Best-selling award-winning novelists and comic book writers Christopher Golden and Brian Keene rediscover their earliest influences -- Marvel Comics of the 1970s and 1980s. The Defenders! The Champions! Black Goliath! Son of Satan! Marvel Team-Up! Tune in each week for a discussion of these and other Bronze Age classics.
Cosmic Shenanigans is a podcast focusing on cosmic horror in films, television, art, games, music, fashion, pop culture, and just about anywhere else our little tentacles can reach. Host Mary SanGiovanni delves into what makes it timelessly relevant and enjoyable, and examines how it permeates so much of modern culture. Further, as a writer of cosmic horror herself, Mary looks at her and others’ roles in the subgenre and in publishing at large, and explores the female perspective toward and ...
Spider-Woman Team-Up Spider-Woman, the Shroud, Werewolf By Night, Tigra and a host of super villains team up against three bizarre super threats, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Spider-Woman issue 50.
X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss one f the most influential and still-timely stories of the Marvel Comics Bronze Age -- 1982's X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS.
THE BEGINNING OF THE END After a very important announcement regarding the podcast, Christopher Golden and Brian Keene recount Spider-Man's first encounter with Killraven in the post-apocalyptic Marvel Universe, from Marvel Team-Up issue 45.
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE AND MARVEL TEAM-UP #9 He Who Remains and The Tomorrow War! First, Iron Man and Spider-Man face off against Kang the Conqueror. Then, the thing is back for round two against The Thing and Thor. Chris and Brian discuss the ninth issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One, plus Loki, Black Widow, and... Grizzly Adams?…
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE AND MARVEL TEAM-UP #8 In two of the silliest issues of the Bronze Age, Spider-Man and The Cat face off against radical feminism while Ghost Rider and The Thing celebrate a very weird Christmas. Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss the eighth issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One.…
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE AND MARVEL TEAM-UP 6 & 7 Spider-Man, The Thing and Thor are featured in this episode as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Marvel Team-Up issues 6 and 7.
MARVEL TEAM-UP AND MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #5 Spider-Man and The Vision versus the Puppet Master, and Captain America, Sharon Carter, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Thing take on the entire Badoon empire as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss the fifth issues of Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One. Plus...what Defenders villain had a cameo …
MARVEL TEAM-UP AND MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #4 What do Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Thing, Daredevil, Captain America, Sharon Carter, Morbius the Living Vampire, Medusa, Reed Richards and Shanna the She-Devil all have in common? They're all in this episode. And so are Christopher Golden, Brian Keene and special guest Matt Wildasin!…
MARVEL TEAM-UP AND TWO-IN-ONE #3 Author Matt Wildasin joins Christopher Golden and Brian Keene for a discussion of the third issues of both Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One, featuring Spider-Man, Human Torch, The Thing, Morbius the Living Vampire, Shanna the She-Devil and more.
MARVEL TEAM-UP AND MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #2 Christopher Golden and Brian Keene continue their deep dive into Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One with a senses-shattering cast of characters including Spider-Man, Human Torch, The Thing, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner, Namorita, Annihilus, Wundarr, and the Frightful Four!…
HAVE YOURSELF A SANDMAN LITTLE CHRISTMAS Spider-Man and the Human Torch team up against the Sandman as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene recap the first issue of Marvel Team-Up. Plus -- Sgt. Rock and Jonah Hex in a modern-day buddy comedy?
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE Hulk! The Thing! Thanos! Iron Man! It's a Marvel Comics Bronze-Age Bonanza as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene kick off their coverage of Marvel Two-In-One!By Defenders Dialogue
THE LEGION OF MONSTERS Morbius! Ghost Rider! Man-Thing! Werewolf by Night! What happens when these four Marvel Comics monsters join forces? Find out as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Marvel Premiere issue 28. Plus The Snyder Cut, Brian's try-out for Survivor, and Tim Lebbon's Run Walk Crawl.…
THAT OF WHICH WE SPEAK WHEN WE SPEAK OF THE UNSPEAKABLE In this episode, Mary looks at Nick Mamatas's story from the Lovecraft Unbound anthology, and how his sense of humor and nihilism make for a compelling and amusing horror read.
MAN-THING TEAMS WITH STEVE GERBER The Man-Thing teams up with... Steve Gerber? That's right, true believer. In this fear fraught finale, Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss issues 20, 21, and 22 of Marvel's The Man-Thing, featuring guest appearances by Daredevil, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man, The Thing, Dakimh, Jennifer Kale, Howard the Duck, and t…
THE SCAVENGER The Man-Thing and Richard Rory battle the strangest super-villain of all -- The Scavenger! Plus, a defense of waitresses, Marvel super-fan Anthony Pezzella, and a digression about Gwendy's Button Box as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss The Man-Thing issues 19 and 20.
THREE FACES OF FEAR Steve Gerber, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman offer three different takes on Marvel's macabre much monster, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Giant-Size Man-Thing issue 5. Plus, Chris and Brian recount their pitches for another Marv Wolfman-created property -- Night Force.
MARVEL GETS POLITICAL Steve Gerber and Marvel Comics get political -- and so do Christopher Golden and Brian Keene as they review The Man-Thing issues 17 and 18.
THE BLACK STONE STATUE In this episode, Mary continues looking at cosmic horror by women and examines "The Black Stone Statue" by Mary Elizabeth Counselman.
GERBER'S MAN-THING RUN What did Steve Gerber think of his time writing Man-Thing, and of the character and his place among Marvel Comics' pantheon? Brian Keene takes a deep dive into an archival interview to find out!By Defenders Dialogue
THE HORROR AT MARTIN'S BEACH In this episode, Mary looks at Sonia H. Greene's contribution to cosmic horror, co written with HP Lovecraft.
FAN LETTER Listener Chris Caponigro sends some love. Then Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Giant-Size Man-Thing issue 4 -- Steve Gerber's sobering treatise on the themes of bullying and an important, influential cornerstone in young Brian's development as a writer. Plus - a sneak peek at what's in store on the show for 2021!…
TROLLEY NO. 1852 In this episode, Mary examines Ed Lee's novella, Trolley No. 1852, and discusses blending cosmic horror with extreme horror and splatterpunk.By Cosmic Shenanigans
PSYCHEDELIC HORROR Two psychedelic stand-alone horror stories by Steve Gerber are spotlighted in this episode, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss issues 15 and 16 of Marvel's Man-Thing. Plus, Moon Knight conquers the world!
MISSING PERSONS AND OTHER WORLDS In this eerie episode, Mary looks at some of the strangest missing persons cases and the odd elements that suggest disappearance through portals to other worlds.
MAN-THING ACROSS DIMENSIONS It's a new year and a sweeping new fantasy epic, as Man-Thing, Jennifer, Korrek and Dakimh battle across three dimensions for the fate of a world. Plus - Thundarr the Barbarian and 1970's southern rock as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Marvel's Giant-Size Man-Thing issue 3.…
HOLIDAY SPECIAL Celebrate the holiday season with Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Hulk and Doctor Strange as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Marvel's Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag!
GHOST PIRATES AND SATYRS The Man-Thing battles ghost pirates and satyrs deep in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene revisit Marvel's The Man Thing issues 13 and 14.
SOME QUIET HORROR Two quiet horror vignettes from Steve Gerber as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss issues 11 and 12 of Marvel's The Man-Thing.By Defenders Dialogue
STARFISH In this episode, Mary discusses the 2018 movie Starfish and its themes of grief, guilt, and cosmic horror.
GIANT-SIZED MAN-THING #2 F.A. Schist may be dead, but his influence is still present in the swamp. Christopher Golden and Brian Keene recap the second issue of Marvel's Giant-Size Man-Thing, guest-starring Iron Man and the Fantastic Four.
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY PART 2: A continuation of the panel discussion about Lovecraft Country, in which Mary and other panelists look at both the book by Matt Ruff and the hit TV show, and its themes of cosmic horror and racism.
MAN-THING VS GORGON Jealousy personified as a demon? The Man-Thing confronts a gorgon and a possessed swamp to save a dog in this recap of issues 9 and 10.
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY PART 1: Mary participates in a panel discussion about Lovecraft Country, both the book by Matt Ruff and the hit TV show, and its themes of cosmic horror and racism.
DEAD NAMES Mary looks at Simon's follow-up book, Dead Names, and the connections it makes between fiction, conspiracy, magick, mythology, and possible real-world implications.
THE (SIMON) NECRONOMICON This week, Mary looks at the Simon version of the Necronomicon and its implications in real world magickal systems.
THE GLOB It's muck monster versus muck monster as the Man-Thing battles the Glob! Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Giant-Size Man0-Thing issue 1 and a rare essay on horror by Steve Gerber.
OUT OF THE AEONS Mary examines a short story collaboration between Lovecraft and Hazel Heald.
THE FINAL BATTLE It's the final battle between the Man-Thing and F.A. Schist, with the fate of the Fountain of Youth hanging in the balance, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene recount Marvel's The Man-Thing issues 7 and 8.
EPISODE SEVEN: LAST STAND AGAINST THE PACK IN THE KINGDOM OF PURPLE FLOWERS This week, Mary looks at John Langan's post-apocalyptic story and its cosmic horror themes.
NIGHT OF THE LAUGHING DEAD Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss a seminal story by Steve Gerber and Mike Ploog -- Night of the Laughing Dead from Marvel's Man-Thing issues 5 and 6.
WHO IS THE FOOLKILLER? Who is the Foolkiller, and why does he want to kill the Man-Thing and his friends? The answer will shock you! Christopher Golden and Brian Keene cover Marvel's The Man-Thing issues 3 and 4.
This week, Mary looks at the potential real-life cosmic horror implications of the theory of White Holes and the Einstein-Rosen Bridge.
AS REALITY COLLAPSES As Howard the Duck falls, only Man-Thing and his remaining companions stand against the collapse of reality itself. Plus, F.A. Schist seeks revenge against the much monster, but so do a motorcycle gang. Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Marvel's Man-Thing issues 1 and 2.…
SEVERAL MEANINGLESS DEATHS Brian reads an excerpt from and discusses the themes in Steve Gerber's Man-Thng short story "Several Meaningless Deaths".
THE UNNAMABLE In part two of this two-parter, Mary looks at Randolph Carter's continuing adventures with the strange and unknown.
AN ODD DUCK APPEARS Howard the Duck makes his first appearance as the Man-Thing, Jennifer Kale, Dakimh, and Korrek the barbarian join forces in a cosmos-spanning adventure. Brian Keene and Christopher Golden discuss Marvel's Adventure Into Fear issues 18 and 19.
THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER In part one of this two-parter, Mary looks at Lovecraft's autobiographical title character and his earliest introduction to cosmic horror.
MAN-THINGS FACES OFF The Man-Thing faces off against construction tycoon F. A. Schist and the cosmic weirdness called Wundarr, then teams up with The Thing to stop the Molecule Man, as Christopher Golden and Brian Keene discuss Marvel's Adventure Into Fear issues 16 and 17 and the first issue of Marvel Two-In-One.…
"The Things" by Peter Watts Mary looks at this retelling of John Carpenter's THE THING from the POV of the creature, and discusses the cosmic horror of being an elder god stranded, alone, on a cold cap of an isolated planet.