In this issue, Peter Coogan returns, and we tackle adaptations… Super Bat and Man-Man make their way to the screen… Felicity and her friends deflect bullets with their wrists… Plus: What went wrong with Denny Colt? Big eyed robots slay each other for your love. And the DEAD LIVE!!!  All this and much, much less, with a side of fries, and free cheese log with every fill up…


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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Next DC Animated Movie

Listener Bruce writes in to let listeners know of an upcoming Dark Crystal showing in Denver.

Rodrigo and Stephen
Wonder Woman Animated Movie
Warner Home Video

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud strong warrior race of Amazon Women live in a utopian civilization shielded from the corrupt world of man. But a betrayal within the Amazon sisterhood leads to the escape of Ares, the God of War, and Amazon Princess Diana must capture him before he unleashes global chaos and destruction. With the aid of cocky fighter pilot Steve Trevor, Diana tracks Ares to the United States for a battle unlike any humankind has ever faced.

Based on a story by WARREN ELLIS
Writer and Illustrator STEVE PUGH

Alice wakes with a broken nose and a surly house guest. As more city blocks fall to the rioters, a murdered man staggers into Police City Central and discovers his death was only the start of the worst day of his life.

Robot Wars Returns! This time we place lovable robot sidekicks in the ring to see who kicks ass, and who gets a big “awwww…wook how cute dat widdle wobot is” from the audience.
A) R2D2 – Star Wars
B) Bubo – Clash of the Titans

This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the Major Spoilers Crew welcomes Dr. Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comic Studies to talk about adaptations in all their forms. From Watchmen to Classics Illustrated and even adaptations from film to comics, what works and what doesn’t, is up for grabs during the show.

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Music from this episode comes from Armin Brewer (intro) and James Kennison (closing) from the Nobody’s Listening Podcast. A big thanks to both of these guys for creating kick-ass music for the show!

A big Thank You goes out to everyone who downloads, subscribes, listens, and supports this show. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen to our ramblings each week. Tell your friends about the podcast, get them to subscribe and, be sure to visit the Major Spoilers site and forums.

Peter Coogan sent along the bibliography on his research on adaptations, which we are sharing with you.

  • Bould, Mark. “Adapting Flash Gordon.”  Film International.  5.2 (March 2007): 18-26.
    Hutcheon, Linda.  A Theory of Adaptation.  New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Leitch, Thomas. Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone With the Wind to The Passion of the Christ.  Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, 2007.
  • Leitch, Thomas.  “Adaptations Without Sources: The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Literature/Film Quarterly. (2008): 21-30.
  • McAllister, Matt, Ian Gordon, and Mark Jancovich.  Blockbuster Meets Superhero Comic, or Arthouse Meets Graphic Novel? The Contradictory Relationship Between Film and Comic Art.   Journal of Popular Film and Television.  34 (Fall 2006): 109-114.
  • Serrano, David Hernando. Intertextuality and Fidelity in Batman Movie Adaptations.  Batman on Film.  July 18, 2005.

Second Life Comic-Con is March 18!

Mini-Morph: A Second Life Web Comics Comic-Con and Conference. March 18, 2009, 9:00 – 1:00 SL/PST

We’re proud to present a special half-day conference devoted to discussing the comics survey course, showcasing the recent work of several web comics artists.
The event is held entirely in Second Life, on the Front Range Island. Everyone is invited.

Sponsored by The Center for EduPunx, The Comic Book Bin, and The Institute for Comics Studies, the conference will bring together practitioners, educators, academics, students, journalists and others for a half-day event aimed at lively discussion and fruitful exchange.

8:30 a.m. SL/PST: Front Range Island Opens
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. SL/PST: Make Like an Action Figure!
Not only can you dress like comics characters in SL, you can act like them too! Let us show you how, following opening remarks from Hervé St.-Louis, publisher and editor, The Comic Book Bin
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. SL/PST: The Importance of Watchmen and Its Place in the Comics Survey Course
A discussion of Alan Moore’s importance by Andrew Edwards of Sequart.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. SL/PST: Teaching the College Comics Course
Advice and experience from panelists Leonard Rifas of Seattle Central Community College and Gail de Vos of the University of Alberta.
Moderated by Peter Coogan of the The Institute for Comics Studies
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. SL/PST: The Librarian’s Role in the College Comics Course
An examination of how librarians support the college comics course, especially by adding resources such as web comics and Web 2.0 tools to the course toolbox.
Mini-Morph librarian-in-residence: Derik Badman, Temple University
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. SL/PST: Open Gallery and Discussion from Comics Creators
Web comics artists: We still have room in our gallery, if you would like to display samples of your work!

For inquiries and clarifications, please write Beth Davies-Stofka at


About Author

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. love this podcast hope you guys will continue to review shows like X-men & Batman and new comic movies like Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter i will be picking up wonder women on Blu/ray and HOT WIRE: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD they both sounds great also just wont to say thinks for putting Bubo vs R2D2 like to see this site reads their fans E-mails have a great week

  2. Good show as always guys.

    As good an adaptation as Sin City was there this one scene that I hated, the one were Dwight talks about Marv and says how he was born in the wrong time. In the Comic Dwight has his old face, prior to his cosmetic surgery in “A Dame to Kill For”, but in the movie he has his current face. I get that they can’t commit an actor to play old Dwight, but why did they keep that scene when it destroys the continuity?

    The Sin City comics had two things that I loved, first most stories: “A Dame To Kill For”, “The Hard Goodbye”, “The Big Fat Kill” and “That Yellow Bastard” all, at some point, happen simultaneously. Which brings me to the second thing I loved, we see character that we know are dead show up because there not dead yet in the strange chronology of Sin City. But this one throw away scene of the movie killed that for me…

    I agree on the Wonder Woman movie, I expected nothing from it and was very surprised at how good it was.

  3. lol loved the ending you should continue the tech support guy at the end of the next podcast, mayb even with the pope

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