On this episode, we talk about the state of the world circa the fall of 1961 and the inception point of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four #1.
Cover date November, 1961: This issue features the first appearance of the Fantastic Four, as well as that of the Mole Man and Monster Isle (a location that is periodically revisited over the years).
During the episode we mention William Messner-Loebs’ GoFundMe, which is still ongoing as of the release of this episode, and you can find at: https://www.gofundme.com/billmessnerloebs. Bill was a popular artist and writer in the 80s and 90s, and may be best remembered for his contributions to the early days of Wally West’s adventures as The Flash, as well as his time writing Wonder Woman.
Like many comic artists for Marvel and DC—who are freelancers, and do not receive health benefits, pensions, nor typically royalties on their work—Bill and his wife have fallen on hard times in recent years, and have been unhoused for some time. You can read his story and contribute to him at the link above, if you wish to.
You may also want to check out the Hero Initiative, an organization set up to help comic creators like Bill, which you can find at https://www.heroinitiative.org/. You contributions are greatly appreciated.