Marvel Universe (616) Universe in Order Podcast

The When It Was Cool family is reading the Marvel Universe comic books in order starting with Fantastic Four issue 1 (1961) and they discuss it on this Patreon exclusive podcast.  Karl is a lifelong comic book reader and collector while Tonya has never read comic books.

We are using this list to read the comics in order.  This list is not affiliated with When It Was Cool but it's a pretty cool list- http://cmro.travis-starnes.com/



18 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Journey Into Mystery 85

Yes, we have decided to continue the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast as it's own stand alone show.  On this episode Karl takes a look at Journey Into Mystery 85 featuring Thor and the first appearance of Loki in the Marvel Universe.  This issue is otherwise unremarkable and Loki's first appearance was less than awe inspiring but he did become a big deal in the Marvel Universe and certainly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 18


17 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Tales to Astonish 35

On this edition of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast we take a look at Tales to Astonish issue 35 and the return of Ant Man to the Marvel Universe.  We haven't seen Ant Man in a while on this show.   Previously, I don't think Marvel Comics really saw Ant Man as a true superhero like the Fantastic Four or Thor but instead as just a quirky tale in an anthology series.  But now, Ant Man's costume gets updated a little more and, while the story isn't anything we haven't seen before, it does now appear that Ant Man is becoming more and more part of the developing Marvel Universe of characters.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 17


16 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four 6

On this edition of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast, host Karl takes a look at the Fantastic Four issue 6 which features our first super villain team-up in the 616 Universe as Namor the Sub-Mariner teams up with Dr. Doom to take on the Fantastic Four.  However, trouble is brewing and a double cross is coming.  Also, Reed Richards remains the dumbest smartest man on Earth.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 16


15 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Incredible Hulk 3

We continue to read the Marvel 616 Universe in story order and today we are up to The Incredible Hulk issue 3.  The Hulk, so far, has really been the best quality story of all the Marvel Comics.  Today, however, I didn't think the story was as good.  This really seems like a filler issue with several flashbacks and some completely implausible story elements.  It also introduces us for the first time to the Ringmaster who would be a recurring Hulk villain. Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 15


14 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Journey Into Mystery 84

We continue the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast and Tonya rejoins us today to take a look at the second appearance of Thor.  The character of Thor gets a little more fleshed out this issue and we meet Jane Foster for the first time.  This time Thor battles injustice in South America and doesn't face a super powered foe but, instead, an Army and is faced with a choice.  This issue is more about character building that establishing Thor's power.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 14


13 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Journey Into Mystery 83

We continue the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast and now we are up to the Marvel Universe debut of Thor!  Thor first appears in the anthology title Journey Into Mystery and there are some differences in Thor verses what we would come to know as the classic version. Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 13


12 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Amazing Fantasy 15

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast, Karl reads Amazing Fantasy issue 15 which features the first appearance of Spider-Man! Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduce one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe in an otherwise unremarkable anthology title.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 12


11 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four 5

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast, Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool read Fantastic Four issue 5 which features the first appearance of Dr. Doom!  The story also involves time travel and Black Beard the pirate! A lot of wacky imaginative stuff in this issue!  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 11


10 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Amazing Fantasy 14

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast Karl & Tonya take a look at Amazing Fantasy 14 which is a try out story for mutants and the X-Men.  It introduces the true first mutant of the 616 universe and the hatred and bigotry toward them.  A short but impactful story from Amazing Adult Fantasy issue 14.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 10



09 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Incredible Hulk Issue 2

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast Karl & Tonya take a look at the Incredible Hulk 2 which is actually pretty good.  In fact, of all the issues read so far, The Incredible Hulk remains the best in story quality and artwork.  Even Tonya likes The Hulk.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 9


08 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Tales to Astonish Issue 32

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast Karl & Tonya take a look at Tales to Astonish 32 which is astonishing in the fact that Karl has no idea why this is in the reading order list.  Two stories are discussed, they are both bad, and neither seem to have anything to do with the future Marvel Universe.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 8


07 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four Issue 4

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast Karl & Tonya take a look at the Fantastic Four issue 4 which features the Silver Age entry of Namor: The Sub-Mariner into the Marvel 616.  Tonya actually liked this issue better than Karl!  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 7


06 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Incredible Hulk Issue 1

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast Karl & Tonya take a look at the Incredible Hulk issue 1 where we get the creation and origin of the Hulk.  Tonya even almost liked this issue!  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 6


05 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Tales to Astonish Issue 29

On this episode of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast Karl & Tonya take a look at a short story in issue 29 of Tales to Astonish which introduces us to the Space Beasts.  Suffering cats! Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 5


04 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four Issue 3

(05-28-2017) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool continue reading the Marvel Universe comics in chronological order and discuss them.  On this episode, exclusive to Patreons, they read issue 3 of the Fantastic Four where the Fantastic Four get uniforms, the debut of Mr. Miracle, and the Fantasti-Car!  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 4


03 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Tales to Astonish Issue 27

(05-11-2017) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool continue reading the Marvel Universe comics in chronological order and discuss them.  On this episode, exclusive to Patreons, they read issue 27 of Tales to Astonish featuring the first appearance of the Ant Man! Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 3


02 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four Issue 2

(04-29-2017) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool continue reading the Marvel Universe comics in chronological order and discuss them.  On this second episode, exclusive to Patreons, they read issue two of the Fantastic Four with the first appearance of The Skrulls!  Ben Grimm briefly turns back human, Reed Richards uses hypnosis, and more!  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 2


01 - Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four Issue 1

(04-15-2017) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool begin reading the Marvel Universe comics in chronological order and discuss them.  On this first FREE episode they read the first silver age story of Fantastic Four #1 where the origin of Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm is revealed and they battle the Mole Man and his monsters.  Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 1


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