“Maximum Carnage” was an epic 14-part 1993 crossover in which Spider-Man and “anti-hero” Venom, along with various other superheroes, team up to take on Venom’s murderous spawn, Carnage, who forms his own band of villains to wreak havoc on New York City. This storyline became so much more, as it achieved huge sales numbers for Marvel Comics and became a pop-culture phenomenon, even inspiring a video game and theme park attraction. In todays Second Print Comics Podcast, Marc leads Remso through this epic event, as they look at the good, the bad and the….never ending stream of B and C list characters in our breakdown of “Maximum Carnage!” Along the way, you’ll learn earn more than you ever wanted to know about such random, irrelevant characters such as Shriek, Demogoblin, Carrion, Deathlok, The Molten Man, Nightwatch and more!

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  • Does it matter that if he dies, all the (potentially) universe destroying baddies within him are released.

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  • Anybody reading any new comic books? Every Wednesday new comic books get released. I’m curious if any of you are picking some up. Right now I’m reading Sheriff of Babylon, Southern Bastards, Kaijumax, I Hate Fairyland, Black Road, Dept. H, Mirror, and Star Trek.

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  • I asked about your favorite comic books (and expected a flood of replies!), but I forgot to mention what may be the most important comic book in our tradition. Yesterday, the Libertarian Liquidationist reminded us of THE comic book for libertarians: The Berlin Batman, in which an alternate-history version of the Dark Knight tries to foil the Nazi’s confiscation of Ludwig von Mises’s papers. I learned about this post because the LL includes a link to an old blog post of mine, in which I quote Brian Doherty and link to Paul Cantor on this perfect storm of pop culture and Austrolibertarian history.

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  • During last week’s Bookworm Hangout, someone recommended author Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I haven’t read it, but I’m an ardent Neil Gaiman fan and always will be even if I read none of his novels, because of the Sandman comic book series he wrote from 1989 to 1996. I think Sandman is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever read in any medium. My guess is that people don’t generally think of comic books (or even “graphic novels”) when we ask what they’re reading or what books they’d recommend, but why not? I think writers like Gaiman, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore deserve to be recognized as great authors. I haven’t read any comics by Grant Morrison, but his book Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human is extremely well written. And also fascinating. And also really, really weird. (I recommend it.) What comic books or graphic novels do you love? BK PS I heard someone say last week, “Liberty needs more funny.” We’ve all heard how much we need more art and music and popular culture to balance out all the serious intellectual content of our tradition. Does liberty need more comic books? What are the comics we already have? PPS Usual reminder: Bookworm Hangout is every Wednesday night at 8 Eastern. All welcome. Hope to see you there!

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