"Avengers: Infinity War" is like the Super Bowl: either you saw it, or you consciously opted to miss America's latest biggest cultural event. But football is niche compared to MARVEL MOVIES. They're the biggest pillar of global entertainment, made by skilled professionals doing their very best work, and here's the weird fun thing about all that: the comic books themselves started weird, got weirder, and stayed baffling throughout our modern day.

On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked editor Cyriaque Lamar for a journey through decades of comic book insanity. Find out how Marvel, DC, and independent publishers have cranked out almost a century of baffling storylines and irresponsible canon changes, even as those same characters have conquered TV and film. And go out into your world knowing you live on a planet that once featured Werewolf Captain America, Badminton Champion Batman, and a friendly neighborhood Planned Parenthood Spider-Man.

Footnotes:

5 Famous Comics That Got Totally Insane Out Of The Blue (Cracked)

5 Weirdly Specific Trends From When Comic Books Were Insane (Cracked)

3 Superman Vs. Batman Comic Storylines the Movie Should Keep (Cracked)

5 Creepy Superhero Origin Stories The Movies Wisely Left Out (Cracked)

5 Superhero Movie Scenes They'll Never Let You See (Cracked)

The 5 Most Insane Celebrity Comic Book Cameos (Cracked)

5 Disastrous Attempts at Political Commentary in Comic Books (Cracked)

5 Absurd Ways Comic Books Have Resurrected Dead Superheroes (Cracked)

6 Insane Batman Comics Courtesy of Tasty Hostess Cupcakes (Cracked)

6 Hilariously Awful Examples of Product Placements in Comics (Cracked)

6 Comic Book Easter Eggs That Stuck It to The Man (Cracked)

The 6 Most WTF Special Edition Comics Ever Released (Cracked)

Iron Man deleted scene featuring Ghostface Killah

The Golden Age of Captain America, Revamping a Failing Title (Jack Kirby Museum)

Captain America Vol 1 405: "CAPWOLF!" (Marvel Wikia)

Captain America's Weird Tales Vol 1 74 (Marvel Wikia)

Hey, Remember That Time Spider-Man Teamed Up With Planned Parenthood To Fight Sex Ignorance? (The Mary Sue)

SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY (DC Comics)

Jim Shooter: "The Debut of the Dazzler"

treatment for the Dazzler movie

Here's Marvel's Canceled Promo Comic for Defense Contractor Northrop Grumman (io9)

Why Everybody Wins If Batman & Superman Are Public Domain (Cracked Video)

6 TV Shows That Completely Lost Their Shit (Cracked)

Join us for our next LIVE Cracked Podcast! It's happening Saturday, June 9th at 7pm at UCB Sunset in Los Angeles. Tickets available soon, mark your calendars now.

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