THE FLIGHT STUFF – Episode Eight: Enter Talisman!

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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Adrianna Gober

Adrianna Gober is a Lehigh Valley-based writer and musician. She loves record collecting, comic books, and all things schlocky, campy and kitsch.
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Comments

  1. Liam and Doug are right that the cover of issue #18 sucks. I’m surprised that none of you mentioned the fact that this issue’s cover also does away with the Alpha Flight logo that the series has been using since day one. The original logo was kind of majestic and commanding, almost evocative of a pair of wings, and it’s replaced here (why??) with one that looks like a cramped, primitive font from a 1993 MacIntosh. And if you don’t think logos matter, try replacing The Flight Stuff logo without warning and watch the utter sh*tstorm that ensues.

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