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November 2, 2009

FBBP #117 – The Umbrella Academy

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 11:50 am

Rock ‘n’ Roll and Superhero Comics are two uniquely American creations of the twentieth century, and they share many traits — a patchwork Genesis story, arguments about who was really first, youthful rebellion, corporate co-option, a “British Invasion” coming along and showing up their American rivals, a decades-long struggle to be taken “seriously”.

But the two have had a very rocky relationship when they come in contact with one another:

1959 – Superman meets Pat Boone
1965 – The Thing and Human Torch meet the Beatles
1975 – Paul McCartney sings about Magneto and the Titanium Man
1977 – Howard the Duck meets KISS
1979 – Millie the Model meets Alice Cooper
1985 – Swamp Thing meets Sting (kind of)
1986 – The Transformers meet Bruce Springsteen (kind of)
1993 – Shadowman meets Aerosmith
1995 – No One was willing to meet Billy Ray Cyrus
1998 – Red Rocket 7 meets Just About Everyone

And now, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (along with Gabriel Ba) has entered the fray with The Umbrella Academy. On a scale of 1 (Billy Ray Cyrus) to 10 (“Iron Man”), how does The Umbrella Academy stack up? Is this even analogous to the list above? The FBBP Action News Team investigates!


  1. Don’t forget Donovan! 1966: “Superman and Green Lantern ain’t got nothin on me … ”

    Looking forward to listening to the podcast, guys. Happy November.

    Comment by Rebis — November 2, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  2. this was just an incredibly rough one guys. do over.

    Comment by manvstrees — November 9, 2009 @ 12:18 am

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