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Episode Description

In which we introduce the villains of the Silver Age: Magneto makes some valid points, Mastermind is a Nice Guy of OkCupid, the Scarlet Witch predicts Cat Breading, the Trasks should really have known better, and the Comics Code Authority is down with pterosaurs.

Cold OpenEdit

Since he's been reading Si Spurrier's X-Force, Miles asks about Hope and Cable. He regrets it.

X-Plained:Edit

  • Common characteristics of enduring X-villains
  • Mutant identity politics and moral relativism
  • Context-agnostic Juggernaut flashbacks
  • An unorthodox approach to anthropology
  • Cyclops’s greatest diplomatic achievement
  • Silver Age haberdashery
  • An innovative modification to vampire mythology
  • Cultural assimilation
  • The propaganda-and-sweater-vest machine
  • Hex bolts
  • Supplemental reading

References Edit

Listener Questions Edit

  • Are there early villains that fell by the wayside? Is there a difference between those that did/didn't stick?
  • How could Unus the Untouchable be alive? Wouldn't he starve to death or something?
  • I've never been able to make sense of Sauron's backstory. Could you try?

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