Episode: 189

What’s Inside 189


Associate Professor, Political Science Travis D. Smith, PhD of Concordia University (https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/polisci/faculty.html?fpid=travis-smith) discusses his book “Superhero Ethics: 10 Comic Book Heroes; 10 Ways to Save the World; Which One Do We Need Most Now?”. In the book, Professor Smith pits Hulk against Wolverine, Green Lantern against Iron Man, Batman against Spider-Man, Captain America against Mister Fantastic, and Thor against Superman to see who is the most ethical. Buy the book on Amazon to find out who wins! https://amzn.to/2ZhqkLG

0:00 SEGMENT 1: Professor Travis Smith on coming up with the idea for this book, the writing process, and reading comics since he was a kid.

11:02 SEGMENT 2: Professor Travis Smith on choosing between different interpretations of the same character and Marvel VS DC

18:50 SEGMENT 3: Professor Travis Smith on what a sequel would look like and fans relating to characters that don’t necessarily look like them

26:38 SEGMENT 4: Professor Travis Smith on comic book characters having a different upbringing than most comic book readers, what a philosophy book based on professional wrestling would look like, and how he peppers his lectures with pop culture references

35:47 SEGMENT 5: Professor Travis Smith on why people choose certain characters as their favorite and which 3 comics he would grab first if his house was on fire

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