Hosted by Kris Bather and Mladen Luketin from Western Australia, ES is a weekly podcast filled with news, reviews and pop culture shenanigans. Kris (loyal superhero fan) and Mladen (manga, anime and indie defender) chat about their varying, and occasional overlapping, interests in the wonderful world of sequential art.

Episode Five-Father’s Day Special

71 mins. This ep is all about the variety of dads in comics from superheroes such as Hulk, Batman, Wolverine and Superman to bad dads like Lex Luthor and Norman Osborn and those in indie and manga books as seen in Jimmy Corrigan and Lone Wolf and Cub. We also chat about the Batman Brave and the Bold cartoon and the French series XIII.

Listen to it below, download it here or get it on iTunes. So many choices.

In our introduction, we briefly discuss the zombie craze, Poland and The Rolling Stones.


The zany animated adventures of Batman: The Brave and the Bold including The Drew Carey Show, jazz, glow in the dark covers, the number of stretchy comics characters, Lost in Translation. We also chat about Lethal Weapon, stuntwomen, Eric Clapton and Doc Savage. The French series XIII and its similarities to the Jason Bourne novels and the reality of Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft marshmallows are also mentioned.


There sure are a lot of dads in comics, so we break them down into 4 categories.

Absent Dads – Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El, the various Phantoms and their exclusive mating policies, the Image series Invincible, Bruce Banner’s son Skaar and Jimmy Corrigan.

Bad Dads – Lex Luthor, David Cain (father of the mute Batgirl), Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) and his son Harry, Jango Fett and Boba in the new Blood Ties series and the Lone Wolf and Club manga.

Surrogate Dads – Alfred and Bruce Wayne, Chris Kent, 20th Century Boys, Maus.

Great Dads – Commissioner Gordon, The Flash Wally West, Three Shadows, Road to Perdition and Preacher.

Miscellaneous – Cable and Cyclops, Wolverine and Daken.

1:08:35 WEBSITE OF THE WEEK – Coolvibe – daily great art from comics, video games and more with a healthy focus on sci-fi and fantasy.


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