The military has fathered many a superhero and villain in the comic book industry, and this week we discuss its impact with Jason Inman, author of the new book Super Soldiers: A Salute to the Comic Book Heroes and Villains Who Fought for Their Country.
The book comes out on June 18th and my brother and I really look forward to getting our hands on a copy. You can pre-order the book on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound or your local book store. It’s available on Audible as well (unfortunately, Jason, the owner of sweet, sweet podcast/host voice does not narrate the book).
We got into why Jason included villains in his book, the least represented branches of the military, and getting vaccinated to the nines. We believe Jason has a very unique take on the characters in his book, and really look forward to reading Super Soldiers.
Jae learns the difference between Captain Atom and THE Atom. Keith’s mind gets blown. And Jason lets us know the worst dad in film.
Mentioned in the episode:
- Operation Gratitude accepts donations throughout the year of various supplies and necessities, but in November (the month of Veteran’s Day) Jason runs the JAWIIN Comic Drive for Service Members. Please visit their site and consider donating to the troops.
- Jason’s podcast with his wife Ashley Victoria Robinson, Geek History Lesson, can teach you even more about geeky characters and stories.
- Read comics on Hoopla! It’s part of your local library
- Follow Jason on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube at @Jawiin.
Before you go, experience Jason’s glee when he saw his book in print for the first time:
Here’s the official rundown of Super Soldiers:
#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ A Deeper Look at Comic Book Superhero Soldiers
The military in comic books: Comic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently recreate the actions of presidents, military leaders, and soldiers. From Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw on his very first cover, to The Punisher surviving the battle of Firebase Valley Forge, there are countless instances when the military has crossed over to the pages of comic books.
Soldiers and superheroes: A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jason Inman re-discovered his childhood love of comic books during long days at the Tallil Air Base in southern Iraq. He couldn’t help but ask why so many comic books are filled with service members. Maybe it’s their loyalty to everyday citizens and the never-ending quest for justice. The men and women who lace up their books and sacrifice their lives know that battle can change a person. What kinds of soldiers were these fictional characters, and how were they changed by war?
Discover the super soldiers in Marvel comics, DC comics and beyond: Super Soldiers: A Salute to the Comic Book Heroes and Villains Who Fought for Their Country looks at the intersection between war and pop culture to understand these questions and more. Each chapter revisits military comic book characters and compares them to personal stories from Inman’s military career. Describing superhero soldiers from DC comics and Marvel comics, including lesser-known characters lost to time.
Super Soldiers is perfect for fans of military science fiction and everyone who wants to know the stories behind their favorite comic books: You’ll love Super Soldiers if you enjoyed DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, and The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains.
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