, Adults Shouldn’t Be Reading Comics? What a title! And speaking of, it turns out that Vladimir Medinsky, the Minister of Culture over in Russia, is not a big fan of comics. In fact, he recently said, and forgive us for paraphrasing, that if you’re over the age of eight and read comics, you’re a moron. How’s that for inflammatory rhetoric? In case you were wondering, comic book readers over in Russia were none-too happy about the insulting comments. Of course this addresses a larger issue as a whole about how some people still see the medium and treat it disrespectfully. Believe us, we have plenty to say on the matter that you’ll definitely want to listen to!

In talking a little speculation, comic book fans have been gung ho about the possibility of the X-Men, and most notably Wolverine, appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Granted, there hasn’t even been a hint of mutants in the MCU, but as rumors go, Wolverine’s eventual presence is one of the biggest ones yet! See, should he appear, everyone is going to want to see one thing and one thing only: Hulk vs. Wolverine. It’ll likely be billed as one of the year’s biggest fights and the price of The Incredible Hulk #181 will shoot up into the stratosphere! Interestingly enough, there’s been a significant amount of buzz revolving around the 33rd issue of the What If…? series, What if Wolverine Killed the Hulk? With Hulk #181 already out of most people’s monetary range, readers like the idea of having a cool Wolverine vs. Hulk book that’s affordable. Might be worth picking up, if for nothing else but a good read.

And that concludes our Bags and Boards Show With ComicTom101! Of course we discussed a whole lot more, but to hear to everything you missed, you’ll have to check out the ComicTom101 YouTube page and/or listen to the podcast itself over on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Stitcher! And don’t forget to come back every Sunday for a brand new episode!

As always, geek responsibly! ‘Nuff said!

- Octavio Karbank

A writer by trade and aficionado of all things pop culture, Octavio Karbank is a recent addition to the ComicTom101 team! A devoted comic book collector, with plenty of long boxes to prove it, Octavio is always on the hunt for those elusive key issues! A freelance writer who has penned articles for websites like CBR and Bleeding Cool, he’s excited to be working alongside some of the greatest minds the world of comic book speculation has to offer! If you’re interested in checking out more of his ramblings, go to his Twitter page:

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