Issue 33 - Kingpin

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Before Into the Spider-Verse drops, Anthony & Doc tackle the KINGPIN, WILSON FISK! They also mourn the cancellation of Daredevil, and Anthony grinds his throat down during the skit doing his best Vincent D'Onofrio impression. Listen now!

SHOW NOTES:

  • Introduction

    • Shout out to Considered & Conceited

  • Background (10:12)

    • Created by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. in The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967)

    • Grew up as obese child who was bullied for his weight until he started working out and took over a gang

    • Rose through the ranks to become a powerful crime lord, but had a front as a legitimate businessman which only gave him more power and access

    • Met a woman named Vanessa, they had a son named Richard who left the family when he found out what his father really did

    • Walked away from crime for a while to appease Vanessa, but came back after Vanessa’s apparent assassination by rival gangsters

    • Although he started off battling Spider-Man, his greatest nemesis is Daredevil

    • Hires Elektra and then Bullseye to go after Daredevil, and discovers he is really Matt Murdock – uses his power to attack Matt personally & professionally, but goes too far when Nuke kills dozens of people in Hell’s Kitchen and gets arrested

    • Unwittingly partners with HYDRA, who then steal his assets and he’s left alone

    • Turns over information on Murdock to the FBI in exchange for freedom, but they’re arrested together

    • Civil War: Tries to roll on Captain America to Iron Man, but betrays Tony as well – later puts out a hit on Peter Parker, but the bullet hits Aunt May, and Peter beats him up in prison

    • Vanessa dies, but her last wish is to have Matt Murdock represent Fisk – Matt gets all charges cleared against Fisk, but he has to leave the country

    • Shadowland – Kingpin helps Iron Fist & Luke Cage against a demon-possessed Matt, but uses Lady Bullseye to recapture Shadowland after Matt is defeated

    • Defeated by Superior Spider-Man and flees for San Francisco, where Matt was working and publicly operating as Daredevil – clashed once again with Matt

    • Moves back to NYC and advances himself as a write-in candidate for mayor – wins the election and goes after costumed vigilantes, especially Daredevil

  • Issues (16:47)

    • Obese childhood had impact on him as an adult

    • Ruthless pragmatism leaves him alone (24:30)

    • Obsession with Daredevil can leave him blindsided (31:20)

  • Treatment (37:11)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe (41:04)

  • Skit (47:56)

  • Ending

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