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!
Episode 8 kicks off with some listener correspondence before things take a somewhat somber turn, as Doug and Adrianna address the recent Bill Mantlo news and his brother’s GoFundMe efforts to continue to fund his medical care. We then get into the meat of the episode: Alpha Flight issues #18 and 19! Both issues heavily feature Elizabeth Twoyoungmen, daughter of Shaman, and herald a very important development for her and for the series at large. There’s a lot of discussion about Byrne’s interiors for both issues, especially his return to some horror elements, as well as his handling of indigenous mysticism, a topic that keeps cropping up again and again on this show.
PLUS: the logistics of time travel, scrambled egg monsters, romantic drama for Snowbird and MORE!
Bill and Michael Mantlo GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/embarassed-to-admit-this-but-i-need-help
The Hero Initiative: https://www.heroinitiative.org/
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