Welcome to The Flight Stuff: a podcast about Canada’s premiere superhero team!
In 1983, comic book writer and artist John Byrne lifted his original team, Alpha Flight, from the pages of Uncanny X-Men and dropped them into their own, eponymous series. Over the course of 11 years, the Canadian super team — Guardian, Sasquatch, Puck, Snowbird, Shaman, Aurora, Northstar, and others along the way — battled foes large and small, with adventures steeped in social commentary and uniquely Canadian issues and themes.
Join comic book enthusiasts Liam, Adrianna and Doug as they make their way through the original series issue by issue, character by character, Byrnism by Byrnism, with occasional detours through Canadian cultural history. So sit back, listen up and get right with the Flight!
After a month-long hiatus, The Flight Stuff is back in business!
Episode 19 opens with some minor housekeeping and a shoutout to journalist Corey Mintz, whose recent deep dive into the history and legacy of Alpha Flight for The Walrus features a quotation from show co-host Adrianna.
From there, the team jumps right into the pages of Alpha Flight #35-36. These issues are notable for featuring covers and interior art by Canadian artist David Ross, much to Doug’s delight. Questions of ableism and representation arise once again, as both issues have a focus on Shaman and Snowbird, and Puck’s characterization continues to be grievously mishandled.
PLUS: Doug does some dramatic dialogue readings, Dr. Strange drops in for a mystical hello, and the Canada Facts segment makes its long-awaited return!
As always, thanks for listening!
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